Meditation and intellectual performance
Albert Einstein, arguably the greatest of all physicists brain was preserved for a short time after his death in 1955. However, while a number of photographs were taken, the full set of images did not surface till 2005.
In 2012, with the power of modern technology, Dr. Dean Falk headed a Florida State University research team that compared Einstein’s brain images to those of 85 average human brains.
It was found that Einstein’s prefrontal cortex was unique, being unusually dense in Grey matter and having an extensive surface area relative to the average human brain.
Our prefrontal cortex orchestrates the brain’s thoughts and emotions, is the complex planner, deep thinker, and high level decision maker. In effect, it is the engine room of the intellect.
A landmark 2005 study by Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazar found that experienced mediators had much more neural density, thickness, folds, and electrical activity within their prefrontal cortex.
To compound this amazing discovery, Dr. Lazar found that the more meditation experience a person had, the more highly developed their prefrontal cortex.
Another unique feature of Einstein’s brain was the bridge connecting his left and right hemispheres, the ‘corpus callosum’. It is thought to be responsible for his immense creativity, which allowed him to innovate physics to such a degree. The same Lazar research demonstrated a thickening of the corpus callosum in mediators.
To boost your self-esteem can seem like a monumental task, especially when you’re experiencing self-defeating thoughts and feelings. However, when you step back, you can see that low self-esteem is really just a continuous cycle, and breaking any part of that cycle can stop the whole thing in its tracks.
1. Do Something Kind For Someone
When you’re in a low self-esteem cycle, it can be difficult to see outside of yourself. You become so focused on what your limitations are that you can’t see the pain others might be experiencing.
But when you actively seek out doing something kind for someone else or something good for your environment, your focus shifts. Not only will your obsessive, negative thoughts about yourself stop, you’ll also begin to think positive things about yourself. Positive actions attract positive thoughts.
2. Take Care Of Your Appearance
Your outward appearance is often a reflection of how you feel on the inside. Have you ever noticed that when you’re sick, people say “You don’t look well”? Our bodies are connected to our spirit and mind and they all reflect each other.
When you have low self-esteem, it often shows through how you take care of yourself.
Small things like picking out something flattering to wear, taking time to style your hair differently, or accessorizing an outfit can seem vain and superficial, but they can actually make you immediately feel better about yourself. The lesson here is not about vanity; it’s about treating yourself kindly.
3. Change Your Scenery
A great (and fun!) way to break a low self-esteem cycle is to do something completely out of the ordinary.
It can be as simple as traveling a different route to work in the morning, taking a short weekend vacation to a place you’ve never visited, or working from a cafe you’ve always wanted to check out.
Doing something you’ve never done before or being somewhere you’ve never been to can quickly refresh your mind and break negative thought patterns. We have a tendency to get stuck in a small bubble, neglecting to see that the universe is vast and our problems are usually a lot smaller than we make them out to be.
Changing your scenery can give you a fresh perspective and motivate you to make positive changes rather than dwell in the negative. Give it a shot.
4. Write Down Your Accomplishments
Think back to all of the accomplishments you’ve had. Get out a pen and paper and start writing them down.
It seems simple, but as your list grows, you’ll start to see that not only have you accomplished some impressive things, you are capable of even more.
You might begin to see patterns of times when you felt really good about yourself and accomplished a lot of great things. This exercise can help you tune in to the parts of yourself that know you’re adequate, capable and extraordinary!
5. Teach Someone Something
There are definitely things you know that other people don’t.
Maybe you’re a great writer or you’re really proficient in math. Perhaps you know how to organize a messy closet, or you know how to change a tire on a car.
Simple knowledge that you may take for granted could be something that someone else is seeking to learn.
By teaching someone a skill or imparting some of your know-how, you not only share knowledge with them, you prove to yourself how amazing and unique of person you are, one that can share valuable gifts with the world.
The Last Word…..Sweet Dreams My Friends….
Be fair or foul, or rain or shine
the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself, upon the past has power,
but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.” ― Horace
Trinity of Pandemics: Climate Change, Obesity & Malnutrition. We all know that Globalization is endangering the planet, the biosphere & the Human occupants.
Obesity may seem like the opposite of under-nutrition, but they’re deeply intertwined biologically and socioeconomically. Kids who don’t get enough to eat when they’re young are at risk for obesity later in life, and those kids tend to live in numerous lower- and middle-income nations where food security is an issue. Paradoxically, people in places that have mild to moderate food insecurity are actually at high risk of obesity. And what’s threatening food security? Climate change is a significant factor. Especially in less wealthy countries, climate change is causing “crop failures, reduced food production, extreme weather events that produce droughts and flooding, increased food-borne and other infectious diseases, and civil unrest,” And as countries develop, they shift toward urbanisation and all the obesity-inducing, greenhouse gas-emitting activities that go along with it: driving cars, being sedentary, and starting to eat more “ultra-processed food and beverage products and beef and dairy products,” which emit tons of greenhouse gases into the air.
Addressing malnutrition, in general, requires shifting worldwide eating habits toward a healthier diet: Doing so would mitigate obesity for obvious reasons, and it would address under-nutrition because those diets are healthier and more accessible. Most importantly, it would help curb climate change since growing plants emits fewer greenhouse gases than meat, dairy, and processed food. However, efforts to include environmental sustainability principles within their dietary guidelines failed due to pressure from strong food industry lobbies, especially the beef, dairy, sugar, and ultra-processed food and beverage industry sectors,”
Coca-Cola’s role in influencing China’s health guidelines was exposed, and the Australian dairy lobby sponsored another on the benefits of adding cheese and yogurt to the well-established Mediterranean diet.
A commission is calling for three key actions: the end of the $5 trillion in government subsidies handed out to food and fossil fuel corporations, a global agreement to limit the influence of Big Food, and a push among civilians to end the policy inertia that keeps Big Food in power. Calling for a $1 billion fund to support advocacy for policy initiatives to mitigate the Global Systemic. That’s in addition to the $70 billion already being requested by the World Bank to address under-nutrition and the $100 billion the Green Climate Fund is calling for to address climate change in low and middle-income countries. We have a big task, but you can help.
Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees Pastoral scene of the gallant south The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh Then the sudden smell of burning flesh Here is fruit for the crows to pluck For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop Songwriters: Lewis Allan / Maurice Pearl / Dwayne P Wiggins
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass