Monthly Archives: November 2012

Now What?

Why is mindfulness important? It permits the invocation of a allocentric perspective called selflessness. Is this enough? What is so important about selflessness? I believe that selflessness is an essential step in the development of positive emotional states but while … Continue reading

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So What?

What does this experience mean? I it more than an anecdote burnished and embellished by time? Is this anything more than a psychological trick, a stunt, a novelty? Does this have any relevance to our day-to-day lives? I think it … Continue reading

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Bare Selfless Awareness

During weekly Chairman’s Rounds a medical student would interview a patient in front of the other students and under the supervision of either the department chairman or another senior psychiatry faculty member. Up till that point third year medical school … Continue reading

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Kensho in the Moment

As I discussed in the previous post, natural cyclic fluctuations the balance of our ego- and allocentric attention systems may occur in sync with a surge in inhibition of the pulvinar due to strong emotional stimulation leading to a sudden … Continue reading

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Zen and Neuroscience

I am currently reading Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness by fellow neurologist James Austin, M.D. In this remarkable work, Dr. Austin sifts through the burgeoning neuroscience of mindfulness and cuts through opaque layers of contemplative traditions … Continue reading

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Dean Ornish TEDx

Dr. Dean Ornish, Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and one of the giants in the revolution in medicine that we call integrative medicine, recently delivered this lecture at TEDx San Francisco Dr. Ornish offers … Continue reading

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Weekend Mindfulness Retreat

The weekend we traveled to the Enchanted City, to enjoy a 3-day mindufulness meditation retreat. The event began Friday evening and concluded late Sunday afternoon with a 2 1/2 hour Autumn Seasonal Flow yoga class. Most of the participants were … Continue reading

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