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  • mindgoal
    Take a stroll with a mystic life/career coach... If weight control is not an issue for you, good for you. But you may want to read on. You may just find
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 29, 2009
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      Take a stroll with a mystic
      life/career coach...

      If weight control is not an
      issue for you, good for you.

      But you may want to read on.

      You may just find something
      of value, or at least of
      interest to consider for your
      stroll through life in general,
      or something that relates to a
      specific goal or concern.

      (We'll come back in another
      post to talk about the
      "polymorphic" mind that sees
      parallels in seemingly
      disparate stories.)

      Now, how in the world could
      meditation help anyone with
      a weight issue?

      Well, here's the premise:

      When we meditate, we quiet
      the mind - slow down and
      eventually silence the inner
      chatter - at least for a
      few moments in our early
      meditation.

      By slowing down the 'brain
      activity' we reduce the
      demand for sugar-rich oxygen
      that the brain makes on
      our system in order to
      facilitate all the internal
      chatter.

      The brain; that is, the
      thinking rational linear
      processing center of the
      brain is THE big sugar-
      energy consumer of our
      entire physiology.

      When the energy system
      (of our body) needs less
      fuel (sugar), our breathing
      rate slows down, our heart
      rate slows down, and our
      blood pressure lowers.

      OK, that's easy. Now we
      move into a little more
      cosmic view to lay down
      the whole premise...

      The thinking mind (some
      say our thinking self)
      goes quiet, oxygen/sugar
      demand goes down, our
      system slows down...

      and so, we need less
      food (fuel). But that's
      only part of the story.

      When the thinking mind
      goes quiet, something
      stirs within us - something
      intuitive and subtle.

      When the chatter stops,
      and all the critical
      analyzing stops, and all
      the flashbacks to the past
      and projection into many
      possible futures no longer
      appear on the screen of
      our mind...out of the
      silence...

      our intuitive mind, our
      right brain - the part
      of us that lives only in
      the pristine perfect
      moment-to-moment without
      reflection or projection
      - can pop up.

      And when it does...

      WOW! We hear a wisdom
      whisper from the very
      heart of our pure being.

      It comes as a startling
      rush of non-verbal new
      wisdom - a feeling, a
      knowing that we may have
      long sense forgotten.

      (Relevant side note: the
      left brain is verbal, but
      does not 'know' what the
      right brain 'knows' about
      the pristine pure and perfect
      present moment and what it
      contains. The right brain
      knows our true home and
      the truth of our pure
      being - that exists wholly
      and completely in the
      very presence and residence
      of - for lack of a better
      term - God...but...
      it is non-verbal and does
      not 'speak' in any language
      other than the language
      of the heart.)

      When we 'hear' the wisdom
      whisper, even for a brief
      flash of a moment, something
      changes within us. Our sense
      of personal identity shifts.

      Some fortunate ones hear
      the wisdom whisper with
      such crystal clarity that
      they, in a sense, permanently
      move out of the left brain
      identity and shift from ego
      awareness as their primary
      awareness to, from then on,
      to view the ego - the rational
      process and sensory apparatus;
      that is, the world and their
      world view - as a secondary
      identity. They no longer live
      in the thinking self - they
      only visit when necessary.

      Their primary identity is
      consistently in the pristine
      and pure present moment.
      They are the awakened and
      enlightened ones.

      With this identity shift -
      either briefly or permanently,
      we view our world differently
      and suddenly find ourselves
      much more self reliant.

      We have abandoned the shallow
      end, and the God of What-Will-
      Other-People-Think and find
      a new deep trust in our own
      judgment and ability to make
      good decisons.

      Emotional baggage empties
      like a sprung lock on a suitcase
      and the 'junk' we've been
      carrying around for years
      (sometimes many, many years)
      empties.

      We feel light and free, and
      find delight in life that we
      had lost sight of somewhere
      down the line. A renewed
      sense of compassion and
      kindness and a gentle,
      non-judgmental 'Self'
      emerges. And it is good!

