• Harvard: Meditation rebuilds gray matter in 8 weeks

    Harvard Unveils MRI Study which shows meditation rebuild gray matter in 8 weeks!

    Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.  “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

    Sue McGreevey of MGH writes: “Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.”  Until now, that is.  The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.  McGreevey adds: “Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

    “It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.

    Re-produced from: http://www.feelguide.com/2014/11/19/harvard-unveils-mri-study-proving-meditation-literally-rebuilds-the-brains-gray-matter-in-8-weeks/

  • dust-of-our-skin From dust we came, to dust we will return

    Ash Wednesday: From dust we came, to dust we will return, now redeemed by love.

    On Ash Wednesday, the priest or minister places marks the foreheads of believers with black ashes in the sign of the cross which the worshipper retains until it wears off. It acts as a reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of repentance to God. The ashes used are gathered from the burning of the palms from previous year’s Palm Sunday.

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  • Time To Clean Out & Let Go

    In astrology, although mercury retrograde ends 25th January 1:50pm.  Its shadow period will last until 14th February.  We will continue to revisit our work, be clear of what we want to be, get organized and connect with key collaborators that support our goals. Jupiter is in retrograde from January until 9th May and its shadow will linger until 8th August. Jupiter signifies a time to hone our skills and connect with ourselves.

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  • Five Planets In Alignment In Singapore

    Five planets in Alignment: Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venue & Mercury. For the first time in a decade, Singaporeans will be able to view a rare astronomical sighting.  Five planets — Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury — will align in a straight line and will be seen together in the skies.

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  • Harness Energy Of Mercury Retrograde

    6 Jan 2016. Mercury retrograde.

    I launched Facebook community for The Hula Life to start sharing to raise self awareness & consciousness.

  • Ignite Success In The Fire Monkey Year of 2016

    Ignite Success in The Fire Monkey Year of 2016

    Discover the dynamism. Capture the opportunities. Circumvent disadvantages.
    Create success for yourself for at home and business.

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  • Success With FengShui & Essential Oils

    2016 Year of the Fire Monkey promises to be a dynamic year filled with both opportunities and challenges. Knowing what lies ahead can help you increase your success.

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  • New Birth Of Enlightenment On Winter Soltice

    This Sunday in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, we lighted the last candle to herald in the coming week of celebration of baby Jesus Christ.
    This is also the time for Winter Soltice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
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  • Hula Is The Language Of The Heart

    Hula is the language of the heart.

    To have a Hula Life is to live life from the heart.

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