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 →

Reflections On Light: Pentecost

Source: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giotto-and-workshop-pentecost Light is used as a symbol by cultures and religions all over the world, representing goodness, love, truth, knowledge, faith and life  itself. In Hinduism, it is particularly celebrated with lamps and fireworks during Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights. It is also a  central feature in Christian rituals, and has become an expressive medium for... Continue Reading →

Meditation For Chronic Pain

Yoga Nidra, as so many of us know, can be so incredibly effective in dealing with chronic pain, stress, and moderate anxiety. Here, I have a link to a new track, Yoga Nidra for Healing, by Kalpa Taru in Wellington, Australia. The 20-minute track is very soothing. It is also a very familiar format for... Continue Reading →

Links To Forgiveness Meditations

Here are three links to online forgiveness meditations: Bhante Gunaratana: Metta Meditation begins with an extensive forgiveness component and training the mind by reconditioning it through the practice of forgiveness. This website is a treasure trove of teachings and meditations. This is a much longer talk interwoven with practice--a live recording from a retreat. Bhante is an... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness As Resolution Of Grief

As I prepare for tomorrow's meditation, here is a link to a very human and fresh meaning of forgiveness which is different from the article in the last post. I recommend that everyone coming to our meditations read this as it applies to all of us. In "What is Forgiveness?", also from the Greater Good... Continue Reading →

What Is Forgiveness?

To answer this question, a good resource is the article "The New Science of Forgiveness" on University of California at Berkeley's Greater Good blog. It may naturally be followed by, What is unforgiveness? As we continue to go deeper into this emotional state in our meditation practice, it can be very helpful to have some... Continue Reading →

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