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The DMN: The brain network holding us back from altered consciousness

RenĂ© Descartes famously stated, “I think therefore I am.” A concept centered around the idea that the existence of our meta-conscious thought proves our existence. Furthermore, it denotes a sense of self-derived from the presence of our thinking. What if this famous idea is wrongly reversed? What if our perceived sense of self derives from […]

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Incubation: The Lost Wisdom of Meditation in the West

Throughout my inquiry into the science of meditation, I often ponder why meditation is not a part of our cultural norm. It is so ancient and beneficial, yet it is a lost art. Sure, it is still alive in regions such as India and Eastern Asia, yet even those cultures have become so engulfed by […]

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Meditation and Stress Resilience

Modern life, despite all our technology, can still feel challenging. Many of us work very long hours to make ends meet, burdened by stress that can dramatically affect our health. The internet provides us with a wealth of helpful knowledge but also bombards us with headlines that can make us uneasy about the state of […]

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The Benefits of Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Presence is a crucial aspect of mental and physical health. This idea is not only espoused by religious teachers, but is slowly validated within scientific research. Much of this blog is devoted to exploring the scientific validation of mindfulness practices on health, in particular, the effect mindfulness meditation has on our physical and mental health. […]

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Interoception and Mindfulness: The Path to Understanding Reality is Through Understanding the Self

We all live with our bodies every day, but do we truly experience them?  Does this experience of the body have a broader consequence on our interpretation of life and our experience of well-being? The ability to experience the sensations of the body is known as interoception, and mindfulness meditation seems to be a powerful […]

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Health Mental Health Mindfulness and Meditation Science

The Importance of Freeing the Mind to Change Behavior

Humans, like other organisms, are creatures of habit. Our experiences in life influence our future behavior. Additionally, habits formed cement themselves as they are repeated. I once heard the analogy that the mind is like a mountain covered in snow. When we follow a train of thought, it is akin to riding a sled down […]

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The Mind Body Relationship

We live in a world where the advances in modern medicine are heralded as achievements beyond our wildest dreams. Science is truly amazing and will continue to propel human life forward in tremendous ways. However, our journey as scientific healers is in its extreme infancy, and what we see as medicine today will be interpreted […]

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Our Natural Home: the Health Benefits of Nature

Most of us take for granted our modern living environment. Most of us live in cities, concrete jungles: where the sounds of cars, sirens, pedestrian chatter, etc., create a great cacophony of modern cosmopolitan life. We take these advancements as obvious necessities for the improvement of our lives. Without cars, phones, electricity, and commerce, we […]

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How Meditation increases Vagal Tone via Breath

In recent years, mindfulness meditation has been gaining traction as a form of therapy to address various health-related issues. In a previous blog post, I discussed how meditation is a promising technique to alleviate anxiety and depression. Previously, I examined the effects of mindfulness meditation through a psychological perspective. However, I find that the science […]

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Mindfulness in Sex

                We all know that sex can be pleasurable, and most of us seek it as a core aspect of a fulfilled life. We do this instinctively, like the desire to eat good food or have a nice restful sleep. Yet, we rarely discuss how sex is potentially a very important aspect of our mental […]