Meditation 9

Living in a 3-dimensional world

Human brains are estimated to have a staggering 86 billion neurons, with multiple connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming the vast cellular network that somehow makes us capable of thought and consciousness.

Groundbreaking research that combines neuroscience with math tells us that our brain creates neural structures with up to 11 dimensions when it processes information. By "dimensions," they mean abstract mathematical spaces, not other physical realms. Still, the researchers "found a world that we had never imagined," said Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, which made the discovery.

"The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organized manner. It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc. The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates."

The mind is like a telescope and microscope at the same time.

Other research learned in 2019:

Humans — even introverts — are social beings, and loneliness can take a toll on the brain. A study found that nine explorers who spent over a year in the emptiness of Antarctica left with slightly smaller brains. A group of researchers compared brain scans of the explorers' brains that they took before they left for the brisk continent and after they returned to society. They found that parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus — a brain region involved in learning and memory — had less volume after the explorers returned, the team reported earlier this month.

Create a Sacred Space in your mind tonight….

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.”– Victoria Moran

“Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer.”– Hamilton Boudreaux

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

““Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and tea. The rest of the world dissolves. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” - Thích Nhất Hạnh

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”– Eckhart Tolle

“Being mindful means that we suspend judgment for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.”– Mark Williams

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” - Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” - Jack Kornfield

“Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.” -Jack Kornfield

“Until you realize how easily it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.” – Evita Ochel

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day. No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” – Karen Salmansohn

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra

“Don’t focus on what’s happening around you, focus on what’s happening within you and find a way to control it.”

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” - Pema Chödrön

“Falling apart is the first stage of healing,” – David Scott

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” - Pema Chödrön

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”

-Steve Maraboli

“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”– Jack Kornfield

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”– Dalai Lama

“If you clean the floor with love, you have given the world an invisible painting.”– Osho

“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross