Meditation Mastery Secrets
The completion of the human genome in 2000 accorded with the era's pervasive millennial hype. The book of life furnished a fitting climax to four hundred years of Enlightenment science as well as a propitious starting point for the nascent millennium's future labors. The coincidence of millennium and announcement capped the stream of serendipities that had accompanied the last half-century's investigations of DNA-based genetic research. Not only did DNA fit into ideas of germ matter promulgated from the Greeks through Charles Darwin (1809 82), it also located the key to life's mysteries in the locus of the very small and structural, the direction biological sciences had been taking since the Enlightenment. James Watson and Francis Crick discerned the self-reproductive structure of DNA in 1953 at the same time that the linguist J. L. Austin was promulgating his theory of the performative, the class of statements that in saying also accomplish what they say.1 The evolution of DNA-based...
The eighteenth century, however, was also the time of the Enlightenment and in the newly found freedom of thought various theories appeared on the transformation of species, but those speculations were merely a return to the ideas of Greek philosophers, and rejected a priori the ideas of traditional biology without a comparable experimental basis. Even the great David Hume thought he could demolish one of the pillars of traditional biology (the concept of adaptation) but he was mistaken. His thesis was that adaptation is a false problem because organisms could not live if they were not adapted, which amounts to saying that adaptation does not need an explanation because it is a universal feature of life, while it is precisely because of this that it must be explained.
The Reverend Thomas Malthus had lived and worked in the same township Wallace was born in. He is largely held to be responsible for the labeling of economics as the dismal science. He answered the mostly optimistic social predictions of the French Enlightenment thinkers by pointing out one not very pleasant fact human populations grow quickly too quickly for the resources they need to survive. If unchecked, human numbers grow exponentially, while necessary resources increase only arithmetically, since their
Methods include progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and biofeedback. Use these techniques to reduce your level of arousal at bedtime. Meditation. There are many types of meditation that can reduce stress and help you relax just before bedtime. The specifics vary, but key steps typically include the following Visualization. Also known as guided imagery, visualization is a form of meditation that helps you mentally remove yourself from 90, stress. Follow these steps
For many leaders whose reputations are riding on what they delegate to others, letting go can be one of the hardest exercises imaginable. Essentially, it involves entering a cake that we did not actually bake in the big bake-off. We must be constantly on guard that we are not sending task force-capable people to the photocopier because that way they won't fail. We must put our team in a position to do a good job, then expect that they will. They can tell if we expect that they will not. Expectation does not imply an alternative or an opt-out clause. Often, what we expect is exactly what we get.
The term denial refers to a patients refusal to acknowledge the extent or consequences of his or her drug use. Denial can range from a genuine lack of enlightenment, to embarrassed minimizing, to equivocation, to outright lying. Telling patients that they abuse alcohol or drugs or are failing in their role performance may only make them incredulous, defensive, or angry. It is far more persuasive to explain to them how rare it is for someone to have their symptoms (e.g., blackouts), laboratory findings, and behaviors (e.g., drinking on awakening) without having a substance use disorder. Patients who insist that laboratory results are erroneous should be invited to have them repeated. Denial is best countered with facts, logic, and the stated desire to come to a mutual understanding of what otherwise would be a mysterious association of phenomena.
The debilitating effects of stress. others include biofeedback, color and sound, meditation, and yoga. The technique is easy and accessible. With eyes closed, one relaxes by envisioning a soothing image. For example, by visualizing walking down a shaded stairway, one might become more and more relaxed as he she descends into comforting darkness. once relaxed, an image is brought to mind that may represent a desired change. Some people simply see themselves as being completely healthy. others imagine the healing white blood cells as white knights charging forth, conquering the invading infections and visualizing the bad guys in full retreat. For those who may have trouble focusing clearly on an image, it is suggested to draw the desired image on paper to give it more substance and reality. In addition to visual imagery there are other types of mental imagery. Mental imagery may also be auditory (mental image of sounds that can be recalled) odorous (mental concept of odor sensations...
