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Is Training the Brain Beneficial?

By · March 6, 2009 · Filed in Awareness, Balance, Habits, Intention · No Comments »

Can playing video games at the end of a dull day really be the start of a better brain?

It seems these days more and more people are flocking to their local gaming store to pick up a copy of the latest game designed to train your brain.  But does all that data add up to increased brain health? A recent study has people second-guessing the benefits of brain-train.

It seems that spending too much money on “brain trainers” to maintain mental agility may not be a very good idea anymore, for a new study suggests that the benefits such gadgets provide are almost the same as can be obtained by doing a crossword or surfing the Internet. 

Experts employed by a consumer group, known as Which?, say that there is no scientific evidence to prove that brain-training devices can help improve memory or stave off the risk of illnesses like dementia. 

Gadgets like the Nintendo DS, which are endorsed by actress Nicole Kidman and singer Cheryl Cole, are very popular these days. However, the experts behind the study insist that much of the evidence supporting the claims is “weak” and that in some cases other activities, such as playing standard computer games, can have the same effect. 

The gadgets whose claims were examined by the scientific experts included Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, Mindfit, and Lumosity. “If people enjoy using these games, then they should continue to do so – that’s a no-brainer. But if people are under the illusion that these devices are scientifically proven to keep their minds in shape, they need to think again,” the Guardian quoted Martyn Hocking, editor of Which?, as saying. 

The members of the panel were asked to try the brain training products for a month. One of the experts, Dr Adrian Owen, assistant director at the Medical Research Council’s cognition and brain sciences unit in Cambridge, said of the research involving one group: “If they’d been asked to play Space Invaders for a month and improved at it – as surely they would – would we have concluded this was a beneficial form of brain training? Probably not.” 

So what is the final verdict on whether games are good or bad for the brain? Well unfortunately the jury is still out on this one. If you have a current game that you enjoy, that keeps you engaged and excited then by all means continue to play. However, if you think that keeping your Nintendo DS by your bedside might lead to some brain-training by osmosis then you better think again.

You can read the full article at The Times of India by clicking on this link here:

Manifesting Police Leniency

By · December 3, 2008 · Filed in Awareness, Habits, Intention, Manifesting · 1 Comment »

You are manifesting 24/7, 365 days a year whether you want to or not. You are manifesting 24/7, 365 days a year whether you believe it or not. You are attracting to you, by effort of your dominant thoughts, the situations and circumstances of your life, good, bad or indifferent. Many people view manifestation as something they are responsible for in good times only. What this means is that if there is a favorable outcome, then people tend to take responsibility for it, versus when the outcome is less desirable, then all of a sudden they forget who is in charge of manifesting.

When good things happen we like to take credit, but when things go wrong we are often tempted to dodge our accountability. Take for instance a recent trip I made to my mothers to pick up some things. After leaving my mothers and heading home I noticed that a lot of police vehicles were on the road. In two seperate instances I witnessed the police utilize u-turns to chase down their culprits. It made me think to myself “wow, the boy’s in blue are sure out in full force tonight!” as I continued the 35-minute drive home.

Just as I reached the half-way point I came across a very hard driving decision. I was doing about 10-15km over the posted speed limit when the light about 200 yards in front of me turned yellow. Being caught in one of those “grey” areas, one that doesn’t offer a clear cut solution, I was forced to decide whether to run the light or slam on my brakes and potentially skid through the intersection. Considering that it was very late at night and the limited number of vehicles on the road I decided to speed up and try and make the light before it turned completely red.

As I cruised through the intersection I thankfully noted that there were no vehicles and it helped me feel like I made the right decision. I continued on my route for another few minutes until I was distracted by the horn and siren of a police car in my rear-view mirror. I immediately pulled over to allow the vehicle to pass me but when they didn’t go around me I knew it was I whom they wanted. I pulled over at the next intersection, shut off the lights and turned off the car.

Two officers approached the vehicle and the first officer asked me where I was going and where I was coming from.  I replied to him that I was heading home from visiting my moms. He then asked the inevitable question “do you know why I pulled you over tonight?” upon which I replied “I have no idea”, which is recommended to everyone in such a situation. I think the only reason the cops ask you that question right up front is to allow you the opportunity to implicate yourself on charges that they weren’t yet aware of. Despite my apparent cluelessness, the officer very kindly reminded me that I had run a red light and that he had to speed (130km) just to catch up to me.

Uh oh… when you talk about manifestating something that you don’t want to take responsibility for this was definitely one of those not so good positions to be in. Afterall, who really consciously or deliberately admits to manifesting police officers to pull them over. Yet by the fact that this was what I was experiencing, it must be true. I wasn’t really aware of my “led foot” but since I was experiencing this reality I figured I must have been doing at least “something” to get their attention. Then I thought back to all the police cars that I seen on the way home, and wondered if it was my thinking about the cops that had actually gotten me pulled over.

I patiently sat in my car as the officer took my drivers license and registration information and went back to his vehicle. At this point I was resisting the desire to get upset with myself for speeding and running the light, and thankfully was able to center myself in the feeling of allowance, just being with the situation. At first I wanted to get angry at myself, then I wanted to get angry at the police, then I realized that this situation was all perfect, and that everything and everyone was on purpose. What happened the moment I truly let go of the situation was something I will not soon forget.

All of a sudden the officer came back up to my car and handed me my drivers licence and registration back, along with… not a single ticket, and instead a few words of wisdom and advice. The officer had decided to exercise lenience in this occasion and told me to keep the speed down and watch out for red lights. Wow… I couldn’t believe it! Somehow after letting go of the fact that I was about to get a ticket somehow the sitaution reversed itself for the better.

I really must applaud the officer for exercising his right to be lenient. The officer clearly had the right to write up a traffic voilation but opted to use leniency instead to enforce his point. I’m unsure about the exact reasons why the officer decided to do that, but I truly believe that it had to do with my letting go. I truly believe that had I fought the fact that I was pulled over from the beggining I would have walked away with at least two tickets.

In situations where you attract something in your life that is not truly desireable the trick is to be present with it and not allow it to affect the decisions you make in the moment. The more you can “just be” with any feeling, place, person or situation that you manifest, the better position you put yourself in to create a solution or to move forward from that point. Manifestation happens, sometimes for the better, other times for the seemingly worse. The more that you “own up to” all the things you attract in your life the more power you weld over the manifestations in your world.