Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
What they are mostly investigating here is clairsentience, or the gut feeling of knowing something that you can't put your finger on. Turns out it's very valuable for sensing danger, which makes sense, because all animals need it, or they'll be eaten.
The ability to notice patterns at an unconscious level is very important. The ability of one's eyes to see things that they aren't looking at is important, too. Certain areas of the brain are involved, and some people's work better than others'. So, yes, clairsentient ability is probably going to be normally distributed in the population, just like most abilities.
Here's the whole article:
Brain Power - In Battle, Hunches Prove to Be Valuable - Series - NYTimes.com
Thursday, July 23, 2009
2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption - NYTimes.com
And fwiw, we always knew that when someone died in a light plane or boating accident, it wasn't really an accident.
Drum roll, please! And the answer is
They used an fMRI scan (functional magnetic resonance imaging) during what is called an affect labeling task. So they had people do this task where they have to label someone's emotional expression (e.g. fearful or surprised). There are certain parts of the brain that are known to be involved in doing that task, particularly the prefrontal cortex modulating the emotional center which is the amygdala. When they did this study they found that the more mindful people were, the more activity in the frontal cortex quieting down the emotional center.
In other studies, mindfulness is shown to change brain activity and even structure with practice. For example, Sara Lazar's research found that the structure of parts of the brain differed in long-time meditators compared to non-meditators. There are now many studies supporting brain changes with various sorts of meditation, including mindfulness meditation.
PF: Are you speaking about neuroplasticity?
SS: Yes, the capacity of the brain to change as a function of experience. And as a geneticist, I'm really interested in epigenetic phenomenon, that is, the capacity of our genes to change in their expression as a function of experience. Meditation seems to do that as well! There is one really great study where a set of about 15 genes were shown to differ (in expression) as function of a type of meditation. Those genes are ones involved in the stress response. And I'm sure there will be more studies like that.
What's really cool about that, from my background in genetics, is that it illustrates that a mind state that we can self-induce can regulate gene expression - turn gene expression up or down.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence about mindfulness that I think is sufficient today to say: Try it, it's likely beneficial, harmless, free, and relatively simple.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Why girls go in twos and boys hunt in packs - Times Online
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was part of the first generation of kids to grow up in and around swimming pools. My family jokingly referred to me as 'the fish', because I spent as many hours as I could in the community pool each summer, being on a swimming team, learning how to dive, playing Marco Polo, and on and on.
At the age of 23, I was one of the first cases of what is today called Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (I was so early, it didn't even have a name). 10 years later, I was told by an MD, who was also trained in Chinese medicine, that "there's always an adrenal problem" in CFIDS.
25 years later, John Gray ("Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"), who is amazingly widely read, and very knowledgeable on many subjects, told me privately that adrenal problems are always the result of thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism), because when the thyroid doesn't work, the adrenals step in to do the work, work for which they aren't intended, and burn out. Further, he said these cases almost always have to do with exposure to chlorine (swimming pools), and/or fluorine (fluoridated water), which displace iodine, which is critically necessary to adequate functioning of the thyroid.
So did spending all that time in the pool create the CFIDS 15 years later? I'll never know for sure.
And now we have these two studies, which link air pollution to lower IQs:
Education Week: Kids' lower IQ scores linked to prenatal pollution
Smog Linked in School Study to Lower IQ Scores
Every time you gas up, heck, every time you time you drive, you're adding to the vast chemical experiment, since most of the myriad of compounds unleashed were never tested in any way for safety. Scrubbing Bubbles? That stuff goes down the drain and into our water. Hair spray? Goes into the air we all breathe. And the residue gets washed down the drain and into our water. Nail polish? There are fumes when you use it, and when you later clip your nails, the polish goes into the waste bin, which decomposes into who-knows-what that percolates into our soil and ground water. The drugs you take? I'd guess that whatever isn't absorbed by your body gets flushed down the toilet and into our water, too.
So think each time you use a chemical product: the brain you save may be your own -- or your kids'.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."Well, I was in one of those situations this week. (Sorry, I can't talk about it, but I promised I wouldn't.)
I kept hearing my guides say, "It serves no one for you to get caught up in their drama", which is, of course, true. If I get caught up in these others' drama, then I am not available to support them, and I feel lousy, too. It also serves no one for me to feel sorry for them, because that actually prevents their healing. (Don't believe me about that last? Take my Intuition Development telecourse, and you'll learn through your own experience that it's true.)
So what can you do to avoid getting caught up in other people's dramas? Here are a few ideas:
- Get out of the situation! Literally. Remove yourself from physical proximity to the actors in the drama as much as possible. If you can't help, and often the actors in the drama don't want help, why stay? Whom would it benefit?
- Keep reminding yourself that it is not your drama, and that it serves no one for you to get sucked in to it.
- Visualize yourself as standing at the fulcrum of a see-saw -- You stay neutral while they have all the ups and downs.
- Ground -- and pull up earth energy through you for more protection. Use this energy to fill your aura.
- Put your shields up. Remember all the energetic protections you have learned -- thicken the edges of your aura, put a shield in front of your second chakra, etc. (Again, check out the Intuition Development telecourse for more.)
- Ask your guides/angels for protection -- they can remember to protect you even when you can't.
- Turn down the volume of the feeling -- if you feel something in your body, notice where that is, and then literally turn down the intensity of the feeling, or move the feeling out of your body.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Yesterday morning, I walked by a lovely lavender bush just 3 houses down from mine. Now, I walk by this bush almost every day, and don't really notice it. As I admired her (seems like a 'her' to me), I had the thought that I'd like to cut the lavender flowers to have in the house. But my conscious mind kicked in, saying, "You barely know these neighbors, and even though they obviously aren't cutting the flowers, it's a little forward to ask." So I didn't.
This morning, as I walked by, a man was digging up the plants nearby, and asked me if I'd like the lavender plant! He explained that my neighbors are removing these plants (including, sadly, a magnolia tree), to widen their driveway. I immediately said that I'd like the flowers, and then agreed to take the plants as well! So they will very shortly be gracing my front walk, where a couple of mine had died and needed to be replaced.
I wonder, did the lavender plant the idea in my mind? (Pun intended.)
Mind - Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out - NYTimes.com
This is also evidence of the NLP dictum to only speak in the positive. The usual example is "don't think of a purple elephant!" What happens for you? You think of a purple elephant, because you have to make the picture to get rid of it.
If I say, think of a red rhinoceros, what happens? You think of a red rhino, not a purple elephant. So if you want someone not to think of something, direct them to something else. The easy way to accomplish this is, eliminate the word 'not' from your vocabulary.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Apparently, the ability to perform under pressure is, too.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Did you know that people who are more positive and optimistic have better peripheral vision? That’s right; a recent study shows that happier people actually see MORE! When you have more positive emotions, your choices are broader; you’ll see more options and perceive more possibilities. If you have more negative emotions, you’ll have narrower vision.
The implications of that are pretty amazing: positive emotions open us up!
A new advertising slogan?
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Part 2 -
What's missing from this list? Karl Malden, Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays
Here's my thinking:
Karl Malden - 1950's - I'm the tough guy
Ed McMahon - 1960's - I'm the jovial uncle
Farah Fawcett - 1970's - I'm the gorgeous girl next door
Michael Jackson - 1980's - I'm bad
Billy Mays - 2000's - I'm selling LOUDLY