Tanzi: Too much intellect can be just as dangerous
as too much emotion. You don’t want to be a drama queen- that leads to disaster. You
don’t want to just be intellectual because that also leads to disaster. Emotion and intellect
are just responses, reactions of the brain to you outside world. The fact that you can
be self-aware of the fact that you’re having feelings and thoughts means that you are more
than just the automatic thoughts and feelings going through your head. Too much intellect
can also be dangerous just like too much emotion. Use them wisely. [Music] Chopra: So Rudy, there’s been of course over
a thousand papers only in the last two decades on the beneficial effects of meditation on
our biology, on our biochemistry. We know that the metabolic rate goes down. We know
that the immune system seems to optimize. We know that cortisol levels decrease, adrenaline
decreases. Overall there’s a general sense of well-being. But I think what meditation
also does in the brain anyway, it increases what I’ve heard is gamma synchrony. It increases
the coherence in the brain other than decreasing the metabolic rate in the body. And that has
beneficial effects. I want to ask you first of all, does quietening the mind enhance our
ability to remember, to memory, and does sleep do that as well because recently I’ve heard
a lot about how you need to get out of the default mode in order to repair your body.
So you have to reboot the brain. Talk to me a little bit about delta waves, default, meditation,
sleep; how is this so important? Tanzi: Well, most of us experience at any
moment an internal dialogue or monologue in the brain. In other words there is a conversation.
This is framing your ego. So on one hand you have emotions. You have desires, you have
fears that are driving you at any moment. So that those desires don’t turn into addictions,
so that those fears don’t turn into pathological phobias, your ego is quelling everything.
It’s happening all the time. In fact it short changes your existence really because you’re
limited to these words. So with meditation… Chopra: You call this the default mode? Tanzi: Yes. When this is happening, your intellect
is keeping your emotions in check. There’s a constant internal monologue or dialogue
going on in the brain. This is the default mode or default network of the brain. Chopra: So the computer’s buzzing even though
you’re not using it. Tanzi: Yeah. You don’t even know what’s going
on. Even when you daydream, that internal dialogue is working together, feelings and
thoughts. All part of this system of your ego that keeps you sane so to speak. Now when
you meditate, what you’re doing is you’re turning off that internal dialogue. You’re
quelling the emotions. You’re quelling the thoughts that come along with those emotions.
You’re clearing the brain into a quiet space so that your mind can be quiet. At this point,
everything’s going to be much clearer. It’s going to be opening channels of intuition
in your brain which many would argue is the next big part of the brain that’s evolving.
You know beyond the original instinctive brain, the emotional brain, the intellectual brain;
now the intuitive brain. To get to that, turn off the bandwidth. Meditation allows you to
do this, so you will have just a much clearer set of channels, whether you’re recalling
or recapitulating memories from the past or whether you’re trying to imagine what you
might do in the future, you’re in the now. You’re in the present, quiet mind, and everything
will be much more acute in terms of awareness, and now you’re allowing intuition to bloom
in your mind through your brain. Chopra: So you’re rebooting your brain. Tanzi: You’re rebooting your brain.. Chopra: More than that. Tanzi: …but you’re also- it’s more than
that. You’re allowing your brain to blossom into what many would argue is the next stage
of evolution for the brain as it ties to mind. And that is promoting intuition by turning
off the noise.