Key Points of Awareness – Part I

Keys to Awareness Feel that your own well-being and functioning matters. Get on your own side; be for yourself. Question: How many people does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one. But the light bulb has to want to change. Cultivate wanting to be in reality, to know the facts of the

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Rest in Center

Are you all over the place? The Practice: Rest in center. Why? Gravity and entropy are powerful processes in the natural world. Gravity draws things together, toward a center, while entropy scatters them into disorder. In much the same way, in our own lives, some things bring us to center, while others disturb and disperse

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The Fight or Flight Response

“Is the “fight or flight” response the functional part of the primitive/reptile brain or the emotional brain?” These distinctions about the brain – fight or flight response, primitive/reptile brain, emotional brain – are used a lot these days, but they’re inherently fuzzy. The amygdala (as you know, there are two of them, one on each

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Understanding Neuroplasticity

In this video, I explain how we can use our minds to change our brains to change our minds for the better. This video was taken at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series.

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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate

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Choose To Love

What does your heart say? The Practice: Choose to love. Why? Many years ago, I was in a significant relationship in which the other person started doing things that surprised and hurt me. I’ll preserve the privacy here so I won’t be concrete, but it was pretty intense. After going through the first wave of

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The Mind, the Brain, and God – Part III

In Part I and Part II of this blog series, we discussed the meaning of the words: mind; brain and God, and looked at the interdependence between the mind and the brain. In this last part of the discussion we’ll examine the neural correlates and morality and summarize the discussion. Do Neural Correlates Mean There’s

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The Mind, the Brain and God – Part II

In the last blog post we discussed the meaning of the words mind, brain and God and saw how the mind and the brain are interdependent. In this segment we’ll go into the popular arguments for and against God and further into the link between the mind and the brain. Proofs and Disproofs Lately, numerous

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The Mind, the Brain, and God – Part I

With all the research on mind/brain connections these days – Your brain in lust or love! While gambling or feeling envious! While meditating, praying, or having an out-of-body experience! – it’s natural to wonder about Big Questions about the relationships among the mind, the brain, and God.For instance, some people have taken the findings that

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Relax Needless Fear Around Others

Does it feel safe with other people? The Practice: Relax needless fear around others. Why? We all know this fear. You’re walking down a street, someone you don’t know comes toward you, and there’s a second or more of wariness, scanning, apprehension, and tension or bracing in the body: a barely conscious assessment of possible

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