Can't Stand Meditation? This Technique is For You. A consistent meditation practice is a struggle for even the most experienced of meditators. For some reason it’s difficult to bring yourself to sit down and quiet the mind despite knowing that it’s the best thing for you. I was talking about this phenomenon with my good friend Phil Drolet of The Feel Good Lifestyle and he replied with a novel solution. “When you go to the gym, do you just do bench press the entire time?” I said “No, I do 5-7 different exercises depending on what muscles I’m working on.” “Exactly! The Method Instead of doing 20 solid minutes of meditation, Phil breaks it down into 5 4-minute intervals of different practices. 1-4 min — Breathing Focus 5-8 min — Your Favorite Mantra 9-12 min — Loving/Kindness 13-16 min — Gratitude 17-20 min — Intention Visualization This not only makes your session go by quickly, but also allows you to energize many different parts of your psyche and energy body. Is this a cop out? Yes and no. The Takeaway
How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness, by Rick Hanson There’s this great line by Ani Tenzin Palmo, an English woman who spent 12 years in a cave in Tibet: “We do not know what a thought is, yet we’re thinking them all the time.” gobyg It’s true. The amount of knowledge we have about the brain has doubled in the last 20 years. In recent years, though, we have started to better understand the neural bases of states like happiness, gratitude, resilience, love, compassion, and so forth. Ultimately, what this can mean is that with proper practice, we can increasingly trick our neural machinery to cultivate positive states of mind. But in order to understand how, you need to understand three important facts about the brain. Fact one: As the brain changes, the mind changes, for better or worse. For example, more activation in the left prefrontal cortex is associated with more positive emotions. So we can see that as the brain changes, the mind changes. Fact two: As the mind changes, the brain changes. This is known as “self-directed neuroplasticity.”
200+ Consciousness Raising Documentaries Do you feel like having a ‘Movie Night’ without having to go anywhere? Here is a list of over 200 consciousness expanding movies and documentaries that will assist you in your evolution – All of which can watched for free online in the links below. How many of them have you seen? Enjoy! Leave a comment below if there are any other videos that you would like to recommend! Also, if there are any broken links, please let us know as well! 1. The First 119 Originally posted on: OpenBoxThinking 120. 169.
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
Emotional Wiring Different in Men and Women Men and women are actually from the same planet, but scientists now have the first strong evidence that the emotional wiring of the sexes is fundamentally different. An almond-shaped cluster of neurons that processes experiences such as fear and aggression hooks up to contrasting brain functions in men and women at rest, the new research shows. For men, the cluster "talks with" brain regions that help them respond to sensors for what's going on outside the body, such as the visual cortex and an area that coordinates motor actions. For women, the cluster communicates with brain regions that help them respond to sensors inside the body, such as the insular cortex and hypothalamus. "Throughout evolution, women have had to deal with a number of internal stressors, such as childbirth, that men haven't had to experience," said study co-author Larry Cahill of the University of California Irvine. Cahill and his co-author Lisa Kilpatrick, scanned the brains of 36 healthy men and 36 healthy women.
The Roots of Consciousness: Theory, The Biological Perspective The Biological Perspective In the Introduction, I discussed the evolution of organized matter from the photon through particles, atoms and molecules to living cells which begin to differentiate in structure and function forming a wide variety of tissues and organs that play a specialized function in the human body. It is reasonable to assume all these levels of organization including the whole human being play a role in shaping consciousness. The Nervous System Neuron cells are the principle units of the nervous system. The process by which pulses transmit across the neural membrane is electrochemical. Multi-Polar Neuron Bipolar Neurons Neurons are stimulated to fire by either sensory receptors or other neurons. If the post-synaptic membrane is stimulated by an inhibiting neurotransmitter its firing threshold will become higher. Neuron cell body with synapses from other neurons The nervous system itself is quite complex and may be divided into several different structures. Serotonin
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.
