#74 The Neuroscience of Self-Realization

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Dear Friend,

Modern science has learned that our brains are not hardwired from birth. On the contrary, the brain is astonishingly changeable.

Our every thought, emotion (especially strong emotions), and action is constantly rewiring our brain.

As children we need to be able to function in the physical world and so our brain develops to support that.

However, the price we pay is to move our attention away from more subtle realities. And thus, our ability to perceive “non-ordinary” reality is gradually lost for most people.

The good news is that we can methodically rewire our brain to support subtler perception, intuitive thinking, and higher feeling. We can rewire our brains to support the direct experience of our divine Self.

The science and method is explained in our feature article, “The Neuroscience of Self-Realization.”

What prevents us from experiencing these higher realities?

Basically, we are too busy, distracted, stressed out. See “Feeling Overwhelmed” and “Nervousness: The World’s Disease”

One huge antidote to the worries of modern life is the spiritual practice of contentment.

Contentment—it has been rightly said—is the supreme virtue. However, true contentment doesn’t mean passivity. It doesn’t mean giving up your goals and never trying to improve yourself.

It’s a matter of being content with what you have and who you are, but at the same time, realizing that as humans, we will always try to improve, no matter how happy we are. If we don’t, we have given up on life.

Discover why this isn’t a contradiction, the amazing things the practice of contentment can create in all aspects of our lives and a few tips for getting to contentment in our feature article, “The Incredible Power of Contentment.”

You’ll also find many related articles by a variety of authors to inspire and inform you on your spiritual journey, as well as a selection of heartfelt stories, videos, inspiration and practices.

I hope you enjoy this issue and find it helpful.

With Joyful Blessings,
Kamala
Nayaswami Kamala
(Linda Lockhart)
Founder and Publisher, Spiritual Life Magazine

Features

The Neuroscience of Self-Realization
by Joseph (Puru) Selbie
We Are Divine Beings! If we are, indeed, one with God in our divine Self, why don’t we know it? How can such a stupendous and powerful Reality that is our own high potential remain so thoroughly hidden from us?
A Mindful Meditation and Conversation with the Brain
by Jayadev Jaerschky
Let us all make peace with our brains. The brain may be an unceasing chatterbox during meditation but if and when we go deeper, it is in truth a sacred, cosmic, and divine vessel.
Feeling Overwhelmed?
by Nayaswami Kamala
The events of the last few years have taught us that life is precious and now is the time to find who you want to be and all those dreams you may have pushed aside.
Learn to Discern the True and False in What is Taught as “Advaita”
by Abbot George Burke
Debunking popular quotations that sound good but are untrue.
Nervousness: The World’s Disease
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Nervousness interferes with all the normal functioning of our body and mind, upsetting the physical, mental, and spiritual machinery.
The Incredible Power of Contentment
by Leo Babauta
I’d like to discuss contentment, and the amazing things it can do in all aspects of our lives. And then we’ll look at a few tips for getting to contentment.

Stories from the Heart

A Contented Man
by James M. Warnack
Nothing Exists
A Traditional Zen Story

Practicum

How to make stress your friend
by Kelly McGonigal
Change Your Brain
A Guided Meditation by Nayaswami Anandi
How to Use Feng Shui to Relieve Stress
by Nayaswami Kamala
Our inner world affects our outer world. But the physical space we spend time in influences our mood, health, and actions.
How to Perform the Heart Center Meditation
by Ann Marie Chiasson, M.D.
Contentment: Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
by Swami Kriyananda

Columns

Your Spiritual Questions Answered: When Trembling in Fear, Where Can We Find Protection?
by Nayaswami Asha
Animals as Part of Spiritual Development
by Marcel van Heijzen

In every issue

A Note from Kamala
Be a Warrior for the Light Affirmation
10 Second Visualization: Breathe out and release your tension into endless space.
Poet’s Corner: The Croaker by Joseph C. Lincoln
Inspiring Quotes to Ponder
Closing Blessing

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