Meditation Mastery Secrets
Meditation is a state of relaxed yet alert awareness in which control of the autonomic nervous system that regulates involuntary actions such as heartbeat, secretion, and peristalsis, can be turned over to its parasympathetic system which induces secretion, increases muscle tone and slows heart rate as opposed to its sympathetic system, which depresses endocrine secretions, decreases tone, and increases heart rate. Meditation can lower heart and respiration rates, reduce plasma cortisol which is a stress hormone, slow the pulse rate, and promote the relaxed brain wave state of alpha. Meditation techniques have been used in clinical setting to enhance the immune system, reduce stress, manage pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve blood circulation. Those adept at yoga have learned to control the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.
A variation on the same theme associates narcissism with a need for power (Joubert, 1998). In Christian history, for example, a pathological level of pride is painted as the original source of all evil. Sin enters the world because Satan is caught up in his own fantasies of omnipotence and brilliance, while refusing to humble himself before God. In a slightly different twist, some Eastern religions regard attachment to the self as part of the normal psychopathology of everyday life that must be dispelled before the person can achieve enlightenment. Though the exact nature of their beliefs is different, these traditions seem to agree that a preoccupation with the self is a formidable barrier to growth. Again, there are parallels in our cases. You can imagine, for example, Leonardo arguing with the chief of psychiatry about a diagnosis and refusing to back down. The same can be said for Gerald, our long-suffering Einstein, who has already run afoul of superiors and subordinates alike....
In 1905, Fritz Schaudinn, a German protozoologist, examined some fluid from a syphilitic sore and saw a faintly visible organism twisting, drilling back and forward, hardly different from the dim nothingness in which it swam. When Schaudinn used dark-field illumination, he was able to see the organism much more clearly. It appeared very thin and pale, similar to a corkscrew without a handle. The spirochetes appeared in specimens from other cases of syphilis, and Schaudinn later succeeded in staining them. By this time, he felt
Artists' and scientists' brains have not yet been imaged in the PET scanner to record the creative process in an objective manner. We are restricted to a diet of data that confines us to schematic models of theorization. The proposed hypothesis (Changeux, 1983, 2004 Changeux and Dehaene, 1989 Dehaene et al 1998, 2003) is that creation proceeds, in psychological time, according to an evolving process of trial and error. This process encompasses biological evolution and connectional epigenesis within a framework of mental Darwinism , and according to a projective style. During periods of preparation and incubation - in the words of Jacques Hadamard, a famous French mathematician - fragmentary images of sketches of mental representations or prerepresenta-tions (Changeux and Dehaene, 1989) pop up spontaneously and transiently in the brain. A combinatory function, a kind of mental handiwork, associates and dissociates objects from memory and current perceptions, until, in this competition,...
Including her dislike for her father and her love for Breuer, who then left the case to Freud. Eventually, the two formed the theory that hysterical symptoms resulted from early sexual molestation, leaving memories so distressing that they were intentionally forgotten and could only be fully remembered under hypnosis. Once such symptoms were recalled fully to consciousness, Freud found that they vanished, never to return. These findings became the basis for a momentous development, the first theory of neuroses, which holds that behind every neurotic conflict lays a forgotten childhood trauma. Such experiences are said to be repressed. Making the unconscious conscious is still one of the primary goals of psychotherapy. The idea that the mind can somehow forget things that it really knows has provided both enlightenment and perplexity to psychologists ever since.
Flack and de Waal's evolutionary sketch of the human capacities for moral judgment is not scientific nonsense lacking philosophical background. The Scottish Enlightenment understood that the moral sense was the element that, based on sympathy, leads human ethical choice. In his account of the evolution of cooperative behaviour, Darwin (1871) stated that any animal whatsoever, with well-defined social instincts - like parental and filial affections - would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well, or nearly as well developed, as in man (Descent of Man, p. 472). However, this is a hypothetical issue no animal has ever reached the level of human mental faculties, language included. In fact, Darwin points out that, even if some animal could achieve a human-equivalent degree of development of its intellectual faculties, we could not conclude that it would also acquire exactly the same moral sense as ours (Descent of Man, p. 473)....