Why Do We Love Music? | Life's Little Mysteries Music has been with us as long as we can collectively remember. Musical instruments have been found dating back tens of thousands of years. Yet no one knows why we love music, or what function, if any, it serves. Researchers have yet to find a "music center" in the brain. One study found that when focusing on harmony in a piece, a subject experiences increased activity in the right temporal lobe's auditory areas. Other studies have focused on our emotional responses to music. A 2001 experiment at McGill College used brain scans to study the neural mechanics of the goosebumps that great music can sometimes induce. Blood flow in the brain rises and falls to swells of music in areas associated with reward, emotion and arousal. As stimulation for food and sex are important for a organism's survival, the fact that similar neural activity is observed in responses to features in music suggests that there could be some evolutionary advantage to the ability to hear — or hum — a good tune.
Spirit Science Spirit Science is the animated series that started it all. The show follows Patchman, a little multidimensional patch-doll who takes you on a journey into the unknown and begins a long discussion about what it means to be Spiritual. Thoughts, Chakras, Sacred-Geometry, Astral Travel, and even Atlantis, through Spirit Science we look at all of these topics. Most people don’t realize that there is a very powerful connection between Spirituality and Science. All of our modern scientific fields are slowly but surely coming full circle in understanding a very cosmic connection between all things. All of the atoms, particles, plants, animals, humans, and galaxies, all function under very similar patterns and principles of existence. Lesson Guide Lesson 1 – Thoughts Patchman begins your journey into the unknown with the basics. Lesson 2 – Chakras In this lesson, we take a look at Chakras, and how your body picks up energy on a vibratory level. Lesson 3 – Channeling Lesson 4 – Male and Female Energy
Six Reasons Why The Wall Is Holy 1) Site of the Holy Temple The Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. The Temple was the center of the spiritual world, the main conduit for the flow of Godliness. When the Temple stood, the world was filled with awe of God and appreciation for the genius of the Torah. Jewish tradition teaches that all of creation began in Jerusalem. It is here, on Mount Moriah, that Isaac was bound for sacrifice. Although other parts of the Temple Mount retaining wall remain standing, the Western Wall is especially dear, as it is the spot closest to the Holy of Holies, the central focus of the Temple. 2) Eternal Symbol The Sages prophesied that even after the Temple's destruction, the Divine Presence would never leave the Western Wall, and that the Wall will never be destroyed. Jerusalem was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. 3) Place of Pilgrimage and Tears Jerusalem became the focus of the non-Jewish world as well.
U.S. researchers map emotional intelligence of the brain We tend to think of reason and emotion as being two different things, but it turns out that there may not be a choice between the heart and the head. A University of Illinois team, led by neuroscience professor Aron Barbey, has made the first detailed 3D map of emotional and general intelligence in the brain, that shows a strong overlap of general and emotional intelligence. Reason and emotions aren’t opposites, but rather two types of intelligence or, perhaps, two aspects of one intelligence. Reason comes under the heading of general intelligence. There are a number of theories about how general and emotional intelligence are related. Relationships between general and emotional intelligence The study was based on computed tomography (CT) scans taken of the brains of 152 US Vietnam War veterans. The CT scans provided the first detailed 3D map of the regions of the brain associated with general and emotional intelligence. In the video below, Aron Barbey discusses the study.
SpiritualWiki - Forgiving Report on a highly effective shamanic healing / prayer method In the year 2003 Joe Vitale, US American Internet hypnotic marketeer on personal improvement and one of the experts in the popular movie The Secret, lecturer and author, heard from Mark Ryan about an unusual success story of the psychologist and therapist Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len from Hawaii. He was told that Dr. When Vitale heard this story for the first time, he doubted it wondering: How can a human being heal another one by healing themselves? These ideas seemed utterly illogical to him. To take total responsibility meant for Vitale that one is responsible for what one feels, thinks and does, not for that what others might feel, think, or do. A year later Vitale came across Len's story again. Dr. The therapist Len did not meet any of the patients one on one. Len reported, After a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely. Listening to this Vitale was in awe. How did Dr.