"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe
"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"We swim in a sea of information, but filter out most of what we see and hear. A new analysis of data from dozens of studies sheds new light on how we choose what we do and do not hear. The study found that while people tend to avoid information that contradicts what they already think or believe, certain factors can cause them to seek out, or at least consider, other points of view."
""We wanted to see exactly across the board to what extent people are willing to seek out the truth versus just stay comfortable with what they know," said researchers.
"The researchers found that people are about twice as likely to select information that supports their own point of view (67 percent) as to consider an opposing idea (33 percent). Certain individuals, those with close-minded personalities, are even more reluctant to expose themselves to differing perspectives, Albarracín said. They will opt for the information that corresponds to their views nearly 75 percent of the time."
"The researchers also found, not surprisingly, that people are more resistant to new points of view when their own ideas are associated with political, religious or ethical values."
"Perhaps more surprisingly, people who have little confidence in their own beliefs are less likely to expose themselves to contrary views than people who are very confident in their own ideas, Albarracín said."
Read entire article here
Monday, June 29, 2009
Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain
HAVE you ever experienced that eerie feeling of a thought popping into your head as if from nowhere, with no clue as to why you had that particular idea at that particular time? You may think that such fleeting thoughts, however random they seem, must be the product of predictable and rational processes. After all, the brain cannot be random, can it? Surely it processes information using ordered, logical operations, like a powerful computer?
Actually, no. In reality, your brain operates on the edge of chaos. Though much of the time it runs in an orderly and stable way, every now and again it suddenly and unpredictably lurches into a blizzard of noise.
Neuroscientists have long suspected as much. Only recently, however, have they come up with proof that brains work this way. Now they are trying to work out why. Some believe that near-chaotic states may be crucial to memory, and could explain why some people are smarter than others.
Read the entire article here
Watch the brief video below to get a sense of how modern technology is able to simulate brain activity.
Should you experience difficulty viewing the video, please click here to view it at the original site.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
At the many lectures he gives worldwide, Ilchi Lee often begins with this question. Having struggled to focus in his childhood and overcome this handicap later, he developed a great trust in and knowledge of the human brain. By utilizing the brain's full power, he believes, humanity can achieve its potential and resolve the serious problems we are facing. Though the brain, we can realize the key dreams of the world: health, happiness and peace.
Through a three-decade career, Ilchi Lee has developed many training programs and methods, organized numerous projects and events, authored dozens of books, and founded a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. In this sense, he is a modern Renaissance man. Prolific innovation is his way of life. Yet at his core, Ilchi Lee is motivated by only one thing – a deep and abiding love for humanity and the Earth, and a passion to improve their conditions. A true believer in the power of individuals to change themselves and the world around them, Ilchi Lee seeks to empower individuals to live according to their highest ideals and grandest dreams. He identifies the source of this ability in the human brain, and thus considers its development as the most critical aspect of human progress. For this reason, he created the Brain Education System Training (BEST), which provides a profound five-step process for unleashing the brain's unlimited potential. The hundreds of training programs that he has created are part of BEST.
What follows is the first part of a lecture at the 2008 UN Conference for Brain Education that Ilchi Lee gave. Further parts are below.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is what the July 2009 schedule looks like:
- July 1: Dr. Sung Lee, Director of the Brain Well Center in Arizona. At the center physician-directed trainings and services are designed to improve the quality of health and life, by enhancing the brain-body connection and developing inner resources. Brain training can benefit any person with a brain – young to elderly. It can be highly valuable for persons with neuro-psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, attention deficit, post-traumatic stress, addictions, stroke, traumatic brain injury, headache, seizures, migraine, and movement disorders. Other health conditions commonly benefited include cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer recovery. Training is also excellent for persons without major health challenges. It can catalyze creativity and peak performance for artists, athletes, and executives.
- July 8: Tom Campbell: Physicist and consciousness researcher, and author of the My Big Toe Trilogy. Thomas Campbell discusses the nature of reality in terms of consciousness. One of our continuing traits as humans is to attempt to understand the reality we perceive around us and our place in it. The trilogy My Big Toe by Thomas Campbell is a significant continuation of that quest for understanding. Thomas also formed part of the cast in The Path Series: The Afterlife and formed part of the Monroe Institute’s Robert Monroe’s original team investigating OBE’s or out-of-body experiences. Join me to chat with Thomas Campbell about these and other fascinating topics.
- July 15: Chris Fenwick: Author of The 100th Human. Chris says that Reaching Critical Mass just got personal! The 100th Human is a spiritual quest delving deeply into matters of physics, metaphysics, evolution and the human condition. Join Jack, Apu and Alana as they race against time searching for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols - before time literally runs out.
