View as a webpage. To live is to pursue goals. Out of healthy self-interest and kindness to yourself, it's natural and fine to seek security, success, comfort, enjoyment, creative expression, physical and mental health, connection, respect, love, self- actualization, and spiritual development. The question is whether you go after your goals with stress and drivenness - in a word, with attachment - or with outer effort and inner peacefulness, rewarded by the journey itself no matter the destination: with aspiration.
The difference between attachment and aspiration got really clear for me one time in Boulder, Colorado, where I'd gone with my old friend Bob for a week of rock climbing. Our guide, Dave, asked us what our goals were, and I said I wanted to climb 5.11 (a stiff grade) by the end of the week; at that point I could barely climb 5.8. Bob stared at me and then said this was crazy, that I'd only get frustrated and disappointed (Bob's pretty driven, and doesn't like falling short). View as a webpage. FDA just approved a ‘cooling cap’ to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. (Courtesy of Dignitana) The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the nation's first "cooling cap" intended to reduce hair loss in female breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The DigniCap Cooling System, manufactured by Sweden-based Dignitana, is a computer-controlled device that circulates a cooled liquid while a patient is receiving chemotherapy. The cold is intended to constrict blood vessels in the scalp, in an effort to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals that can reach and harm hair roots. In addition, the cooling mechanism also reduces the activity of the hair follicles, ideally making them less susceptible to chemotherapy. FDA based its decision on the results of clinical trials involving 122 women with Stage 1 and Stage 2 breast cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy regimens that have been associated with hair loss. Despite Tuesday's approval, FDA made clear that DigniCap might not work with some chemotherapy regimens.
“The Truth About Cancer” Series Is Untruthful About Cancer. “The Truth About Cancer” Series Is Untruthful About Cancer The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest is billed as “the documentary series the mainstream media refused to air.” It consists of eleven episodes and is produced by Ty Bollinger, an outspoken supporter of natural treatments for cancer. Episodes 1 and 2 are currently available online. Ty Bollinger started his quest because several of his family members had died of cancer despite conventional cancer treatment. He believed they had died not of the cancer but of the cancer’s “so-called treatments” and “false treatments.”
He says, “You are about to learn the best treatments and preventions to cancer, protocols that won’t harm your body, from the world leading doctors across the globe.” A hopelessly biased sample The people Bollinger interviewed are not the world’s leading doctors, but infamous characters whose non-science-based views are notorious. False claims Lies about chemotherapy Chemo started with mustard gas. The natural fallacy. Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is - Tara Brach. Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea | Jon... Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by increasingly rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a longing for new practices that might help us to better apprehend and solve the challenges that threaten our health. This week a landmark British report will lay out recommendations for the provision of mindfulness across many public policy areas.
Mindful Nation UK, based on evidence presented to an all-party group of the UK parliament, carries enormous promise for health policy in Britain and the wider world. The World Health Organisation has warned that mental ill-health will be the biggest burden of disease in developed countries by 2030. We urgently need new approaches to tackling this epidemic, and crucially more research to determine the efficacy of mindfulness as a prevention strategy. Already, mindfulness training has been shown to reduce the risk of relapse of recurrent depression by one third.
Many challenges lie ahead. Divorcing a Narcissist. Talking Buddha, Talking Christ. Popemania may have moved on to the afterlife, but our memories of it endure: the wide-eyed references to Francis as a "rockstar," the jet-black Fiat, and yes, even the Popemojis. Papal pomp aside, perhaps the most memorable moment of the visit was the Pope's address to a joint session of Congress, in which he spoke pointedly about climate change, the arms trade, and the death penalty, among other issues.
In an effort to summon the better angels of our nature as well as the ones hovering idly atop a gridlocked Washington D.C., Francis structured the speech around the legacies and lessons of four influential Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. Many understood his choice of the first three—a revered president, a civil rights leader, and a Catholic social justice icon—but expressed befuddlement at the last: a Trappist monk who spent the bulk of his adult life at an abbey in rural Kentucky.
I have said Nhat Hanh is my brother, and it is true. 15 Life Changing Lessons To Learn From Rumi. 15 Life Changing Lessons To Learn From Rumi “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi Rumi left us so much wisdom and insight through his beautiful, yet powerful poetry that applies just as much today as it did in the 13th century. A Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and spiritual teacher, Rumi is a best-selling poet in the United States and gave us a unique perspective about the universe and life that we can all take something from. 1. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” “These pains you feel are messengers. “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” “The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.”
“What hurts you, blesses you. “Don’t turn away. 2. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” “Don’t grieve. 3. “Forget safety. 4. “Stop acting so small. “Become the sky. 5. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. How Your Brain Is Wired Reveals the Real You.
