Health Well-being Aesthetics....When years pass by, our brain, like all our other organs, will undergo degeneration processes which will determine cognitive troubles that might decrease our level of alertness, memory and also of thinking.
Together with the ageing process will come unavoidably some problems connected to age, between which also forms of dementia, which might also be facilitated by cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, alcohol abuse, smoking and hypertension.Hypertension is the diseases which has got the highest influence on the developing of
A high blood pressure might damage the cerebral tissue in the zone under the cortex to which are connected the superior functions.
We might reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases with an adequate preventive intervention in whichA VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IS BEING PLAYED BY THE COMBINATION OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE WITH MENTAL EXERCISE.As far as concerns mental exercise we must keep in mind that:IF WE STIMULATE CONSTANTLY OUR CEREBRAL FUNCTIONS, YOUR BRAIN WILL BE LESS DAMAGED AND WILL REMAIN MORE EFFICIENT.
....the Transcendental Meditation process. The mechanics of
the TM process are a significant departure from traditional meditation approaches, initiating the most
important breakthroughs in the technology of meditation. Then there is the dramatic growth in research
on the neurological changes that occur in meditations, as well as results produced from meditating,
which signal major breakthroughs in the technology.
Transcendental Meditation, you'll remember, was introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in the
late 50's. It gained worldwide popularity when the Beatles, Beach Boys and other celebrities endorsed it
in the 60's. Then in the 70's it took off into mainstream society when research emerged documenting it's
effectiveness for resolving stress. Wall Street executives and suburban soccer Moms were joining the
seekers of the 60's in sitting down twice a day to practice TM.
For the most part, the culture of Generation X in the 80's and 90's seemed to have rejected the
pursuit of enlightenment of the 60's on the one hand, and their parent's new-found concern for stress
reduction programs on the other. Like Ringo and the Oldsmobile ad, meditation became as out of
fashion as your Dad's car in the broad culture. See for yourself: how many people do you come across
who meditate regularly 20 to 30 minutes every morning and evening? It may be something you do in
your life, but how many people do you think at your work, at the gym, or at the mall take the time to
meditate 40 minutes to an hour each day? Even people seriously involved in different personal growth
or new age programs -- do you find that many have a daily, silent meditation practice that they adhere
to? Yet, I'll bet that most would agree that it would be valuable. So why is that?
When people think of closing their eyes and sitting there for 20 minutes. . . well, when you get down
to it, I don't think it's seen as an appealing process. Even at an ashram in India. Could it be that people
sense a churning inside that's not so peaceful, nor enticing? The consensus seems to be that it's difficult
to find peace. Those images of sitting down and focusing on a candle or trying to stop your thoughts
don't seem to inspire people these days. Plus, the pace and demands in our society can make it difficult
to find the time to sit still for meditation. ....Some might be surprised that this state of relaxation was not found in hypnotic "relaxation states."
The studies published on hypnosis found that the suggestion "to relax" did not produce a significantly
different physiological state than ordinary sitting with eyes closed. This finding is important because it
indicates that even though we may "feel" deeply relaxed from a hypnotic suggestion or a meditative
practice, it may be simply a subjective mood that is not reflected in the physiology. It's amazing to think
that our beliefs and subjective experience can be, in fact, so illusory. Much like the "placebo effect" that
Religion And The Brain
In the new field of “neurotheology,” scientists seek the biological basis of spirituality. Is God all in our heads? ...One Sunday morning in March, 19 years ago, as Dr. James Austin waited for a train in London, he glanced away from the tracks toward the river Thames. The neurologist—who was spending a sabbatical year in England—saw nothing out of the ordinary: the grimy Underground station, a few dingy buildings, some pale gray sky. He was thinking, a bit absent-mindedly, about the Zen Buddhist retreat he was headed toward. And then Austin suddenly felt a sense of enlightenment unlike anything he had ever experienced. His sense of individual existence, of separateness from the physical world around him, evaporated like morning mist in a bright dawn. He saw things “as they really are,” he recalls. The sense of “I, me, mine” disappeared. “Time was not present,” he says. “I had a sense of eternity. My old yearnings, loathings, fear of death and insinuations of selfhood vanished. I had been graced by a comprehension of the ultimate nature of things.”
Trager and Somatic Therapy in the U.S.
In spite of the fact that complementary healing approaches in the United States have not been as robustly accepted into mainstream healthcare as they have been in the United Kingdom, bodywork of various kinds continues to be America’s fastest-growing sector of health practitioners and consumers. Trager, Rolfing, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Aston Patterning, Heller Work, and Swedish Massage are but a few of the modalities that have mushroomed rapidly during the last twenty to thirty years.
The great thing about the Damien Hirst/ take-out-the-trash episode—apart from its entertainment value—is that it vividly demonstrates one of the major wrong turns art took in the twentieth century. Damien Hirst didn’t originate that wrong turn. Far from it. He is merely one of the many casualties—or, depending on one’s point of view, beneficiaries—of that detour.
Almost all of the artistic wrong turns with which we are now living had their origins in the early decades of the twentieth century. But what began as an elite indulgence with the appearance of Dada, Surrealism, and figures like Marcel Duchamp became a national pastime in the 1960s. It was then that the wrong turn became a superhighway, when (to alter the metaphor) a rare affliction became epidemic.
The most important culprit in this story is undoubtedly Andy Warhol. It was Warhol—aided and abetted by such figures as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns— who injected the streak of sinister levity that made Pop Art and its offshoots such a creepy, Janus-faced phenomenon: one face all smiles and Campbell Soup cans, the other a grim underworld of drug abuse, sexual predation, and nihilistic self-absorption. Pop Art enjoyed such enormous success largely because its practitioners managed to hold those opposing elements together in their art: sugar coating around a poison pill. For susceptible souls—and their number was legion—it was an addictive combination.
The home, then, is more than just a place. When you visit somebody and exclaim, "You've made a lovely home", the praise is not for what they have spent but for a more intangible thing: atmosphere. I have visited grand houses created by the over-rated tribe of interior designers (or decorators, as they prefer to be called) and the atmosphere has been zilch. The domus cannot be imposed. You cannot create a home for somebody because home is an organic growth from somebody.
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