Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mind - Body - Mind - conection

When we think of "I AM", ( and I think you should spend sometime meditating on this, ((there are some good meditation practices in my blogs)) ) and we find this multifaceted, multidimensional aspects of the "SELF",   we cannot leave the body out of the picture!
it is a part of us, of who and what we are AND it is a direct link to how we feel and think.

Thoughts/feelings affect body and body affects thoughts/feelings
Have a look at this nice chart and see if it makes any scene to you ;) 

Buddhism: 50% of your State of Mind is dependent on your Posture.

SjD @ yoga108Bali

Ross Sisters 1944. amazing!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

pineal gland

Lets leave for a moment the mythical aspects and power of out 3ed eye and look at the anatomy behind it.
More and more importance is being given to the glands of the endocrine system and the necessity of their proper functioning as advances in healthcare progress,
Much is still to be researched and understood about the body’s endocrine system, particularly the glands located in the the brain. 

Endocrine system

The endocrine system consists of a series of glands that secrete particular hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones send messages to the cells of the body, which in turn help to regulate a variety of functions including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function and mood. From its unique perch between the brain’s two hemispheres, the endocrine system’s pineal gland secretes melatonin, a derivative of serotonin, which generally contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. 
The tiny, pine cone–shaped gland is joined by the habenular trigone and the posterior commissure to make up the epithalamus, which serves to connect the limbic system to other parts of the brain. 

The limbic system influences both the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system and seems to have involvement (which is not entirely well understood) with emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and olfaction (our sense of smell). 
Just in this brief description, we get a glimpse of the inextricable relationships amongst our organs, systems and their functions. 

Limbic system

Released by the pineal gland’s pinealocyte cells, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that damage neurons (or any cells, for that matter). 
The amount of melatonin found in spinal fluid is much higher than the amount in our bloodstream, and it controls our circadian rhythm—our sleep and wake cycle. 
The pineal gland creates more of the antioxidant at night, in the absence of light, which helps to dictate our sleeping patterns. Studies on the pineal gland and melatonin have contributed to chronobiology, the branch of science which explores rhythms in living organisms. We all know people who strongly identify with being a “morning person” or “night owl,” and chronobiology has ways of assessing these chronotypes. In the dark months of winter, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) seems to be the result of low melatonin levels. Interestingly, aside from our eyes, the pineal gland is the only other organ in our body that detects light.
 Melatonin is produced in response to another hormone called norepinephrine. 
Recent research shows that while the norepinephrine complex turns up melatonin in the evening (and the resulting sleepiness), dopamine and its receptor form a complex of proteins that does the opposite in the morning. 
The dopamine receptor on the outside of the pineal gland works alongside norepinephrine receptors to slow the melatonin-secretion signal in the early morning. 

Several diseases and conditions are affiliated with melatonin, including insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and, most recently, cancer. 
Since melatonin protects white blood cells against radiation damage, they provide a boost for the immune system. The blood flow through the pineal gland is very high and second only to the kidney, the body’s natural blood filter. 
This counts as another unique aspect of the pineal gland, as most other parts of the brain are separated from the bloodstream by the blood-brain barrier system (a separation of circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid). 

The pineal gland also has an effect on our reproductive system. 
High levels of melatonin in children are thought to inhibit their sexual development, and pineal gland tumors have been linked to the onset of early puberty. 
In addition, when the gland is damaged, accelerated growth of sexual organs occurs. Dr. Rick Strassman, who conducted extensive research on near-death experiences in the 1990s, asserts that the pineal gland is also responsible for secreting the naturally occurring psychedelic hormone dimethyltryptamine (DMT). 
Structurally analogous to both serotonin and melatonin, it is believed DMT might help contribute to the visual effects of natural dreaming, near-death experiences, religious visions or other altered states. As we have attempted to understand its functions throughout history, the pineal gland has been associated with mystery and myth. 
RenĂ© Descartes, for example, dubbed it the “principal seat of the soul,” suggesting it connected the body and intellect. Further, the philosophy of French writer Georges Bataille holds that the pineal gland can be thought of as a blind spot in Western rationality. 
This could serve to explain why science has merely a partial understanding of its function and secretory activity. 
From a profound sense of clarity and presence to an increase in physical and mental health and balance, the effects of its proper functioning are wide-ranging and can be difficult to communicate. 
Further study will provide the elusive link between science and spirituality.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ending negitive karma

It should not be important how people treat us.
Important is how we treat our self and how we treat others.
In Buddhism there are many positive way to react when people treat us bad.
First, it is an opportunity to practice patient and tolerance.
Try to understand that these people are also suffering under the power of their desire, aggression, ignorance, pride, jealousy, etc. etc.
They have no control over themselves and we should not take these experience personally.
Second, we can take these difficult people as our Teacher giving us the opportunity to practice what has been just said.
Third, sometimes when we are hurt, it is our ego being hurt. 