Sometimes cultivating beliefs in others takes time. Badaracco (2002) says that one of the actions that sets an effective leader apart is buying time, by which he means taking as much time as needed to arrive at a final solution rather than rushing in with the answer. This, he says, allows constituents to observe and learn from the way people and events interact. We explored this concept of mutual learning at the very beginning of the chapter, but for a slightly different reason. There, it was to highlight the role that constituents can play in decision making and how part of the example the leader sets comes from his own enlightenment by the people closest to the work. Here, it is to underscore the fact that such interaction takes time, which is valuable for its essence, not just in terms of its loss.
Ayurveda is India's traditional system of medicine. Ayurvedic medicine (meaning science of life ) is a comprehensive system of medicine that places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual. Some of the primary Ayurvedic treatments include diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, exposure to sunlight, and controlled breathing.
Mind-body interventions employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Only a select group of mind-body interventions having well-documented theoretical foundations are considered CAM. For example, patient education and cognitive-behavioral approaches are now considered mainstream. On the other hand, complementary and alternative medicine includes meditation, certain uses of hypnosis, dance, music, and art therapy, as well as prayer and mental healing.
Mind-body therapies Alternative and holistic therapies that focus on the mind, body, and spirit includes meditation, image visualization, biofeedback, hypnosis, expressive therapies (music, art, dance movement), therapeutic healing, touch, and spiritual healing. Many believe such therapies
Some bowerbirds make bowers that are tall and conical like a phallus, and some make avenue-shaped bowers that look like yoni, but that is a meaningless coincidence irrelevant to their evolution through sexual selection. Tantric myth does provide some lovely metaphors for evolution through sexual selection. Creation occurred through sexual play between an Originating Couple. Krishna seduced all the cow-girls of Brindaban with his blue skin, beauty, and flute music. The path to enlightenment lies in joyful copulation as a mutual escalation of consciousness. Nevertheless, the fact that Pleistocene art often looks Tantric is not very relevant to the sexual choice theory
Beauty conveys truth, but not the way we thought. Aesthetic significance does not deliver truth about the human condition in general it delivers truth about the condition of a particular human, the artist. The aesthetic features of art make sense mainly as displays of the artist's skill and creativity, not as vehicles of transcendental enlightenment, religious inspiration, social commentary, psycho-analytic revelation, or political revolution. Plato and Hegel derogated art for failing to deliver the same sort of truth that they thought philosophy could produce.
Like the Arab Faylasufs of the last millennium, perhaps we can envision a new enlightenment or conceptual renaissance that incorporates rational understanding, in this case from evolutionary biology and genetics, into a deeper appreciation of the world. The genetic gods' influence over human fates is profound, but so too was the presumed dominion of the sky gods in many traditional religions. Both genetic and theistic determinism pose questions about the concept of free will, but the empirical truth remains that humans can and have created many different physical and cultural existences. The deeper challenge is to incorporate science's objec
The rise of health to become one of the central goals of human endeavour over the past decade reflects the peculiar stasis of modern society. In the widely acclaimed formulation of one contemporary historian, the parallel triumphs of the West over the East, the free market over the planned economy, marked 'the end of history' (Fukuyama 1989). Yet, far from inaugurating a new era of social harmony, the victory of capitalism rapidly revealed the profound exhaustion of its ideologues and a sense that their system too had reached the end of the road (Furedi 1992). It appeared that this victory, the outcome of more than a century of more or less intense class conflicts fought on both international and domestic fronts, had been bought at a high cost. In discrediting the goals of communism, any concept of social progress had been put in question. In challenging the values of socialism, the bourgeois principles of liberty and equality had also been disowned. In rolling back the menace of the...
Than schizophrenics (Murphy, DeWolfe, & Mozdzierz, 1984). Researchers have often used the Personal Orientation Inventory as a criterion measure of mental health. Scores increase as a result of various therapeutic interventions (Duncan, Konefal, & Spechler, 1990 Elizabeth, 1983 Peterson-Cooney, 1987) and less formal interventions to improve psychological health, such as meditation, reading self-help books, and even exercise (Delmonte, 1984 Forest, 1987 Gondola & Tuckman, 1985). However, hypothesized increases are not always found (Giltinan, 1990).
