In this episode of the Bar Exam Mind podcast, I discuss some fascinating information about how your brain behaves when it is in its resting state.
By “resting state,” I mean whenever the brain is not focused on completing a specific task that requires most of its attention.
A resting state can occur when you are relaxing, but it can also occur when you are bored.
The basis of this podcast is a very interesting and compelling audio program I recently listened to called The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation, by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. (You may know McGonigal as the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct.)
Unfortunately, when our brains are at rest, we tend to engage in mental chatter.
Neuroscientists have identified 4 basic types of chatter:
- Time travel
- Self-referential processing
- Social cognition
This podcast explains what these 4 kinds of chatter are, and suggests ways to limit their influence on you so that you can reduce anxiety, worry, and mental suffering.
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McGonigal, The Neuroscience of Change
Real Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg (contains a 28-day meditation course)
Post about how to eliminate digital distractions
Information about how to get a FREE audiobook of Bar Exam Mind