“Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.” Oscar Wilde
Do you have the mindsight to detect, at any given moment, whether you’re in your lizard brain, monkey mind or are under the sway of a higher porpoise?
Drawing beneath courtesy of Nancy Margulies – http://thegreatstory.org/charts/triune.html
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence something that wants our love. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Ever perplexed by the seeming duality of “Dr. Giraffe & Mr Jekyll”…
A new kind of mind thus begins to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning that is constantly transforming in the process of the dialogue.
Are you aware of when your button has been pushed?
“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness.” ― Rollo May, The Courage to Create
The Reptilian Brain: “The emotional alarm center for the brain”
Continuum (& related exercise) beneath via
Even though this is an online exercise, you still need a pen or pencil and a piece of paper with a blank side. I created this exercise so people can have what I call a “Shift”. By that I mean experience a “shift” in what you are thinking about and a shift in how you feel. Read More …
rage, disconnection and violence connection, compassion, peace
Drawing beneath by Connie Barlow
Courtesy of – http://thegreatstory.org/charts/triune.html
Our human brain contains the foundations of vertebrate brain evolution: our reptilian brain (our Lizard Legacy) and our paleo-mammal brain (our Furry L’il Mammal). Evolved later is our human rational brain, the neocortex (our Monkey Mind), and highly developed in the human are the prefrontal cortex or frontal lobes (our Higher Porpoise; higher purpose).
Red: Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex
Human beings, as they evolved, didn’t lose the fight or flight response; they just built on top of this “reptilian brain.” The new layer was the “cerebral cortex,” which allowed us to reflect on experiences and develop ideas rather than just act out instinctual responses.
~ David Rickey
Link to Essay: Reflections on the Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D
COAL: Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance and Love.
For infants and toddlers, the “set-goal” of the attachment behavioural system is to maintain or achieve proximity to attachment figures, usually the parents.
YouTube clips beneath: Dr. Dan Siegel 1) lays out a framework for understanding the brain and its impact on human behavior, 2) presents a definition of the mind and its functions, 3) discusses the impact of relationships and brain structure on human behavior, and 4) the role of the prefrontal cortex and the impact of reflective practices on motivation to address climate change. Presentation given at the Garrison Institute Climate, Mind and Behavior symposium, March 2010.
Additional YouTube video clips: Daniel Siegel youtube