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Buddhism and the Brain

Buddhism and the Brain
Credit: Flickr user eschipul Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite a few neuroscientists have examined Buddhism and neuroscience, with both groups reporting overlap. I’m sorry to say I have been privately dismissive. One hears this sort of thing all the time, from any religion, and I was sure in this case it would break down upon closer scrutiny. When a scientific discovery seems to support any religious teaching, you can expect members of that religion to become strict empiricists, telling themselves and the world that their belief is grounded in reality. But science isn’t supposed to care about preconceived notions. Despite my doubts, neurology and neuroscience do not appear to profoundly contradict Buddhist thought. Buddhists say pretty much the same thing. When considering a Buddhist contemplating his soul, one is immediately struck by a disconnect between religious teaching and perception. Mr. The next day Mr. Consider how easily Buddhism accepts what happened to Mr.

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better | zen habits “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Fully live today by being mindful. You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better. Mindfulness Rituals Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders. Girolamo Savonarola Girolamo Savonarola (Italian: [savonaˈroːla]; 1452–1498) was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence, and known for his prophecies of civic glory and calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. He prophesied the coming of a biblical flood and a new Cyrus from the north who would reform the Church. This seemed confirmed when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy and threatened Florence. While Savonarola intervened with the king, the Florentines expelled the ruling Medici and, at the friar’s urging, established a popular republic. Early years[edit] Savonarola was born on September 21, 1452, in Ferrara. After his grandfather's death in 1468, Savonarola may have attended the public school run by Battista Guarino, son of Guarino da Verona, where he would have received his introduction to the classics as well as to the poetry and writings of Petrarch, father of Renaissance humanism. Friar[edit]

The Research and Science Behind a Perfect Blog Post Phew! Talk about pressure. Writing a blog post about how to write a perfect blog post is the most meta of burdens. It’s a bit different than writing about perfect tweets or ideal Facebook posts. So I hope you’ll still trust the advice here even if you don’t find this post itself to be flawless. The 7 essential elements of a perfect blog post I can often get wrapped up in making sure that every little detail of a blog post is perfect. Headline: the 6 words that count mostStorytelling hookFewer characters per line at firstFeatured imageSubheads for scanningContent and the 1,500-word sweet spotSoundbites for sharing How to write the perfect headline Eight out of 10 people will read your headline. Let’s start with length. Readers tend to absorb the first three words of a headline and the last three words. Of course, few headlines will be six words long in total. Beyond those specific numbers, there is extensive advice on the techniques for writing a great headline. How long should it be? 1. 2.

A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible | What's going on in the Sigalon Valley How To Write A Joke - Stand Up Comedy Clinic by Jerry Corley, founder of the Stand Up Comedy Clinic Several people have contacted me asking me a simple question: “How do I write a joke.” The question doesn’t stay simple for long. explodes into an argument of whether they want to do “jokes, ” or “stories.” To understand how to write a joke, we must first understand why people laugh. It’s the same with comedy. The key is for any joke to work, there has to be some kind of surprise. I woke up in the hotel this morning and the housekeeper was banging on the door, just banging… Finally, I had to get up and let her out. Let’s look at the joke. “I’ve been losing my hair…some guys say it doesn’t bother them when they lose their hair. Each of these jokes use the formula of leading the audience to assume one thing then shattering that assumption with something different. This is just one formula for writing jokes. Stay tuned or link to the feed to get more updates on joke writing, performance techniques and class schedules. About the author:

Writing The Perfect Scene: Advanced Fiction Writing Tips Having trouble making the scenes in your novel work their magic? In this article, I’ll show you how to write the “perfect” scene. Maybe you think it’s impossible to write the perfect scene. After all, who can choose every word perfectly, every thought, every sentence, every paragraph? Honestly, I don’t know. But structure is pretty well understood. The Two Levels of Scene Structure A scene has two levels of structure, and only two. The large-scale structure of the sceneThe small-scale structure of the scene This may seem obvious, but by the end of this article, I hope to convince you that it’s terribly profound. Before we begin, we need to understand how we keep score. Your reader is reading your fiction because you provide him or her with a powerful emotional experience. If you fail to create these emotions in your reader, then you have failed. Large-Scale Structure of a Scene The large-scale structure of a scene is extremely simple. A Scene has the following three-part pattern:

