Monday, March 1, 2010


Dewey Web---Jamestown, NC

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” --Proverbs 3:3, BCE

“The portion of our brain that separates us from all other mammals is the outer undulated and convoluted cerebral cortex ...which is divided into two major hemispheres…Many of us speak about how our head (left hemisphere) is telling us to do one thing while our heart (right hemisphere) is telling us to do the exact opposite. Some of us distinguish between what we think (left hemisphere) and what we feel (right hemisphere)... Most of the different types of cells in our body die and are replaced every few weeks or months. However, neurons, the primary cell of the nervous system, do not multiply (for the most part) after we are born. That means that the majority of the neurons in your brain today are as old as you are. This longevity of the neurons partially accounts for why we feel pretty much the same on the inside at the age of ten as we do at age thirty or seventy-seven. The cells in our brain are the same, but over time their connections change based upon their/our experience…
--Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, 2009

“Experience for the nervous system involves the activation of neural firing in response to a stimulus. When neurons become active, their connections to each other grow and supportive cells and vasculature proliferate. This is how experience shapes neural structure…One hundred billion neurons are, on average, linked to each other via 10,000 synaptic connections, which are created by genes and sculpted by experience: Nature needs nurture.”
--Daniel J. Siegel, The Mindful Brain, 2007

“When we choose to act in loving ways, loving feelings begin to flow…the best way to cultivate a heart of gratitude is to give thanks in all circumstances. Likewise, the more we give, the more generous our hearts become. Generosity changes us, filling us with joy and filling our lives with blessings.”
--Adam Hamilton, Enough, 2009

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