Salubrious (Health) Saturday: The Windows to Your Health

Mind Blown!!!

Eyes are beautiful; they come in so many different colors and variations, are windows to the soul, and are key to your health. In this brief clip for Health Saturday, we discover that the eyes can reveal high blood pressure and diabetes. What really gets me excited, beyond this cool new information, is that an eye (specifically the iris) looks like a mini universe. Beautiful and detailed, it’s significance blows my mind. Stay healthy and Enjoy!

Lutein and zeaxanthin are molecules that act as antioxidants that protect the retina and macula of the eye from oxidative damage from high-energy light waves.[60] As the high-energy light waves enter the eye they excite electrons that can cause harm to the cells in the eye, but before they can cause oxidative damage that may lead to macular degeneration or cataracts lutein and zeaxanthin bind to the electron free radicle and are reduced rendering the electron safe. There are many ways to ensure a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, the best of which is to eat dark green vegetables including kale, spinach, broccoli and turnip greens.[61]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_eye

 

Stay Healthy and Enjoy!

 

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TED Talk Tuesday – Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

In the wake of the devastation in the Philippines, we turn to TED for a lesson on compassion in the face of tragedy and pain. I lost family in an earthquake and I remember riding the train into work the following day feeling too numb by shock to truly experience pain. My heart goes out to those who are suffering now, looking for lost loved ones, struggling to survive. I can only offer my deepest concern, compassion, and love. Know that even though we are miles apart, my heart and hope are with you.

Compassion is in an innate human quality that is rarely nurtured. In this powerful and emotional talk, Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax discusses the impact and gift of compassion. Halifax has spent many decades actively practicing compassion by tending to the incarcerated, sick, and dying. What she has learned is that compassion can heal; it can heal both internally and externally. Compassion can heal our pain and soothe the pain of and in others. How can we as individuals begin to practice compassion? How is compassion present in your life? Let me know in the comments.

 

So we can ask: What is compassion comprised of? And there are various facets. And there’s referential and non-referential compassion. But first, compassion is comprised of that capacity to see clearly into the nature of suffering. It is that ability to really stand strong and to recognize also that I’m not separate from this suffering. But that is not enough, because compassion, which activates the motor cortex, means that we aspire, we actually aspire to transform suffering. And if we’re so blessed, we engage in activities that transform suffering.But compassion has another component, and that component is really essential. That component is that we cannot be attached to outcome.

Now I worked with dying people for over 40 years. I had the privilege of working on death row in a maximum security [prison] for six years. And I realized so clearly in bringing my own life experience, from working with dying people and training caregivers, that any attachment to outcome would distort deeply my own capacity to be fully present to the whole catastrophe.

And when I worked in the prison system, it was so clear to me, this: that many of us in this room, and almost all of the men that I worked with on death row, the seeds of their own compassion had never been watered. That compassion is actually an inherent human quality. It is there within every human being. But the conditions for compassion to be activated, to be aroused, are particular conditions. I had that condition, to a certain extent,from my own childhood illness. Eve Ensler, whom you’ll hear later, has had that condition activated amazingly in her through the various waters of suffering that she has been through.

And what is fascinating is that compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear. And you know, we have a society, a world, that is paralyzed by fear.And in that paralysis, of course, our capacity for compassion is also paralyzed. The very word terror is global. The very feeling of terror is global. So our work, in a certain way, is to address this imago, this kind of archetype that has pervaded the psyche of our entire globe.

Now we know from neuroscience that compassion has some very extraordinary qualities.For example: A person who is cultivating compassion, when they are in the presence of suffering, they feel that suffering a lot more than many other people do. However, they return to baseline a lot sooner. This is called resilience. Many of us think that compassion drains us, but I promise you it is something that truly enlivens us.

Another thing about compassion is that it really enhances what’s called neural integration. It hooks up all parts of the brain. Another, which has been discovered by various researchersat Emory and at Davis and so on, is that compassion enhances our immune system. Hey,we live in a very noxious world. (Laughter) Most of us are shrinking in the face of psycho-social and physical poisons, of the toxins of our world. But compassion, the generation of compassion, actually mobilizes our immunity.

Thankful Thursday: Holding the Human Heart

Thankful for this great video from SoulPancake! The best part of this video, when the wife asks her husband’s doctor “will he be able to love me?” Well there are actually a few very good points in this brief video, but overall it highlights the capacity of the human heart to love and show compassion. The connection between the human heart and love is amazing. “What do you believe our hearts hold?” Hope this video inspires you.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Wanderlust Wednesday: Internal Exploration

We all get caught up in the busyness of everyday life and often we forget the benefits of taking time for self-reflection. Today we explore the benefits of internal exploration, possibly the true final frontier.

Meditation is an ancient practice that has experienced a resurgence in recent years. It can take many forms including guided mediation, prayer, and yoga. Regardless of the style of practice, all forms share the common goal of quieting the mind and can often be used for stress reduction.

Here is an excellent meditation video with Deepak Chopra.

 

For more information on meditation, visit the following sites:

http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22&oTopID=22

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070