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How to Inspire Your Brain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2012

By Deepak Chopra, Co-author, ‘Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being’; founder, The Chopra Foundation

 GYI0000667336.jpgWe’ve entered a golden age for brain research, but all these new findings haven’t trickled down to the individual. Yet there are broad discoveries that make it possible to everyone to improve their brains. Let me state these succinctly:

• Your brain is constantly renewing itself.
• Your brain can heal its wounds form the past.
• Experience changes the bran every day.
• The input you give your brain causes it to form new neural pathways.
• The more positive the input, the better your brain will function.

In a new book, Super Brain, I and my co-author, Prof. Rudolf Tanzi of Harvard Medical School, expand upon the neuroscience behind these broad findings. The old view of the brain as fixed for life, constantly losing neurons and declining in function, has been all but abolished. The new brain is a process, not a thing, and the process heads in the direction you point it in. A Buddhist monk meditating on compassion develops the brain circuitry that brings compassion into reality. Depending on the input it receives, you can create a compassionate brain, an artistic brain, a wise brain, or any other kind.

However, as Prof. Tanzi and I see it, the agent that makes these possibilities become real is the mind. The brain doesn’t create its own destiny. Genetics delivers the brain in a functioning state so that the nervous system can regulate itself and the whole body. It doesn’t take your intervention to balance hormone levels, regulate heartbeat, or do a thousand other autonomic functions. But the newest part of the brain, the neocortex, is where the field of possibilities actually lies. Here is where decisions are made, where we discriminate, worship, assess, control, and evolve Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha’s Orphans: We’re All Connected in our Suffering

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2010

The Huffington Post By Samrat Upadhyay*

Like many writers at the start of their projects, I didn’t know what I was doing when I began writing my novel Buddha’s Orphans. I had the image of an infant abandoned in Kathmandu’s city park by his mother, who then jumps into a nearby pond. The time was not now; it was the old Kathmandu of the sixties, with its open spaces and its tiger-striped taxis. The picture in my mind was intriguing enough that I decided to pursue it. The novel soon evolved into a labyrinthal story with multiple characters and a historical canvas that stretched for decades. In the beginning I had thought that the orphan boy, Raja, was the central character, but as the writing progressed other characters emerged who were equally important. One of them was Kaki, the woman who raises Raja in the streets and who gets rejected by him. Another character, Nilu, turned out to be even more of a presence than Raja: it’s her resolve, her faith in Raja, and her concern and compassion for the downtrodden that sweeten the novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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