Being hurt are just feelings and feelings come because of our ego thoughts. 
We should learn to 'let go' of these thoughts. 
This is easier if when have some kind of meditation experience.
Fourth is to accept the fact as stated by Buddha and Masters; that whatever happen to us is the result of our karmic result from past lives and this one. 

If we react negatively, the negative karma will continue into future lives. 
When we react positively, we will end the continuous round of negative karma
Bottom lineis, we should not be moved by the 8 worldly winds of;
praise and blame, gain and loss, pain and pleasure, fame and disrepute.

Monday, April 28, 2014

A poor man asked the Buddha...

A poor man asked the Buddha,

“Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “If I’m not having anything?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”

So, actually we are not poor at all, poverty of spirit is the real poverty.

Via The ManKind Project

“Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “If I’m not having anything?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”

So, actually we are not poor at all, poverty of spirit is the real poverty.


There is ALWAYS something to GIVE.

Monday, April 7, 2014

How I strat my day; Dalai Lama

I believe a good morning is the beginning of a good day. 
If we wake up in the morning and are happy, even if we face small irritants, we can cope with them.

If we wake up in a bad mood or are unhappy, even the smallest problem will make us angry. 
Mental attitude is very important. 
So, train your mind through meditation, and let your mornings be the best time to bring peace into your lives. We must remain in the 'thoughtlessness' zone if we want to be calm. 
Focus on how to create a happy life.

Ask yourself every morning, if you wish to live a meaningful life or a frivolous one.
Don't think about the past or future. Every moment is an opportunity to create a life with peace and compassion. We need hygiene of emotions. Reach out to others, it will make you self confident and give you inner strength. When we show concern, we will be able to win people's trust, and this trust creates friendship of a lifetime. It helps us develop inner peace, we create peaceful families, peaceful cities and peaceful societies. Doing things for others will reduce your stress and give you good physical health.

Try not to bring conflict in your morning and your day. If there is conflict in your relationships, try to resolve it with a dialogue. Talk. Don't distance yourself from people and create barriers; living a self-centred life leads to stress and anxiety. Live simply. Some days will be difficult and some easy, but if you spend your days with purpose, you will be mentally satisfied.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, SPIRITUAL LEADER 
Shared from
The times of india

Monday, March 31, 2014

you are more then this body ( the 5 Koshas )

A Bit of an intro.
According to yoga, individual consciousness is a partial expression of cosmic consciousness. 
Cosmic consciousness and individual consciousness are one. 
Only subjectivity separates them. it is out of Consciousness that the ultimate reality of which mind and matter proceed. 

consciousness exists in everything, from minerals to man. 
 the human body is the most highly evolved Of all existing bodies that express themselves through behavior. It is capable of self-expression and the realization of Truth beyond the realm of sensory perception. With the help of memory, imagination and intuition, the human organism can understand laws inherent in nature and use them for its growth and development. 

When consciousness desires expression as an organism, it needs tools to control and work with the physical body.

 Annamayi Kosha (Sheath of Matter)
The main centers of consciousness in the human body are in the brain and the spine. 
The cerebrospinal system is the first part of the organism to be developed after conception. 
From it the entire bodily form comes out. This system is a great generator of electrical energy that is constantly supplied to the internal organs by a network of nerves that serve as connectors. 
The functiong of the entire human body is controlled by the cerebrospinal system, and the psychic centers are located in it. 

Inside the big company of the body there is a branch, a side office, in which mind is the boss. 
Mind has a practical tool in the body which is the brain. Brain uses breath, and breath uses nerves, and nerves are dealing with the five sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin), and the five work organs (anus, genitals, legs, hands, and vocal chords). 
So the combination of brain, breath, nerves, sense organs, and work organs form a unit inside the body which is working with the mind. 