- July 22: Leslie Feinberg: Neuro-Modulation Technique. NMT trains the body to correct the causes of disease in a natural way. The Feinberg Technique is the marriage of accepted principles of western science and energetic medicine. Patients suffering from nearly any symptom commonly experience rapid improvement, and restoration of health when they receive NMT. The reason NMT works so powerfully to restore health is that NMT addresses the problem of illness at its most basic level.
- July 29: Lawrence Furman: Revisiting the Western Way of Birth and Death. Lawrence is the author of the upcoming book Medium Rare, Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic, and joins me for a frank discussion about life in the hereafter, as well as his work in mid-wifing not only birth, but also death. Lawrence reminds us that we enter this world on a breath and we leave it with a last breath. Lawrence has given annual natural childbirth classes to a group of students at the University of Miami, discussing alternative methods of childbirth, and the effects of the birth script upon future relationships. Lawrence has personally been through three near death experiences, and has also been a trance medium since 1992.
Click here for a direct link to the show.
Ways To Listen:
- LIVE on the web here
- Past episodes here (these episodes only include shows since Januray 14th, 2009. For prior shows see the next point). These clips are for listening when the show is no longer live, for downloading, etc.)
- Listen to over 150 archived audio files on my website (in the past it has always taken some time for me to get new shows up on my website due to logistical problems. Now, with the new program Re-Wiring the Soul, new clips will be up in a matter of minutes, for re-listening or downloading ... for adding to ITunes or your IPod)
- You can also listen to past episodes on my blog ... scroll down on the right sidebar to just below the photo of myself wearing earphones
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Information About This New Show
Many changes have taken place at the local studio where I had been broadcasting for the past five years from 2003 - 2008, and they finally closed their doors to the international section of their station.
Hence, I am continuing to broadcast via another medium and under the name Re-wiring the Soul.
After five years of broadcasting a conventional radio show in Southern Spain about topics in the broad (and frequently eclectic) fields of integral psychotherapy and positive psychology, I wanted to venture further abroad. Thanks to my incredible interlocutor at the station, Brenda Padilla, we managed to produce 150 audio clips from that show and they are all available via my website or blog.
Re-wiring the Soul is the result of my desire for a change. Psychology per se is good, but we need to reach much further in our quest to create the balanced human being. The mission statement for this show might be “using all tools available via nutrition, fitness, psychology, cutting-edge empirical research, holistic therapies, spirituality, neuro-science, etc. to further the growth of the soul.”
This call-in talk show welcomes and interviews guests from all walks of life, although occasionally I will be speaking alone. Those of you who have listened to my past programs know that the main message I have always woven through the shows has consisted of the need for becoming aware and then making good choices from this position of awareness. On this show that will be our guiding dictum.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This time "Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
If you experience difficulty viewing the video, please click here for the original website
"Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences.
"We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this." A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009. "
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The study "shows those individuals physically abused in childhood are more likely to develop cancer than those who have not been abused. Childhood physical abuse is associated with 49 per cent higher odds of cancer in adulthood, says Esme Fuller-Thomson of U of T's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Department of Family and Community Medicine."
"This research provides important new knowledge about a potential childhood abuse-cancer relationship."
"The study's findings showed the association between childhood abuse and cancer remained significant even after controlling for three major potentially confounding factors: childhood stressors, adult health behaviors (i.e. smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption) and adult socioeconomic status."
Read the entire article here
Monday, June 22, 2009
The question that researchers asked was whether humans can increase physical endurance with only a few minutes of strenuous exercise, instead of hours.
Ongoing research at McMaster Universtiy in Canada indicates that the answer may be yes. In a recent study, a group of college students, who were healthy but not athletes, were asked to ride a stationary bike at a sustainable pace for between 90 and 120 minutes. Another set of students grunted through a series of short, strenuous intervals: 20 to 30 seconds of cycling at the highest intensity the riders could stand. After resting for four minutes, the students pedaled hard again for another 20 to 30 seconds, repeating the cycle four to six times (depending on how much each person could stand), “for a total of two to three minutes of very intense exercise per training session.
Each of the two groups exercised three times a week. After two weeks, both groups showed almost identical increases in their endurance (as measured in a stationary bicycle time trial), even though the one group had exercised for six to nine minutes per week, and the other about five hours. Additionally, molecular changes that signal increased fitness were evident equally in both groups.
The short, intense workouts aided in weight loss, too, and other researchers have found that similar, intense, brief sessions of exercise improve cardiac health, even among people with heart disease.
Read entire article here
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The one I am focusing on today is with Nancy Etcoff speaking to us about the surprising science of happiness. Ted has much to say about her ... see below.
If you have any difficulty viewing the video, please click here to view it directly at TED
Nancy Etcoff is part of a new vanguard of cognitive researchers asking: What makes us happy? Why do we like beautiful things? And how on earth did we evolve that way?
In her book Survival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff refutes the social origins of beauty, in favor of far more prosaic and evolutionary explanations. Looking for a partner with clear skin? You’re actually checking for parasites. And let’s just say there’s a reason high heels are always in fashion.
Her recent research into the question of happiness exposes results that not only are surprising but reinforce things we should've known all along: like the fact that having flowers in the house really does make us happier. As the instructor of "The Science of Happiness" at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Program in Aesthetics and Well Being at Massachusetts General Hospital, Nancy Etcoff is uniquely qualified to solve the mysteries of contentment.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is a professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty for Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on mindfulness meditation and its applications to psychotherapy and health care. She began her study of psychology and meditation at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro pursued her study of meditation in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Dr. Shapiro has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness-based therapies across a wide range of populations, and published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs nationally and internationally for health professionals on the growing applications of mindfulness in psychology and health care.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Unexpectedly there has been a slight departure from the June programming I had blogged about earlier, and hence, my guest for Wednesday, June 24th, will be Martina Sheehan from Australia.
Read the full description of the show:
Martina Sheehan: Neuroscientific Approaches to Brain Training and Happiness
Train your 100 billion neurons to live well and work well with Brain Trainers™ You might not realise it, but you have been training your brain since the day you were born. Everything you learn, everything you think, and everything you do trains the billions of neural connections in your brain and builds habits that can last a lifetime. Use Brain Trainers™ to focus on the habits you want to strengthen in your life. Join me to speak with Martina Sheehan, Director reinvention® and Brain Trainers™ about these cards that she and her partner Susan Pearse have developed and will be developing.
Click here to access the show
See their website http://www.brain-trainers.com/
This show had previously been scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 24th at 7 pm Central European Time, or 1 pm EDT, but due to the exigencies of the changes described above, the show will air at 9 am European, or 5 pm in Brisbane, Australia. If you are not able to join us live for the show, please listen to the archived file at the link indicated at the above show access, at whatever day or time you wish.
All previously aired shows on Rewiring the Soul are available like that as well, as your convenience, or you can download them and put them on your iPod or burn them on to CD's for easy listening in the car or wherever you please.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The latest one features Bruce Lipton, famed cellular biologist who is convincing the world bit by bit that there is not such thing as genetic predeterminism.
Do our genes control our health? Epigenetics research challenges the conventional beliefs about genes and reveals the role of emotion on our bodies and health. In this video, author and cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. explores the importance of perception in maintaining optimal health.
Should you experience difficulty in viewing this video, please click here in order to view it directly at the One Minute Shift website.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here's something you can do to deal with those difficult and dark emotions: as you find yourself immersed in yet another negative or hard thought or feeling, and find yourself succumbing to its way of pulling you into a black quagmire, do this:
- chose to do something different about this today
- chose to focus elsewhere (as opposed to the worry or the fear)
- chose to feel gratitude for something right here and now (a butterfly, the blue sky, a whiff of heady jasmine from the garden next door, your laptop that connects you to the world in such fascinating ways, your dog, your child, your capacity to run, etc.) Whatever you feel gratitude for is not important, what is important is that you do feel gratitude.
- as you do this, you will find yourself in the present moment. And in the present moment you are not in the place where you need to worry or fear,
- the present moment brings you to the now, where the past or future have no place.
- remain in the present moment for a while, choosing to continue to focus on something for which you feel gratitude.
- one you notice that you feel better, move to your other duties, but continue this exercise as soon as you find yourself giving way to difficult or dark thoughts and feelings.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The article states "Married men and women, on average, have sex with their spouse 58 times a year, a little more than once a week, according to data collected from the General Social Survey, which has tracked the social behaviors of Americans since 1972. But there are wide variations in that number. Married people under 30 have sex about 111 times a year. And it’s estimated that about 15 percent of married couples have not had sex with their spouse in the last six months to one year, according to Denise A. Donnelly, associate professor of sociology at Georgia State University, who has studied sexless marriage."
The article consists of a number of questions that the author (Tara Parker-Pope) asks of Professor Donnelly:
Is there any indication that the sexless marriage is becoming more common? Or are we just hearing about it more?
Why does a marriage become sexless? Does it start that way? Or does sex fade?
Are couples in sexless marriages less happy than couples having sex?
Can people in a marriage that has become sexless rekindle their sex lives?
Are people in sexless marriages more likely to get divorced?
- What else are you trying to learn about sexless marriages?
And in order to look at further possibilities about why it happens, why marriages sometimes lose their passion, you may also wish to read these articles, published some time ago in various editions of my monthly newsletter:
- Your Parents, Your Children, and the Marital Bed
- Losing the Connection: You Love Each Other, But No Longer Connect
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This month's topic was about permaculture, genetically modified foods, about fossil fuels, about the rapid decline of oil reserves (even in the oil wells) in our world, and what we can do about it.
