Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What are the brain frequencies?


Electrical instruments (electroencephalographs) are commonly used by medical people to evaluate mental states. These instruments measure the neuron firing rates of groups of brain cells.  These firing rates are commonly thought to control mental states.  Beta, alpha, theta and delta are terms that medicine uses to indicate the rates of brain cell firing and the corresponding mental states associated with them.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Burning Quality of Wood

Oak logs will warm you well, that are old and dry
Logs of pine will sweetly smell, but the sparks do fly
Birch logs burn too fast, chestnut not at all
Hawthorn logs are good to last, cut them in the Fall
Holly logs will burn like wax, you may burn them green
Elm logs like to smouldering flax, no flame can be seen
Beech logs for winter time, yew logs as well
Green elder logs, it is a crime, ro any man to sell
Pear logs and apple logs, they will scent your room
Cherry logs across the dogs, smell like flowers of broom
Ash logs, smooth and grey, burn them green or old
Buy them all that come your way, worth their weight in gold.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

From China to Porcelain

Porcelain, is today, so widely available and is such an every day commodity, that we could very easily overlook just how different it was. The West was introduced to oriental porcelain as early as the mid 15th century, when precious examples appeared in Lisbon, Portugal being the first to acquire trading rights from Imperial China. Prior to this, porcelain, both Chinese and Japanese, was seen in Europe as a mystical substance, with almost, magical properties, from a place that very few knew of, let alone, had been to. Most information was still based on the visit made by Marco Polo in 1275. One anecdotal story we have involves the last will and testament left by Queen Elizabeth the 1st, who died in 1603. Listed among the Queens personal effects was a little Chinese porcelain tea bowl, no doubt produced during the Ming dynasty, probably around 1550.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Why The Best Meditation Requires Feedback by Carol E. McMahon

What do you gain from meditation? Consider what could be. Imagine a “world of peace and ease,” yours without changing a thing. Imagine perfect mental balance: “a balance of mind never upset by any event under the canopy of heaven.” Meditation holds promise of: “Great Liberation;” “Great Knowledge;” “Great tranquility.” Great promise however is rarely fulfilled.

Most who meditate gain rest and relaxation, and little more. The shortfall is due to a flaw in traditional methods. This flaw prevents the growth of practice skill, holding benefit to the beginner level. (Some get even less effective with practice.) Meditation’s flaw is the lack of feedback necessary for learning. Let me explain.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Druidry

The Greeks learnt much from the Celts, including philosophy - Aristotle considered the Druids to be the inventors of philosophy and were the world's greatest scholars with mathematical skills greater than those of Pythagoras who learnt his skills from them. Druids studied for twenty years, learning geography, history, astronomy, physics and theology and spoke Latin, Greek and Hebrew. It is also thought the made human sacrifice to placate the gods. Druids had an oral teaching and wrote nothing down so we have no first hand knowledge of them. They were bards, prophets and priests. Druid is a word that orginates, it is thought, from the Gaulish or Greek words for 'oak' and 'knowledge'. Pliny spoke about the Celtic priesthood as worshipping in sacred oak groves and conducting the cutting of mistletoe from the branches of the oak tree with great ceremony. The Druids were both male and female and were not only shaman priests, but also visionaries, judges, medical doctors, astronomers and keepers of personal and tribal histories. Julius Caesar describes them as a privileged caste who were exempt from paying taxes and military service. It is likely they believed in re-incarnation. An interest in Druidry was revived in Victorian times. If you would like to learn more about whatever is known of ancient Druidry, Victoriana or Modern Druidry, visit: https://druidnetwork.org/what-is-druidry/learning-resources/

Monday, January 9, 2017

Meditation from The Bald Priestess

A useful meditation that can be used each morning or evening to increase mindfulness, relaxation and wellbeing. Using a guided meditation which features the natural world, the mind can freewheel and enjoy the moment and the meditation leads to transformation, as a caterpillar becomes a crysalis and thn finally butterfly.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Change Your Brain, Up Your Study Game!

“I’m a poor at taking tests.” “I can’t focus.” “I don’t write very well.” But all these are really just labels that you have placed into your mind. The fact is your brain is not carved of stone; it’s a malleable organ. 'Neuroplasticity' is the word used to refer to the continual changes your brain makes based on your activities and experiences. We all have the ability to make healthy choices that could quite literally rewire your brain and alter its chemistry. Not convinced? Keep reading and maybe you’ll change your mind. Here’s our roundup of ways to change your brain for the better:

Winter Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine Recipe:








Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 1 litre dry red wine
  • 2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dessertspoon whole cloves
  • 1 dessertspoon whole allspice
  • 1 large piece orange rind (avoid the pith)
  • 1 large piece lemon rind (avoid the pith)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How Does Music Affect Our Body and Brain?

Music appears to be processed in the right hemisphere of the brain. The way we experience music also affects our nervous system.

There are different neurons that respond according to what kind of music is playing. Music can effect hormones, encourage the production of cortisol, testosterone, and oxytocin. Music can even trigger a release of endorphins. Beyond the biology and the actual responses of your body, there are definite responses of the mind as well. You're aware of how you feel when you listen to music, but how do you know that it's actually having any sort of effect on you? There is scientific evidence of the way it can affect your mind! It's clearly more than just a suspicion -- it's fact!