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People who are physically attractive are not just good looking but brainy too. The children of beautiful couples are inclined to become heir to both qualities, building a genetic link over successive generations between Brain and beauty. Physical attractiveness is associated with common intelligence. The association between attractiveness and intelligence is strong in men. Woman who are…
Marriage is for life. Man and woman joined in wedding are the fortunate one working together in God’s resolve that life should go on. God joins both the life-giving and love-giving aspects of man and woman’s sexuality into one reality in marriage. What God has joined man must not divide, therefore love and life in matrimony must not be alienated. The two have been brought together as one gift by God.
God is love and love’s greatest expression is in the child born of a virtuous, whole family. Family is the base of civilization. Broken families have really no good taste, etiquette, or education and are violent. The family unit is the origin of humanity itself. The Holy Trinity is woman, man, and baby. We as a society, of any race, need to rebuild the community and indeed heal the world as a whole by rebuilding the family unit, giving our children, mothers and fathers who stay together in dedicated, genuine relationships.
Now it is acceptable and even preferred by some to be the "side chick", "side piece" or tolerate "open relationships", promiscuity, and noncommittal sexual unions. This destroys human divinity and is not in God’s vision of whole and supreme love. Children are broken when their parenthood is broken.
It is a prayer that we be wise and desire wholeness for ourselves and our progeny. Woman’s highest blessing is to love and live justly. Her greatest role is The Great Mother. She desires to manifest love in the world in all forms, not merely romantic, sexual love, as is commonly and erroneously believed. Woman creates romantic love to open the way for real, connected, vulnerable intimacy.
If you’re a man, you may be more in touch with your feminine side than you ever guessed, and if you are woman you may occasionally think more like the lads. That is the surprising news from scientists who think there are ‘male brains’ and ‘female brains’. Study findings show that although men tend to have male brains and women tend to have female brains, it isn’t always so.
There is no real difference between men and women when it comes to total intelligence (IQ), but there is growing evidence that men and women’s brains are wired differently. The theory explains the finding that, on average, men are better at some things and women are better at others.
For example, women tend to be better at empathizing and men are generally better at systemizing. In other words, men are often more adept at discovering the rules that govern a system. They like to get deeply involved in activities such as car repair, computing or building up an extensive music collection. Women, on the other hand, are thought to be better at guessing other people’s emotions and responding appropriately. They would be more likely to comfort you in a time of crisis.
Men and women don’t always fit neatly into their respective groups. A University of Cambridge study found that 17% of men have a ‘female’ empathizing brain and 17% of women have a ‘male’ systemizing brain. The difference between men and women is not merely physical. It is neurological, too. Male and female human brains are wired differently, causing us to think, feel, react and respond in strikingly different ways.
This brain sex is a distinctive gender-based circuitry that determines how – and explains why – men and women respond so differently to the same emotional and situational triggers. An intriguing twist to this key to human behavior is that brain sex does not always match body sex. The brain circuits can be bi-wired, resulting in a blurring of conventional gender-assigned roles and responses, and explaining why traditional gender stereotyping doesn’t always fit. So we often use the term "brain based", because in the end it’s your brain that matters.
Understanding your own and other peoples’ brain sex is the secret to transforming your life. The brain sex matters from the boardroom to the bedroom and is an essential element to success in the classroom. Misunderstanding is the treacherous rock upon which human relationships most commonly created. Signals are misread; words are misinterpreted. Brain sex matters to establish marital harmony and knowledge with respect to brain sex can save relationship and give insight to aid development.
Mindfulness is frequently misconceived. Exactly this type of misconceptions pilot individuals to abandon practice too early. Such misconceptions foil reaping of the full benefits of true mindfulness. Mindfulness is not bringing to an end of thinking. It is becoming aware of thoughts as they rise, and then bringing the mind back to the intended object of awareness, normally the breath. To suppose the mind to not think is nonsensical. The brain is designed to think. We think the majority of our waking life. It is irrational to anticipate the brain to shut off its thinking approach. When we meditate, we realize we are not in control.
Mindfulness is not invulnerable to fast-everything culture. There are teachers, and books that declare the thought that just a few minutes of mindfulness from time to time is sufficient. That regrettably is not the case. It is right that a slight bit of mindfulness is better than none. Mindfulness is like any other skill. Practice a little, and you will make little progress. Practice a lot, and you will gain a lot. A good criterion for mindfulness practice is 30 minutes of strict practice every day, first thing in the morning, as one can reap the benefit of early morning practice during the whole day.
Guided imagery, a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination has its own set of healing properties. It is not mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is refining awareness of the present moment, not being taken away somewhere else. Remember to stay where you are. With that statement, comes the immediate implication that meditation is not a good thing and should be dumped. This idea comes from the false postulation that mindfulness is about feeling good. Mindfulness often leads to feeling more peaceful and content within oneself, but it is also not unusual to feel physical and emotional pains that one was not aware of before. Meditation is about being mindful of what is, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant.
