I find myself both resisting and embracing the daily dump of media that fills my electronic world. The endless articles, blogs and videos positioned to give me that “ah-ha!” moment feels like more distraction and manipulation than useful information.
In spite of my internal debate, I still keep moderately connected and sift through the noise to find some pretty great research and writing happening amidst the soup. Sydney sent me this article on external vs. internal attention, from Scientific American…anyone who has worked with me knows that I believe our most powerful resource is our ability to focus our attention, partner this with the most powerful force in the Universe, our intention, and as Sylvia would say – its Real Magic.
Scientists have long held that attention – regardless to what – involves mostly the prefrontal cortex, that frontal region of the brain responsible for complex thought and unique to humans and advanced mammals. A recent study by Norman Farb from the University of Toronto published in Cerebral Cortex, however, suggests a radically new view: there are different ways of paying attention. While the prefrontal cortex may indeed be specialized for attending to external information, older and more buried parts of the brain including the “insula” and “posterior cingulate cortex” appear to be specialized in observing our internal landscape.
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