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Of course, this analogy is grossly oversimplified, but consider that a computer system is modeled after…you. It isn’t hard to draw parallels. Various computer parts correspond with various sections and functions of the brain. The temporal lobe and the hippocampus serve as memory storage devices like hard drives, CD-ROMs, floppy disks (1993 anyone?) The CPU processor components parallel the frontal lobe, which organizes responses to problems, plans, and makes decisions, as well as the hypothalamus and cerebrum, which handle autonomous and conscious functions. The CPU serves as the “functioner,” telling the computer what to do based on information from input/output, and memory. The BIOS chip will be your parietal and occipital lobes, the thalamus, and the brain stem. Like these brain components, BIOS controls the flow of data into the CPU, and back out.

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blue screen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of us in today’s world have dealt with a computer “issue.” A blue screen, a frozen drive, lost files. A lagging system. A mouse pointer on the fritz.  A system crash!

Our brains do the same thing. Our eyes glaze over, and our head feels foggy. We can’t think straight, can’t remember something. Our anxiety level is on the fritz.

Don’t crash!

One problem that can affect the computer system and cause these “issues” is fragmentation. It gets corrected with a process called, aptly, defragmentation.

Fragmentation occurs when the file system (read: brain) cannot or will not allocate enough contiguous space to store a complete file (read: thought) as a unit, but instead puts parts of it in gaps between other files. Larger files and greater numbers of files also contribute to fragmentation and consequent performance loss.

Defragmentation attempts to alleviate these problems. It does this by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device. (via Wikipedia)

So when you feel “performance loss,” confusion, frenzy…defrag your brain with meditation!

Like the defrag process of a computer, meditation can serve to reorganize scattered thoughts. Various meditation techniques can help establish your brain to efficiently access what you need to for the day’s processes, and resourcefully store what you don’t need to utilize.

You can increase your peace, organize your doings, and be more productive with a regular meditation practice in your life. The corporate domain can always benefit from computer optimization. Think what your personnel could do with clearer heads!

Contact the “geek squad” (read: Yogiclarebear) to set up your computer cleaning consultation (read: meditation assessment and guidance.)