      And with all of this, we
      effortlessly begin to make
      healthy food choices and, as
      if by magic, move toward our
      ideal weight as determined
      by the renewed inner wisdom
      we have tapping into...

      while meditating.

      One loving health bar,

      Jeff
    • medit8ionsociety
      ... Yo Papajeff, Interesting, BUT... Studies have shown that the right-left brain operations are not the significant parts of the meditative experience. Below
      Message 2 of 4 , Aug 29, 2009
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        "mindgoal" <jeff@...> wrote:
        >
        > Take a stroll with a mystic
        > life/career coach...
        >
        > If weight control is not an
        > issue for you, good for you.
        >
        > But you may want to read on.
        >
        > You may just find something
        > of value, or at least of
        > interest to consider for your
        > stroll through life in general,
        > or something that relates to a
        > specific goal or concern.
        >
        > (We'll come back in another
        > post to talk about the
        > "polymorphic" mind that sees
        > parallels in seemingly
        > disparate stories.)
        >
        > Now, how in the world could
        > meditation help anyone with
        > a weight issue?
        >
        > Well, here's the premise:
        >
        > When we meditate, we quiet
        > the mind - slow down and
        > eventually silence the inner
        > chatter - at least for a
        > few moments in our early
        > meditation.
        >
        > By slowing down the 'brain
        > activity' we reduce the
        > demand for sugar-rich oxygen
        > that the brain makes on
        > our system in order to
        > facilitate all the internal
        > chatter.
        >
        > The brain; that is, the
        > thinking rational linear
        > processing center of the
        > brain is THE big sugar-
        > energy consumer of our
        > entire physiology.
        >
        > When the energy system
        > (of our body) needs less
        > fuel (sugar), our breathing
        > rate slows down, our heart
        > rate slows down, and our
        > blood pressure lowers.
        >
        > OK, that's easy. Now we
        > move into a little more
        > cosmic view to lay down
        > the whole premise...
        >
        > The thinking mind (some
        > say our thinking self)
        > goes quiet, oxygen/sugar
        > demand goes down, our
        > system slows down...
        >
        > and so, we need less
        > food (fuel). But that's
        > only part of the story.
        >
        > When the thinking mind
        > goes quiet, something
        > stirs within us - something
        > intuitive and subtle.
        >
        > When the chatter stops,
        > and all the critical
        > analyzing stops, and all
        > the flashbacks to the past
        > and projection into many
        > possible futures no longer
        > appear on the screen of
        > our mind...out of the
        > silence...
        >
        > our intuitive mind, our
        > right brain - the part
        > of us that lives only in
        > the pristine perfect
        > moment-to-moment without
        > reflection or projection
        > - can pop up.
        >
        > And when it does...
        >
        > WOW! We hear a wisdom
        > whisper from the very
        > heart of our pure being.
        >
        > It comes as a startling
        > rush of non-verbal new
        > wisdom - a feeling, a
        > knowing that we may have
        > long sense forgotten.
        >
        > (Relevant side note: the
        > left brain is verbal, but
        > does not 'know' what the
        > right brain 'knows' about
        > the pristine pure and perfect
        > present moment and what it
        > contains. The right brain
        > knows our true home and
        > the truth of our pure
        > being - that exists wholly
        > and completely in the
        > very presence and residence
        > of - for lack of a better
        > term - God...but...
        > it is non-verbal and does
        > not 'speak' in any language
        > other than the language
        > of the heart.)
        >
        > When we 'hear' the wisdom
        > whisper, even for a brief
        > flash of a moment, something
        > changes within us. Our sense
        > of personal identity shifts.
        >
        > Some fortunate ones hear
        > the wisdom whisper with
        > such crystal clarity that
        > they, in a sense, permanently
        > move out of the left brain
        > identity and shift from ego
        > awareness as their primary
        > awareness to, from then on,
        > to view the ego - the rational
        > process and sensory apparatus;
        > that is, the world and their
        > world view - as a secondary
        > identity. They no longer live
        > in the thinking self - they
        > only visit when necessary.
        >
        > Their primary identity is
        > consistently in the pristine
        > and pure present moment.
        > They are the awakened and
        > enlightened ones.
        >
        > With this identity shift -
        > either briefly or permanently,
        > we view our world differently
        > and suddenly find ourselves
        > much more self reliant.
        >
        > We have abandoned the shallow
        > end, and the God of What-Will-
        > Other-People-Think and find
        > a new deep trust in our own
        > judgment and ability to make
        > good decisons.
        >
        > Emotional baggage empties
        > like a sprung lock on a suitcase
        > and the 'junk' we've been
        > carrying around for years
        > (sometimes many, many years)
        > empties.
        >
        > We feel light and free, and
        > find delight in life that we
        > had lost sight of somewhere
        > down the line. A renewed
        > sense of compassion and
        > kindness and a gentle,
        > non-judgmental 'Self'
        > emerges. And it is good!
        >
        > And with all of this, we
        > effortlessly begin to make
        > healthy food choices and, as
        > if by magic, move toward our
        > ideal weight as determined
        > by the renewed inner wisdom
        > we have tapping into...
        >
        > while meditating.
        >
        > One loving health bar,
        >
        > Jeff
        >
        Yo Papajeff,
        Interesting, BUT...
        Studies have shown that the right-left
        brain operations are not the significant
        parts of the meditative experience. Below
        I've copied the URL of one of many studies
        that demonstrate that pre-frontal cortex
        stimulation and increased basal ganglia
        and "Decreased activity in the gyrus
        occipitlis superior and the anterior
        cingulated..." lead to "... a state of
        mind, which may have resemblances to
        the experience of an enlightened state,
        where time and place limits have
        disappeared, and a great feeling of
        love/unity is experienced."

