Of Mindfulness and Incarceration
Spending time in jail or prison can harm a person’s brain functions related to cognitive control and emotional regulation. An intervention combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy appears to offset this effect in teenage boys for at least a few months.
Your Self, Your Brain, and Zen
Neurologist James Austin was on sabbatical leave in Japan almost three decades ago when he was introduced to Zen meditation. There, in a 600-year-old temple in Kyoto, he began to wonder how the loss of all sense of self, reported by Zen practitioners for centuries, could lead not to clinical pathology but to enhanced mental clarity. Here is the story of a journey that has made Austin among the foremost investigators of “the latent capacities of our deeper intrinsic circuits.”