Archive for December, 2007

Ring in the Old

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2007 by ewakening

There is nothing new at all. It is the old that tells us that it is new, and through this gimmick thought is making what it calls “new” part of the old, and it thus maintaining its continuity. So, whatever you cannot experience does not exist. It may sound as a very dogmatic assertion on my part, but when you try to experience something that you have not experienced before, the whole movement of the experiencing structure comes to an end.

— U.G. Krishnamurti, from Thought is Your Enemy


Fight over word for "God" in Malaysia

Posted in god on December 28, 2007 by ewakening

A church and Christian newspaper in Malaysia are suing the government after it decreed that the word “Allah” can only be used by Muslims. In the Malay language “Allah” is used to mean any god, and Christians say they have used the term for centuries. Opponents of the ban say it is unconstitutional and unreasonable. It is the latest in a series of religious rows in largely Muslim Malaysia, where minority groups claim their rights are being eroded.

Does generosity reward the brain?

Posted in brain, brain enhancement on December 25, 2007 by ewakening

In a neurological study cited in Science, human research subjects were placed in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner and manipulated through situations in which they gave charitable donations. Some brain regions involved in reward were activated by giving, indicating that the brain was experiencing positive sensations from the act of giving.

“If you look at human financial behavior as an attempt to increase the feeling of reward,” said a neuroscientist, “then donating money makes economic sense. Look at it this way: when I’m giving to charity I’m paying for the pleasure of donating money.”

Meal for higher Principles

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2007 by ewakening

The substances that we use are a sacrifice to us, just as we are a sacrifice to the Reality that Lives us and ultimately Dissolves us in Itself. We sit at a great dinner table. We are ourselves a kind of Meal for a higher Principles. We are not intended to be a degraded slaughter, as are the cattle eaten by self-indulgent people, but we are the sacrificial elements in a higher Meal.

— Bubba Free John, from The Eating Gorilla Comes in Peace

Meditation vs. depression

Posted in brain, meditation on December 22, 2007 by ewakening

Meditating could be a simple solution to treating depression. Brain scans show significant changes in brain waves after just a few weeks of meditation. Experts say meditation helps patients get rid of anger, anxiety and just let everything go.

Absent or present Master

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2007 by ewakening

If there is surrender, even an absent Master can help you. If there is no surrender, even an alive Master who is present cannot help you.

— Osho, from The Book of the Secrets, Vol. 2.

Change your brain — with meditation

Posted in brain, brain enhancement, meditation on December 14, 2007 by ewakening

Feeling stressed or depressed? You may one day be prescribed meditation rather than medication, thanks to a study conducted by researchers from the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ontario.

A research team is the first to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map brain activity changes in people trained in mindfulness meditation. The researchers scanned the brains of study participants as they responded to various word prompts.

People with no meditation training showed very little change in brain activity from task to task. They mostly engaged the areas along the middle of the brain such as the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for personality and social behaviour.

But participants who had practiced meditation regularly showed a more dramatic change in brain activity when asked to move from the narrative to the experiential focus: they shifted away from the midline brain regions to areas that regulate more primitive functions such as touch, pain and temperature sensation.

“This ability to alter brain activity may explain why so many studies show mood improvements with meditation. It turns out taking a break from the middle regions of the brain, which we tend to overuse,might be just what’s needed to help you feel better,” said a researcher.