A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation “Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” ~ Rumi Here’s the thing: we all know we should meditate, right? Even conventional doctors are informing us about the huge benefits of meditation. But how do we go about doing it exactly? When it comes down to it, meditation can be as simple, or as complex, as we want it to be. All of life is a moving meditation. So if our goal is to achieve presence with the vibration of the universe, and presence is about being in the moment and familiarizing ourselves with the current state of our mind-body-soul, then how do we actually do it? We do it by finding a sacred “place” to “perform” our meditation. The main purpose for resonating with this sacred vibration is to nix the overreach of the Ego. Resources: Samadhi
Three Simple Strategies for Learning Anything Better It was eighth grade. I was sitting alone in the corner outside the dean’s office. In trouble. Again. It’s not that I was a wild child. “Mr. Of course I wasn’t paying attention. “That’s right,” I answered. Ms. “Mr. “I like to read,” I answered. Ms. I stared coolly. Ms. That was why I was in Ms. Science has shown that the brain has two fundamental modes of learning—focused and diffuse. That was that. Today, some forty years later, Ms. How did I do it? I enlisted in the Army straight out of high school, because it was one of the few jobs I could get that would actually pay me to learn another language. I decided to turn my attention to studying math and science. Learn when to stop. When I first began to study math and science seriously, I made the mistake of forcing myself to sit and work on a problem until I figured it out. By sidestepping the race to the finish line, I had the time to practice and repeat. Slow down, back up, repeat. Don’t procrastinate. I did it. Dr.
Save Food from the Fridge by Jihyun Ryou Although we seem to think and talk about food almost constantly, do we really know how best to preserve it or do we leave this responsibility to technology? Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jihyun Ryou feels we no longer understand how to treat food. Her Save Food from the Fridge project involves placing certain foods on a group of "knowledge shelves" outside the fridge. Perhaps through a better relationship with our food we may be able to waste less and conserve more energy. The ethylene gas produced by apples keeps potatoes from sprouting. Storing root vegetables vertically keeps them fresher longer. The umpteen tiny holes on the surface of an eggshell allows odors from other foods to be absorbed, so keeping them out of the fridge will ensure their tastiness. The glass cup of water is used to test freshness: a fresh egg will sink and remain horizontal. Fruit vegetables such as zucchini, aubergines, peppers and cucumbers are better off outside the fridge, placed above a water tray.
Caffeine - a powerful and addictive drug | Mind-Body Self Help Caffeine is a potent drug. So each time you drink tea, coffee, cola or cocoa you are giving your body a ‘hit’ of caffeine. Along with nicotine and alcohol, caffeine is one of the three most widely used mood-affecting drugs in the world. If you have more than two or three caffeine drinks per day this is likely to be affecting your moods and your physiology – and in a more powerful manner than you might expect. Caffeine is not harmful – but overuse of caffeine could be. What is caffeine? It is a potent and quick-acting drug which produces an effect similar to the stress response in our bodies. Caffeine research New research into the effects of caffeine continues appear every few months and these reports frequently contradict one another – depending on who did the research, how many people were evaluated and, of course, who funded the research… So the definitive word on caffeine has not yet been agreed Reported effects of caffeine On the other hand… Sources of caffeine Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
ENH-531/ST372: Magnolia grandiflora'Bracken's Brown Beauty': 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' Southern Magnolia Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2 Introduction This cultivar of the native North American evergreen tree with its large, beautiful, saucer-shaped, fragrant flowers was selected for its dense, uniform growth habit and beautiful brown-backed leaves. Figure 1. Middle-aged Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty': 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' Southern Magnolia [Click thumbnail to enlarge.] General Information Scientific name: Magnolia grandiflora Pronunciation: mag-NO-lee-uh gran-dih-FLOR-uh Common name(s): 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' Southern Magnolia Family: Magnoliaceae USDA hardiness zones: 7A through 10A (Fig. 2) Origin: native to North America Invasive potential: little invasive potential Uses: specimen; street without sidewalk; screen; espalier; tree lawn 4-6 feet wide; tree lawn > 6 ft wide; highway median Availability: somewhat available, may have to go out of the region to find the tree Figure 2. Range Description Height: 30 to 50 feet Spread: 15 to 20 feet Crown uniformity: symmetrical Foliage
Increase Brain Power Increase Brain Power Keeping the brain healthy and Increasing Its Power Expanded brain function equals enhanced performance If the brain can function better and faster, it will. A healthy brain naturally seeks to operate as efficiently as possible. If you expand brain capacity and connections, the brain will take advantage of the new resources every time it faces a processing task. Researchers have been astounded at cases where portions of a patient’s brain were damaged or surgically removed following disease or stroke. Application: LearningRx training primarily concentrates on increasing and strengthening brain function and efficiency. Increase Brain Power — ProgressBig, fast changes are important The brain has the potential to expand — and do so quickly. The brain recognizes big change as important change. Application: LearningRx training recognizes the capacity for big, fast changes. The training is designed to stimulate motivation. Keep Reading! 1 Ratey, MD, J.
Neuroplasticity and Exercise Will Keep Your Brain Young and Spry | Big Think | IdeaFeed Our poor brains. From 25-years-old on, it's just one long downward spiral toward Age Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD). As Dr. If the above bit of cranial memento mori is getting you down, Dr. Something else you can do to keep your brain fit is to take advantage of neuroplasticity. "By consistently challenging it with fresh mental activities, your brain will be continually forced to restructure, rewire and build new connections to cope with the new demands placed on it." There are four activities Dr. Each of these activities requires your brain to interpret, adapt, or think critically. Those four (plus exercise) are but the tip of the iceberg. Wendy Suzuki understands the importance of a healthy brain. Read more at EurekAlert! Read more at The Independent Photo credit: Jezper / Shutterstock
U.S. Sees Hottest 12 Months And Hottest Half Year On Record: NOAA Calls Record Heat A One-In-1.6-Million Event By Joe Romm "U.S. Sees Hottest 12 Months And Hottest Half Year On Record" The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its chart-filled “State of the Climate Global Analysis” for June 2012: The big stories are the heat and drought: The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. How off-the-charts has the last year been? During the June 2011-June 2012 period, each of the 13 consecutive months ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. As meteorologist Dr. UPDATE: NOAA did the math inappropriately in multiple respects. Like a baseball player on steroids, our atmosphere has been “juiced” with human emissions of greenhouse gases, which means we are going to be breaking heat records at an “unnatural” pace for a long, long time. How extreme has the weather been in 2012? The U.S. Here’s the chart: This does not bode well for US crops.
Towards a De-biased Social Psychology: The effects of ideological perspective go beyond politics. | funderstorms Behavioral and Brain Sciences, in press; subject to final editing before publication This is a commentary on: Duarte, J. L., Crawford, J. T., Stern, C., Haidt, J., Jussim, L., & Tetlock, P. “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” — Robert Frost Liberals may be too open-minded for their own (ideological) good; they keep finding fault with themselves and this article is a good example. Duarte et al. argue that our science would be better if more “conservatives” were included in the ideological mix. In any case, we shouldn’t wait for conservatives to arrive and save us. Politics is the least of it. Examples are legion. Personality and abilities are heritable. Human nature is a product of evolution. The Fundamental Attribution Error is, as we all know, the unfortunate human tendency to view behavior as stemming from the characteristics — the traits and beliefs — of the people who perform it. REFERENCES Kenrick, D.T., & Funder, D.C. (1988). Like this: