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Meditation For The Day — The Absolute Need To Befriend Your Brain.

by Anura Guruge


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“Brain Meditation”: The Purest Form Of Meditation — My Latest Initiative.

by Anura Guruge


If you are even vaguely familiar with whom I am you may know that over the years I have, at various times, been an acknowledged expert on IBM networking, popes, comets and orgasms. I have also written books on all those topics (as well as about dwarf planets and asteroids). That I was able to master these diverse topics, without undue difficulty, had to do with a technique I started to practice over 40 years ago.

It all has to do with the relationship I have with my brain — rather than anything to do with ‘intelligence’. I do not consider myself an intellect. I have dealt with, worked with and lived with folks that were so much cleverer than I that I know the difference. So this technique is about cleverness. It is about getting the best of the IQ you already have. It is about getting the best from your brain. It is about creating a ONENESS between you and your brain.

About 3 years ago my son, the entrepreneur, suggested that I should document my technique. At that juncture I used to call it “Befriending Your Brain“. It is actually a VERY EASY technique to master and practice (which is why I was so successful with it). You do not have to devote any dedicated time in order to “do it”. It is all done, on-the-fly, in “timeshare” mode — while you do other things, like brushing your teeth, driving to work, ‘relieving yourself’, taking a walk.

Anywho, when I started writing the book — which is now finished — I realized that what I actually have is a meditation technique, a very powerful one at that. Brain Meditation. So let me please give you an initial preview.

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Happy New Year 2014 From Colombo, Sri Lanka — New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click to access YouTube video. Enjoy.

Click to access YouTube video. Enjoy.


Two more YouTube videos of Sri Lanka dawn of 2014 celebrations:
video 1 & video 2.

Happy New Year.

May 2014 be the year when all your dreams come true.

The best New Year’s resolution for 2014.

Enjoy.

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New Year Resolution For 2014 — Ditto As 2013, Not For I, But For YOU. Befriend YOUR Brain And Life Will Be Good.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Do yourself a huge favor. Click, read and heed.

Do yourself a huge favor. Click, read and heed.


P1060794I really don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions — anymore. I am too far gone to fix at this old age.

I did, for the first time in years, make one though! I am going to, yet again, personally feed birds (no, no, no … the feathered variety). I already started. Bought some birdseed at Lowe’s yesterday. To Teischan’s delight we already have quite a few birds. I used to feed birds, squirrels and chipmunks (and we will not talk about me putting honey out for bears). Kind of got out of the habit. But, I miss having LOTS of birds around. So that is my 2014 New Year resolution.

I think I did OK in 2013. I lost 30 pounds without trying and published 9 books. Of course, I could have done better and I feel that I failed BECAUSE I missed publishing 10! I am 82% done on the next book. I could have tried to get it done but I gave up. I, think, I also had 400,000(+) hits on my 4 main blogs this year. But, above all, I was happy, invariably had a grin on my face and enjoyed every day of the year. Thank you, brain. You are a good friend.

But, IF you didn’t befriend YOUR brain last year,
do it this year.
Life will never be the same again for YOU.

 

Life is so much better when your brain is on your side.

I will confess that I din’t pay as much attention to my brain in 2013 as I normally do. I was aware of that. Yes, there was some complacency, but my brain knew that. It was a kind of truce. We have been friends for so long that it cuts me slack on occasion — and 2013 was one of those. It knew I was busy. Funny that. It knows everything about me. Yes, I worked it overtime in 2013. But, we are OK.

Now it is YOUR turn. Screw Facebook (though I am Facebook shareholder, but not a subscriber). Talk to your brain. Ask your brain how it is doing?

Happy New Year.

Enjoy Having Your Brain As A Friend — Your Best Friend.

With This Post I Claim ‘First Use Rights’ Of The Term ‘Infactrivs’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Of course there is a reason. There is (and has always been) a method to my madness.

I just want ‘first use right’ if this ever, ever came up (not that it really can because among other things book titles cannot be copyrighted!)

I did a Google & BING search just to be sure.

Beauty of today’s blogging. A WordPress post which is timestamped and preserved (forever by WordPress) is such a wonderful and totally free way to establish a claim.

With luck all will become clear soon. 

In the meantime try out the word. It really does roll off your tongue. Yes, ‘today’ (actually yesterday since it is now 1 am), it having been Deanna’s birthday, we went for a long walk on Old Orchard Beach, ME. This word came to my head while I was walking. The joys of befriending your brain.


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I Am Done With Popes! The ‘Next Pope’ Was My Gig And We Have The Next Pope. Moving On. Signed Off From Papal Blogs.

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The popes were never going to be my life’s work. Plus, even with all I did on popes over the last 8 years, my legacy, per the indelible trail on the Web, will be ‘SNA‘! That is OK. If not for SNA I could not have done the popes.

So, I have quiesced my two pope blogs with this post.