Mindfulness is not a passive activity. Mindfulness in daily life, circumscribe both moment-to-moment awareness and skillful interventions based on what is observed. If I find my thoughts going in a direction, which I know is harmful to myself or others, I am to stop those thoughts and substitute them with other more flexible thoughts. This comes with practice, and is an important aspect of mindfulness. Commonly used cognitive therapy techniques for depression and anxiety, are a version of such mindfulness practice.
To get lost into the flow of a pleasurable or creative activity is not mindfulness. It does entail the ability to concentrate. When we do a task for hours, we get so absorbed into what we are doing, that we lose track of time. But one could not remember much of what had happened during all those hours. When one meditates, the opposite happens. The emphasis is on putting full mind on the present moment and being aware. Mindfulness is comprised of insight; the ability to learn about self in relationship to the present moment experience.
If we remembered everything we should on most occasions, then it is as ill off as if we remembered nothing. It is often said that a person is the sum of their memories. Your experience is what makes you who you are. Despite this, memory is generally poorly understood, which is why many people say they have bad memories. That is partly because the analogies we have to hand—like that of computer memory—are not helpful. Human memory is vastly more complicated and quirky than the memory residing in our laptops.
Everyone has experienced the frustration of not being able to recall a fact from memory. It could be someone’s name, the French for ‘town hall’ or where the car is parked. So it seems obvious that memories decay, like fruit going off. But the research tends not to support this view. Instead, many researchers think that memory has a limitless capacity. Everything is stored in brain but, without rehearsal, memories become harder to access. This means it is not the memory that is ‘going off’ it is the ability to retrieve it. But what on earth is the point of a brain that remembers everything but can’t recall most of it?
The idea that forgetting help you learn seems counter intuitive; however, look at it this way. Imagine if you created a brain that could remember and recall everything. When this amazing brain was trying to remember where it parked the car, it would immediately bring to mind all the car parks it had ever seen and then it would have to sort through that lot. Obviously, the only one that is of interest is the most recent. This is generally true of most of our memories. Recent events are usually much more important than ones that happened a long time ago.
To make your super-brain quicker and more useful in the real world, you have to build in some system for discounting old and useless information. In fact, of course, we all have one of these super-brains with a discounting system and that we call it ‘forgetting’. That is why forgetting helps you learn. As less relevant information becomes inaccessible, we are naturally left with the information that is most important to our daily survival.
There is another side to the fact that memories do not decay. That is the idea that although memories may become less accessible, they can be revived. Even things that you have long been unable to recall are still there, waiting to be woken. Experiments have shown that even information that has long become inaccessible can still be revived. Indeed it is then re-learned more quickly than new information. This is like the fact that you never forget how to ride a bike, but it doesn’t just apply to motor skills, it also applies to memories.
Although, it is a fundamental of memory, the idea that recall alters memories seems intuitively wrong. How can recalling a memory change it? Well, just by recalling a memory, it becomes stronger in comparison to other memories. Let us run this through an example. Say you think back to one particular birthday from childhood and you recall getting a Lego spaceship. Each time you recall that fact, the other things you got for your birthday that day become weaker in comparison. The process of recall, then, is actually actively constructing the past, or at least the parts of your past that you can remember. This is only the beginning. False memories can potentially be created by this process of falsely recalling the past. Indeed, psychologists have experimentally implanted false memories. This raises the fascinating idea that effectively we create ourselves by choosing which memories to recall.
The fact that the simple act of recall changes memory means that it is relatively unstable. But people tend to think that memory is relatively stable. We forget that we forgot and so we think we won’t forget in the future what we now know. What this means is that students, in particular, vastly underestimate how much effort will be required to commit material to memory.
You have an idea that is so great you think it’s impossible you’ll ever forget it. So you don’t bother writing it down. Within ten minutes you have forgotten it and it never comes back. Researchers see the same thing in the lab. In one study, people learned pairs of words like ‘light-lamp’, then are asked to estimate how likely it is they will be able to answer ‘lamp’ when later given the prompt ‘light’. They are massively over-confident and the reason is this foresight bias. When they get the word ‘light’ later all kinds of other things come to mind like ‘bulb’ or ‘shade’ and the correct answer is not nearly as easy to recall as they predicted.
We feel clever when we recall something instantly and stupid when it takes ages. But in terms of learning, we should feel the exact reverse. When something comes to mind quickly, to be precise, we do no work to recall it and no learning occurs. When we have to work hard to bring it to consciousness, something cool happens; we learn. When people’s memories are tested, the more work they have done to construct, or re-construct, the target memory, the stronger the memory eventually becomes. This is why proper learning techniques always involve testing, because just staring at the information is not good enough and learning needs effortful recall.