The brain’s wiring patterns can shed light on a person’s positive and negative traits, researchers report in Nature Neuroscience. The finding, published on September 28, is the first from the Human Connectome Project (HCP), an international effort to map active connections between neurons in different parts of the brain. The HCP, which launched in 2010 at a cost of US$40 million, seeks to scan the brain networks, or connectomes, of 1,200 adults. Among its goals is to chart the networks that are active when the brain is idle; these are thought to keep the different parts of the brain connected in case they need to perform a task. In April, a branch of the project led by one of the HCP's co-chairs, biomedical engineer Stephen Smith at the University of Oxford, UK, released a database of resting-state connectomes from about 460 people between 22 and 35 years old.
Much more connectome data should emerge in the next few years. How the Thrill Can Last a Lifetime. You are sitting on your meditation cushion, at one with your breath. You feel good—mindfulness is working! Right here right now there is nothing more interesting than this very moment. Suddenly you hear a voice you know so well, asking for the hundredth time “Honey, have you seen my keys?” You now spend your time wondering was this man, who counts picking up the car from the mechanic as a date, this woman, who forgets to feed the cat but knows the plot of every reality TV show, really once the most fascinating person in the world?
If you’re bored with your spouse, I am here to tell you that attention and curiosity don’t just belong on your cushion. They belong in your life, in your relationship, and in your bed. Your spouse is not boring. Desire thrives on novelty. Maybe the problem is that you are not celebrating the small things that make up the moments of a day together. Often we wait for our partner to do something to capture our interest. What tools? All that from being aware. Evangelical Pastor Gives Profound Response To Bernie Sanders’ Speech At Liberty U. Bernie Sanders gave a speech recently, regarding topics like economic inequality, healthcare reform, mass incarceration and providing more opportunity and earning potential for the poor, at Liberty University. The college, founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell, is the largest Evangelical College in the world. Generally speaking, it has been a Republican indoctrination school for most of its existence.
The crowd went wild when the implication of banning abortion was brought up by an interviewer, as if this was the only social ill that plagued society. However, at least one person, a very conservative Evangelical pastor that worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign, is now comparing Bernie Sanders to John the Baptist. The following are excerpts from the letter written by the pastor: And if you’re an Evangelical listening to me today, you already know where I’m going with this. Source for all quotes and full text of response: Reddit Featured Image Joe My God. 9 Ways to Serve through Communication, by Birju Pandya. As I continue along the path of giving, I’m learning of the constant opportunity to act from a space of service.
A recent personal insight in this space is how communicating with an intention to serve leads to markedly different behaviors. Some examples below: Talking + Share only to the extent that its genuinely other-centric (not to bolster one's own ego). + Sharing from a perspective of ‘bridge building’ to ensure that person-to-person connection, along with authentic adherence to one’s values, is of utmost importance (e.g., ‘proving’ that one is right is useless if you lose the connection along the way) + Speaking consciously so as to not arouse fear, desire, anger in the other person as these sensations take others off their balance + Summarizing thoughts succinctly so as not to force the other to decipher the meaning of one’s thought (e.g., starting with the point and then elaborating as much as the listener wants) Listening Common knowledge to some, but in many ways new to me. Sit Like a Mountain: An Image of Equanimity.
Buddhist Monks Militarize in South and Southeast Asia. Richie Davidson: Well-Being is a Skill. We normally don’t think of well-being as a skill, says neuroscientist and emotion specialist Richie Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At a recent conference hosted by The Mind and Life Institute, Davidson talked about his center’s work in the field of contemplative neuroscience. He says one of the most important insights this work is leading us to is: we can train for well-being.
“It is the neuroscientific evidence particularly which shows us that the circuits in the brain that are important to underlying well-being exhibit plasticity—it changes as a consequence of experience and as a consequence of training. We know that the brain is constantly being changed, wittingly or unwittingly.” The brain keeps changing over its entire lifespan. “We can all take responsibility for our own brains and we can shape our own brains in ways that are more positive and can lead to the cultivation of well-being.” When Parenting Gets Tough. In spite of my bookshelf from graduate school, much of what I’ve learned about parenting has come from my parents, and my own experience as a parent—as it has for us all. I’m a clinical psychologist who has spent the better part of 20 years specializing in the treatment of children, as well as in counselling parents. I’m trained, licensed, experienced, and even fairly well-read.
And as a parent myself I can honestly answer “that” question from anxious parents coming to me for help–whether my understanding of what they’ve been through extends from professional to personal. So yes, I know quite a bit professionally and personally about parenting. Parents need a new way to relate to the inevitable suffering and universal emotional pain of parenthood. Across all of my work and home forays into the intricacies of parenting, one truth shines through: the emotional pains of modern parenting are universal.
