Contents

Chapter 1: The Predicament of Stress ………………………………………………15

  • The Predicament of Stress ………………………………………………………………..16
  • The Lure of Beliefs ……………………………………………………………………..18
  • The Inescapable Self …………………………………………………………………….19
  • Our Brain: A Divided House ……………………………………………………………….20
  • Search for a Lasting Solution …………………………………………………………….23
  • Access to the Power of Consciousness ………………………………………………………25
  • The Traditional Meditation ……………………………………………………………….28
  • Awareness Meditation …………………………………………………………………….29
  • The Possibility of Rewiring the Brain ……………………………………………………..30
  • Limits of Traditional Meditation ………………………………………………………….32

 

Chapter 2: Memory: The Prime Mover ……………………………………….………35

  • The Functional Modes of Memory ……………………………………………………….37
  • The Categories of Memory ………………………………………………………………….38
  • Impulses of Dynamic Images ………………………………………………………………40
  • The Edifice of Self on the Pillars of Memory …………………………………………..44
  • A Conditioning Factor ……………………………………………………………………….46
  • The Associative Nature ………………………………………………………………………47
  • The Pros and Cons of the Associative Quality ………………………………………..48
  • A Catalyst of Stress …………………………………………………………………………..49
  • Symbiosis With Intelligence ………………………………………………………………..51
  • The Virtues of Self-observation ……………………………………………………………53

 

Chapter 3: Thought: The Errand Boy ………………………………………………….55

  • Images and Verbal Symbols ……………………………………………………………….56
  • An Intelligent Order ………………………………………………………………………….59
  • The Errand Boy ………………………………………………………………………………. 61
  • An Element of Reflex and Rigidity…………………………………………………………64
  • Cognition and Creative Intelligence ………………………………………………………66
  • The Limits of Thought ………………………………………………………………………..69
  • The Perception of Reality …………………………………………………………………….71
  • Symbiosis With Emotions and Feelings ………………………………………………….74
  • The Role of Thought in Stress ………………………………………………………………76
  • A Culprit and Benefactor …………………………………………………………………….76

 

Chapter 4: Emotions and Feelings ……………………………………………………..78

  • Distinction Between Emotion and Feeling …………………………………………….79
  • Biological and Psychological Desires ……………………………………………………81
  • Conflict Between Emotion and Thought ……………………………………………….82
  • Evolutionary Schism …………………………………………………………………………83
  • The Creative Force Behind Relationships ………………………………………………86
  • Evolutionary Tools for Preserving Life …………………………………………………..88
  • Intelligence and Emotions. ……………………………………………………………….. 90
  • Role in Stress and Depression …………………………………………………………….93
  • Background Emotions and Feelings …………………………………………………….95
  • Anxieties and Worries ………………………………………………………………………..97
  • Background Anxieties and Worries ………………………………………………………99
  • Shaping Human Destiny …………………………………………………………………..100

 

Chapter 5: Consciousness ……………………………………………………. ………….103

  • The Question of Consciousness ………………………………………………………… 104
  • An Entity Without Thought and Memory …………………………………………..…107
  • The Conscious and Unconscious Mind……………………………………………….. 109
  • Cognition and Consciousness ……………………………………………………………112
  • The Mother of all Feelings …………………………………………………………………113
  • The Global Quality of Consciousness ………………………………………………….114
  • Memory and Consciousness ………………………………………………………………116
  • The Question of Self and Consciousness ……………………………………………..117
  • The Binding Problem ……………………………………………………………………….120
  • Enhanced Access to Consciousness ……………………………………………………124

 

Chapter 6: Expansion of Inner Awareness …………………………………………128

  • Widening the Horizon of Awareness ……………………………………………………130
  • The Limits of Positive Thinking ………………………………………………………….131
  • Awareness Meditation ………………………………………………………………………133
  • Diffusion of Intelligence …………………………………………………………………….134
  • The Traditions of Yoga—Benefits and Pitfalls ………………………………………..135
  • Precautions in Meditation …………………………………………………………………139
  • The Journey Within …………………………………………………………………………141
  • The Techniques of Awareness Meditation …………………………………………….141
  • Physical Aspects ……………………………………………………………………………..142
  • The Mental Process ………………………………………………………………………….146
  • The Hyperactive Brain ………………………………………………………………………147
  • Practical Guidelines ………………………………………………………………………… 149
  • Some Safeguards ……………………………………………………………………………..151

 

Chapter 7: Benefits of Awareness Meditation ……………………………………155

  • An Instrument of Inner Inquiry ………………………………………………………….156
  • The Ancient Origin …………………………………………………………………………..158
  • The Benefits of Meditation …………………………………………………………………160
  • Stress and Vitamin Deficiencies …………………………………………………………162
  • Stress and Accelerated Aging …………………………………………………………….163
  • Impact on Illnesses ………………………………………………………………………….166
  • The Neurology of Meditation ……………………………………………………………..167
  • The Advantages of Awareness Meditation ……………………………………………169
  • The Myth of Individualism ………………………………………………………………..170
  • Aristotelian Catharsis ………………………………………………………………………171
  • The Futility of Punching a Pillow ………………………………………………………..172
  • Meditative Catharsis ………………………………………………………………………..173
  • The Illusion of Dualism …………………………………………………………………….176
  • Purgation of Emotive Afflictions …………………………………………………………176

 

Chapter 8: Rewiring the Brain ………………………………………………………….179

  • A Gateway to the Unconscious ………………………………………………………….181
  • Blocking the Sensory Traffic ……………………………………………………………..182
  • The Gatekeeper ………………………………………………………………………………185
  • Strengthening the Brain’s Relay Station………………………………………………188
  • Rewiring the Brain ………………………………………………………………………….189
  • A New Order in the Brain …………………………………………………………………191
  • Enhancement of Innate Intelligence …………………………………………………..194
  • Tackling Emotive Preponderance ……………………………………………………….195
  • The Dangers of Mood-Enhancing Drugs ……………………………………………..197
  • Children and Meditation …………………………………………………………………..199
  • Adverse Effects of Meditation …………………………………………………………….201
  • Evolutionary Destiny ……………………………………………………………………….204

 

Chapter 9: A Second Brain and Anxieties …………………………………………208

  • The Second Brain …………………………………………………………………………..209
  • A Nerve Plexus and Meditation …………………………………………………………211
  • Diffusing Fear and Nervousness ……………………………………………………….214
  • Search for a Neural Basis ………………………………………………………………..215
  • Tackling Stress and Anxieties …………………………………………………………..218
  • Empirical Corroborations …………………………………………………………………222
  • Antidepressant Role of the Vagus Nerve ……………………………………………..225
  • The Nebulous Matter of Heart …………………………………………………………..228

 

Chapter 10: Sleep, Theta Brain Waves, and Meditation ……………………..231

  • Sleep Deficiency and Mortality Hazard ………………………………………………232
  • Evolutionary Payoff ………………………………………………………………………..233
  • The Sleep Cycles ……………………………………………………………………………234
  • Sleep and Meditation ……………………………………………………………………..235
  • Theta Rhythm and Memory …………………………………………………………….237
  • Learning and Attention …………………………………………………………………..239
  • Theta Rhythm and Holistic Perception ………………………………………………241
  • Theta Rhythm and Meditation ………………………………………………………..242
  • The Stuff of Dream ……………………………………………………………………….244
  • Meditation and Dreams …………………………………………………………………247

 

Index… ………………………………………………………………………………………….251