Calm your Mind and Brain with a Mantra

  “Chanting a mantra at the beginning of your meditation helps you clear the mind and takes you deep within the self. Chanting a mantra at the end of meditation helps you seal the meditation. It helps you bring the awareness of the meditation down into your daily life.” – Rama   Mantras are a […]

Affect the Brain with Religious Chanting

Affect the Brain with Religious Chanting   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “According to a recent medical report, chanting Om has been associated with reducing stress. One of the biggest health benefits of Om chanting is that it brings down stress levels. It provides relief from anxiety and tension. Regular chanting ensures that you feel […]

Decrease Hypertension with Yoga Practice

Decrease Hypertension with Yoga Practice   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Yoga, when performed mindfully, can reduce this type of stress-induced hypertension, while addressing its underlying causes. It pacifies the sympathetic nervous system and slows down the heart, while teaching the muscles and mind to relax deeply.” – Marla Apt   High Blood […]

Different Types of Meditation Techniques Affect Neural Activity Differently

Different Types of Meditation Techniques Affect Neural Activity Differently   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “The picture we have is that mindfulness practice increases one’s ability to recruit higher order, pre-frontal cortex regions in order to down-regulate lower-order brain activity.” – Adrienne Taren   Meditation training has been shown to improve health and well-being. It has also […]

The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Concentration

The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Concentration   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Concentration relates closely to the final limb, mindfulness. Both are different forms of awareness, but of the two concentration is more deliberate and narrow, mindfulness broader, more spontaneous and more open and receptive.” – Clearvision   Mindfulness is an openness to […]

Psilocybin in Combination with Meditation Practice Improves Psychological Functioning

Psilocybin in Combination with Meditation Practice Improves Psychological Functioning   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “The ingestion of psilocybin, brought on “mystical” experiences that reduced illness-related anxiety and depression in nearly 80 percent of subjects studied in research trials.” – Andrew McCarron   Psychedelic substances have been used almost since the beginning of recorded history to alter consciousness […]

Let the Dharma Do You!

Let the Dharma Do You!   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “To truly be in the moment, to not be defined by expectation, requires mindful clarity; a heart conditioned by love, compassion, and empathetic joy for others; and equanimity that allows you to receive life however it unfolds. This can inspire and orient […]