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Brain Surgeon’s Advice On How To Stop Negative Behaviors And Strengthen Your Mind
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x29hY6_8bDg

How malleable are we? How much can we “supercharge” our brains? How much does diet affect the mind? Renowned neurosurgeon Rahul Jandial has spent his life tackling the toughest medical questions about the brain and the mind. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, he shares his extraordinary knowledge about how much food affects our mindset, how to strengthen our brains, and what we can realistically expect from our efforts.

SHOW NOTES

Rahul discusses how brain injuries can sometimes uncover hidden potential [2:48]
Rahul explains how much brain training can really help [4:16]
Rahul gives specific tips on how to make the brain healthier [6:04]
Rahul explains the mind diet [10:41]
Rahul and Tom discuss how intermittent fasting kicks the mind diet into high gear [12:16]
Rahul talks about how even animals get high, and how plants work on your brain [18:20]
Rahul talks about measuring brain electricity [23:27]
Rahul and Tom discuss habits and brain plasticity [27:10]
Use it or lose it [31:14]
Rahul discusses mental health [34:16]
Rahul explains the complexity of depression and anxiety [38:49]
Rahul and Tom discuss how repetition creates positive mental habits [42:30]
Rahul explains the importance of physical exercise [45:08]
Rahul shares the one most important change people should make [48:21]

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How To Open Your 7 Chakras As Explained In a Children's Show
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Nice explanation of how energy flows through us. How emotions can or may block energy flow. A strong energy flow produces happiness and health. Our growth usually stops when we hit an emotional wall which is usually generated by some fear of loss or separation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StrbppmsZJw

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Your focus determines your reality - Filter Bubbles
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Here's a link to a very good video that talks about how companies control our information flow. Companies do this and so do we. Whatever we tend to find interesting online companies focus on those interests and drop the things we don't click on even though those things may have a very important influence in our life.

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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_ ... ilter_bubbles?language=en

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[Article] Tinnitus and meditation: A success story
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This article is about how one person found a way to manage debilitating physical problems by using meditation.

This isn't the entire article. I suggest you go to the link below to read the entire lesson.

As Jedi or anyone for that matter, it's important to meditate at least once a day. The benefits are numerous and can bring balance to body, mind, and spirit.

This article is good because during meditation he learned how to correctly focus in order to help deal with his problem. Our focus does determine and alter our reality.

There is an old saying that within everyone we hate there exists a faithful friend. To know that part of a person you must focus on that part even if it seems hidden to you. Focus on the good within a person and the good will eventually reveal itself.

Like in Star Wars everyone believed Vader to be complete evil. The lesson he learned within the cave was that we project our feelings about ourselves onto others all the time. We think, "Vader is complete nonredeemable evil person because if I did such things I would have to be a complete nonredeemable evil person." "I could never forgive myself and therefore can never forgive anyone else who does such things" And that's the exact point our growth stops and we find ourselves in a loop as nature, the universe, and the Force, tries to teach us to let go of that which we fear to lose. Our hate and our fears.

Everything we go through is an extension of how we feel about ourselves and regular daily meditation helps us to change those feelings and let go so we can become something better.



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When I was first diagnosed with tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, I thought my life was over.

A mountain of pain and suffering stood before me and I could see nothing else. My ears screamed all the time and the spikes were unbearable. I was dizzy, struggling with hearing loss, intermittently incapacitated by vertigo attacks where the room would start spinning, and exhausted by brain fog and fatigue from the moment I woke up until the time I went to sleep.

There was no light at the end of the tunnel. I had no hope.

It’s hard to think back on this time of my life, knowing how long the 24-year-old me would have to suffer before anything changed. Because there was hope, I just didn’t know it at the time.

Fast forward and today my life looks very different. My Meniere’s symptoms are not cured, but effectively managed on an ongoing basis and I’ve completely habituated to my tinnitus. It’s not gone, but it stopped bothering me entirely. About 98% of the time, my brain just tunes it out.

I live a wonderful life now and in a lot of ways I owe my success and ongoing relief from tinnitus to meditation.

It changed everything for me. And if you are suffering from tinnitus, I believe it could possibly change everything for you too.

Meditation with tinnitus is hard but not impossible
When my tinnitus and Meniere’s disease were at their worst, my quality of life was in shambles and there were a lot of things I thought I would never be able to do again.

Meditation was at the top of the list.

I had been meditating daily for several years when chronic illness tore through my life. It had been a transformational practice, helping me to finally get my anxiety under control after more than a decade of panic attacks and generalized nervousness.

