What is interesting is that the function of the body movement in space is also partially located in the limbic system. Because nature doesn’t do anything by mistake, you can see here that these two functions are located in close proximity to each other not without a reason. Movement can influence your emotional reactions as much as emotions may cause you to move.
Emotions, as you recall, happen automatically. However, how you respond to them is already in your control, and you can develop this ability with some training and understanding some of the brain interactions.
Meditation and mindfulness help to regulate emotional response. They increase insula – the empathy center, as well as decreases overstimulated amygdala, the fear center that may cause excessive reactiveness to emotions. There are many more implications of how mindfulness and emotional center interfere, which we are looking into in this course.