A multi-ethnic, multi-religious discussion forum is being arranged early May, to discuss how mindfulness can provide answers to simmering and overt tensions due to ethnic, religious prejudice, in Sri Lanka. The quote below, from an expert on mindfulness and its impact on the brain, could throw some light on why this may be a possibility. The Agenda will include a short guided sitting meditation session, conducted by the Founder Sati Pasala – Venerable Dhamajiva.
‘..We can intentionally shape the direction of plasticity changes in our brain. By focusing on wholesome thoughts, for example, and directing our intentions in those ways, we can potentially influence the plasticity of our brains and shape them in ways that can be beneficial. That leads us to the inevitable conclusion that qualities like warm-heartedness and well-being should best be regarded as skills..’
Professor Richard Davidson, World-renowned Neuroscientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin