Why Meditate?

As I continue to research on how to transform painful manifestations into healing, meditation keeps coming up.  In a recent Facebook message by David (from the Global Brain Project http://www.projectglobalbrain.com/) after this past Saturdays weekly global meditation, I found a way to explain some serious benefits of meditation, not only to others, but to myself (since I tend to require lots of explaining so I can really claim it and remember it). Here is what he had to share…

“Mind and body are not separate entities. They are one unit and influences on one aspect of that unit have effects on many other aspects. Although our experience with meditation might be one of deep relaxation of both mind and body, its effects are manifold. That deep relaxation indicates the experience of higher levels of consciousness. That, however, is only half of it for that level of consciousness is linked to a particular region of the nervous system which influences the thoughts that arise in that zone. Actively interfacing with such a deep level of the nervous system releases deep stresses that would otherwise probably never be released. Every time a stress is eliminated, consciousness becomes a freer and more liberated entity within the life of the individual.”

“At the same time, the nervous system becomes stronger, more capable and more responsive. In such a state, it is possible for the higher consciousness that one experiences after meditation to be assimilated by the nervous system. This is accomplished by engaging in gentle activity following meditation. The key word here is ‘gentle.’ Time to make yourself a cup of tea, perhaps? When this fine layer of higher consciousness becomes integrated into your nervous system it becomes a part of you, yours for ever. This is true evolution.” by David from the Global Brain Project

I hope this is as helpful to you as it is to me.

namaste,

Dove

Helmet Hoodie

Helmet Hoodie

I made this helmet liner for my husband, Andrew, and it was an instant hit! I have renamed this pattern ‘Helmet Hoodie’, since it is very reminiscent of renaissance chain mail. The original pattern has a lot of room in the back/top 1/2, which would accommodate a nice head of hair, (which neither my husband nor I have), so I’m working on another one that will fit more snugly. When I’ve completed the second one, and it turns out successfully, i’ll post the pattern with how to customize it.

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Creed of Peace

By Andrew Whitedove

I practice peace when I retain the integrity of other people’s opinions, especially when they differ from my own.

I practice peace when I respect other people and what they’ve honestly acquired.

I practice peace when I promote the growth of other people.

I practice peace when I imagine that everyone deserves their basic needs.

I practice peace when I consume natural resources wisely.

I practice peace when I accept different ways of thinking and living.

I practice peace when I appreciate the mutual need of all beings and act with compassion.

I practice peace when I exercise free will and encourage other people to do the same.

I practice peace when I realize that my god is not necessarily everyone’s god.

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I practice peace when I steward the land I use resourcefully.