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Interoception is our capacity to witness and feel the environment inside ourselves, from muscular tension to the beat of our heart , from the rhythm of the breath to the relative fullness of our stomach; from the soft, calm of relaxation and laughter, to the tense rigidity of fear and anxiety. Since inner sensations can […]
by Marlysa B. Sullivan1*, Matt Erb2, Laura Schmalzl3, Steffany Moonaz4, Jessica Noggle Taylor5 and Stephen W. Porges6,7 1Integrative Health Sciences, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, United States, 2The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, DC, United States, 3College of Science and Integrative Health, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA, United States, 4Director of […]
by Chantal Villemure,1,2,*† Marta Čeko,1,3,† Valerie A. Cotton,1,3 and M. Catherine Bushnell1,2,4 1National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA 2Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 3Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 4Department of Anesthesia, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada Edited by: Laura Schmalzl, University of California […]
The central mystery of human life is consciousness: the relationship between mind and body, the origin and process of subjective experience. These questions remain confounding, but this is not to say we have not come a long way. While we are by all accounts humbled in the face of both the brain’s extraordinary complexity and […]
by Hong‑Xing Wang1, Yu‑Ping Wang1,2 1Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China 2Center of Epilepsy, Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders, Laboratory of Brain Disorders, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, China Introduction The latest research showed that changes in gut microbiota could affect the brain’s physiological, behavioral, and cognitive functions.[1‑5] In 2013, […]
Each time someone takes a deep breath, they are using their physiology to overcome the residual effects of trauma and stress. When they move with awareness, connecting consciousness with movement, they invite a present moment experience, and challenge their habitual patterns of thought and experience. The science of yoga makes the most of these built-in […]
by Mahiuddin Ahmed, PhD,* Shakeel Modak, MD,* and Sonia Sequeira, PhDw Summary Nonpharmacologic, mind-body interventions are used to reduce anxiety in pediatric patients. Anti-ganglioside GD2 monoclonal antibody (anti-GD2 MoAb 3F8) therapy is the standard of care for high-risk neuroblastoma and pain is its major side effect. We performed a retrospective analysis of children undergoing anti-GD2 […]
by Joseph J. Loizzo,a Leslie J. Blackhall,b and Lobsang Rapgayc aAssistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion, Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies; Founder and Director, Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, New York, New York, USA bAssociate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medical Education, University of […]
We are in exciting times with psychedelic medicines.  In the last decade, research has resumed with FDA  approved  studies involving MDMA and psilocybin (mushrooms).  With Phase 3 studies beginning now, the potential for prescription of MDMA and psilocybin in the early 2020s looms large. And available now is the potent dissociative anesthetic ketamine which has […]
Past research has demonstrated to the ability of psychedelics to enhance suggestibility, and pointed to their ability to amplify perception of meaning. This paper examines the existing evidence for the meaning-enhancing properties of psychedelics, and argues that the tendency of these agents to enhance the perception of significance offers valuable clues to explaining their reported […]
The changes a woman’s body undergoes through her lifetime create natural rites of passage; each one offers an opportunity for spiritual growth. What does a woman’s biology have to teach about her spiritual path? What might a woman’s spirit be trying to teach her through her biology? There are many ways to understand the relationship […]
Graduate Theological Union Excerpted from Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks Reprinted with Permission of Publisher. © Kenneth Rose, 2016, 2018, Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks, Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.   Preface: Setting the Scene for Tarka Readers  In the first selection from my […]

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