Becoming the Self

meditation-image-23Nadia Webb for Scientific American writes that orgasms and meditation affect the brain similarly in terms of reducing self-awareness; but in two markedly different ways. Meditation offers practitioners with a relief from self-preoccupation, which generates a significant boost in happiness measured through increased activity in the brain’s Left prefrontal cortex. Tibetan Buddhist monks actually demonstrate a significant spike in this area when performing compassion meditation. Cognitively speaking, meditation tends to help one escape the body mentally, whilst an orgasm makes it more in tuned with the body on a physical level. Webb believes that avoiding self-awareness, if only for a brief moment, is an under-appreciated practice.