For centuries, practicing Buddhists have known that if one gets out of their own way, they can approach difficult situations with flexibility and a healthy attitude. They’ve known, as well, that a wild, rambunctious “monkey mind” can be trained to be cool and calm, even in stressful situation (or should we say: most notably in stressful situations). This ability to train the brain has a scientific name. As this piece from GOOD puts it, “Neuroplasticity, as it’s called, endows people with the ability to grow and evolve, triumphing over bad habits and becoming more like the individuals they want to be.”
The foundational wisdom might be ancient, but there are brand-new scientific discoveries to support the practices. In fact, one such Buddhist philosophy, the idea of anatta or “not self” is backed up by the current findings that nothing in our brain corresponds to a constant self. It’s ever-changing, always in flux.
“Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self” does a good job breaking it down for us. Read on for inspiration!