A conditioned mind is an unaware state of being that is the result of a very powerful external influence. Once we recognize that we are in a conditioned state of being, we can consciously choose to take back our power
MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.
These results demonstrate that the first-person experience of stress can not only be reduced with an eight-week mindfulness training program but that this experiential change corresponds with structural changes in the amygdala.