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Lucid Awareness Gives Incredible Insight Into Human Consciousness
July 30, 2012 | Consciousness | A.McCarthy
Identifying the areas of the brain that help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who can become aware of dreaming during sleep. These dreamers are giving insight into the neural basis of human consciousness.

Earth Remains on a Collision Course With Disaster If Trends Are Not Reversed
July 12, 2012 | Sustainability | Editor
Despite the ever-louder drumbeat for sustainability and global efforts to advance environmental initiatives, Earth remains on a collision course with "unprecedented levels of damage and degradation." That's according to a new assessment that includes UC Santa Barbara researchers among its authors.

Meditation Success Relies on Techniques That Are Comfortable Rather Than Popular
July 6, 2012 | Consciousness | Editor
New to meditation and already thinking about quitting? You may have simply chosen the wrong method. A new study published online July 7 inExplore: The Journal of Science and Healinghighlights the importance of ensuring that new meditators select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular.

Don't Be Afraid To Reflect or Daydream -- It's Critical For Health and Well-Being
July 3, 2012 | Consciousness | M.Torres
Many have speculated that our consciousness is activated during daydreaming. Past research has shown that the brain seems to contain a "default mode" in which certain regions become more active at rest. While moments for reflection may be hard to come by, a new study suggests that the long-lost art of introspection -- even daydreaming -- may be an increasingly valuable part of socioemotional functioning.

I Am
July 2, 2012 | Consciousness | B.Kim
I've long believed that our greatest power is the ability to choose our thoughts. Being a father of two young boys, I'm not in the same peaceful warrior-like state that I consistently embodied when I was in my mid to late 20's. Still, despite having few opportunities to be alone with a clear blue sky, I have this visceral memory of how blissful it can be to choose a stream of compassionate and grateful thoughts.


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