“How do we advance an entire field to be more inclusive of the broader range of human experiences?” asked Cassandra Vieten, a clinical psychologist and accomplished researcher during her recent plenary talk at the Science & Nonduality conference in San Jose, Ca. A provocative question, to be sure, and one that could apply to just about any line of scientific investigation.
"The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies." Abraham Lincoln's gracious assessment of 1863 is immortalized in the opening line of his first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation.
It was entertaining watching advertising executive and media personality Tod Sampson try to ramp up his ability to process and retain information and react quickly in the ABC’s recent Redesign My Brain series. As the weeks progressed, these skills, as well as his divergent and lateral thinking improved impressively.
Thanksgiving is a day of wonderful traditions – family get-togethers, good food, pro football, and even a time to thank God and each other for all our blessings. And, did you know that research is beginning to consistently show that gratitude is an important part of one’s wellbeing?
She couldn’t care for herself. There was no family. There were loving friends but they didn’t have the skill. The need was apparent. Fear was pervasive.
Not far away was a hospice. After a call, two competent, quiet, non-judgmental individuals arrived to clean and redress the wounds of the ill patient. A bit of joy emerged. They assured the patient that they would return to help as needed, in a manner respectful of her beliefs and expectations.
With The Lancet’s latest dire warning about the declining potency of antibiotics is the only way out to seek even more potent medication? Or might there be new horizons to explore in the ‘post-antibiotic era’ foreseen by the World Health Organisation? ...
...As well-meaning warnings increasingly ring in our ears, modern medicine’s gloomy self-prognosis isn’t the whole of the story. There remains the possibility of looking beyond the current borders of our familiar, matter-based model of health care to explore the potential of more spiritual avenues.
Una bella leyenda árabe cuenta que, “cuando un gran amigo nos ofende, debemos escribir la ofensa en la arena, donde el viento del olvido y el perdón se encargarán de borrarla y olvidarla. En cambio, cuando un gran amigo nos ayuda, o nos ocurre algo grandioso, es preciso grabarlo en la piedra de la memoria del corazón, donde ningún viento de ninguna parte del mundo, podrá borrarlo."