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Benefits of Meditation

This is something I saw on the benefits of meditation that sort of makes sense but since I don't mediate I can't say for sure. However the head honcho at our company meditates every day and he seems fairly agile mentally... at least he gives that impression.

Here is a summary. Read the entire article here at CoolNews.

A new study finds that you can, in fact, train your brain to allocate attention simply by learning how to meditate. According to Dr. Richard Davidson "meditation is good for the brain. It appears to increase gray matter, improve the immune system, reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being."

He and his team tested that theory with two groups of volunteers, neither of which had any prior experience with meditation. For three months, one group meditated for 10-12 hours a day, while another did so for just 20 minutes a day. With electrodes attached to their scalps, both groups were then given "attentional blink tests" involving a series of letters with two numbers mixed in.

Everyone noticed the first number, but "the less experienced meditators tended to grasp the first number and hang onto it, so they missed the second number. Those with more experience invested less attention to the first number as if letting it go. This led to an increased ability to grasp the second number." Breathe. Let go. Breathe. Let go.


Not bad advice for things in general ....

Teeny Tiny Planets

Although this has little to do with astrology and the new age, I just love this photography and the technique by an artist Gadl. Landscapes in the round make them look like little planets and indeed one, Eiffel Planet, is aptly named. Let's create a new solar system!

Voting Booth Feng Shui

The nation is gearing up for the next election. It should be very interesting. And even more interesting (at least to me) is something that the big brains at Stanford University have discovered. That is, the location of the voting booth could impact how someone votes.

By looking at the 2000 general election in Arizona, researchers found out that when booths were located in schools, voters tended to support raising taxes to support schools. If booths were located in a religious institution like a church, voters were less likely to support stem cell research. These results were irrespective of gender, age or political affiliation.

Hey, feng shui works ... or something like that. Now I wonder how folks would vote if the booth was located in a movie theater lobby? or in a circus tent? Hmmm. 

Elvira Wannabees

Okay, I couldn't pass this by without sharing. Anyone interested ....?

Casting Call: Natural 9 Entertainment, the producers of the upcoming Fox Reality series The Search for the Next Elvira, will begin looking for a new Mistress of the Dark on Friday, July 13 during an open "casket" call at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Details on how to participate can be found at www.foxreality.com. The Search for the Next Elvira will premiere on October 13 at 9p.

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