How an intense spiritual retreat might change your brain | Psyche Ideas - Deepstash
How an intense spiritual retreat might change your brain | Psyche Ideas

How an intense spiritual retreat might change your brain | Psyche Ideas

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How an intense spiritual retreat might change your brain | Psyche Ideas

The Five Elements of Enlightenment Experiences
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  • Intensity - Going through an enlightenment experience regardless of belief makes people experience intensity through feelings of love, joy, or awe. These intense experiences is likely associated with increased activity in the limbic system which is the brain's primary emotional centre.
  • Unity - When we feel a profound sense of connectedness with the rest of humanity, God, or the Universe it is associated with a decrease of activity in the parietal lobe of the brain that stores sensory information.

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The Five Elements of Enlightenment Experiences
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  • Clarity - Our sense of clarity is related to the thalamus that is the central structure that connects various parts of the brain to each other and it is what establishes our consciousness.
  • A Sense of Surrender - With a decreased activity in the frontal lobes during intense enlightenment experiences we lose the sense of purposeful control.
  • Transformation - The feeling of transformation comes from the increased activity and thickness of the frontal lobes. This area regulates our emotional responses and our overall cognition. Therefore continuous usage of this area solidifies the aspect.

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Other Benefits of Spiritual Practices or Retreats

  • They can become more sensitised to the effects of serotonin and dopamine 
  • The brains become more functionally connected, most especially the frontal and parietal lobes.

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