The repercussions of this pamphlet were felt on the European continent and absorbed within the burgeoning spirit of the French Enlightenment. However, it was the book written in 1758 by the Swiss physician Samuel August Tissot that raised masturbation to the position of a colossal boogey (13). In this book, published in Latin as Tentamen de Morbis ex Manustrupatione and translated into French in 1760 as L'Onanisme ou Dissertation Physique sur les Maladies Produites par la Masturbation, Tissot departs from the English Onania and its moral-theological overtones (19). Instead, Tissot makes much of his scientific grounding by asserting that 1 oz of sperm is equal to exactly 40 oz of blood. Hence, at this purported ratio of exchange, it was not surprising that Tissot
Ayurveda is India's traditional system of medicine. Ayurvedic medicine (meaning science of life ) is a comprehensive system of medicine that places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual. Some of the primary Ayurvedic treatments include diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, exposure to sunlight, and controlled breathing. Mind-body interventions employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Only a select group of mind-body interventions having well-documented theoretical foundations are considered CAM. For example, patient education and cognitive-behavioral approaches are now considered mainstream. On the other hand, complementary and alternative medicine includes meditation, certain uses of hypnosis, dance, music, and art therapy, as well as prayer and mental healing. Qi gong is a component of traditional oriental medicine that combines...
Qi gong is a component of traditional oriental medicine that combines movement, meditation, and regulation of breathing to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi) in the body, improve blood circulation, and enhance immune function. Reiki, the Japanese word representing universal Life Energy, is based on the belief that, by channeling spiritual energy through the practitioner, the spirit is healed and, in turn, heals the physical body. Therapeutic Touch is derived from the ancient technique of laying-on of hands. It is based on the premises that the therapist's healing force affects the patient's recovery and that healing is promoted when the body's energies are in balance. By passing their hands over the patient, these healers identify energy imbalances.
Others find relaxation through different channels, such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, and biofeedback. Regular exercise (for example, jogging, working out at the gym, or swimming laps in a pool) is also an effective stress reliever. Whatever your source of relaxation, it must be something you enjoy doing, not a chore, so that you'll be able to stick with it for the long haul and reap the physical and mental health benefits.
The toddler experiments with the world through the modes of holding on and letting go. He or she requires the support of adults to develop, gradually, a sense of autonomy. If the toddler's vulnerability is not supported, a sense of shame (of premature exposure) and a sense of doubt develop. As in the first stage, a higher ratio of the positive pole (autonomy) should prevail, but some degree of shame and doubt are necessary for health and for the good of society.
Spiritual and psychological approaches seek to provide a holistic balance to complement other treatment strategies for HIV AIDS. Although benefits are highly individual and subjective, they can contribute to an overall state of health. Treatments include hypnotherapy, meditation, psychotherapy, spiritual healing, stress reduction, and visualization.
Letting go comes more easily to some leaders than to others, but it is a necessary skill for the effective leader. Letting go means allowing team members to take over tasks, management of processes, and responsibility for decision making once they have developed sufficient skills to do so. Letting go also involves allowing the team to experiment and solve problems before it has developed sufficiently to be independent. The clear opposite of letting go is micromanagement. The administrator who is able to let go can enjoy the role of facilitator and mentor to subordinates (Davidhizar and Shearer, 2002, p. 34). Letting go goes hand in hand with encouraging experimentation. Often a manager will fear letting go and letting team members try something new because she fears that they will fail to handle the situation. Failure on a team is thought to reflect poorly on the leader's performance. The leader who has become skilled at letting go can truthfully say that she trusts her team members...
The views Alison Gopnik and Andrew Meltzoff offer in Words, Thoughts, and Theories are, so far as I know, the principal development in psychology that offers an Enlightenment picture of human capacities.5 They say that children are more like the popular Einstein than they are like Einstein machines. What Gopnik and Meltzoff think Madelyn Rose did as she grew from zero to six was this she did science. She formed theories, made observations, conducted experiments, formed empirical generalizations, revised her theories, altered her conceptual scheme,'' explained things, collected or ignored anomalies. Within limits, had she lived in a world with a different everyday physics (say, for example, she grew up without gravity, the Virginia Dare of space stations), she would have developed a different, but correct, theory of the physics of everyday things. If she had grown up in 'toon land, where even the concrete can talk and buckle and have eyes bug out, she would have had a different theory...
