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Here. But that said, there is plenty of flim flam out there. Like this:

For every Silicon Valley executive who takes a mindfulness workshop, there might well be someone less privileged — say, a renter in San Francisco who is being forced out of her apartment by Silicon Valley money buying up the city’s real estate — who thinks, “Well, if those are the people that Buddhism is appealing to and the places Buddhist teachers are doing their teaching, then I don’t think I have a place in that practice.” For every person who is convinced by the claims of scientific validity to try meditation, maybe there are others who think, “This sounds just too good to be true. In fact, it doesn’t sound true at all.” And in both cases, they would have good reason to be put off by Buddhist practice, reasons every bit as good as those put forth by the mindfulness movement to promote their form of stealth Buddhism. In fact, to us, their reasons might be better.

There also is timidity among leaders in the Buddhist community who see the folly of the mindfulness movement, but are reluctant to speak up. They express their doubts privately, but as yet there are few who have spoken out publicly. Maybe they don’t want to criticize their friends and colleagues. Maybe they are hoping some of the benefits of the mindfulness boom will come their way. Whatever the case, up to now, raising questions about the mindfulness movement — and a lot of questions are being raised — is happening mainly not by Buddhist leaders but by the rank-and-file community.

See also: If the mindfulness craze is really so cool, why did Anders Breivik use it? Meditation techniques can help stressed-out executives, but they are open to abuse.