        Similarly, I feel that a balance in the
        right and left brain activity is the key
        to being in a "well-balanced" state where
        neither our mind chatter or our emotions
        are causing reactivity.

        This fits with the first step in the
        path of Raja (Meditation) Yoga. Dispassion
        and Discrimination. Don't let your emotions
        be overly high or low, and recognize the
        difference between the temporary and the
        eternal and the real and the unreal.

        And that happens when one is in the Witness position,
        just silently observing What Is and not having one's s
        focus carried away by physical, mental, or emotional
        reactivity. There is no doubt that extreme
        emotional/left brain activity can be a
        precursor to impressive experiences, as can happen
        during religious initiation methodologies. This can also
        occur with a right brain/mental rush (as drugs can produce),
        but the silence that speaks divinely is heard
        while in the heart, third eye and 1000 petal
        lotus chakras... all centrally positioned,
        neither left or right brained. So, perhaps we can say
        that one's right brain or left brain being energized,
        silenced, or controlled, let loose, or whatever ...
        is not any more desirable spiritually-function-wise,
        and that's a "no brainer!".
        Or not.
        Peace and blessings,
        Bob


        http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/nem163
        http://www.zenmanagement.eu/hersenscan.pdf
      • mindgoal
        ... Thanks, Bob. The critical part of the paradigm (physiology precision aside) is that the wisdom whisper comes from the heart. So, in that sense, no
        Message 3 of 4 , Aug 29, 2009
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          --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
          >
          > "mindgoal" <jeff@> wrote:
          > >
          > > Take a stroll with a mystic
          > > life/career coach...
          > >
          > > If weight control is not an
          > > issue for you, good for you.
          > >
          > > But you may want to read on.
          > >
          > > You may just find something
          > > of value, or at least of
          > > interest to consider for your
          > > stroll through life in general,
          > > or something that relates to a
          > > specific goal or concern.
          > >
          > > (We'll come back in another
          > > post to talk about the
          > > "polymorphic" mind that sees
          > > parallels in seemingly
          > > disparate stories.)
          > >
          > > Now, how in the world could
          > > meditation help anyone with
          > > a weight issue?
          > >
          > > Well, here's the premise:
          > >
          > > When we meditate, we quiet
          > > the mind - slow down and
          > > eventually silence the inner
          > > chatter - at least for a
          > > few moments in our early
          > > meditation.
          > >
          > > By slowing down the 'brain
          > > activity' we reduce the
          > > demand for sugar-rich oxygen
          > > that the brain makes on
          > > our system in order to
          > > facilitate all the internal
          > > chatter.
          > >
          > > The brain; that is, the
          > > thinking rational linear
          > > processing center of the
          > > brain is THE big sugar-
          > > energy consumer of our
          > > entire physiology.
          > >
          > > When the energy system
          > > (of our body) needs less
          > > fuel (sugar), our breathing
          > > rate slows down, our heart
          > > rate slows down, and our
          > > blood pressure lowers.
          > >
          > > OK, that's easy. Now we
          > > move into a little more
          > > cosmic view to lay down
          > > the whole premise...
          > >
          > > The thinking mind (some
          > > say our thinking self)
          > > goes quiet, oxygen/sugar
          > > demand goes down, our
          > > system slows down...
          > >
          > > and so, we need less
          > > food (fuel). But that's
          > > only part of the story.
          > >
          > > When the thinking mind
          > > goes quiet, something
          > > stirs within us - something
          > > intuitive and subtle.
          > >
          > > When the chatter stops,
          > > and all the critical
          > > analyzing stops, and all
          > > the flashbacks to the past
          > > and projection into many
          > > possible futures no longer
          > > appear on the screen of
          > > our mind...out of the
          > > silence...
          > >
          > > our intuitive mind, our
          > > right brain - the part
          > > of us that lives only in
          > > the pristine perfect
          > > moment-to-moment without
          > > reflection or projection
          > > - can pop up.
          > >
          > > And when it does...
          > >
          > > WOW! We hear a wisdom
          > > whisper from the very
          > > heart of our pure being.
          > >
          > > It comes as a startling
          > > rush of non-verbal new
          > > wisdom - a feeling, a
          > > knowing that we may have
          > > long sense forgotten.
          > >
          > > (Relevant side note: the
          > > left brain is verbal, but
          > > does not 'know' what the
          > > right brain 'knows' about
