Our brains on the internet…

Right now I am taking a Mindfulness foundations course through Mindful Schools. I am hoping the practice will help me when I transition from stay-at-home mom to full time working mom AND I hope to be able to share some techniques with my students.

Yesterday I watched a video in my class that explains how the internet is affecting our brains and why it now so very important to teach our brains how to relax.  Back in the day, we needed to pay attention to everything around us in order to stay alive. We don’t have that need anymore but the brain is still wired like that. The internet feeds that part of our brain now leading to a chronic state of chaos.

However, our brains do need times of calm for memory, learning, and attention. In order for our brains to think creatively and critically, it needs to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, the brain must be able to focus on one thing at a time. Enter Mindfulness training. (it really does feel good to slow down and be in the moment)

Nicholas Carr discusses this in his book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains“.  Here is a fun video that provides some information about this.

Something to think about.

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