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Meditation can make the brain bigger and better – study

Meditation can make the brain bigger and better – study

MASSACHUSSETTS, United States, Thursday November 27, 2014 –Brain

Meditation, sometimes relegated to the realms of New Age baloney or fraudulent Eastern mysticism, has turned out
to be a genuine workout for the mind, according to American scientists who have discovered that it can increase the size of the brain.

The results can be achieved in a relatively short space of time, moreover, with just eight weeks of meditation sufficient to produce structural changes large enough to be picked up by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, Harvard scientists have found.  Continue reading

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh – Powerful video

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt – Powerful

Published on May 12, 2013

Overview: Truly insightful, deep and powerful. Oprah Winfrey via her incredible OWN network, talks to Thich Nhat Hanh about becoming a monk, meeting Martin Luther King Jr; The powers of mindfulness, insight, concentration and compassion, How to transform warring parties and how to deeply transform relationships.


Where Silence Is Sacred – by Pico Iyer

Where Silence is Sacred

By Pico Iyer


Giant figures are talking and strutting and singing on enormous screens above me, and someone is chattering away on the mini-screen in the cab from which I just stepped. Nine people at this street corner are shouting into thin air, wearing wires around their chins and jabbing at the screens in their hands. One teenager, I read recently, sent 300,000 text messages in a month—or 10 a minute for every minute of her waking day, assuming that she was awake 16 hours a day. There are more cell phones than people on the planet now, almost (ten mobiles for everyone at the beginning of the century). Even by the end of the past century, the average human being in a country such as ours saw as many images in a day as a Victorian inhaled in a lifetime.  Continue reading

The value of stillness

The value of stillness

By Jessica Stillman Mar. 7, 2012, – GIGAOM

As Tom Waits once crooned, “I never knew I needed you until I was caught up in a bind,” so perhaps it’s not as ironic as it first appears that Pico Iyer, an essayist best known for his peripatetic lifestyle and travel writing, has plenty to say about stillness. It’s often only when we feel a lack of something that we learn to value it, and in the current world of 24-hour electronic stimulation and constant information bombardment, we start to feel the need for a little solitude and peace.

It’s a problem that many remote workers can identify with and one Iyer (who works in Japan with colleagues half a world away) recently spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about in depth. In the lengthy interview he identifies the lack of stillness in the lives of many plugged-in professionals, saying:

Almost everybody I know has this sense of overdosing on information and getting dizzy living at post-human speeds. Nearly everybody I know does something to try to remove herself to clear her head and to have enough time and space to think. Some of my friends go for runs every day. Some do yoga. Some cook. Some meditate. All of us instinctively feel that something inside us is crying out for more spaciousness and stillness to offset the exhilarations of this movement and the fun and diversion of the modern world. Continue reading

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