          > > the pristine pure and perfect
          > > present moment and what it
          > > contains. The right brain
          > > knows our true home and
          > > the truth of our pure
          > > being - that exists wholly
          > > and completely in the
          > > very presence and residence
          > > of - for lack of a better
          > > term - God...but...
          > > it is non-verbal and does
          > > not 'speak' in any language
          > > other than the language
          > > of the heart.)
          > >
          > > When we 'hear' the wisdom
          > > whisper, even for a brief
          > > flash of a moment, something
          > > changes within us. Our sense
          > > of personal identity shifts.
          > >
          > > Some fortunate ones hear
          > > the wisdom whisper with
          > > such crystal clarity that
          > > they, in a sense, permanently
          > > move out of the left brain
          > > identity and shift from ego
          > > awareness as their primary
          > > awareness to, from then on,
          > > to view the ego - the rational
          > > process and sensory apparatus;
          > > that is, the world and their
          > > world view - as a secondary
          > > identity. They no longer live
          > > in the thinking self - they
          > > only visit when necessary.
          > >
          > > Their primary identity is
          > > consistently in the pristine
          > > and pure present moment.
          > > They are the awakened and
          > > enlightened ones.
          > >
          > > With this identity shift -
          > > either briefly or permanently,
          > > we view our world differently
          > > and suddenly find ourselves
          > > much more self reliant.
          > >
          > > We have abandoned the shallow
          > > end, and the God of What-Will-
          > > Other-People-Think and find
          > > a new deep trust in our own
          > > judgment and ability to make
          > > good decisons.
          > >
          > > Emotional baggage empties
          > > like a sprung lock on a suitcase
          > > and the 'junk' we've been
          > > carrying around for years
          > > (sometimes many, many years)
          > > empties.
          > >
          > > We feel light and free, and
          > > find delight in life that we
          > > had lost sight of somewhere
          > > down the line. A renewed
          > > sense of compassion and
          > > kindness and a gentle,
          > > non-judgmental 'Self'
          > > emerges. And it is good!
          > >
          > > And with all of this, we
          > > effortlessly begin to make
          > > healthy food choices and, as
          > > if by magic, move toward our
          > > ideal weight as determined
          > > by the renewed inner wisdom
          > > we have tapping into...
          > >
          > > while meditating.
          > >
          > > One loving health bar,
          > >
          > > Jeff
          > >
          > Yo Papajeff,
          > Interesting, BUT...
          > Studies have shown that the right-left
          > brain operations are not the significant
          > parts of the meditative experience. Below
          > I've copied the URL of one of many studies
          > that demonstrate that pre-frontal cortex
          > stimulation and increased basal ganglia
          > and "Decreased activity in the gyrus
          > occipitlis superior and the anterior
          > cingulated..." lead to "... a state of
          > mind, which may have resemblances to
          > the experience of an enlightened state,
          > where time and place limits have
          > disappeared, and a great feeling of
          > love/unity is experienced."
          >
          > Similarly, I feel that a balance in the
          > right and left brain activity is the key
          > to being in a "well-balanced" state where
          > neither our mind chatter or our emotions
          > are causing reactivity.
          >
          > This fits with the first step in the
          > path of Raja (Meditation) Yoga. Dispassion
          > and Discrimination. Don't let your emotions
          > be overly high or low, and recognize the
          > difference between the temporary and the
          > eternal and the real and the unreal.
          >
          > And that happens when one is in the Witness position,
          > just silently observing What Is and not having one's s
          > focus carried away by physical, mental, or emotional
          > reactivity. There is no doubt that extreme
          > emotional/left brain activity can be a
          > precursor to impressive experiences, as can happen
          > during religious initiation methodologies. This can also
          > occur with a right brain/mental rush (as drugs can produce),
          > but the silence that speaks divinely is heard
          > while in the heart, third eye and 1000 petal
          > lotus chakras... all centrally positioned,
          > neither left or right brained. So, perhaps we can say
          > that one's right brain or left brain being energized,
          > silenced, or controlled, let loose, or whatever ...
          > is not any more desirable spiritually-function-wise,
          > and that's a "no brainer!".
          > Or not.
          > Peace and blessings,
          > Bob
          >
          >
          > http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/nem163
          > http://www.zenmanagement.eu/hersenscan.pdf
          >

