In a random search for inspiration, what I found was this:
The blurb on the homepage reads: “The Neurosculpting® Institute is a learning center committed to teaching the union of neuroscience and meditational studies. Our mission is to put mindfulness practices into plain English, and science into a spiritual imperative.”
The rest of the page is devoted to a four-point explication on why you should “neurosculpt yourself” (to “manage your stress,” to “improve your health,” to “discover calm and joy,” and to “connect to others”). Other pages make references to “disengaging your limbic brain,” “engaging your prefrontal cortex,” and “reshaping your neurological patterns”—while alluding to “archetypal experiences” and “shamanic journeys.”
Part of me finds the whole thing fascinating; another part of me finds it unsettling. This is where personal development meets high science and where the decades-old self-help movement gets a linguistic makeover.
What I appreciate about things like “neurosculpting” is that they potentially offer scientifically-based and empirically-validated methods for achieving goals previously pursued under a haze of good intentions and/or New Age disciplines. What I worry about when I think about things like “neurosculpting” is that they may simply be a savvy marketer’s ménage à trois of good intentions, New Age disciplines and scientific jargon (I’d personally give an Effie Award to whoever came up with the word “neurosculpting”). It’s science at its sexiest—and people don’t think very scientifically in the presence of the sexy.
All of which simply means: we have to be mindful about how we practice mindfulness. In this day and age, hypervigilance is key.