Have you ever noticed that when you learn something in one context, like the classroom, it becomes difficult to recall when that context changes? This is because learning depends heavily on how and where you do it. It depends on who is there, what is around you and how you learn. It turns out that in the long-term people learn information best when they are exposed to it in different ways or different contexts. When learning is highly context-dependent, it does not transfer well or stick as well over the years.
If you want to learn to play tennis, is it better to spend one week learning to serve, the next week the forehand, the week after the backhand, and so on? Or should you mix it all up with serves, forehands and backhands every day? It turns out that for long-term retention, memories are more easily recalled if learning is mixed up. This is just as true for both motor learning, like tennis, as it is for declarative memory, like what is the capital of Venezuela. The trouble is that learning like this is worse to start off with. If you practice your serve then quickly switch to the forehand, you ‘forget’ how to serve. So you feel things are going worse than if you just practice your serve over-and-over again. In the long-run, this kind of mix-and-match learning works best. One explanation for why this works is called the reloading hypotheses. Each time we switch tasks, we have to ‘reload’ the memory. The process of reloading strengthens the learning.
The practical upshot of these facts about memory is that we often underestimate how much control we have over our own memory. For example, people tend to think that some things are, by their nature, harder to learn, and so they give up. However, techniques like using different contexts, switching between tasks and strenuous reconstruction of memories can all help boost retention. People also tend to think that the past is fixed and gone; it cannot be changed. But how we recall the past and think about it can be changed. Recalling memories in different ways can help us re-interpret the past and set us off on a different path in the future. For example, studies have shown that people can crowd out painful negative memories by focusing on more positive ones.
All in all, our memory is not as poor as we might imagine. It may not work like a computer, but that is what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience.
Credits: Jeremy Dean
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The human brain is a complex system of the highest order, representing a multitude of capacities that are critical to normal and everyday functioning. To live a healthy life undoubtedly entails, having a healthy brain and nervous system. It is responsible for our most fundamental abilities, for instance cognition, memory, planning, emotions, and body function regulation. In addition to the ability of the brain to process these features that we take for granted as part of our everyday experience, within this powerhouse laid the very foundations for maximizing our functionality and potential as human beings. This applies to the basic functions such as those above as well as features not normally accessed nor widely known or understood. To tap into this wealth of resources within ourselves, we have the perennial technology of yoga as guide.
Yoga is a scientific technology that harnesses the innate capacity of the human being to realize that of which it is truly capable. Yoga is comprised of many formalized systems formulated in cultures all over the world, each presenting a different angle and emphasis. In the West, the system of yoga postures has become the most popular with this being but one aspect of the art and science of yoga. As a whole, yoga is a way of being that uses the existing capabilities of the human mind and brain, both in individuals and in collectives, to align us with our highest potential.
The principles derived from harnessing our current state using yogic technologies are seamlessly applicable in traditional yogic practice as well as in everyday relationships, business, and beyond. Yoga is not what we do, but how we do something. The various methods developed throughout the ages across the world’s myriad yogic systems are merely isolated techniques if not taken in consideration with the goal in mind and tailored to the unique makeup or configuration of the individual or group applying them. With such an abundance of styles and systems, it has now become more critical than ever before to have an integrally-informed approach to contextualizing which modalities are useful for particular needs and configurations. If knowledge of the brain and yogic principles are dovetailed appropriately, an integral practice can be developed that fits any application.
As has been known from the modern research and for ages from those who have themselves enacted yoga, the application of yogic principles and techniques literally affects how the brain works and can lead to lasting changes by taking advantage of the plasticity of the nervous system, to be exact, malleability of the body due to varying degrees of mental and environmental influence called neuroplasticity. It is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the nerve cells in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as axonal sprouting in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function. For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity.
Neuroplasticity sometimes may also contribute to impairment. For example, people who are deaf may suffer from a continual ringing in their ears called tinnitus, the result of the rewiring of brain cells starved for sound. For neurons to form beneficial connections, they must be correctly stimulated. Neuroplasticity is also called brain plasticity or brain malleability. This plasticity is the basic entryway for hacking our nervous system to elicit higher performance and function. Yoga allows this to occur through internal means, whether applied in one aspect of life or another. In a practical sense, yoga is a tool for preparing the raw material of the current state of our mind, body, and spirit for further processing into more refined and efficient forms.
With a higher intention in mind, the ordinary components of the body, mind, and spirit can be progressively upgraded to enable higher functioning and performance. In tandem with these internally generated changes also arise external changes that may include environment, circumstances, and relationships; a phenomenon in line with the inherent laws of consciousness, which operates across boundaries frequently assumed to be concrete. Taken far enough, it is realized that the seeds for the maximum potential of any authentically desired goal lay within reach, waiting for the right tools to activate them.
By activating the capabilities of the nervous system through the use of yogic principles, the process of reaching a goal can be optimized by modifying how we direct our efforts. Neuroscience and yoga together induce the changes necessary to propel us on our paths and applications.
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