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Dragonfly and Symbolism

The dragonfly is an amazing creature. As a boy growing up in rural Alabama in the 1960’s I and my friends were avid insect collectors. Butterflies, like zebra swallowtails and giant swallowtails, and moths like Luna moths and Prometheus moths … Continue reading

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More Dharma, Less Drama

I recently attended my first silent meditation retreat held at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in the mountains of western North Carolina, near Hot Springs. This was a 5 day Vipassana retreat organized around the 4 foundations of mindfulness: awareness … Continue reading

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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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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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Contemplative Studies Conference

The Mind and Life Institute which puts on the annual Dalai Lama Mind and Life conferences such as that which was held in DC in 2005 and written about in The Minds Own PhysicianNew Harbinger 2011 is sponsoring this meeting … Continue reading

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Mind and Brain

The effects of meditation on brain function are an active area of neuroscience research. Eileen Luders, a neurologist at UCLA has recently published the results of a study in which morphological changes in a portion of the frontal lobe called … Continue reading

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Science and Mindfulness

What flows through your mind sculpts your brain. Thus, you can use your mind to change your brain for the better—which will benefit your whole being, and every other person whose life you touch. Hanson, Rick (2009-11-01). Buddha’s Brain: The … Continue reading

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