Ganzfeld: Hack Your Brain the Legal Way This instructable will show you how to achieve altered states of mind surprisingly easily with the easy to make Ganzfeld mask that is better than the traditional half ping pong balls taped to the eyes. You can experience an altered state of mind and hallucination without drugs by simply depriving your body of sensory input. This technique is completely safe and reversible. It has been used by seekers of enlightenment as far as the ancient Greeks. The adepts of Pythagoras lived in pitch black caves to receive wisdom through their visions. Miners trapped by accidents in mines, frequently reported hallucinations, visions and seeing ghosts when they were in the pitch dark for days.
An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence by Maria Popova Wisdom on overcoming the greatest human frustration from the pioneer of Eastern philosophy in the West. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. But what, exactly, makes that possible?
Inspired or lost in the technology matrix? The many ‘entertainment’ options phones give us distort our ability to connect with people right next to us. We live surrounded by an increasingly complex matrix of impulses (transmitted via TV, media and the internet) that allow strangers of all sorts to interfere in our mental, emotional and spiritual development. Understanding this intricate network and how the human brain interacts with it is becoming our door to happiness and health.
Is Meditation Really Beneficial, or Is It Just Ridiculous? So, I was never really able to meditate in the past. Just general ADD, and knowledge that it takes years and years of practice before you get any benefits just put me off otf it. But, then I discovered binaural beats, which is not really some new-age shit, but rather pretty well documented and studied. What BBs do is put your brain into certain states, or operating frequencies, including theta (vs. beta, alpha and delta) which is the brainwave state that you achieve when you meditate. So, in essence, its a shortcut to meditation without all the practice. Jolly good.
Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs. Text messages, emails, Twitter, phone calls, voicemails: More than ever before, we face a nonstop onslaught of distractions. New research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, however, shows that attention and focus are key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the performing arts. The latest studies reveal that maintaining focus is what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers.
Divergent thinking Musicians are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brain and more likely to use divergent thinking in their thought processes. Divergent thinking is essential for creativity. It is the ability to see lots of possible ways to interpret a question and lots of possible answers to it. The Problem with Mindfulness. ~ Monique Minahan I jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon about six years ago. I write a blog on mindfulness. I attempt to live mindfully. I call my yoga classes, “Mindful Movement.”
The Brain on Trial Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order. On the steamy first day of August 1966, Charles Whitman took an elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. The 25-year-old climbed the stairs to the observation deck, lugging with him a footlocker full of guns and ammunition. At the top, he killed a receptionist with the butt of his rifle.