1. A tag or sheath, as of plastic, on the end of a lace, cord, or ribbon to facilitate its passing through eyelet holes. 2. A similar device used for an ornament. [Middle English, from Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille,needle, from Vulgar Latin *acūcula, from Late Latin acucula, diminutive of Latin acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]
Mindfulness and meditation have been around for thousands of years. It is only relatively recently that they have started to appear on the radar as potential treatments for physical and mental health difficulties.
Freedom is about having choice. If I am aware of my automatic reactions to experience as they arise, then I can take a breath, creating a space for something new. I can choose a response in that moment, one that reflects the version of me that I aspire to be.
The brain is a highly complex organ that makes a contribution to nearly every aspect of the body’s functioning; from awareness of where we are in space, to highly complex thought, to consciousness itself.
It contains about seventy-five billion nerve cells, each of which can make roughly a thousand connections with other neurons. There are about the same number of support cells as well.
Because it is so vital to human functioning the brain is well protected inside the skull.
The evolution of the brain that has occurred over the last several million years has enabled the human species to go from being prey animals to the top predator on the planet. Continue reading →