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A Layman’s Guide to Mindful Meditation

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. 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. Here’s an interesting video by Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes Samadhi Related:  The Walk

Activating Your Pineal Gland Having trouble meditating, or remembering your dreams, or just feeling lost and disconnected from the Source? The problem may be a blocked (or calcified) pineal gland. The pineal gland, referred to as the Third Eye, the Eye of Horus or the Seat of the Soul, is a small pine cone shaped organ inside your brain that secretes hormones like melatonin, serotonin and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), also known as the Spirit Molecule. Melatonin and serotonin are responsible for sleep or meditative states, and emotional states of well-being, bliss and euphoria. DMT effects range from time dilation, time travel, journeys to paranormal realms to encounters with spiritual beings from other dimensions. On the energy level, the pineal gland is the physical manifestation of the 6th Chakra – Ajna, associated with true mystic potential, perception of non-physical reality and spiritual wisdom. Because of its pine cone shape, the pineal gland is often symbolized by a pine cone. • Fluoride in toothpaste and in water

Improving Memory - Top 10 Tips for Improving Memory 11. Get some sleep. Researchers have long known that sleep is important for memory and learning. Some recent research has shown that taking a nap after you learn something new can actually help you learn faster and remember better. One study actually found that sleeping after learning something new actually leads to physical changes in the brain. Sleep deprived mice experienced less dendtritic growth following a learning task than well-rested mice. So the next time you are struggling to learn new information, consider getting a good night's sleep after you study. 10 Fascinating Facts About Human Memory References: Bjork, D. (2001, March). Yang, G., Lai, C. This content is provided in partnership with National 4-H Council. 4-H experiences help GROW confident, caring and capable kids.

The Process of Meditation - How to Meditate As and when writing on the niche' of Spiritual Healing, or even during the workshops on Holistic Healing, one question that I have had to entertain more than any other is 'How to Meditate'? I generally answer, " You may practice meditation for an hour a day or one minute in an hour. The crux is to detach with the mortal world by all means How to Meditate Meditation may be brought about by many wonderful means of self-discipline, yet is has proved adherently comforting and enlightening so as to follow what ancient wisdom has preached. Let Meditation Enhance Your Awareness You do not need to become a barrier to worldly thoughts, but let them come and let them go. What Ancient Wisdom Conveys Meditation is regarded as 'Dhyana' in the ancient wisdom. Posture for Meditation While you may sit relaxed in any comfortable yoga asana (Pose) during the process, I would emphasize here that you need to keep your neck and backbone erect, so at to be able to connect efficiently with divinity. Related Posts:

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

True Health: How to Tap Into the Healing Abilities of Your Chakras This is a wonderful article detailing how the Chakra system works. It goes very well with the Emotional Guidance Scale Explained and Chakras, Endocrine Glands & Organs: Explained by Ra in the Law of One. Our Chakra system helps us understand how we relate to ourselves and our outer world experiences. - Justin Source - Waking Times The human energetic body, also referred to as the pranic sheath or astral body, is an intricate network of 72,000 nadis that facilitate the movement of prana, the vital energy of the human body. Tapping into the healing abilities of your chakras can be achieved through various means, such as changing your lifestyle and diet, establishing a meditation practice, taking time for personal exploration, and integrating physical practices such as yoga into your daily life. Root Chakra – Muladhara – I am Location: The base of the spine in the tailbone area. Purpose: Keeps you grounded and centered. Mantra: Lam Sacral Chakra – Swadhishtana – I feel Mantra: Vam Mantra: Ram

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. “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: Like Loading...

Tibetan Yoga meditation methods revealed - General Discussion Earlier I made a thread about Tibetan Monks abilities to use meditation to generate heat in their bodies, to melt snow around them, or to dry freezing wet sheets wrapped around their body until the sheets start steaming and become totally dry. This was an impressive demonstration. However, in those videos, no actual methods used by Tibetan monks were shown or disclosed. Documentary about Tibetan Yoga Masters- Here is a very good, detailed video, where a practice is shown that they call "Tru Khor" (spelling?). Here is a very interesting video! Tibetan monk explains what is happening in Tummo practice- The Tibetan method of Relaxation- Does anyone have any information on the westerner in the Tummo video?

