Category Archive: Spritual Realism

Nov 30 2017

Scientific Meditation Research

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION RESEARCH There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. The first foray into meditation research came with Herbert Benson and a biometric understanding of the physical state of meditation. His book The Relaxation Response, published in 1975, …

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Jan 15

Physical Body, Spiritual Body

Your physical body, spiritual body… can it be so, or do you suppose that the body is totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual? That the mind is spirit while the body is only the vehicle?. There  could be something quite back-to-front about that. Great teachings suggest there is something suspect about the mind and its role – sayings such …

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Dec 25

Happy Christmas

Hello, here is a brief rundown on Christmas 2016 I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful. Here is Rob relaxing on his ACTUAL 70th birthday  Here are some non-human companions I asked (nicely) to leave the house   and here are some links, if you would like some reading: One I wrote for Waverley …

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Mar 26

Unchallenged Assumptions Lead to Poor Outcomes

Here is a conversation I had recently with a student: Nothing external can cause an internal response What causes our emotional reaction is the black box full of assumptions (in the mind) by which we make inferences about how we should behave, emotionally and socially. So an insult doesn’t make you angry: what makes you …

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Nov 08

Thinking about Choice

Thinking about choice…do you take responsibility for the choices you make? To become aware of the choices we make and being upfront about them – this is one way of getting to know ourselves better. Our choices are a clear reflection of us for all to see – we had better have a handle on …

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Oct 26

Comfort, Discomfort, Both OK

Generally we choose comfort over discomfort, and that seems wonderfully reasonable, doesn’t it?  But just consider, whenever  you choose comfort you are pushing away about 99.9% of what is available.  Reality is vast, while your comfort area is tiny and constrictive.  Recognising that both comfort and discomfort are valid experiences is a big leap into …

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Nov 28

Yogic Solutions

All of us have difficult situations and unpleasant people to deal with throughout our lives. If only we could find yogic solutions for having loving engagement with others, easy truthfulness, powerful articulation, clear insight into issues, untouched by manipulative ploys.  Our lives might be more peaceful, more fulfilling and more effective. Meanwhile. even, dealing with pleasant …

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