Meditation of the Week: Consciousness


Consciousness: Where is consciousness situated in the brain? What is the seat of consciousness?


The Hermit card of the tarot deck is about walking in solitude from darkness till enlightenment is attained. It is a card of self-reflection and self-awareness.


While it is still not clear if there is one area of the brain that makes us self-aware or conscious, the Insula, deep within the brain has been considered to be the seat of consciousness.


It serves as hub for different cognitive processes and is activated during awareness of sensory inputs, emotional experiences and also in empathy. Also the insula activation is altered during meditative practices and mindfulness.


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