          Thanks, Bob.

          The critical part of the
          paradigm (physiology precision
          aside) is that the 'wisdom
          whisper' comes from the heart.

          So, in that sense, no disagreement.

          Peace and blessings abounding,

          Jeff
        • mindgoal
          Thanks, again, Bob. (I m top posting to save another scroll). Enjoyed the studies. This helps with my long-held sense, and experience, that the ego while
          Message 4 of 4 , Aug 30, 2009
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            Thanks, again, Bob. (I'm top
            posting to save another scroll).

            Enjoyed the studies. This helps
            with my long-held sense, and
            experience, that the ego while
            threatened with what feels like
            annihilation, is actually delighted
            with the awakening and the new
            insights - kind of like a new
            playmate of consciousness.

            Yogananda (my wife reads me
            each teaching often) was very
            much into the balance you wrote
            about in your response.

            I've been using the right brain/
            left brain model for so long,
            I'm going to have to consider
            a lobotomy to get rid of it and
            get up to date (just kidding -
            I hope) with the science.

            But that's a good thing. The
            basis of relgious 'wars' is often
            an obsessive and superstitious
            attachment to the model used in
            an attempt to express the ineffable
            spiritual core that the original
            masters taught - before the
            'organizers' of the religion
            that followed squeezed the life
            out of it in favor of fundamentalism.

