Photo by Caroline Grondin | https://tricy.cl/2HRxpaD Insight meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein explains how to treat consciousness as the object of meditation. By Joseph Goldstein It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here. It is important to make … Continue reading These Are Not “Your” Thoughts
Photo by stereohype/Getty The theory that the brain produces its own psychedelic compound provokes pop-culture enthusiasm and scientific controversy by Graham St John is an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is the executive editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. His latest book is Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (2015). Edited by Pam Weintraub Even Dr Gonzo, the hell-raising Samoan attorney in Hunter S Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), wouldn’t touch ‘extract of pineal’. That stuff was the limit: ‘One whiff of that shit would turn you into something out of a … Continue reading The spirit molecule
Are you awesome? Beyond reproach? Just amazing at everything you do? Uh, we have some bad news, man. by Joel Randell There is, of course, a dangerous line between self-confidence and arrogance — a line to which some people are patently oblivious, often to their detriment. The Ancient Greeks considered hubris such a dangerous character flaw that it was capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. And it was the book of Proverbs that coined the oft-quoted (albeit abbreviated) phrase, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The dangers of being overconfident are manifold: They can cause you … Continue reading The Dangerous Psychology of Believing Your Own Hype
Photo by zela_w http://tricy.cl/2eaQ0Vn Meditation tips for procrastinators and perfectionists By Kate Johnson It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here. I’ll just get a cup of tea first. Maybe sip it slowly, look out the window. Oh, … Continue reading Calming the Not Now Mind
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Azuma Hikari, the virtual home robot from Gatebox. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boost John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the author of the blog Philosophical Disquisitions. His latest book is Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (2017), co-edited with Neil McArthur. Edited by Nigel Warburton There is a heartbreaking scene in the middle of Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The hero of the movie, a replicant called K, lives a drab existence in a … Continue reading Embracing the robot
by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The first two pharmaceutical antidepressants were clinically introduced in the 1950’s, and the conditions they were supposed to treat would have at that time been found in about 50 to 100 persons per million. Today, some 13% of Americans now take antidepressants daily, even though we don’t yet understand the long-term effects of most psychotropic drugs. As research develops, however, it is becoming clear that the truth about antidepressants is far different from the rosy picture painted by pharmaceutical marketers,and biased or corrupt research journals. In a recent study conducted at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, … Continue reading NEW STUDY FINDS ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO BE “LARGELY INEFFECTIVE AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS”
by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) According to a study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels. Arginine is an amino acid that the body needs to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an immune defense and nervous system mediator. Additionally, nitric oxide is necessary for vascular regulation. The global arginine bioavailability ratio (GABR) is used to determine the body’s arginine levels and it was previously used to measure the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide. Decreased arginine bioavailability is also a recognized independent risk factor for heart diseases. The study, which was published in Journal of Affective Disorders, revealed that individuals who are … Continue reading Could depression be caused by an amino acid deficiency?