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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

 

"The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala – a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion – to images with emotional content," says Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD, a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH and at the BU Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, corresponding author of the report. "This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state."


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By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them | Charles Eisenstein

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them | Charles Eisenstein | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
I’m dealing with massive cognitive dissonance right now. Multiple, contradictory beliefs and perceptions inhabit my mind, each compelling on its own terms. How
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5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now

5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
What is mindfulness? And do you know the benefits it can bestow upon you? Here are 5 reasons why you should start practicing mindfulness right now.
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We Learn By Doing, Not Watching

Decades ago the famous “gondola kitten” experiment demonstrated that one must actively explore if one is to learn. One littermate in the set-up was free to explore its environment while another hung passively suspended in a contraption that moved in parallel with the exploring kitten. The gondola passenger saw everything the exploring kitten did but could not initiate any action. The mobile kitten discovered the world for itself while the passive kitten was presented a fait accompli-world in the same way that screen images are passively delivered to us. The passive kitten learned nothing
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From designing buildings to facilitating transformation

Fit principal Hannah du Plessis gave this presentation at four different venues during her recent visit to South Africa, with rave reviews. It uses the story of her personal shift from a career in interior architecture to the work of team, organizational, and community transformation to tell the larger story of a frontier for design

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I can worship religious art without believing in God

I can worship religious art without believing in God | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
For centuries, religious artists like Zurbarán and Caravaggio have created ecstatic, hallucinatory work that can move even a staunch atheist like me
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We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand – Aeon

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand – Aeon | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis
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Must read from Steward -whole earth catalog- Brand
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Who Really Wins In The Share Economy? - YouTube

The share economy makes life more convenient for a lot of people. But companies like Uber and Airbnb have their share of critics. So what exactly is the shar...
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great video

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We Are Not Containers! On Experimental Objects, Past Struggles and Alternatives for Education

We Are Not Containers! On Experimental Objects, Past Struggles and Alternatives for Education | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
“Obviously, a school that makes active children sit at desks studying mostly useless subjects is a bad school. It is a good school only…
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FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out - YouTube

Anxiety is the “Dizziness of Freedom” - Kierkegaard Timothy Leary “The Vertigo of Freedom” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary Mr Nobody As long as yo...
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A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying

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When you’re nervous, how can you be yourself? How you can force yourself to relax? How can you try not to try? It makes no sense, but the paradox may be essential to civilization.
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Framing the Other - Official Trailer on Vimeo

The Mursi tribe lives in the basin of the Omo River in the south of the east African state of Ethiopia. The women are known for placing large plates in their lower…
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Panda Bear - Boys Latin in Vimeo Staff Picks on Vimeo

This is the story of a young woman out for a hike along a coastal tide pool. Her encounter with a sea anemone triggers a phantasmagorical reaction. She meets a man…
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gorgeous!

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The surprising origins of Europeans

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Geneticists David Reich and Nick Patterson detailed recent work on human migrations that led to the populations of today’s Europe.
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How To Build Your Mindful Presence (And Your Grey Matter Too!) - About Meditation

How To Build Your Mindful Presence (And Your Grey Matter Too!) - About Meditation | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
What is mindful presence and how do you cultivate it? Mindful presence is a powerful way to live in the world, fully immersed in the present moment.
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Words Of Wisdom From A Native American Icon « The Sacred Science

Words Of Wisdom From A Native American Icon « The Sacred Science | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
Lakota views on male/female and matriarchy
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Right Between Your Ears - Finish the Film

Right Between Your Ears - Finish the Film | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
Documentary about how people can become convinced they're right, even when they're wrong.
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The Sexuality of a Celibate Life

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The celibate Gandhi is as much a conundrum as any other Gandhi we have known.
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Indigenous and Western Worldviews

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For  a while now, and especially following the interviews that I recently conducted with twelve Shipibo healers (that I wrote about in my last blog post), I have been wondering about the Shipibo wo...
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Walking Away From The King - Kindle edition by Mike Penney. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Walking Away From The King - Kindle edition by Mike Penney.
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How should I act when I don't agree with the majority of people because I think they don't think deeply enough? - Quora

Most people have made up their minds and are not interested in Objective truth and you will just aggravate them by presenting a point of view they don't agree with.  A couple of interesting saying I have heard and use:

"I have made up my mind, don't confuse me with facts"
"Don't try to teach a pig to sing: You waste your time and irritate the pig."

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some good answers for the eternal question

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Blue is the sky on Vimeo

BLUE, IS THE SKY Synopsis Lojz is contemplating about time, geography, colors and bible in an old military bunker high up in the Alps. A lot of people, even…
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Off Grid: Living Off The Grid – Living Off The Grid

Off Grid: Living Off The Grid – Living Off The Grid | quest inspiration | Scoop.it
Off Grid Living - All about living off grid, sustainable living, renewable energy, homesteading, prepping and survival. Off grid projects, designs, natural building, DIY, how to's. Shipping container homes, shelters, cabins, and survival bunkers from recycled shipping containers.
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Joseph on Severence on Vimeo

Joseph Lazenka, director for the School of Lost Borders speaks for a few minutes about the severance phase of a rites of passage.
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