EXPANDED CONSCIOUSNESS

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

Source:Babies Happiness

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!

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!

Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University found that jazz musicians, known for being adept at musical improvisation, showed “dramatically reduced activity in the left prefrontal cortex” when they were in the midst of improvising-the same description of the prefrontal cortex area as 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!

When scientists tested the brain of a 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.

“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.”~ Baudelaire

One Response

  1. Thakyou for this great message’and it is really true that babies do smile more than adults do. Evan

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