There are numerous studies on the value of breathing, mindfulness and meditation for children. Clear Minded For Life® has researched many of these and the following list has been refined to provide you with a clear understanding of how the brain can be changed through breathing and focused thought.
The following link from Dr Joe Dispenza shows – Live Neurons Connecting & Pruning – Creating new neural-net connections in the brain by learning, thinking, and choosing new experiences.
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
The Amygdala – “.. it’s a system for routing information based on your emotional state. When you experience negative emotions like fear, anxiety, or even boredom, your amygdala’s filter takes up excessive amounts of your brain’s available nutrients and oxygen. This puts your brain into survival mode, which blocks entry of any new information into your prefrontal cortex”
The Hippocampus – The Hippocampus is where ..”..your brain links new sensory input to both memories of your past and knowledge already stored in your long-term memory to make new relational memories. When you are focussed and in a positive or controlled emotional state, your executive functions can more successfully organise newly coded memories into long-term knowledge.”
Bruce Lipton PhD discusses how our thoughts influence the biology of our bodies. Author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles
“The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience.” Dr. Lipton said. “What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs.”
“If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts”.
Norman Doige MD.(2007) The Brain That Changes Itself
“THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE ITSELF. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age… Neuroplasticity not only gives hope to those with mental limitations, or what was thought to be incurable brain damage, but expands our understanding of the healthy brain and the resilience of human nature…We learn that our thoughts can switch our genes on and off, altering our brain anatomy.”