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Our brains do a lot of chattering without our permission. When left to its own devices, the mind tends to ad lib for extended periods, and the reality is that much of the chatter is negative, usually revolving around fear and worry-based thoughts. People have been writing about the “mind chatter” (or monkey mind) for many centuries, and this near-universal tendency is one that meditation has been shown to address robustly. Brain studies have found, among other things, that meditation can deactivate the area of the brain that’s thought to be responsible for mind chatter—the default mode network (DMN). And now, new research shows that mindfulness meditation actually reduces the subj... Full story

17 October