            On another note, speaking of
            change - interesting roster
            change in the Eagles' camp.

            One (Updated) Love,

            Papajeff

            (Using the name you consistently
            use reminds me of a personal story.
            We have a new (just turning 2)
            granddaughter who lives in Maine.
            We were visiting a few weeks ago,
            and not having seen me for quite
            a few months, she (Mya) was having
            trouble warming up to me. On the
            day before we left, she asked her
            father to take her outside to play.
            As she reached the door, she stopped
            and turned back into the room and
            said, "C'mon, Papajeff". Talk about
            a heart opening - I melted. I'm
            confident that the memory of that
            brief moment is burned into my
            memory for this lifeltime.)



            --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
            >
            > "mindgoal" <jeff@> wrote:
            > >
            > > Take a stroll with a mystic
            > > life/career coach...
            > >
            > > If weight control is not an
            > > issue for you, good for you.
            > >
            > > But you may want to read on.
            > >
            > > You may just find something
            > > of value, or at least of
            > > interest to consider for your
            > > stroll through life in general,
            > > or something that relates to a
            > > specific goal or concern.
            > >
            > > (We'll come back in another
            > > post to talk about the
            > > "polymorphic" mind that sees
            > > parallels in seemingly
            > > disparate stories.)
            > >
            > > Now, how in the world could
            > > meditation help anyone with
            > > a weight issue?
            > >
            > > Well, here's the premise:
            > >
            > > When we meditate, we quiet
            > > the mind - slow down and
            > > eventually silence the inner
            > > chatter - at least for a
            > > few moments in our early
            > > meditation.
            > >
            > > By slowing down the 'brain
            > > activity' we reduce the
            > > demand for sugar-rich oxygen
            > > that the brain makes on
            > > our system in order to
            > > facilitate all the internal
            > > chatter.
            > >
            > > The brain; that is, the
            > > thinking rational linear
            > > processing center of the
            > > brain is THE big sugar-
            > > energy consumer of our
            > > entire physiology.
            > >
            > > When the energy system
            > > (of our body) needs less
            > > fuel (sugar), our breathing
            > > rate slows down, our heart
            > > rate slows down, and our
            > > blood pressure lowers.
            > >
            > > OK, that's easy. Now we
            > > move into a little more
            > > cosmic view to lay down
            > > the whole premise...
            > >
            > > The thinking mind (some
            > > say our thinking self)
            > > goes quiet, oxygen/sugar
            > > demand goes down, our
            > > system slows down...
            > >
            > > and so, we need less
            > > food (fuel). But that's
            > > only part of the story.
            > >
            > > When the thinking mind
            > > goes quiet, something
            > > stirs within us - something
            > > intuitive and subtle.
            > >
            > > When the chatter stops,
            > > and all the critical
            > > analyzing stops, and all
            > > the flashbacks to the past
            > > and projection into many
            > > possible futures no longer
            > > appear on the screen of
            > > our mind...out of the
            > > silence...
            > >
            > > our intuitive mind, our
            > > right brain - the part
            > > of us that lives only in
            > > the pristine perfect
            > > moment-to-moment without
            > > reflection or projection
            > > - can pop up.
            > >
            > > And when it does...
            > >
            > > WOW! We hear a wisdom
            > > whisper from the very
            > > heart of our pure being.
            > >
            > > It comes as a startling
            > > rush of non-verbal new
            > > wisdom - a feeling, a
            > > knowing that we may have
            > > long sense forgotten.
            > >
            > > (Relevant side note: the
            > > left brain is verbal, but
            > > does not 'know' what the
            > > right brain 'knows' about
            > > the pristine pure and perfect
            > > present moment and what it
            > > contains. The right brain
            > > knows our true home and
            > > the truth of our pure
            > > being - that exists wholly
            > > and completely in the
            > > very presence and residence
            > > of - for lack of a better
            > > term - God...but...
            > > it is non-verbal and does
            > > not 'speak' in any language
