Volume 3, 12 (12/09) – The deep embedding of the brain and the mind in nature; modern reflections on the ancient practice of vision questing; the wholesome use of power. The power of intention in couples; key intentions; drawing on both top-down influences from the prefrontal cortex and bottom-up motivation from the limbic system. Thinking outside the box – and beyond it.
Volume 3, 11 (11/09) – Relaxing the Self [excerpt from Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom]: The conventional notion of the self – “me, myself, and I” – is that it is the unified, enduring, and independent owner of experiences and agent of actions. Yet in the brain, the opposite is actually the case! There, representations of self, self-related functions, and even the elemental sense of subjectivity are distributed and compounded (not unified), variable and transient (not enduring), and come and go based on changing conditions (not independent). The chapter concludes with a number of practical ways to take things less personally, relax possessiveness, and feel more at one with and at peace with all things.
Volume 3, 10 (10/09) – The Self-Transforming Brain [excerpt from Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom]: The historically unprecedented intersection of brain science and contemplative practice; the relationship between the mind and brain; suffering as a result of evolution; the power of using your mind to change your brain to change your mind; being on your own side: if you can change your brain, you can change your life.
Volume 3, 9 (9/09) – Healing and transformation through the lens of nature and neuroscience. Stress, creativity, and brain science. The neuroscience of leadership. Words of wisdom on love and change. Stunning pictures and videos of transience and renewal.
Volume 3, 8 (8/09) – What is nondual awareness? The interpersonal neuropsychology of laughter. Recovering from a stroke or other malady: healing in the midst of adversity. Zen Master Dogen on “The Time Being.”
Volume 3, 7 (7/09) – Mindful motherhood. ADHD and mindfulness. Your brain on Starbucks. A shout-out for the people of Iran.
Volume 3, 6 (6/09) – Mindfulness and the environment; being present in yur own world. The psychology of financial well-being. Nutritional supports for memory. Emily Dickinson on the brain and God. Extraordinary technology – and none at all.
Volume 3, 5 (5/09) – Making good use of all of the world’s enlightened wisdom; the integral perspective. Integral life practice. The three faces of spirit. Stroke and the family: healng into possibility.
Volume 3, 4 (4/09) – Eddies in the stream: how physical and mental phenomena have the same deep nature as swirling and dispersing patterns in a ground that is effectively unconditioned and free; how the quieting of mental eddies in the approach to Nirvana could explain some of its profundity. Skillful ways to deal with stress and trauma, using the mind-body connection; many practical tools. Pantoum on neurodharma. Eddies in space.
Volume 3, 3 (3/09) – Spinning on uncertain ground: creativity, uncertainty, spiritual practice, and our currently wobbly times. The power of intention: how to use the neuroaxis in your brain to establish powerful intentions and sustain the commitment to see them come true. The union of modern science and ancient wisdom.
Volume 3, 2 (2/09) – The hard parts of motherhood amidst the rewards: the stresses, depletion, health risks, relationship issues – and how to nurture the body, mind, and intimate relationships of a mother. Deep teachings about your true nature. Great videos of people “going for it.”
Volume 3, 1 (1/09) – Love! Balancing intimacy and autonomy; feeling it’s safe to be “me” supports being “we”; helping yourself speak your truth. The Great Love. Words of wisdom: heart to heart. Bubbles in outer space – light-years across.