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Unformatted text preview: Confucius) The great secret of morals is love, or a going out of our own nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action or person, not our own. A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination (Shelley). • At the most fundamental level our nature is compassionate, and that cooperation, not conflict, lies at the heart of the basic principles that govern our human existence. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama • the social instincts lead an animal to take pleasure in the society of his fellows, to feel a certain amount of sympathy with them, and to perform various services for them… the greater strength of the social or maternal instincts than that of any other instinct or motive; for they are performed too instantaneously for reflection, or for pleasure or even misery might be felt. In a timid man, on the other hand, the instinct of self­preservation might be so strong, Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man • Dohhh • That (love) is like Homer Simpson Iggy Pop • Clothing make the Mark Twain – Hypnotizing chickens – Man; naked men – Have no standing – In society Research on contemplation Research on contemplation • Oman – Reductions in stress 19 weeks later – Increases in efficacy Meditation: Core principles Meditation: Core principles • Core Principles – Breathing – – – Awareness of sensations Awareness of mind Loving Kindness reduced cariovascular arousal, stimulation of vagus nerve Frontal control of limbic system, amygdala Emergence of narrative, meta cognition shift in asymmetry, challenge to cynicism, basis of gratitude, forgiveness Evidence: Matieu Ricard Evidence: Matieu Ricard • • • Brain lateralization Startle Argue with nasty professor Kabat­Zinn, Davidson, 2003 Kabat­Zinn, Davidson, 2003 • • • Software engineers...
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