But as my tinnitus worsened, it became impossible to meditate. I just couldn’t focus anymore with the sound of sirens blasting in my ears and it was devastating. I had lost not just my quality of life, but one of the most powerful coping tools that I had relied on for years to maintain my wellbeing.

Luckily, I never gave up or stopped trying to make it work. And my persistence eventually paid off.

One night, lying in bed, once again struggling to meditate, I suddenly had an idea: What would happen if I stopped fighting to ignore the ringing while I tried to focus on my breath, and focused on the sound of my tinnitus instead?

At first, it seemed like such a crazy idea to focus on the sound that was driving me crazy.

But I was frustrated, and I was willing to do anything at that point to try to fix the problem, so I gave it a shot. And the 15 minutes that followed changed everything.

Making it easier
At this point, you might be thinking there is no possible way I can do this. I completely understand. I was a seasoned meditator with years of experience when I first thought to try this, and it still terrified me. Meditation is hard to learn even without tinnitus.

So here are several helpful strategies to make it easier:

If you have never meditated before, practice this technique for only 5-10 minutes per day, until you are more comfortable.

Do not meditate in silence. Instead, put on background noise that you find relaxing (ambient music, nature sounds, white noise, etc.) and set the volume to a level that partially masks your tinnitus. By lowering the perceived volume of your tinnitus in this way, it will be much easier to focus on during meditation.

Do something else you find mentally or physically relaxing immediately before you meditate. The more relaxed you are prior to meditation, the easier it will be.

You can take advantage of an audio technology called brainwave entrainment to help you achieve a deeper state of relaxation during meditation. I created guided tinnitus meditations featuring brainwave entrainment to accompany my book, many of which you can try for free.

Final thoughts
I know I’m not the first person to discover the link between tinnitus, meditation, and habituation. Mediation and mindfulness have earned a much more prominent position in tinnitus management over the past few years.

But I’ve made it my life’s work to spread this message of hope, because tinnitus-focused meditation enabled me to fully habituate and find lasting relief from the sound that drove me absolutely crazy for a long time.

There may not yet be a cure for tinnitus, but with habituation, there is a path out of the suffering. And meditation isn’t the only way, just one powerful path among others that all end in a similar place of peace of mind and quality of life. And that’s what matters most.

This article is in parts, the entire article is here, please read it and study the lesson it teaches.
https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/ ... editation-a-success-story
Contributed by Glenn Schweitzer
July 1, 2019

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Re: [Article] Quest of the Spiritual Warrior
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Well said Mike. Always be willing to learn or at least consider something new and regularly review past lessons learned.

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Re: [Article] Quest of the Spiritual Warrior
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Thanks Mike, I really like that article also. We are all spiritual warriors learning that we are asleep and starting to wake to our true destiny.

Thanks for your comment. *Returns bow

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[Article] Quest of the Spiritual Warrior
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Spiritual Warrior

A term we see increasingly these days is spiritual warrior: and though at first it may sound heroic and noble, when you really think it over it's just another oxymoron like military intelligence, & jumbo shrimp. Outwardly the spiritual warrior is one who champions the cause of spirituality by daily practicing it in a way which strengthens the soul and inspires others. On a deeper level the spiritual warrior forever walks the shadows between the darkness and the light, standing guard against those dark brothers in dark robes. Perhaps the greatest battle the spiritual warrior fights is the one within; coming to terms with the duality and dichotomy of existence itself.

To some, the undertaking of spiritual practice at first seems to be all about expanding our spiritual horizons, to become a fully realized being on all levels. Because we seek to better ourselves does not mean we are better than others in any way. In fact, the whole point of spiritual practice isn't to become bigger or more, but rather to disappear all together, dissolved into the one cosmic consciousness. The "more spiritual" we become, the less likely we are to see violence as an option; and yet so very often the way of the warrior embraces it to one degree or another; that in the end we become the peaceful warriors Dan Millman wrote about.

To become a warrior against violence & intolerance is the way of the spiritual warrior, first in one's own life, and then to the world we perceive around us. When we find our way and follow our heart we begin to raise our vibration higher. This inspires us to empower ourselves even more, thus being as a light house or an example for others. Not for them to follow your path, but that by following their path...these things and so much more can be accomplished. This isn't an either/or universe; it's more of a both/and kinda place. There isn't just one way, or a single path to follow. Some would say there are twelve paths, while others still see them as infinite. The pathways may vary but the qualities gained while walking them are universal, and all lead to the same truth.