How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this — and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me. He has a full-time job as a professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes and meeting with students.He writes 6 (or more) peer-reviewed academic journal papers per year.He’s the author of 4 books including the wonderful “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” And yet he finishes work at 5:30PM every day and rarely works weekends. No, he does not have superpowers or a staff of 15. Below you’ll get Cal’s secrets on how you can better manage your time, stop being lazy, get more done — and be finished by 5:30. 1) To-Do Lists Are Evil. To-do lists by themselves are useless. Here’s Cal: Sum Up

How to Format a Manuscript - The Specifics Guidelines You Need Q: Before sending my fiction manuscript off to agents, I want to be sure I have it formatted correctly. Can you offer up any specific guidelines on the specific manuscript format that agents and publishers want? —Anonymous As an editor, I can tell you that queries and manuscript submissions (unfortunately) come in all shapes, sizes, fonts and (I’m not making this up) colors, making it a pain to sift through them. Sometimes the manuscript formatting has been so jarring that I’ve had to reject them without even looking at the overall idea—mainly because I couldn’t find the pitch through the clutter. Editors generally prefer submissions of any kind to be neat and uniform, like an online contacts folder, so they can find exactly what they want as easily as possible. According to Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, here are the specific rules to formatting a manuscript you should adhere to before shipping your work off to potential agents and publishers. Brian A.

A Conscious Union - The Ultimate Relationship by Gina Hardy In the past year I have endlessly blogged and chatted to radio hosts about the intricacies of intimate relationships from communication styles to self observation, with unending awe as I explore the certain mysteries of love and how it affects us all. There are heaps of experts and books out there written by amazing people way more qualified than me about the psychology and technical workings of relationships, but it is my calling to offer you help in this wonderland of life, so it got me wondering, as Grace had named my business Conscious Union, just what is a Conscious Union? What has been emerging, as Conscious Union earns her place in the “New Earth” jigsaw, is a honing and fine tuning of ingredients that go to make up a conscious relationship and how it is the closest thing to “happily ever after” that we will ever see within our existing DNA structure! So let me take you on a journey around a conscious relationship.

How to Write a Script Outline | The 8 Essential Plot Points Plot is THE driving force of your screenplay, so it’s essential that you spend time on your plotting skills when you’re writing a script outline. You can create the most interesting character in the world, but without an equally interesting plot, the audience will not want to spend 90-120 minutes with that person. For example, many people find Charlie Sheen’s current 2011 self-destructive spiral interesting to read and gossip about. But would they want to spend an hour and a half of their lives watching him swill alcohol, do drugs, and oogle women? I think not. But give Charlie boy a goal–perhaps to rejoin TWO & A HALF MEN, the successful sitcom he was kicked off of–while he overcomes his addiction to alcohol, drugs, & women… …and that, people might watch because they’ll want to know if he can pull it off. Since you want to know how to write a script outline, let me clue you into the dirty little secret about plot: With rare exception, all movies have the SAME structure. What do you think?

Watch the Global Premiere of Origins the Movie — Origins Movie What will it be? Case Study: $2700/Month of Passive Income by Publishing Kindle eBooks, and No Writing Total Reading Time: 8 minutes. Before the Dark Ages, the industrial revolution, the birth of technology, and even the internet — we had books. Books are one of the few constants that distinctly identify human culture. With Amazon, Kindle eBooks have become a booming business, and writers of all types are creating a name for themselves, and making a nice income. With the internet as our platform, anyone can create a new stream of income for themselves, of course with a little work. Saeed has been making around $2,700 a month by publishing eBooks on Amazon, and he hasn’t written a word himself. Use Saeed’s experience as a model, and you could be well on your way to a brand new stream of passive income. Enter Saeed… Why did you decide to get into eBooks publishing? I didn’t have a lot of time to start a business from scratch, so I was looking for a passive income (spend money to make money) type of venture. The costs weren’t too high, so I didn’t have to even think twice about it.

12 Free Keyword Tools To Replace Google's Keyword Tool Well, if you haven’t heard the news yet, the word on the street is Google has shut down their widely popular keyword tool for public use. Now if you want access to Google sanctioned keyword data you have to sign up for an Adwords account. Of course there are a ton of theories surrounding why Google would make this decision, some are more obvious than others. But to many of us Google’s motivations seem pointless when we still have work to do! Luckly we exist in a vibrant industry where innovation is at the core of most of what we do. As such we have a slew of different tools available to replace Google’s tool. Ninja Search Combination Tool: With this great tool you can develop a giant list of different search queries. See all is not lost! Until next time, happy researching!

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