BABY CONSCIOUSNESS

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“I wish I had the same intelligence as the day I was Born” ~H.D.Thoreau

Source:Babies Happiness

Babies have more brain cells and fewer inhibitory neurotransmitters than adults with a greater expanded consciousness.

A pruning process is found in our adult brain that allows for only a limited view of life. As a result, we might find ourselves instinctively choosing to focus strongly on the wrong bits of information. Or we might find ourselves neglecting important possibilities and helpful perceptions that could empower us to live more lovingly, successfully and happily.

A baby’s brain has many advantages compared to an adult’s brain. The “narrow consciousness” of our adult brains makes us a bit lacking when it comes to creativity and problem-solving. Plus, our limited consciousness also makes us less open to adjusting to the new and less able to be in the now.

In contrast, a baby’s brain is like a lantern-spreading the light of awareness-that can sort through lots of seemingly irrelevant information and be more receptive to discovering highly rewarding solutions or intriguing, innovative concepts. A baby’s brain is also better able to notice beauty and experience delight wherever it wanders-being fully appreciative of the new, and present in the now. You’ve heard of the Buddhist concept of “beginner’s mind?” Well, a baby is blessed with the ultimate beginner’s mind!

On an interesting side note, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that jazz musicians, known for being adept at musical improvisation, showed “dramatically reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex” when they were in the midst of improvising-the same description of the prefrontal cortex area found in a baby. And these researchers also found that the more these jazz musicians were able to deactivate this prefrontal cortex-and think like a baby-the more they were able to spontaneously invent new, exciting melodies!

The reduced activity in a baby’s prefrontal cortex is also what blesses infants with the ability to stay open to improvising new and unusual responses to situations-often to their parents’ delight. In contrast, adults have busily scheduled prefrontal cortexes that often react to situations with learned knee-jerk responses, which can sometimes be the equivalent of be-a-jerk responses…and anything but delight! And our adult prefrontal cortexes can also keep us shut down to learning new ideas or seeing new patterns. Hence, when challenges strike, it’s to an adult’s benefit to think like a baby and stay open to improvising in new ways, to thinking outside of the box.

Researchers compared the unwound state of mind found in babies and jazz musicians to the same open mindset found in those doing meditation. A baby’s consciousness is similar to the consciousness adults reach in a meditational state. A state where we find ourselves dissolving attentional focus and becoming aware of everything at once.

The quieting of self-awareness during appreciation of art, nature and music-which may explain why people often say they lose themselves in a beautiful painting or scenery. A similar affect occurs during our experiences of romance and charity-the reason we feel selflessness when we’re sharin’ the lovin’.

A baby’s expanded consciousness is very similar to a meditating adult’s expanded consciousness. After all, a baby is a being who is highly open and in the now, aware of all kinds of surrounding detail and fully receptive to seeing the beauty everywhere and connecting with everyone! Just like someone who meditates.

People who are in bad moods-anxious, angry, depressed-have MRI images that show the circuitry converging on the right prefrontal cortex. People who are happy-feeling calm, enthusiastic, positive, loved-develop extra activity in their left prefrontal cortex. A quick way to sense a person’s general mood range is to check out his/her baseline levels in these right and left prefrontal areas. The more the ratio tilts to the left, the more happy, calm and positive a person is.

When brain scientists tested the brain of a senior Tibetan lama who was known for meditating many hours daily, they discovered this lama had an extreme left-to-right ratio in his prefrontal cortex-the MRI sign of a happy, relaxed mind.

Repeated research studies have shown how folks who meditate regularly have an extreme “left-to-right ratio” in their prefrontal cortex-and are happier! It makes sense that a baby’s expanded consciousness is very similar to a meditating adult’s expanded consciousness. After all, a baby is known for smiling and laughing far more than the average adult. Studies show that a baby smiles 400 times a day. And children up to preschool age laugh about 300 times a day. As adults, we laugh just an average of 15 times a day.

Maybe Baudelaire had it right-“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.”

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