I was reading the posts I never posted for fear of what it might mean.
I was so willingly blind. I want to be happy now. Not, in a distant, faraway, eventual future. I see now. How blind I was. How infinitely more I gave. And how much better I am. I deserve better, too. You don’t see who someone…
Damn I feel you.
When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something is supposed to be. You’re denying how it is. Then you see it’s the expectations of your own mind that are creating your own hell.
When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought it would be, examine the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you. You’ll see that a lot of your emotional suffering is created by your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to allow it to be as it is.
Turning off the mind could be as easy as flicking a switch.
That’s what doctors at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., inadvertently discovered while evaluating a 54-year-old woman with epilepsy. The researchers realized that by using electrodes to deliver tiny jolts of electricity to a particular region of the woman’s brain, they could control her consciousness almost as if they had an on-off switch.
While neurologists have in the past used electrodes to evaluate the function of various brain regions, this was the first time such a reaction had been observed.
Dr. Mohamad Koubeissi and his team observed the phenomenon while mapping electrodes implanted in the woman’s brain as part of an attempt to determine the origin of her seizures. They activated the electrodes one by one, sending a pulse of electricity to various brain areas. When they stimulated a sheet-like area of neurons called the claustrum, Koubeissi noticed something odd: rather than responding to commands, the woman was just staring blankly into space.
"The patient had a complete arrest of volitional behavior," Koubeissi told The Huffington Post, adding that when they stopped stimulating the region, "she had absolutely no idea what had happened."
To confirm that the patient had indeed lost consciousness rather than just temporarily losing her ability to talk and move, the team asked the patient to repeat a word and snap her fingers before the stimulation began. Each time the electrode was turned on, the team observed the same result — the woman slowly lost consciousness and became unable to recall what had just happened.
"Whatever we stimulated is a key component in the networks that constitute consciousness," Koubeissi told HuffPost Science.
Koubeissi said he’d like to do more research on this brain region but acknowledged that that’s difficult to do because implanting electrodes into the brain solely for the purpose of research is out of the question unless a specific clinical trial has been approved.
Koubeissi said he hoped to do similar studies on other patients with epilepsy who have electrodes implanted near the claustrum. In the meantime, he’s using the knowledge he’s gained from the case study to investigate whether stimulation of the claustrum, or a neighboring region, reduces seizures in animals.
The research was published online and is scheduled for publication in the August 2014 issue of Epilepsy & Behavior.
The Full Moons for summer will be Super Moons. This is when the Moon can appear up to 5 times bigger than normal. It not only looks beautiful but has many effects on Earth too, the tidal force is up to 18% greater than normal and it also has an effect on animals and wildlife especially birds, wolves and ocean life.