“Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds”, Daniel J. Siegel
While much has been written about the brain and the ways in which it can change , rewire itself, create new circuits, little has been written about the mind itself as the conduit for the brain. The majority of neuroscientists embrace the materialist theory that what can’t be seen or touched does not exist.
Lately however people like Dr. Beauregard in his book Brain Wars and others like Dr. Siegel are of the view that it is the mind that triggers the brain to function. For those who practice mindfulness meditation and have found that when there is more attention to bodily sensations on a moment-to moment basis, chronic pain can indeed become somewhat less problematic. As the name implies it is the mind that is involved with giving messages to the brain that we are in pain.
Although I once wrote that I too was a materialist and believed only that which could be seen and felt, I have come to a different state of mind, that is, I have changed my mind, and suggest now that if we can focus our minds through mindfulness meditation we can become more ‘clear minded’, calm and less quick to carry the message of pain to the brain. I haven’t lost my mind. I think I have found it!