This review focuses on the efficacy and safety of Chinese medicine in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. Included were 84 controlled clinical studies of type-2 diabetes treated with Chinese medicine for at least 1 month. Reported outcomes were symptom relief improvement in glycemia, insulin resistance and secondary failure, and adverse events. Symptom relief was achieved in most ( 80 ) of the patients receiving Chinese medicine. Compared with orthodox drugs, Chinese medicine had a 1.2-fold (95 CI 1.2-1.3) increase in symptom relief. The relative risk of achieving a fasting blood glucose of
First, the body's levels of melatonin can be maximized by reducing exposure to artificial light during the dark hours. Even short periods of light at night can dramatically reduce melatonin production for the remainder of the night.242 Second, at least two studies indicate that meditation practices can increase melatonin concentrations.243,244 In addition to an effect on mela-tonin, meditation may have other beneficial effects, not the least being increased peace of mind. Several preliminary studies have in fact reported that deep meditation may prolong the lives of some cancer patients.245-248
The overriding question when confronted with an amputation should be, ''from my knowledge of hand surgery, fractures, tendon, and nerve repairs, what is the realistic potential for this digit to contribute to function, or might it not only be functionless but even worse, interfere with the remaining hand function '' In making this judgment, it is implied that the surgeon knows the function of each digit and at each level and what the disability will be if the part is not reattached. By definition, the novice resident alone in the emergency trenches at 3 am will not be struck with enlightenment. In fairness to patient, resident, and public purse, amputations should be evaluated by an experienced surgeon. In general terms, the radial three digits are concerned with pulp pinch grip and work as a team. Therefore, sensibility excellence is of greater importance than mobility. Sensory return in replanted digits is normally more reliable than is restoration of movement. Amputations of the...
The cerebral areas activated during the perception of tastes have been identified by means of nuclear magnetic
Jean-anthelme brillat-savarin observed in Meditation 2 of The Physiology of Taste, Up to the present time there is not a single circumstance in which a given taste has been analyzed with stern exactitude, so that we have been forced to depend on a small number of generalizations, such as sweet, sugary, sour, bitter, and other like ones which express, in the end, no more than the words agreeable or disagreeable, and are enough to make themselves understood and to indicate, more or less, the taste properties of the sapid body which they describe. Men who will come after us will know much more than we of this subject and it cannot be disputed that it is chemistry which will reveal the causes or the basic elements of taste.
There is a wide range of relaxation methods including progressive relaxation, imagery training, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, and autogenic training, but little evidence to indicate superiority of any one approach. Furthermore, there is little evidence to support the presumption that insomniacs are hyperaroused in physiological terms or that relaxation has its effect through autonomic change. At the cognitive level, these techniques may act through distraction and the promotion of mastery. During relaxation the mind focuses upon alternative themes such as visualized images or physiological responses. In meditation the focus is upon a 'mantra' and in self-hypnosis upon positive self-statements. Relaxation may be effective for thought processes that are anxiety-based, confused, and which flit from topic to topic.
There is a belief among many experts in fitness and recreation that participating in physical activity is a close second in terms of its importance to eating and breathing. What would your life be like if you weren't able to participate in all sorts of leisure, fitness, and recreational activities In a society filled with many stressful events, the need to release by moving in any way, shape, or form that is comfortable and enjoyable to you is critical for maintaining overall balance in your daily life. For some people, yoga, meditation, and relaxation exercises fit the bill. Others must hop on a stationary bike or go for a jog to feel invigorated. No matter what type of multiple sclerosis (MS) you have or how much you're able to move, exercise, recreation, and physical activity can be adapted to meet your needs. Don't ever underestimate what you're capable of doing. Many experts in engineering, technology, and exercise have found ways to adapt all kinds of physical activity to meet...
Family treatment does not always succeed. Indeed, deterioration may occur, albeit in a small percentage of cases.(4I) What common difficulties are encountered The non-engaging family is problematic in that while evidence points to the need for family intervention, members cannot participate in the task, usually because they resist letting go of 'the devil they know'. In another variation, engagement of some members may fail. This is particularly so in the case of fathers who tend to see the target of therapy as the identified patient rather than the family as a whole. This belief can, however, apply to any member.
