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A study of 35 families by a psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.

Source: Brain structure governing emotion is passed down from mother to daughter, says study: Research is first evidence that brain structure implicated in depression may be inherited

abuse

How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?

Abuse changes our physiology, central nervous system and brain chemistry. Memories are made as we evaluate our life experiences in terms of the worldview we continuously formulate. When there has been physical, emotional, sexual or mental abuse, the memories we form – those of the abuse and otherwise – are distorted by the painful and threatening stimulation of the abuse. Instead of simply processing and cataloguing all of our experiences as normal, they are first filtered through a heightened and primitive lens of survival that includes an unconscious awareness of the physical sensations and the visual images of the abuse. Time does little to alter the abusive experience that is now unconsciously integrated into the mind, body and spirit.  A person who has been abused will struggle with anxiety, depression, and anger.

What would our culture look like if we awoke to the pervasive practices of abuse and compassionately stood witness to the the fear and shame abuse instills in the mind, body, and spirit of humans?  

Tami Boehle-Satterfield has challenged herself in 2016 to post week about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com

notice

Notice thoughts that create sensations within your body that feel good, that you like.

You might notice that when your thoughts create nice sensations within your body that it can be easy to think, “It is okay. It will be okay. Everything will work out.” And you might even remember that it usually does. In fact, you might think, “It might always work out.” So notice the thoughts that you like. Really bring your attention to them. Notice what you think that feels good and then appreciate the feeling. Go within yourself and thank yourself for having created such nice sensations – sensations that feel good. Allow yourself to be grateful for feeling good.

Your thoughts inform your emotions or “feelings”, emotions inform your physiology. Literally, the thoughts you think program the cells in your body. Once programed they communicate to all the parts of the body and soon you are moving through the world making your thoughts come true. You are creating your own reality.

Notice the thoughts that create good feelings and begin to change your brain from thinking thoughts that don’t create the sensations you like to thinking more thoughts that do create the sensations you like. The more you do this, the more often you think thoughts that support you and the life you want to create. Be present and create the life you want. It’s only your resistance to the present moment, to the thought you are thinking, that is holding you back.

Experiencing relaxation, satisfaction, and contentment might only be a thought away.

Go ahead, think about. Then forget about it. BE. Just be and see what you notice.

brain in hands

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal maps of neural circuitry show women’s brains are suited to social skills and memory, men’s perception and co-ordination.

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.

Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women’s brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in contrast to men’s brains, where the connections were typically stronger between the front and back regions.

Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said the greatest surprise was how much the findings supported old stereotypes, with men’s brains apparently wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions, and women’s for social skills and memory, making them better equipped for multitasking.

“If you look at functional studies, the left of the brain is more for logical thinking, the right of the brain is for more intuitive thinking. So if there’s a task that involves doing both of those things, it would seem that women are hardwired to do those better,” Verma said. “Women are better at intuitive thinking. Women are better at remembering things. When you talk, women are more emotionally involved – they will listen more.”

She added: “I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads. If I wanted to go to a chef or a hairstylist, they are mainly men.”

The findings come from one of the largest studies to look at how brains are wired in healthy males and females. The maps give scientists a more complete picture of what counts as normal for each sex at various ages. Armed with the maps, they hope to learn more about whether abnormalities in brain connectivity affect brain disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

Verma’s team used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging to map neural connections in the brains of 428 males and 521 females aged eight to 22. The neural connections are much like a road system over which the brain’s traffic travels.

The scans showed greater connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain in women, while the connections in men were mostly confined to individual hemispheres. The only region where men had more connections between the left and right sides of the brain was in the cerebellum, which plays a vital role in motor control. “If you want to learn how to ski, it’s the cerebellum that has to be strong,” Verma said. Details of the study are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Male and female brains showed few differences in connectivity up to the age of 13, but became more differentiated in 14- to 17-year-olds.

“It’s quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are,” Ruben Gur, a co-author on the study, said in a statement. “Detailed connectome maps of the brain will not only help us better understand the differences between how men and women think, but it will also give us more insight into the roots of neurological disorders, which are often sex-related.”

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If you have been doing “the thing you know you have to do”, you have probably faired this 30 day emotional low. If you have been avoiding “what you know you need to do”, it is not to late! Either way, it is beginning to feel lighter. Make that work for you today by stepping into a joyful zone.

Here are three good tunes to help shift your physiology. Turn them up and sing. When you come to the “Ahh” sounds, really let them go. “Ahh” clears fear and expands the mind. And if you are really willing to feel joy, stand up, raise your hands to the sky and make your sound. Enjoy the pleasant and powerful sensations of standing tall aligned in the sound of joy!

Find your own tunes. Listen carefully and notice how your body responds. For this meditation, look for upbeat, joyful sensations. Save moody or edgy “get up and go” for another time.

Have fun and be well.

Jump right in with Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U
Come from where you are with ABC by Michael Jackson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXG8wtxx_w
Take a little time to transition with Feelin’ Alright By Joe Cocker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiTcmahEjiY

"A State of Motion is Always Measured by Comparison" by T. Boehle mixed media copyright 2010

“A State of Motion is Always Measured by Comparison” by T. Boehle mixed media copyright 2010

On these days of being alone
I know I will be alone again.
I feel it in my bones.
Instead of a marshmallow marrow,
They are filled with alone,
That pale, thin, ether.
A gas with a lethal edge –
Sharp and cunning.
My ears pound with its strident call.
My hand goes to my heart.
I am boxed in this ring
Rattled on hollow bones.
Slumped forward my chest tightens.
I breathe it in.
Short grateful mouths of air,
knowing it is my life.
Not my destiny,
It is my life
Alone.