I’m not aware of any tool or strategy for ending the inevitable pain of parenting. Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids. Since its release last month, Inside Out has been applauded by critics, adored by audiences, and has become the likely front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. But perhaps its greatest achievement has been this: It has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds. As you likely know by now, much of the film takes place in the head of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, with five emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust—embodied by characters who help Riley navigate her world. The film has some deep things to say about the nature of our emotions—which is no coincidence, as the GGSC’s founding faculty director, Dacher Keltner, served as a consultant on the film, helping to make sure that, despite some obvious creative liberties, the film’s fundamental messages about emotion are consistent with scientific research. 1) Happiness is not just about joy.
This reflects the way that a lot of leading emotion researchers see happiness. The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure. Does "Inside Out" Get Sadness Wrong? - Mindful. In the film “Inside Out,” an 11-year-old girl named Riley grapples with a major life event: moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, leaving friends and her home behind. Her emotions are personified by five characters based on human emotion: anger, disgust, fear, sadness, and joy.
In this plot, sadness takes center stage in a lot of ways. Writer and director Pete Docter of Pixar reached out to two scientists to help with rounding out these emotions: Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC-Berkeley, and Paul Ekman, a professor of psychology at the UC-San Francisco. Both say they have one major hang-up with the portrayal of sadness. It’s too sad. Keltner and Ekman in The New York Times: Sadness is seen as a drag, a sluggish character that Joy literally has to drag around through Riley’s mind. Despair is what happens when you fight sadness. Basically, happiness is not all about smiles and feel-good platitudes. The Heart Sūtra Mantra by Deva Premal. No Drama Discipline | Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. After Tina Payne Bryson and I wrote The Whole Brain Child a few years ago, we were struck at how the term "discipline" was often used in our workshops by parents as a synonym for "punishment.
" And so we felt it was important in our next book to help clarify that the term discipline really means "to teach," and that the recipient of our discipline is a student, not a prisoner. In No-Drama Discipline, Tina and I explore this issue head on, using the Connect-and-Redirect whole-brain principle as our centerpiece to invite parents and other caregivers to really reflect on the nature of discipline, teaching and relationships. The book's primary message is that the most challenging moments that require our disciplinary action are the opportunities for deep teaching.
Louis Pasteur once said, "Chance favors the prepared mind. " In brain terms, a moment requiring discipline can emerge at any time, and the ones that involve limits and intense emotions can be the most challenging. Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line | Arianna Huffington. Fight or Flight. 10 Reasons Buddhism works for non-religious people. Welcome to Forbes. Scientists Probe Puppy Love. The independent mindfulness information website - Mindfulness at Work. The Scientific Research on Workplace Mindfulness - MindWork. The independent mindfulness information website - Neuroscience of mindfulness.
What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? Compassion meditation reduces 'mind-wandering,' Stanford research shows. Felt in Its Fullness. The Four Qualities of Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh | Creative by Nature. Up in Smoke: A Buddhist pot-smoker on quitting weed. Reactive Attachment Disorder | Adult Attachment Therapy. This woman just explained consent with the most perfect metaphor : The Loop. The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care.
How Early Experiences Alter Gene Expression and Shape Development. Arguing parents could damage their baby for life, study claims. Thich Nhat Hanh on Loosening the Knots of Anger. Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down. Research Roundup from Mindful magazine. Database Error. Mindfulness Meditation Can Help You Fall (And Stay) Asleep. Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down. This Valentine’s Day Forget Chocolate–Practice Mindful Sex. Uk.businessinsider. Welcome to Forbes. Welcome to Forbes. What's Sex Got To Do With It? Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in t... World-first evidence suggests that meditation alters cancer survivors’ cells. Changing Our DNA through Mind Control? UK on the Fast Track to Becoming a Mindful Nation. The Game Changer. Scientific Benefits of Meditation - 76 things you might be missing out | Live... 2014: The Year of Mindfulness, Religion of the Rich | The New Republic.
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Meditation Covers Scientific American November 2014 Issue. From decisions to disorders: how neuroscience is changing what we know about ourselves. New York Knicks Must Embrace Phil Jackson’s ‘Mindfulness Training’ | RantSports. ScienceDaily - Fighting parents hurt children's ability to recognize and regulate emotions. How stress and depression can shrink the brain -- ScienceDaily. How stress tears us apart: Enzyme attacks synaptic molecule, leading to cognitive impairment -- ScienceDaily.
Why Mindfulness Matters: Lessons from the Seattle Seahawk’s Sports Psychologist (pt 1) Is Mindfulness Good Medicine? Congressman Moonbeam. Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Thoughts Can Induce Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes | The Mind Unleashed. Mindfulness and meditation training could ease PTSD symptoms, researchers say. There's A New, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness in the UK. When Memory is Under Attack. Why Do "Strivers" Meditate? The New Yorker Finds Clues in Dan Harris' "10% Happier"
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