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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

giving_sandals_homelessBy Carolyn Gregoire

Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion — the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others — are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we’re at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel. [click to continue…]

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Life is a Journey – Enjoy The Ride!

stop and smell the roses“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” ~ Buddha

Here is a great little 3 minute video that was produced by the Western Australian Government for road safety.  This is not what you think!  The wisdom that is condensed into this short advertisement is quite profound.  Don’t rush towards the ending of your life – make sure that you occasionally  “just stop and smell the roses.” [click to continue…]

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Mapping the Human Brain

“No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can’t find the point where these molecules became conscious.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Seeking to do what the Human Genome Project did for genetics, the race is now on to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity. In the United States, the Obama Administration recently announced its plan of a decade-long scientific study which will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and thereby gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately consciousness. [click to continue…]

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“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” ~ Hal Lindsey

Ask most people whether it is possible for a human being to survive without food or water for any length of time and the answer will be an emphatic NO.  We have enough medical evidence now to show that extreme dehydration, shock and eventual death will occur if a person does not have water within 3 to 5 days.  A person can survive longer without food, 28 to 76 days, but that time depends on the person’s initial weight and physical condition.  Heat, cold and other environmental stresses also determine how long a person can live without food, but everyone generally agrees that death is inevitable without it. [click to continue…]

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Hungry For Change“Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.”  ~Author Unknown

Our bodies are truly wonderful machines.  They are always working quietly in the background performing tasks that will ensure our well being and ultimate survival.  Taking excess food and storing it into fat cells is just one of those tasks.  The body is preparing us naturally for times when food may not be in such plentiful supply so that it will have energy reserves to draw upon and carry the body until the next harvest.  None the less, the retention of fat in our cells does absolutely nothing to help us have that killer body and as such we are a society obsessed with dieting and weight loss.  Trouble is dieting rarely works! [click to continue…]

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angel-orbs-49_300px“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound forever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

What happens when we die?  Are we simply a brain inside a mortal body that ceases to function on physical death?  Is the essence of  our being suddenly and irrevocably erased from all existence as we take our final breath or do we in fact continue on in some other form? [click to continue…]

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Could a Jellyfish Hold the Key to Immortality?

immortal_jellyfish“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.” 
Abraham Lincoln 

If scientists are correct, a jellyfish may hold the key to immortality.

That’s the premise of a New York Times Magazine article that examines a species of jellyfish (appropriately) nicknamed the “immortal jellyfish.” [click to continue…]

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Do schools kill creativity?

images“Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not — because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.”
Sir Ken Robinson

When I think of education these days I am reminded of Roger Waters prophetic lyrics from Pink Floyd’s album The Wall ….“All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”   According to Sir Ken Robinson author of the book “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, we don’t get the best out of people, because we have all been trained to be good workers, rather than creative thinkers.  Students with restless minds and bodies – far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity – are ignored or even stigmatized. [click to continue…]

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Body Mind Spirit“For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat”
Wallis Simpson

We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family — even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? This talk explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are. [click to continue…]

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cellphone_radiationIf you would like to take part in a study of the long-term health effects of cellphone usage, then don’t panic there is still time to sign up.  News Flash: If you currently own a cellphone and use it, then you are already a part of the study.”

Are cellphones at all dangerous to our health?  Certainly in the short-term there appears to be no obvious sign that cellphone usage is hazardous, but what of any long-term effects?  Is there a possibility that bodily tissue exposed over time might sustain damage and that the process is so slow that we do not directly relate the cause with the effect? [click to continue…]

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