One of the things to do (among so many others) is to make sure you have seeds that are not genetically modified, and to have a good store of them on hand.
That brought to mind another brief video from TED.org. This one is about storing millions of seeds on a global level. In the video, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.
TED says this about Jonathan Drori. He " has dedicated his career to media and learning. As the Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, he led the effort to create bbc.co.uk, the online face of the BBC (an effort he recalls fondly). He came to the web from the TV side of the BBC, where as an editor and producer he headed up dozens of television series on science, education and the arts.
After almost two decades at the BBC, he's now a director at Changing Media Ltd., a media and education consultancy, and is a visiting professor at University of Bristol, where he studies educational media and misperceptions in science. He continues to executive produce the occasional TV series, including 2004's award-winning "The DNA Story" and 2009's "Great Sperm Race." He is on the boards of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Woodland Trust."
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Once love has entered a place where there is hatred, love can begin to dispel the hatred, and the place where only hatred reigns will be smaller, and will continue to grow smaller, as long as love remains alive, and as long as others continue to bring more love after having warmed themselves in the flame of the love shown by the initial person who brought it into hatred.
Perhaps less obvious, but just as do-able as the candle metaphor.
Let us all be candles, and let our flame - our light - be filled with love.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
If you have difficulty viewing the video here on my blog, go directly to the website by clicking here.
Here's what TED has to say about him: Joachim de Posada's infectious energy and humor have turned him into a popular motivational coach. Working in Spanish and English, he helps companies and teams find deep and lasting reasons to succeed. His books include How to Survive Among the Piranhas and his latest, No te comas el marshmallow ... todavia, or Don't Eat the Marshmallow ... Yet. (He's recently updated the book for the recession, calling it Don't Eat the Marshmallow ... Ever.)
Friday, June 5, 2009
As a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.
Ursula le Guin (The Wizard of Earthsea)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
If you have trouble viewing the video on this blog, click here to view it on C-Span
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
First, although it is not my birth nationality, I have been Spanish for nearly four decades, so I feel I am warranted some pleasure in national sports glories, such as the recent UEFA Champions League soccer final win by the Barcelona team Barca, Alonso in car racing, Tour de France winners (the last three), and of course, also by all the success the young Rafael Nadal has had in international tennis (see also the Wall Street Journal for this magnificent article Spain's Extraordinary Sports Ego, referring to talk of "An Invincible Armada").
Second, and this point is much more germane to this blog: here we have a very young individual who is used to success make the nevertheless very mature point that deep meaning can be found in defeat.
Here's what he said at his post-defeat press conference: “Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories.”
In the Times Online, sports columnist Matthew Sayed writes this about Nadal's statement : "How better to remind oneself of the savour of victory than to taste the bitterness of defeat?"
And he goes on to quote from Nadal's blog: “The first thing I want to say is that it was only a tennis match yesterday. No big drama. It happens, and I knew it would happen one day. It had to be yesterday and well, now I just have to look at that match and see what I did wrong. It is not a tragedy.”
Sayed continues: "Defeat is a precious gift to the all-conquering sportsman: an opportunity to learn, to adapt, to develop. But ultimately it is an opportunity to rediscover the essential meaning of victory. That is why Nadal will return stronger, deeper and hungrier. "
Read the entire article here
Defeat ... not only a precious gift to the all-conquering sportsman, but a gift to anyone, to choose to regard it as an opportunity to learn, to adapt, to develop.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
In the article, I include a long list of websites that offer much material, in particular audio, that is almost all free, downloadable, and hence can be used to burn on CD's or iPods for listening in moments when one is "making time", as when one is driving to work, etc.
At any rate, one of the newsletter readers wrote this back to me:
Just a thought you might want to share with your readers:
I go to inspirational websites, a few of the ones you mention, when I have to do unpleasant chores – ironing, cleaning, organizing the closet – so that I actually look forward to those activities because I get uninterrupted listening time (my daughters never interrupt me when I do those chores, otherwise they might have to help). I don’t have Cd player in the car, nor an ipod, so I listen on my computer. If I were just listening, the others in my house would think I were “available” and I would be interrupted several times. So cleaning and ironing have become my inspirational moments….
What an excellent suggestion! Thank you.
Photo: Cordoba, Spain (taken January 2009 ... check out the oranges!)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Brenda Cobb survived cancer thanks to raw food. Brenda Cobb, Founder and Director of the Living Foods Training Center, overcame breast and cervical cancer without the use of drugs or surgery by following the simple principles of detoxification and nutrition. She also got rid of allergies, acid reflux, indigestion, arthritis, obesity, age or liver spots, and gray hair. Her eyesight even improved! She looks and feels 10 years younger than she did 10 years ago.
Click here for Brenda’s website and here for a direct link to the show.