At the same time as the evidence for a biological basis for depression appears to be strengthening, the Western concept of depression has been criticized by transcultural researchers. Obeyesekere (18 considers that each culture has developed its own methods for dealing with painful emotions. The Bhuddists of Sri Lanka cope with the loss of a loved person by meditating on the illusory nature of the world of sense, pleasure, and domesticity. Among the Kaluli of New Guinea, the response to loss is anger and the expectation of being adequately compensated by society. Blame is externalized and society is expected to provide social support for the aggrieved individual. (19 In Iran most children learn to grieve in the context of religious ceremonies for Iranian martyrs. The response to personal loss is assimilated into the wider communal experience of historical tragedy. (2 ) Obeyesekere1. refers to these coping measures as 'the work of culture' and views the construction of a disease known...
You give a poor picture of the philosophy of Botany. From my ignorance, I suppose, I can hardly persuade myself that things are quite as bad as you make them,--you might have been writing remarks on Ornithology I shall meditate much on your remarks, which will also come in very useful when I write and consider my tables of big and small genera. I grieve for myself to say that Watson agrees with your view, but with much doubt. I gave him no guide what your opinion was. I have written to A. Gray and to X., who--
It would be hugely wrong to assume that medical practitioners letting go of some of their power, empowering patients and encouraging them to be partners would be more time-consuming. Conversely, it should lead to much faster shared understanding, greater patient satisfaction and improved health outcomes, as has been shown in the case of diabetes (6,7). However, it must be borne in mind and clearly understood that for patient empowerment to achieve the desired outcomes 1. it must be born out of a systematic and sound process and 2. it must be developed and subsequently evolved as a way of thinking. Such processes must include provision of the appropriate information, training education and take into account a change of culture in health systems influencing both healthcare professionals and consumers. These issues will be dealt with briefly below.
Mately half a standard deviation better than controls, with differences between groups being statistically significant.101 Several randomized trials have explored the effects of relaxation treatments on anxiety and depression in out-patients. In a typical study, 109 cancer patients with varying diagnoses and different stages of disease were randomized to receive seven weekly 90-minute meditation classes and were encouraged to practice meditation at home. Anxiety and depression scores fell by nearly 50 in the meditation group with little change in controls (P 0.01 for difference between groups on reanalysis).102
Past problems may need exploring to enable patients to examine their understanding of previous events and help them identify what was difficult about the task that they had been set and how it could have been made easier. This is an essential step if they want to avoid similar pitfalls in the future. We learn from our mistakes and from our own life experiences, not from other people telling us what to do. This is probably the hardest lesson for health professionals, as we want them to get it right all the time. Letting go can be difficult.
Emotional factors frequently interfere with the development of healthy lifestyles. Stressful life events oftentimes lead to unwanted eating and subsequent weight gain. Recognizing stressors and learning strategies to deal with them can help individuals manage their eating patterns more effectively. Physical activity is an especially good strategy for reducing feelings of stress because it raises an individual's sense of well being. The regular practice of meditation or learning techniques like progressive muscle relaxation can be useful for managing everyday stresses 25 .
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a general term used to describe techniques as diverse as chiropractic and yoga, iridology and meditation, colonic irrigation and spiritual healing. As such, it resists simple definition. Most published definitions describe CAM simply as practices outside of mainstream care.1 A more fundamental issue concerns the difference between complementary and alternative approaches. Alternative therapies are used in place of mainstream care. Conversely, complementary therapies are used as adjuncts to mainstream care for symptom management and to enhance quality of life. This distinction is especially important in oncology, where treatment choices can be literally a matter of life and death.
Research by Orme-Johnson and Haynes (1981) measured EEG coherence in a group of participants undergoing training in meditation. Participants were grouped into a high and low meditation proficiency group on the basis of course logs and ratings by their instructors. The participants were also tested for fluency using the Unusual Uses subtest of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (Torrance, 1974). EEG was measured using two bilateral frontal (F3, F4) and two bilateral central (C3, C4) sites during rest with eyes closed, with eyes open and during meditation. Mean alpha coherence between all sites was found to be positively correlated with creativity, as was alpha coherence between the right-hemisphere sites (F4 and C4) and alpha coherence between the bilateral frontal alpha sites (F3 and F4). The relationship between creativity and coherence for the pair of channels with the strongest alpha coherence in each individual (dominant alpha) was also examined. The mean of the frequency...
