Category Archives: Meditation & Mindfulness

The Mindful Revolution

Time magazine has a cover story about the power of mindfulness. It’s a good read. Check out the full version here: http://goo.gl/RKQPsd

 

The Search for Self in a Brain Scan

Interesting article from the NY Times on brain science and our sense of self. It’s part of a series of articles about new findings from brain research. See the full article here: goo.gl/DCTSf0

“Once the 10 hours of scans and tests are finished, and 10 hours more of processing and analysis done, the data for each of the volunteers — all anonymous — becomes part of adatabase to help scientists develop tools so that one day such an individual report might be possible.

Besides, I was just going through a portion of the process, to see what it was like.

Even so, I do have this sense of myself as an individual, different from others in ways good, bad and inconsequential, and the pretty reasonable feeling that whatever a “self” is, it lies behind my eyes and between my ears. That’s where I feel that “I” live.”

How to Comfort Someone in Pain

We all get our share of pain and loss in life. Some seem to get more than their fair share.

When someone you love is hurting, it’s normal to want to help but sometimes it’s hard to know how to help. Here are a few pointers from people that have had their fair share of suffering and support.

“I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of passive activism. We have a tendency, especially in an achievement-oriented culture, to want to solve problems and repair brokenness — to propose, plan, fix, interpret, explain and solve. But what seems to be needed here is the art of presence — to perform tasks without trying to control or alter the elemental situation. Allow nature to take its course. Grant the sufferers the dignity of their own process. Let them define meaning. Sit simply through moments of pain and uncomfortable darkness. Be practical, mundane, simple and direct.”

See the full NY Times article here: goo.gl/0124W8