 Pranamayi Kosha (Sheath of Vital Air)
Prana or energy is the moving force. 
This sheath of Vital Air supplies energy to the whole system and keeps it alive. 
Prana refers not only to the flow of oxygen but to all components of life force. 
This energy enters each and every cell and each and every pore. 
Breath is the physical counterpart of the mind. All neuromotor activities, all sensory and motor functions of the body, are performed with the help of the breath. 

Breath provides the pranic force to the organism. This pranic force, working as the Air element, creates movement, pulsation, vibration and life. The science of controlling prana is known as pranayama, a branch of Hatha Yoga. By mastering prana one can master the mind. By practicing pranayama, the breath becomes calm, images do not disturb the mind, and the internal dialogue stops

 Manomayi Kosha (Sheath of Mind)
Mind is the tool of consciousness that enables us to perceive the world and process the incoming information. The world exists in front of us, because of our five senses. There are organisms without brain and eyes and ears, only tactile sensation is there through the skin. If you touch them, they react. Even though they have no brain these organisms have perception of the world because they have mind. Most of the time, people think that mind is the functional aspect of brain, however, mind and brain are two different things

Mind is using brain as tool. Mind is pervaded in everything, it's in every cell, everywhere, it has no specific seat. It's not the same as god, but it has similar character being present everywhere.
Mind is the greatest obstacle in the way of systematic thinking. It jumps from one point to other point by finding similarity in that point. Anything which is similar immediately reminds the mind of something else, and from this field he jumps into some other field, and then he starts talking about something else and the whole point is being lost. Most of the time only one is dominant and that is mind. But sometimes ego is also very dominant. And intellect is only in the beginning, when you start, at that time it comes and tries to show you how to go, but after that, mostly it is the mind which takes the lead. 

Ego, mind, intellect, and the self (together 3 of 5 koshas), travel from one body to other body, from one life to other life, as long as there are attachments, likes and dislikes, ego continues for the fulfillment of desires.

Vigyanamayi Kosha (Sheath of Ego and Intellect )
Within the 5 koshas division of our psychology, around the sheath of Bliss is sheath of Knowledge, that combines ego and intellect. Ego is the tool of consciousness which links all events in life together. Ego is the illusion that I exist as a separate individual being, it is false identification. 

Ego is the one which assumes the responsibility for the body. Ego says, "This body is mine". When the body breathes, he says, "I am breathing". And if you close his nose then he says, "You are suffocating me, I am dying". Ego is very sensitive and the fear of death is always there. Ego takes a name, and becomes Mr. such and such and it interacts with others.
Whatever you experience in this life or in past lives, and whatever information you got from your parents, from your society, from the race, from the country to which you belong, all that information combined together becomes intellect
It gets a part of the genetic information from seven generations of the father, and seven generations of the mother. Intellect carries with it the past and the present, and also speculates about the future. Intellect helps ego with advice and comments but the final decision comes from ego. Ego can say, "I like it" and although intellect may disapprove ego may decide "O.k., I don't believe that this is right, but I don´t want to follow all these rules and regulations, I'll break the law". 

Strong attachments and the struggle for survival increase the ego. In modern schools there is competition all the time. Who does it first? Who is the best? Ego always tries to say, "I am better than you", "I am holier than you". In ancient days they had an education system that did not let the ego grow beyond a particular limit. The child had to go and live with the family of a teacher as a member of the family (gurukul). The wife of the teacher was responsible for providing all food, and nobody was allowed to bring other food. And parents were not allowed to bring gifts in order to treat all pupils equal, and make them feel that everyone is equal.

Anandamayi Kosha (Self seated in Sheath of Bliss) 
The human consciousness is folded in these five layers, or sheaths, (koshas) around the central point, containing the self (chitta). The self is enveloped in the sheath of bliss. 
Both the self and the bliss are not experienced although they are always there, and always protected from all sides. Nothing is disturbing to the self, because nothing is real for the self. 
The self is the truth, and truth is never changing. Whatever else is happening, is all changing every minute. 
The self knows this is not real, this is ever changing, this is illusion.
in other words, the self is watching the movie that you THINK you're in. ;)