Eight weeks to a better brain Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. Subscribe to the Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails with the latest Harvard news.
Alternative theories of consciousness: some interesting ideas summarised and discussed. It is remarkable how poor a showing the whole idea of immaterial spirits now gets in both science and philosophy: after all, for many centuries most Europeans, including the brightest and most sophisticated thinkers, took it for granted that the explanation of consciousness lay in a spiritual realm, whereas now, as Searle has said about the existence of God, it isn't so much that everyone is a sceptic as that the question never even arises. Given that ideas from the Christian tradition are rather poorly served, it can hardly be surprising that other religious views are scarcely reflected at all in contemporary Western discussions of consciousness, in spite of the undeniable interest of many of them. In these pages we are currently no better than anyone else in this respect (but at least we are ashamed of ourselves). However, the spiritual view does have one able and well-qualified scientific champion in the shape of Sir John Eccles.
The Pagan Federation - Paganism - Wheel of the Year Samhain - 31st October (pronounced Sow-in): The Wheel of the Year is seen to begin at Samhain, which is also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows Eve. This is the Celtic New Year, when the veil between the worlds of life and death stands open. Samhain is a festival of the dead, when Pagans remember those who have gone before and acknowledge the mystery of death. As Pagans we celebrate death as a part of life. Yule - 21st December (archaic form Geola, pronounced Yula): Yule is the time of the winter solstice, when the sun child is reborn, an image of the return of all new life born through the love of the Gods. Imbolc - 2nd February: Imbolc, also called Oimelc and Candlemas, celebrates the awakening of the land and the growing power of the Sun. Spring Equinox - 21st March: Now night and day stand equal. Beltane - 30th April: The powers of light and new life now dance and move through all creation. Midsummer - 21st June: At summer solstice is the festival of Midsummer, sometimes called Litha.
Meryl Davids Landau: 6 Tips For When Meditation Gets Rocky Here's what happened when I went to meditate the other day: The phone rang as I was about to start. I figured I hadn't even closed my eyes yet, so I answered. After finally extricating myself from the call, I had to search high and low for my lighter to get my candle glowing. Alas, this was not an uncommon session -- and it was an occasion when I actually got around to putting butt to cushion, which I freely admit isn't every day. But most people -- myself among them -- find meditating a challenge. Yet, from studying with meditation teachers and muddling through my own sitting practice for years now, I've come to realize her comment stems from a misunderstanding of what meditation is, and what it isn't. Loading Slideshow The Goal Is Space, Not SilenceThe late Swami Satchidananda, renowned for opening the Woodstock festival with his chanting, directed meditators to aim "see what is happening within you.
The Language of Light This page is dedicated to the incredible beauty and lyrical nature of the ‘Language of Light’. This universal language in it’s many forms is known throughout all of God’s creation by all living beings, both physical and non-physical. Although each race or lifeform creates their own unique variation of this language, the highlighted ‘angelic script’ illustrated below is the original language of Creation. It is also known as the Mother Tongue or the Language of the Angels. To continue, the angelic ‘language of light’ began to manifest itself to me upon my awakening. In addition, each of the angelic scripts and interdimensional symbol codes below are ‘living languages’; sending out resonant beneficial frequencies to all who view them. In conclusion, I would also like to say that it is actually more fluid and faster for me to write and draw these languages and symbols than it is to write my primary language of English. Thanks and enjoy, Bryan
Pagan Prayer Beads - How to Make Pagan Prayer Beads - Pagan Rosary Beads In many magical traditions and religious paths, the use of beads can be a meditative and magical exercise. The best known example of this practice is found, obviously, in the Catholic use of the rosary. Within the rosary, each bead is representative of a prayer, which is counted in a ritual format. Some forms of Judaism have used prayer beads for many years, with a bead or knot symbolizing each of the Psalms. If you’re Pagan, obviously you wouldn’t need a set of prayer beads symbolizing things such as Psalms or other clearly Judeo-Christian ideals. However, Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on faith, and for many Pagans the idea of ritualized prayer is an appealing one. Let’s look at ideas for two different types of Pagan prayer beads.
100 Benefits of Meditation Did you know that people who meditate for a short time each day are much happier than people who don't? Meditators are much healthier with greatly extended life spans, too. As a matter of fact, their health is so much better that a number of insurance companies have reduced premiums for people who meditate. Did you know that experienced meditators have developed many latent abilities that they never knew they had, abilities that exist within every person? And they have gotten much closer to answering life's mysterious questions? They are much smarter, too. Were you aware that meditators produce immensely more pleasurable brain chemicals, the same chemicals that flow through your system on the days when you feel very good, and these pleasurable brain chemicals are produced constantly? Did you know that they also sleep much better? Also, meditators have far superior mental and emotional health. 1- It lowers oxygen consumption. 2- It decreases respiratory rate. 4- Increases exercise tolerance.
The Tao Of Programming Translated by Geoffrey James Transcribed by Duke Hillard Transmitted by Anupam Trivedi, Sajitha Tampi, and Meghshyam Jagannath Re-html-ized and edited by Kragen Sittler Last modified 1996-04-10 or earlier Table of Contents Book 1 - The Silent Void Thus spake the master programmer: ``When you have learned to snatch the error code from the trap frame, it will be time for you to leave.'' Something mysterious is formed, born in the silent void. If the Tao is great, then the operating system is great. The Tao of Programming flows far away and returns on the wind of morning. The Tao gave birth to machine language. The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Each language has its purpose, however humble. But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it. In the beginning was the Tao. Programmers that do not comprehend the Tao are always running out of time and space for their programs. How could it be otherwise? The wise programmer is told about Tao and follows it. The highest sounds are hardest to hear.
Five Meaningful Methods of Meditation In my last article, A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation, we discussed the “why” of meditation. In this article we will discuss the “how.” There’s a myriad of methods for meditation. Some are easy and some are difficult. All require daily practice to perfect. Mindfulness, or Spiritual Method: A most popular method comes from Buddhist meditation practice of Vipassana. How to: One can practice mindfulness in any position, even lying down. Zen or Zazen Method: Also from the Buddhist tradition, this method is all about simply sitting. How to: The most effective positioning of the body for the practice of Zazen is the stable, symmetrical position of the seated Buddha. Kundalini or Transcendental Method: This method comes from the Vedanta Hinduism tradition and ties into different forms of Yoga practices. How to: Breathing is primary. Qigong Method or Movement Method: This method comes from the Taoist tradition. Drumming and/or Om Method: The heart beat itself is a drum. Image Source ~