Meditation and the Brain | SUPER BRAIN with Rudy Tanzi & Deepak Chopra

Meditation and the Brain | SUPER BRAIN with Rudy Tanzi & Deepak Chopra


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.

44 thoughts on “Meditation and the Brain | SUPER BRAIN with Rudy Tanzi & Deepak Chopra

  1. I wish I could share your channel or your videos with my spanish speaking friends. Are you thinking to subtitle them???? That would be so precious to us!!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful work!!!

  2. If you don't have a proper balance between your emotions and your intellect then it can cause social problems with your friends and family as well as yourself personally. For instance lets say you're at a funeral of your friends father. You don't say "well at least he's not consuming anymore resources." You also don't want to weep too much in despair either or you may bring even more unneeded negative thoughts on those around you.
    The balance between the two is wisdom.

  3. Meditation has helped me renew, reprogram and reboot my mind. Sleep, exercise and eating healthy helped me to maintain a healthy brain.It started when I began being witness and released the thoughts. It's as if the intent sent the message to the brain and it had its own organizing power. It was like giving a command to a computer. I feel that setting the intention and then letting it flow, got the ball rolling. Thank U.

  4. World Renonwn Psychic and Spiritual Teacher Sylvia Browne, has always said, "that your Intellect and emotions she be cememted," because too much is intellect is no good, as well as too much emotion. There should be a balance.

  5. Thanks for your question. My point was that it is important to balance the instinctive, emotional, and intellectual brain regions and not dwell in just one of these areas too much. The "danger" of doing so is that the resulting imbalance could lead to overcompensation in the brain regions being denied. Balance is the key to healthy living, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I hope this helps clarify that statement, which was presented a bit out of context.

  6. I enjoy watching informative videos, but I find background music or jingles are very annoying when you are trying to learn something and take it all in.

  7. I was wondering if anyone would voice their opinions on marajuana but not as a drug but as a daily or weekly regiment for for healing and opening the line between mental , spiritual, and physical growth?

  8. Meditation is a great way to start becoming aware of your thoughts and how your mind works. Trying new things can also help with brain dexterity – take a new route to work, visit a new restaurant or a part of town you've never explored. Rudy and Deepak also discuss diet and exercise quite a bit in the book, so that could be something to incorporate. Good luck!

  9. Thank you. A daily meditation is great way to start! I didn't know exercise was incorporated good tips i hear. I'm guessing this is your daily routine ? 🙂

  10. I like the content of the videos (book), but the visual and sound effects are so lame, it makes me want to turn off the page. Looks like a commercial for a superhero comic.

  11. first thing ,do not fight with your thoughts ,talk to them ,when they come while you meditate ,don't try to fight these thoughts,they never gonna go away,instead talk to them and tell them to wait .while you do that you ll see that you become more calm n calm and now those thoughts are fading and you are now close to clearness .try and post,be positive first of all,don't expect to happened otherwise it won't happen

  12. This is such a wonderful video. I am a constant studier of Mr. Chopra's work, and this further solidifies the drive he continues to demonstrate towards exploring consciousness. The brain is a wonderful tool, as I believe(through my own experiences)meditation to be the ultimate fine tuning instrument for that tool.

  13. I have a question, does meditating decrease your metabolism? I am a 25 year old man and was just curious as my testosterone levels are on a low, will meditating have an affect on this at all? Thanks.

  14. I love Deepak, but this guy Rudy Tanzi doesn't know what he is talking about.

    If you want to learn meditation, learn from a Yogi or Buddhist teacher.
    Half the stuff this guy says is really wrong.

  15. Would love to hear what you disagreed with, Bill. My goal was to provide a neuroscience angle to Deepak's instructions for meditation. And, true, I am neither a Yogi, nor Buddhist.

  16. I would love to see some sort of blog or "super brain" group where readers of the book can connect and relate with each other to enhance its benefits. Anyone know of such a thing?

  17. Very Smart Thinking! I am reading Super Brain now and can not wait for Sages and Scientists. To help with my meditation practice I am using the app Insight Timer and GPS for the Soul. Thank you!

  18. how do i shut off my internal dialogue?? trying to work on that all the time its horrible and i'm suffering from it, please help!

  19. Rudy, I am a big supporter of your work. I was first introduced to your perspective during Jim Kwik's Brain Summit (loved it by the way) and I try to incorporate the info you shared. I was 1st introduced to neuroplasticity by a lady named Dr.Rita Smilkstein. Your's and Deepak's book is an outstanding(my oppinion) extension of research, and SupreBrain provides great way's to embody concepts. Thank you.

  20. I think it'S a shame people keep bashing Chopra for being dishonest or a charlatan. He might not be right about everything, but there sure is a lot of profundity to his works and messages.

  21. I knew about the different wavelengths of the brain states but I didn't know about the different levels of brain frequency during meditation and the value of delta waves during sleep on our ability to affect learning and memory. Great stuff

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