Where Science and Enlightenment Collide

Archive for April, 2014

I love you!

Three simple words I don’t think we say often enough! In today’s world we find ourselves becoming more and more isolated from each other, being told our differences are as such that those who believe opposite from what we ourselves believe are not even human.

As my surgery closes in I received a text from my brother, “no matter what happens know that I always love you” receiving this text was huge to me! My brother hasn’t said that he loved me sense we were very little kids, and I think the last time he said it, it was only because the two of us were fighting previously and he was told to say it by our mother. Needless to say it isn’t quite clear the last time I remember him saying it, whether its my poor memory or just that it truly has been that long, it is not said often enough to those who really mean something to us.

I had always thought in our adult years my brother and I had grown far apart, that we were almost strangers; I had always looked out for him the best I could when we were little. If someone I saw was picking on him or trying to bully him I would always step in. Does this mean I was the perfect older brother? No far from it, I still did the typical sibling rivalry stuff, always thought he was the prefect son and thus could never do any wrong and was the favorite of the two of us. Sometime I would resent the fact, but even though we would squabble, and even though we drifted in my mind I always thought he had my back. We both always believed, no matter what, family comes first.

I think that in today’s world we need to think of our human family the same way, often we squabble and disagree but we should always have each other’s backs! So you, yes you reading this, know that no matter what, I will always love you!


Rise Up and Be Thankful!

Far too often we take much of what we have for granted, and it becomes more and more so with each passing year and each upgrade of technological convenience. Movies are instantly streamed to cellphones. TV programming is no longer restricted to a set schedule, even books are fairly cheap and easily accessible (a sad sad thing as a book lover). It is important that we take several moments if not just one to just be thankful for what we have, somewhat full bellies or at least a slight roof over the head.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings, Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come. By the power of every moment of your goodness May your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled as completely shining as the bright full moon, as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

By the power of every moment of your goodness May all dangers be averted and all disease be gone. May no obstacle come across your way. May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect, who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way, May your life prosper in the four blessings of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.


How long is your shadow?

Ask an artist and they will tell you, the more light you shine on an object the deeper, more intense, longer the shadow will be. The more we focus on our problems the more they seem to be overwhelming, and for good reason! Where thoughts go, energy does indeed flow!

The more we find ourselves focused on the negative things in life, our regrets from the past, our current problems, or even our future concerns, the more they will continue to dominate our lives and our choices.

Everyone has a right to be free and to be happy, we are all born that way, it is only fear that is learned. Next time things start to overwhelm remember what the Dalai Lama said:

“There are two days a year in which nothing can be done, yesterday and tomorrow…”

So for now and every day, live in the day as it is, moment by moment, as the old saying goes, “ Stop to smell the roses” even if they are proverbial if you suffer allergies like I do


Dealing with the Past

Everyone has a past, in them are good things and things we don’t think are very good, but each thing shapes how we react and who we become. Some things are more difficult to get past than others, some people, myself included, struggle to let go of traumatic things that happen to us early on. It is important on the days when we find ourselves dwelling on the past, to remember that we are not what happened to us, we are what we chose to become.

“Peace comes from within, do not seek it without. What we think we become!” –Buddha

Each day is a new day, in which we are reborn, and have a better chance to become a new you!

The Dalai Lama in his book, “Becoming Enlightened” offers us a mediation mantra we can recite when we find ourselves in need of refuge, I see no better time to seek said refuge than when the mind is under attack.

“To the Buddha, the doctrine, and the supreme of all communities,
I go for refuge until enlightenment.
Through the merit of giving and so forth that I perform, May I achieve Buddhahood in order to help transmigrating beings.”

If you notice, when one takes refuge with this mantra it is mostly focused outwards, I love this one because of that fact. So many times when we find our minds under attack, from mental illnesses or from our past hauntings.  We can be so focused inwardly, that by the act of changing our focus outwards we can find the way to free ourselves from those chains.


Self-Love

loveSelf-love might not be exactly what you think it is, to start this topic let’s look at this quote from the Buddha.

 

“Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one dearer than yourself. In the same way, others are dear to themselves. So you shouldn’t hurt others if you love yourself.”

This quote has been interpreted several ways, but the part we are looking at here is that you will find no one dearer than yourself.  Sometimes those who are in compassionate works, whether its volunteer work in your local church or religious organization, or just working a soup kitchen; it is important that we realize that as much as we serve others we should also balance and be compassionate to ourselves, its ok to say no!  Loving yourself is not about your ego, rather it is about learning how to extend the compassion you show towards others towards yourself.

When we begin to be compassionate towards ourselves, we begin to manifest an inner sanctuary, which forms an inner peace, and having an inner peace illuminates an outer peace towards others.


Bio Electrical Science

ImageRecently I poised a question, not entirely certain if it has an answer, also I am not entirely sure of my current level of understanding when it pertains to the neurosciences, when it comes to cognitive behaviors, as well as my extremely fundamental understanding of physics on the sub atomic level, but here we go none the less.

Scientific theory begins with observation followed by a question, the question came to me during some reading I had been doing on Buddhist teachings and traditions by The Dalai Lama. The question came when I pondered if there are minute bio-electrical differences to establish a basis for fingerprinting…I mean obviously there are biochemical difference, emotional responses are biochemical, and imbalances lead to emotional disorders; but our brains are biochemical and bio-electrical as well.  Are there distinctions? If not would this point to where universal thoughts come from?  And biochemical interruptions of bio-electrical signals lead to social disorders?  Or perhaps a distinction, thinking on the opposite side of the coin, would that prove the existence of what we call a soul?  Because energy cannot be destroyed instead transforms be the transition to the next stage of existence on this or another plane or dimension of existence?

Sorry if it is random or over heads lol I like to seek connections between scientific principals and spiritual connections.

What originally got me on this train of thought, was the curiosity of trying to show scientific evidence of the existence of a soul and determination of a method to prove or disprove reincarnation or rebirth. I find it fascinating the process Lamas are found in the Tibetan tradition and scientific curiosity got the better of me lol

Can this postulating really be considered theory with such a limited understanding or is it simply a guess from a hopeless romantic? I guess that will be for others who have a greater understanding than I to decide.