The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness

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San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation | NBC News

San Francisco students meditating in class – Image via We Are Change

Original story via NBC News:

Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students’ demeanor.

“The kids see guns on a daily basis,” the school’s athletic director, Barry O’Driscoll said, adding, “there would be fights here three-to-five times a week.” Continue reading

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Acupunture: From Quack Science to Proven Medical Treatment – Natural News


(NaturalNews) There are many alternative treatments that have been considered (and still are) as quack medicine by the all-seeing and all-knowing conventional medical model. However, as science and results began to prove their legitimacy, conventional wisdom was forced to acknowledge their efficacy. Acupuncture needles are one of those treatments that have gone from quack science to proven medical device, and scores of people are now experiencing its benefits.

How acupuncture works

In the 1960s, Professor Kim Bong Han and researchers in Korea attempted to prove the existence of meridians in the human body using microdissection techniques. They found evidence of an independent series of fine, duct-like tubes corresponding to the paths of traditional acupuncture meridians.

Fluids in this system sometimes flowed in the same direction as blood and lymph, but also traveled the opposite direction at other times. They realized that these ducts are different from the vascular and lymphatic systems that Western medicine had identified, and that meridians themselves might exist within them.

This meridian system was further validated by a French researcher, Pierre de Vernejoul, who injected radioactive isotopes into the acupoints of humans and tracked their movement with a gamma imaging camera. These isotopes traveled 12 inches along the acupuncture meridians within four to six minutes.

Vernejoul then challenged his work by injecting isotopes into blood vessels in random areas of the body rather than acupoints, and found that they did not travel in the same way at all, illustrating that meridians do contain a system of separate pathways within the body. …

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New Project – ‘The Ville’

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Introducing ‘The Ville’, TSM Arts and Animation’s highly anticipated animation, now in the works. I’m receiving a lot of positive feedback so far, and the funds to help make the film are soon to follow. To give an idea of the basic concept, it’s a ‘Monster House’ meets Tim Burton type of production, guaranteed to entertain and thrill. (Made in Blender 3D)


“Who lives at the end of Townsville?

No one may ever know,

But darkness seems to follow

Anyone who dares to go.

Lock away the kids, and keep them safe,

For ’tis rumored a witch will eat them.

Repent of your sins, to clear your souls,

‘Fore the reaper comes a reapin’.

At the strike of the hour, twelve at night,

Hold your breath with all your might,

Be clear of windows, doors and the like,

Cover your ears,

Eyes shut tight,

Count to three,

But show no fright,

For the thing at the end of Townsville,

Wants to bid you a GOOD NIGHT!

Garrett S

Feel free to show your support for all my works here. Donations of any amount are appreciated (though $200 USD or more gets you an ‘Executive Producer’ credit! )

Dedicated ‘The Ville’ website coming soon!



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