The spiritual warrior climbs the mountain of their consciousness, there to do battle with their own demons, learning how to defeat them; then returning back down the mountain to share what has been learned. Yes, at times the spiritual warrior must engage in energetic conflicts and psychic battles with those of the opposite polarity; but this is seen as more of a balancing than a true act of violence. Spiritual warriors never seek revenge even when such constraint rips their very soul asunder. Once a universal truth is learned it cannot be un-learned, and thus, to go against that knowing only serves to increase the damage & loss.

When you stand far enough back from it all; it becomes plain to see that part of humanity is invested in keeping us all apart, as another part tries to get us to come together, with everyone else caught in between this sibling rivalry of cosmic proportions. Unfortunately for everyone, this dichotomy is supported and enforced by those who seek to maintain their control over this planet and it's slave population. The very last thing they want is for humanity to unite and progress toward enlightenment. Remove all the window dressing and distractions and the truth is easy to see. What will you do about it?

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Re: How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience
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Do you actively look into yourself, find, and seek to understand/except your emotions or do you seek to hide them?

Jedi can be screwed-up until they find inner peace and understanding. This effects our relationship to the Force and those around us within the Force.

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How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience
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A good article about understanding yourself and your many motivations. Worth a read, imo. Here are some parts of the article.

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Understand what’s really driving your behavior and you can really fix your life. Three secrets from neuroscience can help.

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the time?

Procrastination that screws up the quality of your work? Epic tidal waves of laziness? Or cardiac-threatening levels of overwork? Snapping at the ones you love? Or not speaking up even when you know you should?

We’re going to turn everything you know about bad habits on its head. For starters, here’s the good news: you’re not lazy, you’re not a screw up, and you’re not a bad person. In fact, you don’t actually have “bad habits” at all. Those tempting or nagging voices in your head aren’t evil. Actually, they’re trying to help you.

Yes, weird, but totally legit. In fact, there’s a whole system of psychology based around this: Internal Family Systems (IFS.) It’s been shown to help people with everything under the sun from depression, to anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and even some of the most serious stuff like PTSD.


From Self-Therapy:

Parts are entities of their own, with their own feelings, beliefs, motivations, and memories. It is especially important to understand that parts have motivations for everything they do. Nothing is just done out of habit. Nothing is just a pattern of thinking or behavior you learned. Everything (except for purely physiological reactions) is done by a part for a reason, even though that reason may be unconscious.

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Here’s how to quit bad habits without willpower:

There are no bad habits, just different selves with conflicting goals: You can read this post for more, or you can go watch Inside Out. (One of these is a far more effective option. The other was written by me.)
Exiles, Managers and Firefighters: The three big categories of voices in your head. Exiles have deep-seated fears, Managers make sure those don’t get triggered, and when they do get triggered, Firefighters put out the fire (and destroy your house in the process.)
Stay calm and talk to the Manager: Find out why they do what they do by asking… well, you.
Talk to your inner child: I’m cringing that I typed that. But, corny as it sounds, it really does help. Discover your fears. That’s what’s driving your “bad behavior.”

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I'll share my current lessons occurring during meditation.

Stress is basically a part of life that effects us all from childhood development to our current life situation. How we deal with that stress determines how well we handle life and every event we run into.

Some people deal with stress using drugs, legal and illegal to reduce the pain that's experienced by living in stressful situations and seek to avoid stress issues as much as possible. Some people deal with it with exercise, yoga, a pure diet, or meditation. Usually we all deal with stress in healthy and unhealthy combinations of activities. We seek relationships in order to relieve stressful situations with the help of love ones and good friends. But as you know relationships are a double edged sword which can heal or intensify our relationship with stress in general.

The cause of stress is fear. Fear of something bad happening in our future, fear of negatives things happening to us are to be expected, or just plain fear of the unknown. Understanding and conquering our fears is one of the best ways to eliminate stress in our lives. Practicing positives emotions also help to eliminate fear and stress. After all, the more we practice something the better we become at it.

So that's the short version of what I've been learning or reviewing about the Force and how it's energy effects us. Everything is a type of energy, stress, fear, joy, love. What we practice we tend to become. Practice being judgmental and we find ourselves judging others and ourselves more, practice love and we become more loving, practice peace and we have more peace in our lives.

Please feel free to ask questions an/or make comments about take on this lessons and how it can effect your life. Also take some time to google the effects of stress and fear on your body and how exercise, yoga, meditation, diet, and other practices can help heal the body and even eliminate much stress and fear from our lives.

May the Force continue to guide you.

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