Sunday, June 22, 2008

heart and mind

Researchers have been able to learn a great deal about brain function since the advent of MRI scans.  When people are engaged in various activities different parts of the brain "light up" to show involvement.  Interestingly, many situations cause more than one part of the brain to become engaged.  It turns out that our emotions show in one area of the brain and our "abstract reasoning" or problem solving in another area.  When faced with a crisis often both emotions and reasoning become activated.  There can be a conflict between these two responses and something is needed to bring resolution.  Scientists think they've found the answer.  Part of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex serves as a medatior between emotion and logic and helps develop a coordinated response.  In a sense our hearts and our minds come together to respond.  I think this is one of the interesting battlegrounds of life...what will rule our actions?  It starts internally as we process the issues that swirl around us.  Our logic cries out with a solution and our emotions just cry out.  It's interesting to consider the forces that rule our behavior!
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Rob Smith

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