“When we say that we are aware of a certain piece of information, what we mean is just this: the information has entered into a specific storage area that makes it available to the rest of the brain" ”
-Stanislas Dehaene, Consciousness and the brain
When we bring awareness to our internal state, behaviors and breath, we bring those aspects of ourselves onto our conscious workspace. This workspace is where we have the ability to improve our mastery and control, where we activate neural circuits that make us better humans. We begin to acces the precise features of the human brain that move us to adapt, evolve, improve and innovate.
One way we can do this by becoming aware of our breath. Learn more about this in this video:
Other ways we can do this is by learning about how others have healed, found purpose and meaning and who have optimized their life in some way. When we combine this with the biological mechanics of how we do this -we get to keep better track of what works and what doesn't. This is the journey of becoming more conscious.
To become more conscious is to become more human.
To become more conscious means we have a better chance of healing from our past and not repeating unwanted experiences. It increases the number of choice points, degrees of freedom within which we can create our realities.
There is SCIENCE to becoming conscious.
Science does not reduce the mystery or compassion of the journey... in fact, if anything, it opens and expands our awareness and our perspectives to see more fully and experience life on a richer level.
I will be integrating this into Season 4 of the Mindset Neuroscience Podcast, where we will explore Purpose, Healing, Meaning, Transcendence and Conscious Access.
Just finished recording an interview focused on Complex Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress with thoughts about the systems that lead to vast amounts of people experiencing forms of trauma, oppression, suppression and repression - and what that means for mental health.
Season 4 starts January 2024. Stay tuned.
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this is me with collaborators - social neuroscientist Caroline Szymanski, creativity researcher Sergio Agnoli and Stanford computational neuroscientist Manish Saggar for our presentation on the Neurobiology of Innovation in Berlin several years ago.
Also excited to be a guest speaker for the International Association for Somatic Coaches! If you know of any other conferences that would find it helpful to have a neuroscience perspective to their work, please let me know! Conference presentations have been a passion for me since 2011 and I am looking forward to returning to those spaces in the new year.
Tuesday January 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM PST
Discover the specific neuromechanics behind why some conversations have the power to heal relationships and deepen our understanding while others seem to cause pain and heartache. Find out how our minds can distort our words, and learn how we can align how we express ourselves with our highest intentions.
Tuesday February 6, 2024 at 7:30 PM PST
What are emotions? Are they different than feelings? How can we use emotions to help us evolve, love, heal and grow? This workshop will go into the neuromechanics of what is really occurring beneath the surface of our emotions - the primal architecture, sequences and systems that lead us to feel how we feel.
Workshops are $55, participants get recordings, notes and handouts after the seminar.
You can also register for the remaining 6 seminars and get a 15% discount
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