I think it was Ray who sent this to me. Thanks Ray. This is from Psychology Today and cites the studies done with PTSD Vets who used mindfulness techniques (the kind we learned in the VA's MBSR course in Wilmington, Del.) Pay attention to the term "Default Mode Network(DMN), most interesting and with ramifications for us in daily life. Here again, more scientific proof that mindfulness helps vets. All the more reason to spread the word to more vets!
Here's the opening paragraphs of the article, with link to whole thing at bottom(suggested reading):
A new study has pinpointed how mindfulness training triggers changes in neural networks. These changes in brain connectivity allowed veterans who were “stuck” in a psychological rut of repetitive loop-like thinking and rumination learn how-to "turn off" their negative thoughts.
Mindfulness training typically involves learning how-to voluntary shift your attention from potentially negative “mind wandering” to a state of self-acceptance while focusing on immediate sensations (such as inhaling and exhaling) in the present tense.
For this research, scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System studied 23 combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. All of the veterans participated in weekly group therapy sessions, but only those who undertook mindfulness training showed specific brain connectivity improvements... Read whole article HERE...