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Aug.30.2012
As kids we like to role-play, pretending and testing the boundaries of our reality. We even play dead. Any game of pretense is both a learning about the world and a learning about oneself. In trying to divine what it would be like to be so-and-so or such-and-such, we figure out who we are as we...
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Aug.29.2012
Weeks fly by.  Same weeks stand perfectly still.  Two faces of timelessness of one and the same untitled life.
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Aug.28.2012
As a smoker, you probably haven’t thought of yourself as a health-nut, but, in a way, you are.  If you are not a smoker, surely, you haven't thought of smokers as health-nuts.   And yet an argument can be made that a smoker is a health-nut. (If you are a smoker, you are probably...
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Aug.24.2012
As a clinician, I believe that self-esteem (as a treatment goal or as a self-help goal) is overrated.  I am a far bigger fan of self-acceptance.  Here are some thoughts regarding self-esteem and self-acceptance. On Conditionality of Self-Estimation & Unconditionality of Self-...
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Aug.24.2012
In 1963, a Spanish-born neuroscientist, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado, stopped a charging bull with a remote control.  Delgado - a kind of neuro-torero - implanted a radio-controlled electrode inside the bull's brain (in the caudate nucleus area) and, in so doing, set a historical...
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Aug.20.2012
We tend to think of metabolism in purely physiological terms.  I'd like to help you broaden your view of metabolism a bit.  I invite you to think of metabolism as information processing.  Let's take the act of eating, for example.  We can think of eating in purely...
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Aug.19.2012
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My second book on mindful eating, Reinventing the Meal, is out.   The formula is simple: to reinvent your eating, open your mind before you open your mouth.  Put differently, to reinvent yourself reinvent your eating. Here's the foreword from Donald Altman, the author of One-...
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Aug.16.2012
Blank page beckons with meaning. An empty promise full of possibilities.   Lyrics distract with prefab meaning. But Her Majesty Synergy (of consciousness and music) surprises: A possibility of a discovery of an insight looms large…   Time elapses (as “it” always does).   “Legless...
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Aug.16.2012
“Ninety-eight percent of the atoms in the body change every year.  The atoms in the bones, which are apparently so solid and permanent, are completely exchanged every three months.  The body’s skin is new every month, the stomach lining every four days, the surface cells that contact...
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Jul.31.2012
You and I have a fundamentally different relationship to these words. I wrote them and you read them. In some ways, this is an unbridgeable gap.  But in some ways, there is no gap whatsoever.  Particularly, if you believe that reading is writing.
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Jun.18.2012
Mind is Skin  Made of skin, mind thinks like skin.  It is a fact of human embryonic development that CNS [Central Nervous System], the seat of human intelligence, begins as nothing more than involution (envagination) of ectoderm.  The ectoderm enfolds onto itself (through a...
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Jun.15.2012
In getting to know your essential self (in dis-identifying from what we are not), there are ten mirrors of identity to look into: The Mirror of Reflection (physical mirror) The Mirror of Others’ Minds, Approval, & Feedback ( social mirror ) The Mirror of Circumstance, Status, Rank, &...
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Jun.13.2012
Ego is not an anatomical structure.  It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray.  Ego is an informational structure.  That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.”  “The I” is “the information” that you...
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Jun.08.2012
There is a bumble bee in my basement, “attacking” the fluorescent lighting tubes.  He (she?) doesn’t understand that this light is not day-light.  He (she?) doesn’t understand that he (she?) is in my basement and not outside.  The bumble bee bangs and bangs against the light,...
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Jun.07.2012
Identity theft is when someone identifies themselves as you and steals your resources.  Identity giveaway is when you identify as someone else and surrender your sense of individuality and uniqueness. All identification with the external is a giveaway of your essence. The word “identity” comes...
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