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The DMN: The brain network holding us back from altered consciousness
René 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 Need for Cryptocurrency
When Bitcoin was first released back in 2009, I was skeptical. Sure, I understood that it was invented to solve our world’s money problem; the same money problem …
Consciousness, Meditation, and Enlightenment
What is consciousness, and can it be changed or enhanced? This is a question that humans have struggled with for a very long time. The question of consciousness …
How to Meditate
Throughout this blog I have and will continue to discuss meditation. More specifically, I will often discuss what is clinically referred to as mindfulness meditation. I am no …
How does Federal Reserve Manipulation of Interest Rates Affect the Business Cycle?
I was in high school during the 2008 Great Recession. The significance of that event made me critically question our current economic system. It made me very interested …
This is the Way: Daoism in Star Wars
It is commonly understood that the ancient Greeks and alike used mythological tales to communicate philosophical teachings. Amazingly, these tales have lasted the test of time and are …
The Ancient Way of the Mind
So many people claim to have the perfect recipe for a happy and healthy life. Don’t let them fool you, only you can discover what that is for …
In Pursuit of the Dao
Many have heard the advice “just go with the flow”, and that habits and alike require “balance”. What does this truly mean though, and where do these philosophies …
Economics and Ethics
Personally, I feel the topics study of economics is grossly misrepresented. When an intellectual topic becomes politicized, the objective pursuit of the truth is hindered. Often, politicization of …
A Blast to the Past: The Potential Use of Mindfulness Meditation as a Treatment for Depression as a Replacement to Modern Pharmaceutical Methods
Abstract There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that depression is becoming a major health concern for the modern world. Given the multitude of stressors advanced civilization …
To End the Rat Race
Why does the rat race exist? Why does it seem that so many people work 40 hours or more a week, only to live paycheck to paycheck? There …

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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 …
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 …
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The DMN: The brain network holding us back from altered consciousness
René 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? …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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Our Natural Home: the Health Benefits of Nature
Most of us take for granted our modern living environment. Most of …
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The Need for Cryptocurrency
When Bitcoin was first released back in 2009, I was skeptical. Sure, I understood that it was invented to solve our world’s money problem; the same money problem that had led to the recent economic collapse of the Great Recession of 2008. However, I was hesitant to …
How does Federal Reserve Manipulation of Interest Rates Affect the Business Cycle?
I was in high school during the 2008 Great Recession. The significance of that event made me critically question our current economic system. It made me very interested in how our system of money and banking works. This path of inquiry led me to research and understand …
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This is the Way: Daoism in Star Wars
It is commonly understood that the ancient Greeks and alike used mythological tales to communicate philosophical teachings. Amazingly, these tales have lasted the test of time and are still told today. It seems stories with philosophical lessons and teachings have an intrinsic value to human civilization. This seems …
In Pursuit of the Dao
Many have heard the advice “just go with the flow”, and that habits and alike require “balance”. What does this truly mean though, and where do these philosophies come from? Well, these ideas are from the philosophy of Daoism. Daoist inspired images, such as Yin Yang, are used …
Consciousness



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