Consciousness is an umbrella term that refers to a particular type of mental faculty, state, and process in living systems, which involves subjective experiencing of ongoing occurrences. Stimuli are sensed and perceived by their perceiver in a private version, with phenome-nological qualities that are transparent to the subject only.2 Emotions, beliefs, thoughts, and actions involve private experiences as well, inaccessible to the outside observer. Consciousness could also involve reflexive perception of oneself, or 'self-consciousness'.3 Consciousness is treated in a variety of contexts in philosophical discourses, whose spectrum of discussion ranges from issues of soul and self, to speculations about emergent properties of highly complex systems (e.g. Kant 1781 James 1890 Freud 1900 Bergson 1908 Ryle 1949 Edel-man 1990,1995 Dennett 1991 Searle 1992 Crick 1994 Damasio 2000 for a tiny glimpse of the sophistication of treatment of consciousness in eastern philosophy, see Harvey 1990...
Dencies, strengths, weaknesses, and susceptibilities to ill health. Once a diagnosis of the illness has been made, the methods of treatment may include cleansing the body of toxins, whether of an environmental, bacterial or viral nature, appropriate changes in diet, herbal and mineral preparations to rebuild and rejuvenate body tissues, and stress management through activities such as meditation, deep breathing, and sound therapy. The purpose is to balance the doshas within the individual.
The first form, algebraic-formal, is that of clock mechanisms - the same clocks which the Enlightenment regarded as a possible model for the operations of the understanding in general - and which later became the time of a (discrete state) Turing machine (see Longo 2003a, for the discrete vs continuous issue in computational models of mind). A Turing machine tells time by the movement of scanning reading its tape - to the left or right - tick-tock -like an absolute Newtonian clock. Nothing happens between one movement and another (to the left or right as the tape is scanned) nor can anything be said of their duration these movements are the measure of time itself.
Of course, the birth of such a phenomenon is largely owing to the advancement in information technology that has brought about the era of consumer enlightenment. This has led to a gradual change of culture among healthcare professionals with respect to their historical practice of making unilateral treatment decisions without patient involvement. Increasingly, government and private organizations are bombarding patients with information about their condition either through personal contacts, different media or the environment of secondary primary care using different techniques.
In the past twenty years, doing anthropology has become more and more complex. In the days when we traveled long distances to far-off places, our fieldwork stayed in the field. Now, the distances have been narrowed. Informants have become consultants. Consultants are our friends. As such, they can board a plane in their land and come to visit, spending long nights in earnest conversation about truth and meaning and enlightenment and expectations. In the days when we wrote only inscrutable manuscripts circulated among colleagues, there was no one to dispute the validity of our work except another expert in the area. Now, our consultant-friends are critics, editors of our written words, commentators of their lives, and ours.
Structures include the time, place, and purpose of different activities, and where responsibility lies for different decisions. Clear structures are especially important for people with little control over their impulses, providing something which can gradually be internalized. A common finding is that therapeutic communities go through oscillations between periods when the structures are well observed and supported, and periods of more disturbed and destructive behaviour when structures come under great strain. At these times the staff must be able to take the lead to re-establish the structure and norms of the community, later letting go again when residents are able to resume shared responsibility.
Just as toxins from any source will cause some problems and aggravate all other existing problems, inadequate water intake can be expected to have the same effects. As mentioned above, water is not only essential for proper cellular function throughout your body, it is also essential for the proper excretion of cellular waste products and any other toxins that have found their way into your body. Therefore, poor water intake can be expected to increase your overall bodily toxicity. Good foods, exercise, supplements, meditation, or just about anything else you can think of to support your health will NOT compensate for ignoring this basic bodily requirement. Don't reinvent the wheel do whatever else you think is good for you, but do not neglect drinking your water.
Preventive strategies can be put in place to help avoid predictable stress from life events. Once stress has developed, the individual must combat it using strategies such as relaxation and meditation. Stress can be used as a positive source of good functioning, but a good clinician manager will be aware of the signs of destructive stress and burn-out.(9 Staff burn-out is considered further in Chapter7. .4.
Beginning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Enlightenment gave impetus to medical progress in Europe. The eighteenth century witnessed a flowering of the revival of the clinical-empirical tradition in medicine, with advanced descriptions of mania and melancholia, such as the following by Richard Mead (1751) (quoted by Jackson(3))
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