Sunday, March 31st
1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Neuroscientists have discovered places in the brain where the mind goes to “rest” when not engaged in tasks. Called the Default Mode Network (DMN), one might assume that that part of the brain also “rests” when we aren’t active. However counter-intuitive it may seem, the DMN network actually becomes active when we aren’t involved in tasks. It is where we ruminate, mind wander, project into the future and reimagine that past, project ourselves onto others as if we knew what was on their minds, among other less than conscious habits. This is the stuff that takes place in the background.
It is hypothesized that the DMN is where we locate the “self.” An overactive DMN is seen among persons with acute anxiety, depression, and other pathologies. It is where we seem to agonize our various distresses. We often say that the “self” exists in “thoughts” about ourselves. This isn’t not accurate. To locate who we think we are we have to go below the level of consciousness. And there calm an overactive DMN so that we can find peace and serenity. Neuroscientists say that activities such as meditation are excellent vehicles to tame the excesses of the DMN. It is by access to the DMN that we tame our excessive and debilitating ego. But not all meditations are created equal. There are specific modes of quiescent meditation that access the DMN better than others.
The purpose of this workshop is to educate participants about the brain, sufficient to understand what the DMN is and how it works. We will touch on the latest neuroscience of meditation. And from there we shall engage in various meditation practices aimed at taming the DMN. Participants should leave the workshop with an understanding of their own mind-brains and with important tools that will contribute to their tranquility and well being.
Price: $25, financial assistance available