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"What's my next thought?"

Postby bardobeing » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:48 pm

I find this to be an effective mindfulness exercise. One interesting thing I've noticed when I do it is when I'm in the midst of it, I feel like the thoughts are coming from the outside in vs. from inside out. In other words, not being generated by my brain, but coming into my brain. Does that make sense?
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Re: "What's my next thought?"

Postby snowheight » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:14 pm

I know what you mean. I like to practice ET's mousehole exercise ... an important part of it is to invite the next thought out of the mousehole because if you close off to them they bust down the door. :)
Stop talking. Hear every sound as background. Look straight ahead and focus. Take one deep breath. This is you. This is Now.
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Re: "What's my next thought?"

Postby Nameste » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:55 am

Here's a mind bender. Do you think the number of different thoughts that can enter a persons mind is finite, or infinite?
The number of stars in the universe is finite. The number of atoms in your body is finite. So what about the variety of thorughts?
I've pondered that one a while and I have no idea.
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Re: "What's my next thought?"

Postby ashley72 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:11 am

Nameste wrote:Here's a mind bender. Do you think the number of different thoughts that can enter a persons mind is finite, or infinite?
The number of stars in the universe is finite. The number of atoms in your body is finite. So what about the variety of thorughts?
I've pondered that one a while and I have no idea.


You might find this video really interesting. We have roughly 100 billion neurons within our brain, each neuron has around 10,000 connections. That is approximately 100 Trillion connections... a big number. Sebastian Seung is a leader in the new field of connectomics, currently the hottest space in neuroscience, which studies, in once-impossible detail, the wiring of the brain. Its a good presentation around 20 minutes long.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sebastian_seung.html

This is another really interesting video about the brain from the same website TED.

http://www.ted.com/talks/henry_markram_supercomputing_the_brain_s_secrets.html

and this one.... really amazing!

http://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_decharms_scans_the_brain_in_real_time.html
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