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An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

For self-preservation, the brain is designed to be hyper-sensitive to situations which, objectively viewed, are dangerous. That’s why when we suddenly see flames, no matter what else we may be doing, all we want to do at that moment is run out of the building.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends)

What will dramatically change the field of cancer treatment is the focus on the genetics of the cancer. In the near future, the main approaches to cancer treatment will involve 1) targeting the cancer-producing genes or 2) stimulating the patient’s immune system to create antibodies to fight off the cancer.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

Antibiotics save countless lives but they also kill beneficial bacteria along with disease-causing bacteria. The destruction of beneficial bacteria is related to the dramatic increase in certain illnesses: Crohn’s disease, asthma, allergies, celiac disease, Type 1 diabetes, and obesity.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

Pain is a brain phenomenon, and stress turns up the pain signals in the brain. It’s a bit like turning up the volume on a radio. Stress reduction techniques like meditation are so helpful because they turn down the pain signals in the brain.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Scientific research shows that meditation, by improving our body’s handling of stress, not only slows the aging process but, in some instances, reverses it. We now have a readily available way of measuring the effect of meditation on the aging process.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

I think Paramhansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda would say that our DNA is the physical manifestation of our karma. In other words, we have the genetic material that best fits the karma we need to work out in this particular lifetime.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

We live in a culture where eating far too much sugar is very easy to do. Excessive consumption of sugar can cause oxidative stress to the brain, which causes slower thinking and poor concentration and memory.

An Interview with Nayaswamis Savitri and Sudarshan (Spiritual Development)

When the motor scooter bucked, my body was launched into the air. Witnesses said I did at least one cartwheel, but I only remember a blur. I believe my right leg folded up under me as I hit the pavement with my full body weight. Then I rolled lengthwise several times until I was lying face up on the grass by the roadside.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)

Spiritually, the most important attitude for a healer is a constant awareness that God is the source of the healing power. There is also the need for reverent devotion to God and Guru because if you pray and ask the Masters to guide you, they will protect you from all negative influences, especially any tendency to become egoic.

An Interview with Brahmacharini Brindey (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)

When I “came to” I realized to the core of my being that all I needed to do was accept the gift of sobriety and say YES to it and to life, and God would take care of the rest!

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

When you add to his prolonged coma his well-documented lack of brain function, then Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience, discussed in his book, “Proof of Heaven,” becomes the perfect scenario to illustrate the reality of near-death experiences.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

We now have solid scientific research explaining how the biological changes triggered by stress undermine the immune system’s function. There is also recent scientific research which shows that meditation is an important safeguard against stress-related diseases and that it can produce effects equal to standard medications.

An Interview with Nayaswami Parvati (Spiritual Development)

Outward change has been a constant in my life since I was a child. My family moved seven times before I was ten years old, and four more times when I was in high school.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

The most promising new treatment is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a type of therapy that sends short bursts of highly focused magnetic energy pulses to the areas of the brain affected by depression.

An Interview with Alex Forrester (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Vaastu is the science of bringing Spirit into physical manifestation in the form of a building. A building designed and constructed according to Vaastu principles becomes “alive” with prana or life force. The building functions much like a radio that can only receive and transmit beneficial energies, and cosmic energy bathes the entire building.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Scientific knowledge is at the point where we now understand that many physical properties of the universe had to be exactly right for human life to exist. Today there are so many examples of these unique “life-friendly properties” that science can no longer dismiss all of them as mere chance or coincidence.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Yoga and Science)

There’s a considerable body of research showing that music can have healing effects for certain physical and mental disorders. In fact, music therapy is a widely recognized form of treatment for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, and weakened immunity.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)

Because the authors included in their book studies of a wide range of different religions, they were able to show that the positive effects of religious beliefs and practices on the brain are not tied to any specific religion or belief system.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)

As devotees, we always need to keep in mind that God-realization is our highest priority. And God may want us to work with our health in a way that differs from our personal inclinations.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

As devotees, the pitfall is to decide that we have only so much energy—and no more. Just when I think I’ve done everything I can do, Divine Mother often says, “But there’s so much more you can do,” and then shows me that’s true.

An Interview with Bharat Cornell (Spiritual Practices)

When I was five-years-old, I was in my backyard and looking intently upward into a thick fog when all of a sudden, bursting through a gap in the fog, came a flock of pearl-white snow geese. Seeing the snow geese thrilled me deeply, and ever since I’ve wanted to immerse myself in nature.

An Interview with Ananta McSweeney (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

To activate the law of success, we needed to remain open to what God was trying to teach us and attune to His will, not our personal desires.

An Interview with Mangala Loper-Powers (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)

Years ago, I discovered that one of my biggest challenges as a nurse was attachment to the person I was serving, and also to my role as a caring professional. My first awareness of this came when I found myself in tears because I was unable to be present at the childbirth of a favorite patient.

An Interview with Richard Dayanand Salva (Spiritual Development)

After reading what Yogananda said about Lincoln and Lindbergh, I began to do a little research.Then, one day, I felt inspired to do a more in-depth investigation.

An Interview with James Prakash Van Cleave (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

I grew up on a farm, and my training and inclination have always been to take care of the land.

An Interview with Paul Nakula Cryer (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

When I arrived at Ananda, everything I owned was in a backpack made out of a used gunnysack.

An Interview with Sharon Taylor (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

I always wanted to do hospice work. I felt that there was something here for me to learn.

An Interview with Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Today there are two conflicting ideas about where all the tumultuous change in our present-day world is leading.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Practices)

Healing depends on the power of the healer and the receptivity of the patient. The process of powerfully affirming health increases a person’s receptivity to the healing process.

An Interview with Nitai Deranja (Spiritual Development)

The age of the child makes a big difference. Children from 6 to 12 are wide open and very vulnerable emotionally, so at our school we shield them as much as possible from the storms and extremes of life.