Thursday, March 4, 2010

Neuroplasticity and sadhana

Brain has got the ability to reorganize and change its structure through new experiences. This is called neuroplasticity in medical terms. This function is predominant in the learning process. It is not only the external inputs but actions performed by the brain itself that can cause this structural reorganization. A sadhaka who undertakes spiritual sadhana such as mantrajapa or meditation is actually transforming his brain and physically restructuring it making use of this function called neuroplasticity. The purpose is to make the brain function in a different way, to process the inputs differently, to understand things differently, to handle emotions differently. With a good scheme of sadhana this is the goal and done properly this transformation occurs automatically and naturally.