Another Year?

Too Many Names by Pablo Neruda Mondays are meshed with Tuesdays and the week with the whole year. Time cannot be cut with your weary scissors, and all the names of the day are washed out by the waters of night. No one can claim the name of Pedro, nobody is Rosa or Maria, all... Continue Reading →

Awareness Of Fear That Dissects Us

The sun shines over all life without distinction The water flows with no attempt at prejudice The earth holds us all without labels The tree gives fruit and shade without judgement The breath flows from one to another giving life to all The sky covers us with the umbrella of infinite space Rich or poor,... Continue Reading →

Music For A Man’s Heart

Indian men, specifically coronary patients, responded well to Raga Desi Todi (Hindustani classical music), in a study measuring psychophysiological reactions to music at the Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India. The men listened to the slow-paced, taped raga played on the flute for 30 minutes a day for 20 days. Healthy controls did the same. Music's historic role in... Continue Reading →

Music For The Brain: Memory and Dementia

Following through on the previous post, music (not just kirtan) can have a profound role in some diseases like Alzheimer's  with the accompanying memory loss and dementia. Here is the lead to a scientific documentary: Slowly, inevitably, Alzheimer's disease robs a person of profound memories, like the names and faces of loved ones. Right now,... Continue Reading →

“Medical Meditation” For Alzheimer’s And Dementia

This is the first time I have come across the term "medical meditation". A specific meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK) looks very promising if the numerous research studies cited in "A White Paper: Yoga and Medical Meditation™ as Alzheimer’s Prevention Medicine" , by The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation's Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., are well-designed and statistically valid.... Continue Reading →

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