Archive for the meditation Category

Short-term Meditation Changes Brain

Posted in brain, brain enhancement, meditation on January 23, 2011 by ewakening

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital had meditation study participants take part in an eight-week meditation program requiring only 30 minutes of unstructured meditation per day.  Brain scans conducted at the end of the test period showed that even within this brief span of time, changes in certain parts of the brain could be detected.  The brain scans showed that participants’ hippocampal regions had increased, suggesting an increase in capacity for memory and learning.  Also, the density of the amygdala decreased, implying a decrease in stress and anxiety.  Such studies demonstrate that the brain is highly malleable and readily responds to even short-term, light meditational discipline.



Yoga Sutras: Subtle Attainments

Posted in meditation, psychonautics, Uncategorized, yoga on January 9, 2011 by ewakening

The subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs (ausadhi), mantra, austerities (tapas) or concentration (samadhi).

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, 4.1

Yoga Sutras, 1.12-1.14

Posted in brain control, meditation, yoga on January 2, 2011 by ewakening

One’s turbulent thought patterns are controlled and eventually mastered through practice and non-attachment. Practice means selecting the right actions and applying the right efforts to bring a stable advanced state. When such practice is done consistently and with devotion, it becomes a firmly rooted, solid foundation for further attainments.

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.14

Yoga Sutras, 1.2

Posted in meditation, yoga on December 26, 2010 by ewakening

Yoga is the restraint of the chaotic fluctuations of the mind which obscure one’s innate Adeptship from oneself.

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, 1.2

Petros class: Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Posted in meditation, yoga on December 11, 2009 by ewakening

Petros will be giving a one-hour class introducing Raja Yoga (a.k.a. the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) on Friday, 11 December 2009 at Alpha Books (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix).

The Yoga Sutras may be read at:

Meditation shown to lower blood pressure

Posted in meditation on November 25, 2009 by ewakening

A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension has shown that meditative practice can have a measurably positive influence on lowering high blood pressure and improving overall cardiovascular health. The study involved nearly 300 individuals, about half of whom meditated regularly. Preliminary results suggest that the meditators’ group was able to substantially lower blood pressure and evidence other positive effects in comparison to the control group.


No other shore (J. Krishnamurti)

Posted in enlightenment, krishnamurti, meditation on August 23, 2009 by ewakening

000jk1There is no way to the other shore. There is no action, no prescription, no behavior that will open the door to the other. It is not an evolutionary process; it is not the end of a discipline; it cannot be bought or given or invited. If this is clear, if the mind has forgotten itself and no longer says ‘the other bank’ or ‘this bank,’ if the mind has stopped groping and searching, if there is total emptiness and space within the mind itself, then and only then is it there.

— J. Krishnamurti, from Freedom, Love and Action