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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

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(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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Season’s Greetings from TSM!

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Happy holidays from me to you! TSM has been going through numerous changes over this past year, and it’s about to culminate into a new and improved TSM for 2014 – more empowering reflections of our common humanity, as well as elucidation of knowledge and technologies both new and of old, that can contribute to lifting everyone up together.

So TSM’s Christmas gift for you all is a plethora of information that will serve to enrich all of our lives in the coming year and beyond. Stay tuned!

G Sims (About.me)

 

Check out a few of the top TSM posts of this past year:

Water Has Memory

The Language of Our New World – Coding

Scientists Confirm Perception and Genes Linked

These Things called GMO’s

The Infinity of One