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Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: A 21st-Century View of Meditation | Issue Nine, April 2011 | Noetic NowEd. Note: In the following dialogue, excerpted and edited from the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ teleseminar series “ Exploring the Noetic Sciences .” IONS Director of Research Cassandra Vieten talks with neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Rick Hanson, author with neurologist Richard Mendius, MD, of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom . Rick will be speaking at the upcoming IONS International Conference taking place this July in San Francisco. Vieten: What exactly is contemplative neuroscience? Hanson: Broadly defined, it’s the study of what happens in the brain when people are doing contemplative practices, how the brain changes with such practices.
The Brain The human brain is the most complex and least understood part of the human anatomy. There may be a lot we don’t know, but here are a few interesting facts that we’ve got covered. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.
Grapefruits are renowned to be the dieter's fruit for good reason: studies have shown that adding one grapefruit to a diet each day can help burn fat. Ken Fujioka, MD, of the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California observed obese study participants, who were not dieting, add a half of one grapefruit before each meal for 12 weeks. Participants lost an average of 3.6 pounds even without any additional dieting effort (note that the study was sponsored by the Florida Department of Citrus). What's even more compelling is the fact that grapefruits contain the enzyme bromelain, which is both anti-inflammatory and skin-cleansing.
I am extremely thrilled to announce the release of my first raw desserts ebook, "Just Desserts: Nutritious, Delicious Raw Delights" . 'Just Desserts' has something for everyone; from simple and basic treats that can be whipped up in no time to more elaborate desserts that are sure to impress both you and your guests. If you're new to raw foods or have been feeling too intimidated to tackle raw desserts, not a problem! I will walk you step by step through the process, and give you helpful and ingenious tips so that you, too, can create beautifully decadent raw desserts with minimal fuss.
Not only was my birth birthday this week (yesterday) - but it has been just about 1 year since I went raw. Time sure does fly.
I had to blog about this, but lately the amount of raw food I've been eating has been slowly decreasing while my cooked food intake has been increasing. It's been about two weeks, but it all started when I went out for sushi (veggie, obviously so not actually sushi), and had inari which is tofu pockets of rice. I'm going to be frank about what I'm experiencing, some of it may be directly related, others not, or it could all just be a combo of stress + diet. I am tense all the time, my shoulders hunch even in my sleeping position, so I've had to be conscious about that.