Meditation returns the brain to a more primitive state, where we are less likely to hear the noise from our usual judgmental and analytical selves. Before humans evolved into complex, critically thinking beings, our brains were a bit less complicated. We knew how to find food, water, and socialize, but we would have had a harder time with calculus and intricate planning (like your next vacation with the kids). Then we grew an outer neocortex, which added one more layer to our brains, so we could problem solve better and think more like Einstein. With the yin of this more advanced human brain and a greater capacity to think came the yang of its disadvantage: We could be overly critical and super-judgmental to the point we drive ourselves crazy, which is where the practice of meditation comes in to play.
The practice casts the human brain back to its preneocortex state, allowing us to be freed of our analytical selves. In this blissful state, one is aware of senses, feelings, and state of mind, without the negativity.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.
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