True clinical depression, like most illness these days, is considered largely the fault of a bad toss of the dice. The entire edifice of standard treatment for depression rests upon the theory that depression results from a chemical imbalance within the brain, considered to be largely hereditary.
Recently, I got word of the passing of Brenda Dunne on June 16. She transitioned peacefully after a short illness and, in the words of her son, Jeff, had decided that it was time to move onto her ‘next great adventure.’
In the late 1990s Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Wisconsin’s Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, flew eight of the Dalai Lama’s most seasoned meditators to his lab in Wisconsin. There, Davidson attached hundreds of EEG sensors to each monk’s scalp in order to record electrical activity during meditation from a large […]
One of the most basic assumptions about intention is that it operates according to a generally accepted sense of cause and effect: the cause must always precede the effect. If A causes B, then A must have happened first. This assumption reflects one of our deepest beliefs, that time is a one-way, forward-moving progression.
Many years ago I read an article in Esquire by Nora Ephron entitled ‘Dealing with the, uh, Problem,’ about the early days of the feminine-hygiene spray business. Ephron was investigating how Alberto-Culver managed to convince women, as a rival company had done in its advertising that her “trickiest deodorant problem isn't under her pretty little […]
Three weeks ago, Bryan and I became grandparents. My eldest daughter and her husband have just had the most gorgeous little baby girl and like any new grandparents, we are walking around like this is the first time it has ever happened to anyone anywhere in the world.