From Mindful Leader: The 4 Main Brain Systems Changed by Mindfulness Practices
The Connection System: The networks for compassion and empathy
Function: Enables you to form emotional connections, see other perspectives, and tend-and-befriend.
Key Structures Enhanced: Vagus nerve, temporal parietal junction, mirror neurons, right amygdala, and networks for parental love and positivity.
Key Structure Regulated: The default mode network (mind wondering and distraction)
Strengthening This System Corresponds To:
- Higher vagal tone: increased ability to attune to people, plus stronger immune system and resilience to stress
- Enlarged right amygdala: increased sensitivity to emotions and pain of others
- Increased activity in the positivity network (increased happiness, joy and well-being)
- Reduction in unconscious bias
Is a workout for the connection system.
Think of a person you want to connect with. Invite feelings of goodwill towards that person by saying these phrases:
May you be safe
May you be healthy and strong
May you live with ease
May you be kind to yourself