Why Can an Experienced Meditator Lose His Cool and Use Logical Fallacies in a Heated Debate?

Even experienced meditators have emotional triggers. Emotional triggers activate the amygdala which initiates the fight-or-flight response and triggers the hippocampus. The hippocampus stimulates the release of Adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones. The pre-frontal cortex (PFC) releases dopamine. The PFC is the seat of problem solving, decision making and judgment, however during the surge of dopamine, it becomes irrational.

I am sure the debater is less reactive than when he started meditating.  Can meditation heal all emotional triggers? I don’t know. I am always hearing about experienced meditators being triggered into anger. Perhaps, if one reaches ultimate enlightenment (anuttara samyak sambodhi) all emotional triggers are healed…or maybe not. Any emotional healing that takes place is a byproduct and not the ultimate goal of meditation.

©2016 Stephen L. Martin

Painting: Air+Man+Space by Lyubov Popova

Image from This is Your Brain on Fear [INFOGRAPHIC]

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