Category Archives: meditation

Memory

Our memories are a main aspect of our identity. In the science fiction classic Blade Runner the replicant Rachel , and later Decker explore the limits of memory and the role that memory plays in our self identity. Just as … Continue reading

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Compassion Fatigue

An amazing aspect of our brain’s pain system is not just that it senses existential pain as well as physical pain, but also that this same system feels pain when we are confronted with another’s distress. We feel this in … Continue reading

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Emotion Felt in the Body

Emotion Felt in the Body.

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Emotion Felt in the Body

Our conference, Transforming Health Care Through Compassion held on October 25th, was a big hit. We had about 80 participants, not too bad for a first time event with a less than effective marketing plan. Should I be surprised? Compassion … Continue reading

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No App For Happiness

Yoga guru and writer Max Strom has published a new book, No App For Happiness: How to Avoid a Near Life Experience, Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. Based on his TED talk in 2010, this important work offers incisive insights into the … Continue reading

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Relaxation Response and Changes in Gene Expression

The Relaxation Response was described by Harvard University physician Herbert Benson in a 1975 best-selling book of the same name. The Relaxation Response or RR is the physiological opposite of the stress response, and Benson argued is as fundamental to … Continue reading

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You’ve Got To Watch This Video

Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna on CNBC “Squawk Box” discusses his experience dealing with injury and the role that mindfulness meditation, yoga, craniosacral therapy, accupuncture and naturopathy have had on his recovery. The initial segment is about the … Continue reading

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Life’s Battles

One of the great gifts of mindfulness generated through meditation is increased resiliency. Lets face it: tough times are an integral part of life. We see this all around us. In the news we are dazed and numbed by repeated … Continue reading

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In his 2011 book Quantum Doctor particle physicist Amit Goswami applies quantum theory to the underpinnings of allopathic medicine, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and homeopathy. As an allopathic physician I have struggled to get the morphogenetic representation of my vital … Continue reading

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Yoga in the 21st Century: a book review

After spending months reading drafts of the pieces in this collection, I find myself feeling hopeful about the direction in which yoga is going. What I see in this collection is a fearless exploration of personal experience, an investigation of … Continue reading

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