past and future not

According to the laws of physics, there is no intrinsic difference between the past and the future.

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conquering fear

A third-wave of cognitive-behavioral therapy … holds that simply observing your critical thoughts without judging them is a more effective way to tame them than pressuring yourself to change or denying their validity. …

“Part of what mindfulness does is get to you to recognize that these critical thoughts are really stories you have created about yourself. They are not necessarily true, but they can have self-fulfilling consequences, … If you can get some distance from them, you can see that there are choices about how to respond.” …

Neuro-imaging studies have shown that when people consider problems mindfully, they use additional brain circuits beyond those that simply involve problem-solving. …

“What happens in mindfulness over the long haul is that you finally accept that you’ve seen this soap opera before and you can turn off the TV.”

Conquering Fear: Wall Street Journal

meditation and healing

“Can meditation cure disease?” Yes.

In 2003 Lama Phakyab Rinpoche refused surgery for his gangrene-stricken leg, and approached it with meditation, on the advice of His Holiness Dalai Lama. After a year, his leg was healed, and his diabetes and tuberculosis are gone as well.

Second page is where science tries to apply its view — some words about ལུང་ (lung) channels | brain networks.

predictors of survival

Researchers found that centenarians’ feelings about their own health, well-being and support systems, rather than measures such as blood pressure and blood sugar are stronger predictors of survival, …

Personality also determined how well the centenarians reacted to life stress and change, and therefore whether they were as happy in their old age as they were when young. Healthy 100-year-olds had personalities described as open and conscientious. Neurotic personalities tended to be less healthy, the study found.

An individual confronted with a stressful situation can either find a quick emotional solution or ruminate on the problem, …

no idea what you’re thinking

Rich people have no idea what you’re thinking

Upper-class people are less adept at reading other people’s emotions than their lower-class counterparts, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. “People from a lower-class background — in terms of occupation, status, education and income level — performed better in terms of emotional intelligence, the ability to read the emotions that others are feeling.”

… In another experiment they conducted, upper-class people became much better at reading emotions once they were asked to imagine themselves on the other end of the economic, educational or social spectrum.