MASTER -ZERO’S – “PRAY TO THE DOLLAR” This Video and Song is about Money, Power and and the modern day Religion, which we all pay homage to…
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There is an amazing op-ed piece on the origins and pan-religious concept of Heaven. The article cover the dubious origins and recent invention of heaven, it’s place in the human subconscious, and the unrecognizability of different cultures’ heavens.
“The secret is, there is no secret.”
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“The Dalai Lama often describes Buddhism as being, above all, a science of the mind. That is not surprising, because the Buddhist texts put particular emphasis on the fact that all spiritual practices – whether mental, physical or oral – are directly or indirectly intended to transform the mind…
Experiments have indicated that the region of the brain associated with emotions such as compassion shows considerably higher activity in those with long-term meditative experience. These discoveries suggest that basic human qualities can be deliberately cultivated through mental training. The study of the influence of mental states on health, which was once considered fanciful, is now an increasing part of the scientific research agenda.”
TIME created an excellent interactive map of the brain detailing what happens to each part of your noggin when you meditate. They also include graphs of their meditation training data and findings on wave changes in the brain. Meditation, it seems, provides positive stimulation while giving hard-working parts of the brain a much needed rest.
IONS published a broad review of the changes meditation makes with the body in their study called “The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation“. In this study they go beyond the mind’s reactions to include studies of changes in heart rate, blood flow, blood pressure, and more.
The European Renaissance was an incredible time to live. The artistic and political history of the Renaissance is of paramount value to our culture today. During the renaissance, our cognitive capacity to learn and discover seemed to bloom. Checking out this historical period may give us some breadcrumbs with which we can successfully navigate our world today.
The journey from a dark time into a period of intense enlightenment is one we can all identify with. The transition from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance is what happens when a culture takes on that same journey. PBS put out an awesome quartet of films on the Renaissance that starts with the program below. Remember- where we can see ourselves in the past, we can triangulate and find ourselves in the future.
This first program deals a lot with the Medici Family. Medici’s name is known amongst scholars as well as the general public, but few know much more than the name. His family had incredible impact on the Renaissance- and therefore in his story we might find some good food for thought.