Materialism Ought to be Judged as Much by the Ignorance It Demands as by the Knowledge It Purports to Afford - Michael Egnor - December 6, 2014 Excerpt: Materialism, properly understood, purports to afford knowledge, but its salient contribution to modernity is the ignorance it demands. Materialism is a denial of reality. It's an impoverished superstition, hardly more than magical thinking. Materialism is an amalgam of unexamined presuppositions, delusions of explanatory relevance, smug scientism, self-refuting pretense, and witless non-sequiturs posing as "scientific" conclusions. The fact is that the world is plainly more than atoms in the void and man is plainly more than an evolved meat machine. Our beliefs and judgments and insight -- all that make us human -- are immaterial, and it is obvious that transcendent purpose permeates nature.,,, http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/12/materialism_oug091771.html Acts 17:23-29 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.,,, ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring. “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. bornagain77
If the mindfulness craze is really so cool, why did Anders Breivik use it?
If Catholicism is so cool, why did Torquemada and the Crusaders believe it? Good grief, Denyse. keith s
The reason why I am very wary of the Buddhist spin that people are trying to put on mindfulness studies is because, out of my research on non-Judeo-Christian Near Death Experiences(NDEs), I've found that the Buddhist's NDEs are the most unpleasant ones in foreign cultures that I've come across,,,
Near-Death Experiences in Thailand - Todd Murphy: Excerpt:The Light seems to be absent in Thai NDEs. So is the profound positive affect found in so many Western NDEs. The most common affect in our collection is negative. Unlike the negative affect in so many Western NDEs (cf. Greyson & Bush, 1992), that found in Thai NDEs (in all but case #11) has two recognizable causes. The first is fear of 'going'. The second is horror and fear of hell. It is worth noting that although half of our collection include seeing hell (cases 2,6,7,9,10) and being forced to witness horrific tortures, not one includes the NDEer having been subjected to these torments themselves. http://www.shaktitechnology.com/thaindes.htm Near Death Experience Thailand Asia - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8M5J3zWG5g Near-Death Experiences in Thailand: Discussion of case histories By Todd Murphy, 1999: Excerpt: We would suggest that the near-constant comparisons with the most frequently reported types of NDEs tends to blind researchers to the features of NDEs which are absent in these NDEs. Tunnels are rare, if not absent. The panoramic Life Review appears to be absent. Instead, our collection shows people reviewing just a few karmically-significant incidents. Perhaps they symbolize behavioral tendencies, the results of which are then experienced as determinative of their rebirths. These incidents are read out to them from a book. There is no Being of Light in these Thai NDEs, although The Buddha does appear in a symbolic form, in case #6. Yama is present during this truncated Life Review, as is the Being of Light during Western life reviews, but Yama is anything but a being of light. In popular Thai depictions, he is shown as a wrathful being, and is most often remembered in Thai culture for his power to condemn one to hell. Some of the functions of Angels and guides are also filled by Yamatoots. They guide, lead tours of hell, and are even seen to grant requests made by the experient. http://www.shaktitechnology.com/thaindes.htm Near-Death Experiences Among Survivors of the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake (Chinese) Excerpt: Our subjects reported NDE phemenological items not mentioned, or rarely mentioned in NDE's reported from other countries: sensations of the world being exterminated or ceasing to exist, a sense of weightlessness, a feeling of being pulled or squeezed, ambivalence about death, a feeling of being a different person, or a different kind of person and unusual scents. The predominant phemenological features in our series were feeling estranged from the body as if it belonged to someone else, unusually vivid thoughts, loss of emotions, unusual bodily sensations, life seeming like a dream, a feeling of dying,,, These are not the same phemenological features most commonly found by researchers in other countries. Greyson (1983) reported the most common phemenological feature of American NDE's to be a feeling of peace, joy, time stopping, experiencing an unearthly realm of existence, a feeling of cosmic unity, and a out of body experience. http://www.newdualism.org/nde-papers/Zhi-ying/Zhi-ying-Journal%20of%20Near-Death%20Studies_1992-11-39-48.pdf
Thus, whilst I am very happy that these mindfulness studies are finally waking people up to the fact that they have a spiritual/soulful side to themselves that has been much too neglected, I am also very concerned that people will be misled into the false religion of Buddhism.
The Easter Question - Eben Alexander, M.D. - March 2013 Excerpt: More than ever since my near death experience, I consider myself a Christian -,,, Now, I can tell you that if someone had asked me, in the days before my NDE, what I thought of this (Easter) story, I would have said that it was lovely. But it remained just that -- a story. To say that the physical body of a man who had been brutally tortured and killed could simply get up and return to the world a few days later is to contradict every fact we know about the universe. It wasn't simply an unscientific idea. It was a downright anti-scientific one. But it is an idea that I now believe. Not in a lip-service way. Not in a dress-up-it's-Easter kind of way. I believe it with all my heart, and all my soul.,, We are, really and truly, made in God's image. But most of the time we are sadly unaware of this fact. We are unconscious both of our intimate kinship with God, and of His constant presence with us. On the level of our everyday consciousness, this is a world of separation -- one where people and objects move about, occasionally interacting with each other, but where essentially we are always alone. But this cold dead world of separate objects is an illusion. It's not the world we actually live in.,,, ,,He (God) is right here with each of us right now, seeing what we see, suffering what we suffer... and hoping desperately that we will keep our hope and faith in Him. Because that hope and faith will be triumphant. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eben-alexander-md/the-easter-question_b_2979741.html
Of related note: If scientists want to find the source for the supernatural light which made the "3D - photographic negative" image on the Shroud of Turin,,,
Turin Shroud Hologram Reveals The Words 'The Lamb' - short video https://vimeo.com/97156784
,,, I suggest they look to the thousands of documented Near-Death Experiences (NDE's) in Judeo-Christian cultures. It is in their testimonies that you will find mention of an indescribably bright 'Light' or 'Being of Light' who is always described as being of a much brighter intensity of light than the people had ever seen before.,,,
"Very often as they're moving through the tunnel, there's a very bright mystical light ... not like a light we're used to in our earthly lives. People call this mystical light, brilliant like a million times a million suns..." - Jeffery Long M.D. - has studied NDE's extensively
Verses and Music
Acts 26:13-15 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." The Police – Spirits in the Material World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq0KW-_48Cc&feature=player_detailpage#t=62s
Supplemental note: Former atheist Howard Storm's hellish Near Death Experience
The Near Death Experience of Howard Storm: Parts I & II- The Chains We Forge in Life/Rescue - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsyWGPoMiMI
"You don't have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body." --C.S. Lewis
I am impressed with mindfulness studies which show that meditation can have pronounced effects, not only on brain plasticity,,,
The Case for the Soul - InspiringPhilosophy - (4:03 minute mark, Brain Plasticity including Schwartz's work) - Oct. 2014 - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBsI_ay8K70
,,,but also on gene expression,,,
Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes, - December 10, 2013 Excerpt: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,” says Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain (IIBB-CSIC-IDIBAPS), where the molecular analyses were conducted.,,, the researchers say, there was no difference in the tested genes between the two groups of people at the start of the study. The observed effects were seen only in the meditators following mindfulness practice. In addition, several other DNA-modifying genes showed no differences between groups, suggesting that the mindfulness practice specifically affected certain regulatory pathways. http://www.tunedbody.com/scientists-finally-show-thoughts-can-cause-specific-molecular-changes-genes/ Genie In Your Genes excerpt: There are over 100 genes in your body that are activated by your thoughts, feelings and experiences http://www.genieinyourgenes.com/ How those marital rows can be bad for your health by JENNY HOPE – December 2005 Excerpt: Married couples who constantly argue risk damaging their health, according to a study. It found that marital rows can prolong the time it takes the body to heal itself after an injury. One argument alone can slow this process by a day. And the study claims that when married couples feel consistently hostile towards one another, the delay in the healing process can be doubled. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-370708/How-marital-rows-bad-health.html
,,,what should be needless to say, these results are the completely opposite result one would expect from the atheistic gene-centric neo-Darwinian (selfish gene) view of reality,,,
John Cleese – The Scientists – humorous video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M-vnmejwXo There's a Gene for That...Or Is There? - Denyse O'Leary - November 24, 2014 Excerpt: Thus we have heard about not only a "bad driver" gene, but a fat gene, "friends" gene, generosity gene, happiness gene, infidelity gene, liberal gene, pedophilia gene, psychopath gene, religion gene, "smother mother" gene, suicide gene, and violent media consumption gene, for starters. One researcher offers a model for a "religiosity" gene, warning that if such people reproduce, "the religiosity gene will eventually predominate despite a high rate of defection.",,, British geneticist Steve Jones points out that most human traits are influenced by so many genes that there is no likely systematic cause and effect: "We know of more than 50 different genes associated with height ... That has not percolated into the public mind, as the Google search for "scientists find the gene for" shows. The three letter word for -- the gene FOR something -- is the most dangerous word in genetics.",,, Similarly, on the controversial subject of genetics and intelligence (the "genius gene"), scientists used to estimate that about half a dozen genes affected it, then later upped the number to two hundred genes. Another estimate is about a thousand. One psychologist explained, "We can't find the effects of any individual genes that are large enough to seem worth worrying about." http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/11/theres_gene_for091421.html
But while I'm very impressed with these mindfulness studies that are very antagonistic to the materialistic/atheistic claims that we are merely our genes, I am very wary of the Buddhist spin that people try to put on these mindfulness studies,,,
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God!",,,

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