            > > other than the language
            > > of the heart.)
            > >
            > > When we 'hear' the wisdom
            > > whisper, even for a brief
            > > flash of a moment, something
            > > changes within us. Our sense
            > > of personal identity shifts.
            > >
            > > Some fortunate ones hear
            > > the wisdom whisper with
            > > such crystal clarity that
            > > they, in a sense, permanently
            > > move out of the left brain
            > > identity and shift from ego
            > > awareness as their primary
            > > awareness to, from then on,
            > > to view the ego - the rational
            > > process and sensory apparatus;
            > > that is, the world and their
            > > world view - as a secondary
            > > identity. They no longer live
            > > in the thinking self - they
            > > only visit when necessary.
            > >
            > > Their primary identity is
            > > consistently in the pristine
            > > and pure present moment.
            > > They are the awakened and
            > > enlightened ones.
            > >
            > > With this identity shift -
            > > either briefly or permanently,
            > > we view our world differently
            > > and suddenly find ourselves
            > > much more self reliant.
            > >
            > > We have abandoned the shallow
            > > end, and the God of What-Will-
            > > Other-People-Think and find
            > > a new deep trust in our own
            > > judgment and ability to make
            > > good decisons.
            > >
            > > Emotional baggage empties
            > > like a sprung lock on a suitcase
            > > and the 'junk' we've been
            > > carrying around for years
            > > (sometimes many, many years)
            > > empties.
            > >
            > > We feel light and free, and
            > > find delight in life that we
            > > had lost sight of somewhere
            > > down the line. A renewed
            > > sense of compassion and
            > > kindness and a gentle,
            > > non-judgmental 'Self'
            > > emerges. And it is good!
            > >
            > > And with all of this, we
            > > effortlessly begin to make
            > > healthy food choices and, as
            > > if by magic, move toward our
            > > ideal weight as determined
            > > by the renewed inner wisdom
            > > we have tapping into...
            > >
            > > while meditating.
            > >
            > > One loving health bar,
            > >
            > > Jeff
            > >
            > Yo Papajeff,
            > Interesting, BUT...
            > Studies have shown that the right-left
            > brain operations are not the significant
            > parts of the meditative experience. Below
            > I've copied the URL of one of many studies
            > that demonstrate that pre-frontal cortex
            > stimulation and increased basal ganglia
            > and "Decreased activity in the gyrus
            > occipitlis superior and the anterior
            > cingulated..." lead to "... a state of
            > mind, which may have resemblances to
            > the experience of an enlightened state,
            > where time and place limits have
            > disappeared, and a great feeling of
            > love/unity is experienced."
            >
            > Similarly, I feel that a balance in the
            > right and left brain activity is the key
            > to being in a "well-balanced" state where
            > neither our mind chatter or our emotions
            > are causing reactivity.
            >
            > This fits with the first step in the
            > path of Raja (Meditation) Yoga. Dispassion
            > and Discrimination. Don't let your emotions
            > be overly high or low, and recognize the
            > difference between the temporary and the
            > eternal and the real and the unreal.
            >
            > And that happens when one is in the Witness position,
            > just silently observing What Is and not having one's s
            > focus carried away by physical, mental, or emotional
            > reactivity. There is no doubt that extreme
            > emotional/left brain activity can be a
            > precursor to impressive experiences, as can happen
            > during religious initiation methodologies. This can also
            > occur with a right brain/mental rush (as drugs can produce),
            > but the silence that speaks divinely is heard
            > while in the heart, third eye and 1000 petal
            > lotus chakras... all centrally positioned,
            > neither left or right brained. So, perhaps we can say
            > that one's right brain or left brain being energized,
            > silenced, or controlled, let loose, or whatever ...
            > is not any more desirable spiritually-function-wise,
            > and that's a "no brainer!".
            > Or not.
            > Peace and blessings,
            > Bob
            >
            >
            > http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/nem163
            > http://www.zenmanagement.eu/hersenscan.pdf
            >
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