With luck, I hope to master at least one other field before I die. Right now my sights are on ‘Near Earth Objects‘ (NEOs). There is so much happening out there. Actually I have been working on NEOs for the last 16 months. I have two books, both 90(+)% complete. Very unlike me. I usually finish books. So, I have to finish one of these. Otherwise it would be 16 months of writing, mainly during my 3rd shift, down the drain. IF I manage to get at least one of them out, it will be my second book on astronomy.

Baccus, my type of deity.

My son is very anxious that I write a book on ‘befriending the brain‘. I need to do that. I also need to write a book that has his name on the title. He, rightly, claims that that is his due since Teischan and Devanee both have books with their names in the title. I also better do one of Danielle, my oldest — though, she, all her life, has been the least demanding.

Deanna wants me to write on what I am now thinking as the ‘Bacchus Way Of Life Per Anura‘ — the virtues of a glass or red wine and an orgasm a day. Other than for his looks, I have always, since I was a teenager, identified with Bacchus. There are terms that are used to describe him, which are so me: ‘ritual madness and ecstasy‘ & ‘from the east, as an Asiatic foreigner‘. There is another, that is so me, but I can’t mention it here because Deanna will say it is not appropriate. To be fair, I have been saying that I was going to write this book for over 6 years. So that is on the list.

I really feel that I need to rationalize Buddhism to the world! There are so many misrepresentations. So now that I tackled the popes, Buddhism seems like a logical thing to turn to — especially given that I was once steeped in it, whereas I really have no real background with Catholicism.

So that is the plan. But, it can all change. I no better than to have plans. Most of my plans unravel.

All I know is that as of today, Pope Francis day one, after having done 4 or 5 posts earlier in the day, to keep them honest, I am done with popes — at least for 2013. There is, however, one caveat. If there is another sede vacante in 2013, i.e., the need for a third pope in the year, I am sure to jump in with both feet because I will find it impossible to stay away.

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My Sandwich ‘Buddy’ Roderick Russell’s New ‘Remarkably Human’ Web Initiative.

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Two Related posts from the Sandwich Fair:
>> Sandwich Fair, NH, October 6, 2012: We Went … — Oct. 6, 2012.
>> Sandwich Fair, NH, October 6, 2012: Some Pictures — Oct. 6, 2012.


Making Roderick look even better at Sandwich. Click to ENLARGE.

Making Roderick look even better at Sandwich. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to access Roderick's amazing Website.

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The new remarkable venture. Click to become a part of it.

The new remarkable venture. Click to become a part of it.


We got to see him at Sandwich Fair last October and were extremely impressed. Breathtaking show, extremely nice guy. He even put up with me on the stage, without once trying to run me through with his sword — as most others would have been tempted to do. There is even a comment on him on this blog.

Deanna, through his Facebook page, found out about this new venture. Looks very interesting. I am intrigued. Deanna, as ever, will keep me posted.

Once he is up and flying I might have to talk to him about some of my ‘befriending your brain‘ stuff. There is a connection. You can never aspire to be remarkable unless you have at least 70% cooperation from your brain.


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Will Power Is The Absolute Worse Way To Diet And Hope To Lose Weight!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Resolution For 2013: Befriend Your Brain … — Dec. 30, 2012.


If you stop and think about it it will become obvious that will power is definitely the wrong way to go about dieting — the keyword, however, being ‘THINK‘.

befriendbrainThe ‘power’ in will power is a notion of strength, contention, enforcement. So, when you talk about ‘will power‘ upon who are you trying to enforce your will? If you think for a second, it will become obvious. Will power, cut to the chase, is us trying to control our brain! Will power is us fighting our brain. That is crazy. You seen those movies where they have the two heads talking to each other; the good and the evil. But, that is not what it really is. There is your conscious brain — which is what most of us think of as ‘us’. Everything we see, do, say, smell, touch, feel all comes from that. That is a part of our brain. There is another part that most ignore. You have to befriend that part. Once you have made friends with that part, your ‘real brain’ as I think of it, life gets so, so much easier. You don’t fight your brain as in will power. You make a polite request to your brain.

Yes, to be able to do that you need to be best friends with your brain — what I talked about in this post. If you have made progress on this, then the rest is easy.

Don’t try to use will power on your brain. You are fighting yourself. Instead, ask the brain nicely to help you. Seems to work. But, to be fair, my brain and I have been good friends for 40 years now and we know each other extremely well. So much so that I can talk with him in shorthand. He understands. So, I did have a quick chat with him last week. Last Tuesday. Told him that our one year ‘treat’ was over and we need to lose weight. So far, so good. Yes, very early days. But, I have a very good track record of losing weight, quickly, when I set myself to do it — meaning I get around to actually telling my brain.

Just something to share. Yes, I am very familiar with Oscar Wilde’s saying: ‘I have a very good will power, I can resist anything but temptation‘. Yes, I jokingly use that line, but knowing deep down that will power plays no role.

The ONLY Worthwhile New Year’s Resolution For 2013: Befriend Your Brain.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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If you have, in prior years, had problems living up to your New Year’s resolutions it is probably because you hadn’t as yet made friend of your brain!

If you think about it any and all New Year’s resolutions require cooperation from your brain. You may refer to it as ‘will power‘, ‘commitment‘, ‘strength‘ or whatever, but in the end, as with each and everything we do, it is our brain that is in control. Though we don’t think about it in those terms, we are but our brain. Our body, including our heart, are parts of an intricate machine totally and utterly controlled by our brain.

If you think about it, our brain is remarkably undemanding, unobtrusive and self-effacing. And that is a problem. Many of us are more aware of our bladder than our brain.

If you already talk to your brain on a daily basis (and talking to your brain is very different than talking to yourself), at least three to four times a day, you can ignore this post and this New Year’s resolution. You have befriended your brain. Congratulations. Enjoy.

If you, everyday of the year, without exception, tell yourself, quite forcefully, ‘THINK‘, at least five times a day, you definitely are on the right track. Rather than ordering your brain to think, curry favor with it by making it your friend, and doing the thinking together.

Yes, though I know that it definitely is not the case, and that I am my brain, I treat my brain, or a visualization of it, as a separate entity. No I don’t have a name for it. It is just my brain. It knows who it is when I talk to it.



I started talking to my brain 41 years ago, when I was around 18 (and was at University studying computer technology). I have to tell you that the brain is not easy to befriend. It can be aloof, but you can’t blame it given that you have ignored it, taken it for granted, for so long. But, once you start talking to your brain, on a daily basis, without fail, at least four, five times a day, it will start warming up to you. It might take a year or more. But, don’t despair. You have nothing to lose and so, so much to gain. The other thing is that it isn’t like meditation, yoga or running up a hill. You can easily talk to your brain while doing something else. Start by doing so while your brushing your teeth. If you are looking in a mirror, it might even make it easier. Look at yourself but try to get in touch with your brain. You can talk to your brain while walking, exercising, driving or just before falling asleep.

Aahhh! One of the rewards of befriending your brain is that it will allow you to think, actually solve defined problems, while you sleep. Here is a real example — read the 3rd paragraph. I have been able to think in my sleep for 40 years. At first, as a computer programmer, I would use this ability to solve and refine programming issues. As I was falling asleep I would describe to my friend, my brain, what I was trying to solve. I would then drift off to sleep. When I wake up I would, in my brain, have the equivalent of sticky notes. A series of solutions. I could peel them off my brain and evaluate each one in turn during the day. You have all heard the expressions ‘let me sleep on it‘ or ‘it came to be in my sleep‘. So we all know that we can think in our sleep. All I did was formalize it.

There is an added bonus for being able to think in your sleep. It is not something you need to do each and every night. These days I rarely ask my friend to do any thinking while I sleep. So what happens on those nights when my friend is free to indulge in his own stuff. ‘He’ essentially crafts intricate movies for my entertainment! I can’t remember the last time I have had a nightmare, a bad dream or a scare in my dreams. Remember dreams are all the creation of your brain. Period. Dreams are your brains interacting with you. Once you have befriended your brain, just like any good friend, ‘he’ tries to entertain you. These nights as I fall asleep I look forward to the movie that I will get treated to.

There are two other tangible benefits of befriending your brain, though I will tell you up front, that the efficacy of the first wanes with age, as the brain, alas, does get less efficient. But, the first one, and this is awesome when you are in your 20s, 30s and early 40s, is that you can ask your brain to THINK FASTER — and just like putting your foot down on a decent sports car, you will actually FEEL your brain functioning faster. I kid you not. OK, maybe it runs in the family, and I will talk about that in subsequent posts. I am doing this post at the behest of my 20 year old son, Matthew Gordon, a Junior at Wheaton (MA) studying English and hoping to be a lawyer. Matthew and my eldest daughter, Danielle (23), take after their paternal grandfather, my father. They are both intellectuals, much smarter than me. I started talking about this topic last weekend, while they were here for an early Christmas. Matthew immediately understood what I was talking about. He too could relate to being able to tell his brain to ‘think faster’ and have it respond. He plays chess at a very high level, and uses this capability when playing. I used to use it at meetings — and in my life, I had to attend a lot of high power meetings where you really had to think on your feet.

The second thing you can do is to ask your friend, your brain, to do thinking in the background. Yes, it is akin to thinking in your sleep, but this is doing it while you are awake and relying on your brain to do other thinking. So, basically, once you have befriended it, you can use your brain like what it really is — a super computer. It will do foreground and background processing, while in addition taking care of all of the other functions you rely on it for, like breathing, seeing, hearing, smelling, walking etc.



So, here is what you have to do in terms of this
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Starting January 1, 2013, you need to talk to your brain, pleasantly and with conviction, at least 5 times a day. Just saying ‘Hi, brain, how are you doing?‘ is fine, to begin with. You just need to acknowledge your brain and be very aware of it. Your brain will appreciate it. It will warm up to you. So for the next few weeks, while brushing your teeth, or even urinating, have a short, but meaningful, interaction with your brain. Tell it ‘good night‘ when you are going to sleep. Trust me, you will reap dividends, manifold.