Daily Archives: 04/13/2015

The Impact of Meditation on the Brain

This is a very interesting article on meditation and its benefits.

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The Impact of Meditation on the Brain

— from “Mind of the Meditator” by Matthieu Ricard,

Antoine Lutz and Richard J. Davidson. Brain imaging shows that when we master a task such as playing an instrument or the advanced performance in a sport, specific parts of the brain are transformed — certain neural pathways grow and strengthen. Neuroscientists have now shown that the same is true for mastery of meditation with direct benefits for improving focus, overcoming depression, dealing with pain and cultivating emotional well-being:

“A comparison of the brain scans of meditators with tens of thousands of hours of practice with those of neophytes and nonmeditators has started to explain why this set of techniques for training the mind holds great potential for supplying cognitive and emotional benefits. … 

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President Obama Speaks at a Town Hall With Young Leaders of the Americas in Jamaica

President Obama Speaks at a Town Hall With Young Leaders of the Americas in Jamaica

Published on Apr 9, 2015

President Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at a town hall with Young Leaders of the Americas at University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. April 9, 2015.

Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc- Toronto – Spring Dance – May 16, 2015


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Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc- Toronto – Spring Dance – May 16, 2015

at Pickering Recreation Complex , 1867 Valley Farm Road. Pickering ON. Canada

Tickets from:

Joe Castanheiro – 416-286-1956;  Dennis Choy – 905-839-0434;  

Dexter Gonsalves – 905-428-3883;  Mike Gonsalves – 905-420-0565

Karen Heifa – 416-287-2526  or any GCC member

e-mail:  gccaninc@gmail.com

“My Final Gift to Life” – Poem by Mahadai Das

This entry is from the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog.

It is Blog entry #5,000 on the Guyanese Online Blog Website.

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Courtney Crum-Ewing

Guyana-born Courtney Crum-Ewing
Political activist assassinated in Guyana on March 10, 2015

In memory of Courtney Crum-Ewing, Guyana-born political activist assassinated on March 10, 2015, I dedicate the poem “My Final Gift to Life” by Indo-Guyanese poet, Mahadai Das (1954-2003).

Like the other poems in her poetry collection My Finer Steel Will Grow, published in 1982, “My Final Gift to Life” was written at a time of civil rebellion in Guyana, culminating in the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney, co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance of which Mahadai Das was a staunch supporter. Her awareness of the risk of overtly opposing the then autocratic government is evident in the opening lines of the poem.

Death would be my final gift to life.
Then: if I must die, I must.

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Romanee Kalicharran is the quintessential ambassador of culture

Romanee Kalicharran is the quintessential ambassador of culture

romanee in blue kurta

Romanee Kalicharran

She has traveled the world sharing her talents in a variety of dance forms. Romanee has bridged cultures and her passion for the arts has made her one of the foremost artists in our community.

Romanee was born in New York and her parents are Ramesh and Judith Kalicharran. What is remarkable about her parents is that both Ramesh and Judith are from a musical tradition. But they stand out in other respects as well. Ramesh is Guyanese while Judith is Puerto Rican.   Continue reading

ON ETHNICITY – by Ralph Ramkarran


Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on April 11, 2015  – by

I must confess that I have had an ambivalent attitude to ethnicity for most of my life. My mother was a Hindu and so were all my relatives on both sides of my family. I grew up in the midst of celebrations of Hindu religious festivals, tempered by the dominant influence of the Lutheran Church in my mixed community, as in much of Guyana.  Even though I was socialized as a Hindu and, therefore, considered myself, whatever the reality, as Indian by race, my approach to my own ethnicity was determined by factors that had little to do with high principle.

In my mid to late teenage years after I discovered girls, I unconsciously developed a certain approach on the issue of ethnicity, dictated by my dark complexion and curly hair which caused me to be viewed in a particular way.   Continue reading

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