Human Behaviour A common objection to the idea of a Resource Based Economy (RBE) is the assertion that something called 'human nature' would prevent humans from being able to form a peaceful, functioning society. This is because it is supposedly in the 'nature' of humans to be violent, greedy, selfish, and lazy. It is thought that without money, humans would have no motivation to work or contribute meaningfully to society. Furthermore, it is thought that without laws, prisons, or other forms of punishment, we would not be able to cooperate with each other and society would be reduced to animalistic chaos and violence. However, a true understanding of the mechanism of human behaviour shows that the assertion of 'human nature' is a scientific fallacy. In order to understand human nature, we must first understand some basic concepts in genetics. Genotype + Environment = Phenotype Genotype refers to the specific set of genes an individual has inherited. -- Jas Garcha Citations: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Review 6. 7. 8.

The Spider Goddess & The Web She Weaves – Temple Illuminatus Esoteric Symbology of The Spider & The Web Part I. Spider in Mythology, & Folklore The symbol of Spider & the Web it Weaves features prominently in the mythology of various across the globe. Comparative analysis of myth across cultures often reveals deep truths about the nature of culture, reality and the self. The obvious question at hand concerns the prevalence of the Spider Goddess archetype across cultures. Before, we can answer that question let's briefly examine some of the mythological portraits of the Spider: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Part II. The spider web is an interesting mythological symbol considering the current scientific understanding of the universe as illustrated in quantum theory, string theory and general relativity. The Second Hermetic Principle of Correspondence states: This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. Therefore, there should be a web above, and a web below.

Cognitive neuropsychology An introduction Cognitive psychology is the scientific investigation of cognition, that is, of all mental abilities: perception, attention, learning, memory, processing of spoken and written language, thinking, reasoning and belief formation (Coltheart, 2002). It assumes that cognition can at least in principle be fully revealed by the scientific method, that is, individual components of mental processes can be identified and understood. These individual components of mind are mental modules, and thus contemporary cognitive psychology often assumes the modularity of mind (Fodor, 1983). Any theory about any domain of cognition will therefore be a theory about (a) what the modules are of the system by which performance in that domain is accomplished, and (b) what the pathways of communication between these modules of the system are; that is, a theory about the functional architecture of the system. Characteristic features of cognitive neuropsychology Inferences from double dissociation

Dream Methods & Techniques There are as many ways of working (some would say “playing”!) with a dream as there are dreams and dreamers. Different methods allow us to approach the dream in different ways, thereby shedding light on facets of the dream that might not be available to us upon first glance. How Do I Interpret My Dreams? (Pam Ryan) First, a disclaimer of sorts: Rev. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. Dream Work & Play (Christine Boyer ) As I work with people in my dream practice, one of the most common things I hear is “I never dream!” Preparation: Once you’ve decided that you want to remember your dreams, be prepared to record them. Appreciation: Be delighted with whatever you remember. Recognition: Recognition comes when we share our dreams. Questioning Images and Creating Stories (Melanie Lahina) I have found that one of my recent effective ways of working on a dream was shared with me in my dream group. Dream Recall (Richard Wilkerson) It can be very frustrating trying to recall dreams.

How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks How memory works, what visual illusions reveal, the price of happiness, the power of introverts and more… 1. Peter Doolittle: How “working memory” works “Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it.” In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance — and limitations — of your “working memory,” that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what’s happening right now.” 2. “What motivates us to work? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.” 3. “Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe — and overlook the facts.” 4. 5. 6. “Can happiness be bought? 7. 8. 9. 10.

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas. Here’s How Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects. In a new study, published in Human Brain Mapping, we scanned the brains of volunteers who had been injected with psilocybin – the chemical found in magic mushrooms which gives a psychedelic experience – and a control group who hadn’t, and discovered two key things: that psilocybin increased the amplitude (or “volume”) of activity in regions of the brain that are reliably activated during dream sleep and form part of the brain’s ancient emotion system; and that psychedelics facilitate a state of “expanded” consciousness – meaning that the breath of associations made by the brain and the ease by which they are visited is enhanced under the drugs. Ego and emotion This finding of a similar pattern to dream activity is intriguing. Building a picture

Raising a Moral Child Genetic twin studies suggest that anywhere from a quarter to more than half of our propensity to be giving and caring is inherited. That leaves a lot of room for nurture, and the evidence on how parents raise kind and compassionate children flies in the face of what many of even the most well-intentioned parents do in praising good behavior, responding to bad behavior, and communicating their values. By age 2, children experience some moral emotions — feelings triggered by right and wrong. To reinforce caring as the right behavior, research indicates, praise is more effective than rewards. Rewards run the risk of leading children to be kind only when a carrot is offered, whereas praise communicates that sharing is intrinsically worthwhile for its own sake. But what kind of praise should we give when our children show early signs of generosity? Many parents believe it’s important to compliment the behavior, not the child — that way, the child learns to repeat the behavior. Photo