Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Yogis have used malas to focus their minds during meditation for centuries. Now you can, too. (via Yoga International)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bodhi Tree Recommended Book of the Week

Recommended Book of the Week:
The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense by Michael A. Jawer with Marc S. Micozzi, Foreword by Larry Dossey, M.D. (576 pp.)

Contemporary science holds that the brain rules the body, generating feelings and perceptions. Michael Jawer and Dr. Marc Micozzi contend that feelings underlie our conscious selves, determining what we think, how we conduct our lives and how we cope with physical and psychic distress. The material in this book challenges the prevailing belief that the brain must necessarily rule the body. The less consciousness we have of our emotional being, the more physical disturbances we are likely to have—from ailments such as migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and post-traumatic stress to anomalous perceptions such as apparitions and involuntary four-of-the-body experiences. Using the latest scientific research on immunity, sensation, stress, cognition, and emotional expression, the authors demonstrate that the way we process our feelings provides a key to who is most likely to experience these phenomena and why. They explain that emotion is a portal into the world of extraordinary perception, and they provide the studies that validate the science behind telepathic dreams, poltergeists, and ESP. “The mark of a good theory is its ability to weave together observations that previously seemed to be separate, unrelated, and out of whack. Jawer does just that. He shows how feelings, emotions, and sentience are a kind of Rosetta stone that helps us decipher the connections between a variety of illnesses, conditions and strange happenings. . .One of the most impressive qualities of The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is the deep respect Jawer shows for the scientific tradition. This book is the work not of some new-age barbarian storming the citadel of reason, but of someone who reveres empiricism and rational precision. Jawer challenges all of us to open our eyes, expand what we’re willing to engage, and cease our censorship of reality.”—Larry Dossey, M.D., from the Foreword. (via Bodhi Tree Bookstore)