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The Direct Experience of Emotions, Not the Stories

The Direct Experience of Emotions, Not the Stories

So after the mindfulness training, there was greater activation in regions of the brain that help control attention, including the insula, a region of the brain that allows you to feel your emotions as they are happening, the direct experience of emotions, not the stories.

Combined to a Unique Degree

Combined to a Unique Degree

Your right frontal insula “lights up” when you feel all the quintessential human emotions — love, hate, disgust, gratitude, resentment, self-confidence, embarrassment, trust, distrust, empathy, contempt, approval, disdain, pride, humiliation, truthfulness, deceit, atonement, guilt. It also lights up when you feel strong sensations, from physical pain to a fluttery stomach to tingling loins.