What Is Mind/Body Spirituality?

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It started by looking at the relationship between mind and body. But, then I realized, this mind is complicated. How do you even define the mind? The best definition of mind that I have heard, comes from UCLA psychotherapist Daniel Siegel who says it's a process, and it's a relation an embodied process that regulates the flow of energy and information in our bodies.

That's a mouthful, but actually when you begin to understand it, you do recognize that it's meaning more than anything else. If I say to somebody the stock market collapse, all your retirement money is gone. They have a biological response, right? The granular goes up their codicil goes up, their immune system shuts down for a while.

The platelets go sticky. Okay? All I've one is pick a sentence called the vibration of the timbanic membrane. I could produce the same vibration on a graph with bird song, with music or I love you, okay? And the message that goes to the nervous system, would be an electrical impulse and some neurochemistry in the brain.

There is absolutely no explanation for how meaning is processed in the brain. Because the level of energy is the same electrical impulse, it's the same mechanical vibration, it's the same neuron chemistry there. Where does meaning come from? There is no, this is in science we called this it's a hard question, okay.

We have no idea about subjective experience intuition inside imagination, creativity, choice making, free will. There is no making of how we imagine the future, or how we remember the past. In science, this is called the hard question, the soft question is easy. Oh yeah, when you have this experience, there is a neural representation but that doesn't tell me, how I experience, or where is feeling where is imagination, where is subjectivity? Now, only spiritual traditions even begin to address this.

When I talk to my scientist friends, they say, you know one day we'll figure it out. We will figure it out, we will figure out the problem of consciousnesses and they call it a problem. The reason why that might be a false premises, when you are looking at consciousness, consciousness is looking at consciousness that by definition the spiritual tradition say is the subjective experience, and any objective validation of that will at best be inferential.

I'm thinking consciousness is out there, and I'm trying to located in what I'm observing when the observer that's doing that. So, what you are looking for is the one who is doing the looking. This is where spiritual tradition say you've to combine your objective insights with your subjective experiences in contemplative inquiry, in meditation inside meditation, in the past nine mindfulness, so I started to do that, I started to say let me look at what science has to say, but let me look at wisdom traditions have to say, they are very profound, and you know they had a different methodology.

But, if we combine the two maybe we will have a little more understanding that's what I have done 35 years. We were realizing those that in the 35 years, that I was doing this intuitively there are people now who can do pet scans and functional MRI, neuro-plus CCT has exploded as a field, there's all these information on gene in determinsim mechanistic signs as to address big problems, huge problems which it assumes.

How do you answer the question of free will? Are we living in a deterministic mechanistic world? Because that's reduction in science will take when yet you and I convinced that we have choices it seems like that. We are convinced that somebody here having an experience so the questions aren't answered.

In fact, they're becoming even more difficult to answer.