Meditation Quotes: We have what we seek

~ Thomas Merton ~

Thomas Merton – What Is Contemplation?

Merton’s vision of the Contemplative Life. A Catholic Trappist Monk, his mystical spirituality was informed by the mystics of the Western and Eastern Religious Traditions.

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us.

~ Thomas Merton ~

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Meditation Quotes: If you can cease all restless activity…

Meditation Quotes Lao Tzu

Meditation Quotes Lao Tzu

If you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.

~ Lao Tzu ~

LAO TZU TAO TE CHING verse 1-2 set to acoustic guitar – original piece called “the ocean free”

This is an original instrumental, recorded by Alan Goodman from MothersLove. The words are from the TAO TE CHING a collection of verse from LAO TZU. The images are a collection of HDR Photography shots taken from SmashingMagazine, Watch, Read, Enjoy,…

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Meditation Quotes: We are already one…

Meditation Quotes Thomas Merton

Meditation Quotes Thomas Merton

We are already one and we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. Whatever we have to be is what we are.

~ Thomas Merton ~

Thomas Merton’s Hermitage / A Short Video

Thomas Merton lived the last few years of his life in this hermitage… Filmed 5/31/08 using natural light on the finale day of Gethsemani III, a Buddhist/Catholic environmental conference…

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Meditation Quotes: Now is the time to sit quiet…

Now is the time to sit quiet, face to face with thee, and to sing dedication of life in this silent and over-flowing leisure.

~ Rabindranath Tagore ~

Meditation Quotes Rabindranath Tagore

Meditation Quotes Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore – Do Not Keep to Yourself

This poem belongs to The Gardener collection. Music by John Sokoloff

~ Rabindranath Tagore ~

Rabindranath Tagore; sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath. As a poet, novelist, musician, & playwright, he reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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Music and Meditation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Music and meditation and Alzheimer’s disease are coming together in a forth coming book to be penned by, esteemed researcher, Rudolph Tanzi and renowned author and Doctor, Deepak Chopra.

Music and Meditation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Music and Meditation and Alzheimer’s Disease

The two meet at a TEDMED conference and were attracted to each other research and have agreed to collaborate on a book, that according to Tanzi will be about, “how to optimize the use of your brain to elevate both your levels of consciousness and cognition.”

I can say that as a member of the baby boomer generation this subject holds more than a passing interest for me, and really no matter what age group you’re in, ultimately, it should for you too. I have long been aware of the benefits of meditation as a means of stress reduction.

It is the connection between meditation, consciousness and Alzheimer’s that would, also be of interest to Dr. Chopra.

The benefits of a regular meditation practice are one of the most scientifically proven ways to elicit the relaxation response and reduce stress. It is the eliciting of the relaxation response that is one of the most powerful ways to delay memory loss and possibly even the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This is believed to be as the result of anti-stress response and the lower production of cortisol a dangerous stress hormone.

Tanzi’s interest in music and Alzheimer’s disease, sparked by his own love of playing music, as prompted him to begin working on a book about music therapy for Alzheimer’s disease (as yet unfinished). He leads the Alzheimer’s Genome project and in article, published at KTVU.com, is working on…

“…a groundbreaking initiative in collaboration with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund that is dedicated to finding genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Once scientists identify what’s going wrong with those genes in people who have the condition, they can work toward developing drugs that may repair the damage. “The idea is fix what’s broken,” Tanzi said.

Beginning with an accordion at age 9, Tanzi has always loved playing music, and that passion isn’t entirely separate from the work that he does on neurological conditions. In fact, right now he’s working on a book about music therapy for Alzheimer’s disease – more details will follow when it’s further along.

Tanzi is composing and practicing music all the time, which he says helps his research. It keeps his mind clear and free to come up with new ideas that can be tested in the lab later.

“For me, music is just an integral part of keeping my mind in the right state for doing science that’s hopefully novel and creative and out of the box and not simply derivative,” he said.

One focus of Tanzi’s group is examining genes associated with the brain’s immune system. This system is designed to help you in the event of trauma (such as concussion or stroke) or infection, but too much activity in the brain’s immune system can damage neurons, too. It seems that this system’s activity influences the buildup of beta-amyloid, the main ingredient of plaques seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The current goal is to develop drugs that could prevent this accumulation of beta-amyloid. Like cholesterol, beta-amyloid serves a purpose, but too much buildup is bad. The drugs in development “could be the statins of Alzheimer’s,” Tanzi explains.

A drug with a different mechanism that Tanzi’s group influenced is now in clinical trials. That one is designed to prevent the copper and zinc from binding to beta-amyloid, which would redistribute these metals in the brain and therefore reduce the brain plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s. The drug is being tested by Prana Biotechnology, an Australian company that began in Tanzi’s lab; evidence from phase II clinical trials suggests it may help cognitive function in patients, but further study is needed to say for sure.

Tanzi is also exploring a possible association between a commonly used anesthetic called isoflurane and Alzheimer’s. In mice, experiments have found that this chemical increases the production of beta-amyloid; whether this is also the case in humans is the subject of further exploration.

Having read other research that carnivores in the animal kingdom appear more likely to show Alzheimer’s pathology than herbivores, Tanzi is a vegetarian. There’s no new study on the subject, but existing evidence suggests there may be a connection, at least among animals. And in humans, the Mediterranean diet, which is low in red meat and high in vegetable content, has been associated with lower Alzheimer’s risk in several studies.” Read more…

This collaboration could be an important one, because medical studies indicate that by delaying the onset of memory loss by as little as five years that we can reduce a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease up to fifty percent. And if the memory is kept strong for ten years longer than expected that there is almost no risk of Alzheimer’s.

Music and meditation and Alzheimer’s disease are going to be linked together in a powerful way, and I believe for the benefit of us all.

Genes, Time & Immortality…Rudolph Tanzi, PH. D . & Deepak Chopra Part #1

Genes, Time & Immortality…Rudolph Tanzi, PH. D . & Deepak Chopra Part #1

Genes, Time & Immortality…Rudolph Tanzi, PH. D . & Deepak Chopra Part # 2

Genes, Time & Immortality…Rudolph Tanzi, PH. D . & Deepak Chopra Part # 2

Henry McCance and Rudolph Tanzi at TEDMED 2010

Rudolph Tanzi describes the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and how a venture capital-style funding model backed by Henry McCance has helped lead to progress in fighting this disease.

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Meditation Quotes: Within yourself is a stillness…

 

Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

~ Herman Hesse ~

Meditation Quotes Herman Hesse:

Meditation Quotes ~ Herman Hesse ~

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