You can control the harm that stress does to your memory by finding ways to modify your response to stressful life events. Vigorous physical activity helps some people overcome stress others use meditation or relaxation techniques. For some, it's a matter of learning their limits how much stress they can take on and developing assertiveness in politely but firmly declining a task or commitment. Everyone's different. What's important is that you find stress-management activities that are effective for you. I discuss scientifically proven stress-reduction techniques in Chapter 9.
Exercise Bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of maintaining fitness, training, or improvement. Exercise is a time-proved method for coping with problems of all kinds. Today, virtually all cultures recognize the importance of regularly moving all parts of the body. In India, yogic exercise has played an important role in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 6,000 years. Similarly, in China, exercise has been practiced for 2,500 years using martial arts such as tai chi. Many studies have shown that people who exercise have fewer illnesses than sedentary persons. Vigorous exercise benefits the body both directly and indirectly by stimulating the immune system and enabling people to cope with a variety of stressors and toxins. The psychological benefits are equally as important, and exercise has been successfully used to treat disorders such as depression. Regular exercise is usually part of any holistic medical program because, next to diet, it most effectively produces total...
Atomism or reductionism, the scientific method of the Enlightenment, and the twentieth century's focus on structure. conserved through their artful transmutation into the new. In other words, DNA may be the structure through which genetic material is reproduced and disseminated, but it is also a mechanism for reproducing and disseminating thinking (ideologies) in the name of science and truth. And those ideas are reflected in the very terms employed to describe DNA for nonexpert audiences. DNA shows us the mechanisms by which Western culture negotiates new ways of thinking and technologies, as it is the pivotal concept for introducing the new as the old. And yet, in its constant iteration, DNA is never merely a reflection or repetition, but the threatening seed of something else whose potential emergence is persistently damped by analogies that appear always to link DNA to meaning, matter to life, Enlightenment science to the secrets of being.
Indeed, meaninglessness and lack of solid reality bring us to the heart of a related movement, postmodernism. With the French philosophers Foucault and Derrida as its founding fathers, postmodernism raises nihilist desconstruction of texts to one of its central tenets. In this sense, social constructivism and postmodernism have something in common the text itself is meaningless and without value (nihilism), and all its power resides in its deconstruction or interpretation. The author becomes meaningless and the reader all-powerful. The power of deconstructionists to destroy meaning does not stop with texts, however, for if this principle applies to all written texts, it applies to political, scientific, economic, and spiritual texts. In other words, the most basic principles of science, as well as rationalism, Enlightenment, democracy, and religion are undercut and deemed meaningless in themselves. To quote the postmodern philosopher Steven Best, Postmodernism stresses the relativity,...
A variety of events may trigger such experiences. Sometimes they occur in response to nature sometimes they are religious experiences sometimes they occur during meditation sometimes they are even sexual encounters. Not all self-actualized people are peakers, however, who are more poetic, musical, philosophical, and religious. Non-peakers are more practical, working in the social world through reform, politics, and other real-world arenas. Maslow seemed to have more admiration for peakers, whom he called transcending, than for nonpeakers. whom he called merely healthy (p. 138).
During the second and third years, the toddler's pleasure is experienced in a different part of the body the anus. The toddler's desire to control his or her own bowel movements conflicts with the social demand for toilet training. Pleasure is experienced at first through the newly formed ability to retain feces, the anal retentive phase, and then in the experience of willful defecation, the anal expulsive phase. Lifelong conflicts over issues of control, of holding on and letting go, may result if there is fixation at this stage. The anal character is characterized by three traits, orderliness, parsimony, and obstinacy, which are correlated in many empirical studies (Greenberg & Fisher, 1978 but see a contrary opinion by Hill, 1976). Anal fixation may be expressed by issues related to money hoarding it or spending it as symbolic feces (Wolfenstein, 1993)- As predicted by Freud's proposal that humor expresses unconscious conflict (described above), experimental subjects who score high...
Sion of the body's own endorphins when the narcotic drug is then stopped, the body's own stores of endorphins is depleted, and withdrawal symptoms appear because the body cannot mediate pain as well. It has been proven that acupuncture and possibly some forms of meditation can control pain by stimulating the release of endorphins and enkephalins.
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