Physiology of Meditation: Sensitization of the nervous system


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Sensitization is an example of non-associative learning in which the progressive amplification of a response follows repeated administrations of a stimulus (Bell et al., 1995). An everyday example of this mechanism is the repeated tonic stimulation of peripheral nerves that will occur if a person rubs his arm continuously. After a while, this stimulation will create a warm sensation that will eventually turn painful. The pain is the result of the progressively amplified synaptic response of the peripheral nerves warning the person that the stimulation is harmful. Sensitization is thought to underlie both adaptive as well as maladaptive learning processes in the organism.  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensitization]

Atman: Breathe in and breathe out

Years ago I had my first trial in pubic speaking. The theme I chose to talk about was “Yoga”. And the two words that are still blueprinted in my mind are Atman and Brahman. In Dutch Atman has a strong relation to “Adem” (breath).

It is stated that Atman is the Soul (animation). Because … where there is no Soul there is no Atman. You get it: no breath, no life. It is that simple. Now there is some text on the Physiology of Meditation on the internet. Yet this text does not bring me where I want you to go in this story.

As you read more of my bloggings you by now know that I fancy Hypnosis. And as I want you to take notice of Tom Silver , I also want you to take notice of the machine he uses to show his audience what “Alpha state” is.

Because this is the link where I want to prove to you that Meditation, Relaxation, Centering your mind are all techniques to train your nervous system to become sensitive. Even running can do bring you in a Alpha state because of the rythm of your running and the physiological changes that take place.

Why running you might ask? Well, everybody knows about the releasing of those endorphins while running.

Endorphins are polypeptides produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a sense of well-being. In other words, they might work as “natural pain killers.”  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endorphin]

Now Well-being might be the key to our happiness, if it were not that what you ACTUALLY FEEL is the real issue. That’s what quality is about. The more sensitive our nervous system is, the more we feel the “electricity”/Chi running through our body. We feel we have quality in our life. Yes, we feel alive. Don’t you agree?!

To go back to the beginning of mankind, it was breath – breathing – that was the first vehicle that gave us the ability to make our glands release those endophins. And it is still number One for meditators.

Kundalini syndrome

Now this sensitization of the nervous system comes with a price. They are described as “spiritual problem” DSM-IV. These physical problems are also known as the Kundalini syndrome. To mention one sensation: the feeling rising of energy from the bottom of the spine up and along the spine.

Positive sensitization makes us FEEL GOOD, and above that we get to “stop the world” (a mental given) in which one gets to know worlds that are beyond our view with “worldly” problems. Meditation also has great influence of your health … because of the sensitization. Trancedental Meditation has loads of prove of the positive effects of meditation on Body and Mind … what the hack … and on Spirit.

Brahman: the first Sound

It is this sensitization of the nervous system that brings us in a certain mental state. In this mental state we are able to contact Brahman. You know the first Sound that brought our world into existence. If not then you should know it is a well excepted notion that our universe is based on a frequency that is there from the beginning of time.

Captain Circe of Spaceship “Earth”

Neurology and mentallity are two sides of one coin. (Body/mind) Where the one goes, the other has to follow. And when we listen very good to the words of Sri Auribindo and with the words of captain Circe of Spaceship “Earth”. 

This is our destiny! The destiny of mankind … to go inside where some men and women have gone before. To explore new worlds inside our senses, exceed and expend the mental boundries of our physical world.

I have to admit my first trial of public speaking was a disaster. I was terifieeeed!!!. The critique I got was that the subject was to heavy. I was talking out of my league. Well that may be true for that moment, yet I learned something that very useful in that it was the spark that made me write this blog.

OM (also the sound of Brahman)

About quinten

Practitioner of Specialized Kinesiology, The Netherlands
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