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meditation and pain, undefeated mind.

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“Further, other research showed that when chronic pain patients were trained to reduce the activity in their anterior cingulate cortex by receiving real-time visual feedback from inside a functional MRI scanner, they were able to reduce their pain by as much as 50 percent without specifically intending pain reduction as their goal, offering evidence that conscious control of nonconscious brain activity is not only possible but also might represent another way to control pain.
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In addition to recommending meditation, she emphasized how chronic pain differs from acute pain; that unlike acute pain, chronic pain doesn’t represent harm.
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She stressed the need for him to abandon the short-term strategies he used to treat his pain, strategies that interfered with his ability to work (for example, remaining still or not going outside).”
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NFL:… Goodness,,, this is startling,,, steer your kid to baseball or golf….

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Kevin Turner, a former N.F.L. player who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has supported a settlement with the league. Credit Josh Ritchie for The New York Times
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Brain Trauma to Affect One in Three Players, N.F.L. Agrees
By KEN BELSONSEPT. 12, 2014
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The National Football League, which for years disputed evidence that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage, has stated in federal court documents that it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general population.
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The findings are a result of data prepared by actuaries hired by the league and provided to the United States District Court judge presiding over the settlement between the N.F.L. and 5,000 former players who sued the league, alleging that it had hidden the dangers of concussions from them.
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“Thus, our assumptions result in prevalence rates by age group that are materially higher than those expected in the general population,” said the report, prepared by the Segal Group for the N.F.L. “Furthermore, the model forecasts that players will develop these diagnoses at notably younger ages than the generation population.”
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The statements are the league’s most unvarnished admission yet that the sport’s professional participants sustain severe brain injuries at far higher rates than the general population. They also appear to confirm what scientists have said for years: that playing football increases the risk of developing neurological conditions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can be identified only in an autopsy.
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“This statement clears up all the confusion and doubt manufactured over the years questioning the link between brain trauma and long-term neurological impairment,” said Chris Nowinski, the executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, who has for many years pressured the league to acknowledge the connection between football and brain diseases. “We have come a long way since the days of outright denial. The number of former players predicted to develop dementia is staggering, and that total does not even include former players who develop mood and behavior disorders and die prior to developing the cognitive symptoms associated with C.T.E.”
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Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the N.F.L., declined to comment and referred questions to a lawyer representing the league, Brad Karp.

Karp said that the actuaries had based their findings on medical diagnoses reported by the players who sued the league, so the findings were inflated.

“The methodology was purposely designed to err on the side of overestimating possible injuries to ensure that adequate funds would be available to pay all awards, under the then-capped settlement structure,” Karp said in an email. “The actuaries’ models do not reflect a prediction of the number of players who will suffer injuries. They are intended to show the court that even if unexpectedly high numbers of players were injured, there still would be sufficient money to pay the claims.”

The actuarial numbers were released for the first time on Friday by the N.F.L. and representatives of retired players who are suing the league. They formed the basis of the financial calculations used by both sides when they agreed last year to establish a pool of $675 million to cover injuries and diseases linked to head trauma that the players sustained during their careers.
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Continued in response..
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Form versus the “Void”?….

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Ayle Permata Sari
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From Buddhism now blog:
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“Form exists because the mind pro­duces it; void exists because of that which cannot be perceived.”
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Excerpt From: Musashi, Miyamoto. “A Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho).”
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“What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man’s knowledge. Of course the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.”
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Are they describing the mind being completely empty, focused brilliantly?
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Paradigm change: when we think about happiness or healing.

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Ayle Permata Sari
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Before I healed, when my triggers exploded frequently, I suffered and avoided life itself.
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Like all the others on the PTSD discussion boards, I waited till I felt my best to venture out into the world.
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My life had become a game of avoiding triggers, being fearful, well terrified and suffering.
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How did that work out?
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Agoraphobia, for six full long months was the result.
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That behavior sentenced me to suffer for a couple of years.
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Healing and happiness, now I find, are immediate and time is fleeting.
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Change that paradigm of healing or finding happy from the future to this next breath, that sentiment is far more accurate.
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Happiness,,, my opinion…Will you ever be Ready?

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Ayle Permata Sari
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Get ready, now, on this next breath!!
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miss it?
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Not ready?
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When will you ever be, then?
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this next breath?
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Remember worry has to be gone.
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Ready yet?
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Life happens quickly, doesn’t it?
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Woman in her twenties discovers that she was born without a cerebellum.. She found out when she checked herself into the hospital because of a bad case of nausea.

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By Arielle Duhaime-Ross on September 11, 2014 04:25 pm
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“A woman living in China’s Shandong Province got a bit of a surprise recently when doctors at the Chinese PLA General Hospital told her that her brain was missing one of the most important centers for motor control: the cerebellum. She had initially checked herself into the hospital because of a bad case of dizziness and nausea, New Scientist reports.
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ONLY NINE OTHER SUCH CASES IN THE WORLD, AND MOST DIED EARLY ON.
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The cerebellum is a small portion of the brain located at the back of the skull. But don’t be fooled by its size; it actually contains half of the brain’s neurons. And, unsurprisingly, having a missing cerebellum — cerebrospinal fluid was found in its place — caused quite a few problems for this woman over the course of her life. For one thing, her speech was slurred until age six, and she only began to walk at age seven. Moreover, she has had trouble maintaining her balance her entire life.
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There have only been nine other such cases in the world and most died early on, so the fact that this woman has made it to adulthood – and is doing reasonably well — is pretty astounding. Doctors will undoubtedly want to study her further to find out how her brain adapted to the exclusion so quickly (it’s likely that the cortex took over for the missing mass). The results of her initial examination, however, are already available in the journal Brain.”
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99% have no clue about “Happy”, “Happiness”

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Ask five people “What is real happiness”, how do we get it?
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No clue will be the answer, whether you get an answer or not.
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Look at our society, our culture, what we advertise as being part of happiness, very troubling.
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What consitutes a happy life for you?
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Do you think worrying can coexist with happiness?
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