Meditation or mindfulness is not a uniform, unchanging process, but a highly subjective one, having unique effects on different individuals.
New experiments using machine learning dive deep into the brain, breath and body states during the various stages of meditation, helping the machine learning program recognize internal attention brain networks during breath attention, mind wandering, or thinking about the past.
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Extensive experimentation recording more than 2000 brain patterns per person led to certain insights which were not possible before.
Practitioners of mindful meditation focus their attention on only one thought. The goal is to be firmly affixed to the present moment. This typically means concentrating on the breath - observing each inhalation and exhalation - and without consideration to other thoughts.