Category Archives: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Alan Watts Meditation & Audio

“You are that vast thing that you see far,
far off with great telescopes.”

Sfter listening to Web of Life, by Dimitar Petrov (Man of No Ego) a music producer from Bulgaria, who focuses on sharing knowledge through music, I recorded some more of Alan Watts with calming background music to replace the usual psybient/psychill I use for concentration during work. I recommend listening to Man of No Ego’s album which you can stream below. Continue reading Alan Watts Meditation & Audio

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Lucid Dreamers have a Larger Capacity to Self-Reflect

In an effort to understand more about the content of dreams, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin have been working for the past 5 years with persons who have the rare ability to consistently lucid dream.

Sn an effort to understand more about the content of dreams, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin have been working for the past 5 years with persons who have the rare ability to consistently lucid dream.

Lucid dreaming was first proven scientifically on April 12, 1975 at the University of Hull, when subject (Alan Worsley) was asked to carry out distinctive patterns of voluntary eye movements at the onset of lucidity while dreaming. Polygraph records during REM showed the pre-arranged eye movement signals, proving that the subject had indeed been lucid during uninterrupted REM sleep.

Left-Right eye movements are given by the subjec to acknowledge they are in the aware state of REM.
Left-Right eye movements are given by the subject to acknowledge they are in the aware state of REM.

In a series of ongoing experiments, the researchers have succeeded, for the first time, in analysing the activity of the brain during dreaming.

In the report, Metacognitive Mechanisms Underlying Lucid Dreaming, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, it has been discussed that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers and with this information, the conclusion has been given that lucid dreamers are possibly also more self-reflecting when being awake.

Participants were split into two groups according to their lucidity score, separating those who frequently experience lucid dream states, with those who do not. Researchers observed a larger grey matter volume of activity in those with a higher lucidity score in the frontal cortex, an area that has been associated with improved ability to visualize.

Brain regions activated more strongly during lucid dreaming than in a normal dream.
Brain regions activated more strongly during lucid dreaming than in a normal dream.

The results reveal shared neural systems between lucid dreaming and metacognitive function, in particular in the domain of thought monitoring. This finding contributes to our understanding of the mechanisms enabling higher-order consciousness in dreams. No previous study has tested a link between lucidity and metacognitive ability at the neural level.

Together, these results support the main hypothesis and show, for the first time, a neural link between dream lucidity and metacognitive function.

By definition, lucid dreaming denotes the successful reflection on the current state of mind, i.e., an act of metacognition and the data indicate that lucid dreaming may be a specific form of metacognition, relying on neural mechanisms akin to thought monitoring. Although this result has been previously suggested based on dream reports and theoretical arguments, these results provide the first confirmation of this link from a neuroscientific perspective.

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The Journal of Neuroscience, 21 January 2015, 35(3): 1082-1088; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3342-14.2015

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

We can’t change every little thing that
happens to us in life, but we can change
the way that we experience it.

Sndy Puddicombe very patiently describes an inner beauty we all possess. An ability to pause our perpetual personal schedule and become mindful of ourselves. If we can find just 10 minutes, this may be all we need to better prepare us for the unpredictable path that leads ahead. Continue reading All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

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Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness

This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.

Shis event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives. Continue reading Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness

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Carbon Based Lifeforms Remaster Classic Albums

Carbon Based Lifeforms have remastered 3 of their classic albums. World of Sleepers, Interloper and Hydroponic Garden to 24bit audio depth.

Sarbon Based Lifeforms have remastered 3 of their classic albums. World of Sleepers, Interloper and Hydroponic Garden to 24bit audio depth. An added clarity to the haunting sound-scapes and beautiful new album art is greatly appreciated and gives a perfect opportunity to recommend this precious backdrop for your a-musement. Continue reading Carbon Based Lifeforms Remaster Classic Albums

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The Importance of Silencing the Mind

Each day we wake up, and for an immeasurable split second there’s a delay in our witnessing of consciousness. Of where we are, what we’re doing and a sense of dreamlike peace before the noise starts, before we engage with our mind.

Sach day we wake up, and for an immeasurable split second there’s a delay in our witnessing of consciousness. Of where we are, what we’re doing and a sense of dreamlike peace before the noise starts, before we engage with our mind. The flooding of thoughts then begins and moments of the day ahead of us is taken up with preoccupations, a series of questions that our inner dialogue throws up, demanding our attention. It is chaos being in one’s own mind. We are trapped, distracted and most of the time completely unaware that we are so. Continue reading The Importance of Silencing the Mind

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Vipassana For Thought – Part One

Shat follows is a diary of subjective narrative leading up to, and following a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat. The idea here is to set the stage for the intention of the immersion, present a summary of Vipassana, its codes of discipline and the content of the retreat, and to provide the expectations and experiences of attendance.  I would also like to open a discussion of people’s thoughts or experiences of the same or similar events. As this blog-site focuses on the step by step development of the personal psyche through introspection, I would also like to highlight any significant realisations taken from the adjustment of environment created for effectiveness of the retreat. Continue reading Vipassana For Thought – Part One

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