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Am i stupid??

Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid,

But the one who walks in wisdom will escape. (PRO verbs 28:26)

i don’t follow my emotional heart– nor do i listen nor trust misleading songs, etc that tell me to do so…

The heart is more treacherous (deceitful) than anything else and is desperate. 

Who can know it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

there is danger in letting (fleeting/deceitful) emotions dictate action(s)…especially if angry and/or discouraged/down…

The one who is quick to anger acts foolishly,

But the man who thinks things out (or the man of thinking abilities) is hated. (Proverb 14:17)

If you become discouraged in the day of distress, (times of trouble)

Your strength will be meager. (ProVerb 24:10)

5/19/17 @4:35 p.m.

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“Stop” “Go” “Turn”

3 simple (?) clear commands, huh? Perhaps? when making/facing complicated choices, we could simplify the process by asking: is this a STOP? Go? or Turn?…(moment!) 😉

The wiring progresses in a most orderly way during a baby’s development in the womb as well as postnatally. Neurons send out fibers to target neurons that may be a few centimeters away​—a vast distance on the cellular level. The target of a fiber, by the way, may be not just a specific cell but a specific part of that cell.

As a new fiber branches out from a neuron, it is guided by chemical signposts that say such things as “stop,” “go,” or “turn” until the fiber reaches its target. Without clear instructions, growing fibers would soon get lost. The whole process is brilliantly orchestrated, starting with the instructions written in our DNA.

That said, we are far from understanding fully how the brain develops and functions, including how it forms memories, emotions, and thoughts. For me, just the fact that the brain works​—not to mention how well it works and how beautifully it develops—​points to a mind far superior to our own. [A Brain Pathologist Explains His Faith]

i LOVE transformations…(of the mind, in particular)…Check out this interview: “Professor Rajesh Kalaria, of Newcastle University, England, has studied the human brain for more than 40 years.”

My father was born in India, and my mother, although of Indian origin, was born in Uganda. Their lives were largely governed by Hindu customs. I am the second of three children. We lived in Nairobi, Kenya. Many other Hindu people lived nearby.

What stimulated your interest in science?

I was always interested in animals, and I often went hiking and camping with my friends to see the spectacular wildlife. My initial goal was to be a veterinary surgeon. But after graduating from a technical college in Nairobi, I went to England to study pathology at the University of London. Later, I specialized in research into the human brain.

Did your studies affect your religious beliefs?

Yes. The more I studied science, the harder I found it to believe in Hindu mythology and traditions, such as the worship of animals and images.

Why did you accept the teaching of evolution?

In my younger years, many people around me held the view that human evolution began in Africa, and we often discussed this idea at school. Also, the teachers and university professors gave us students the impression that all respected scientists believe in evolution.

 In time you reconsidered the question of the origin of life. Why?

I had been studying biology and anatomy for some years when a fellow student told me what he was learning about the Bible from Jehovah’s Witnesses. I became curious. So when the Witnesses held an assembly at our college hall in Nairobi, I attended. Later, two Witness missionaries explained some Bible teachings to me. Their belief in a Grand Designer who has the answers to life’s big questions did not sound like mythology. It appealed to me as being reasonable.

Did your medical knowledge hinder your belief in creation?

On the contrary! As I studied anatomy, I saw how well-designed and complex living things are. To attribute such a high level of sophistication to an unguided process no longer made sense to me.

Can you give us an example?

I have studied the human brain since the early 1970’s, and this remarkable organ never ceases to amaze me. It is the seat of thought and memory and the control center for many bodily functions. The brain is also the hub of our many senses, interpreting information that comes from both inside and outside the body.

Our brain functions the way it does largely because of its complex chemistry and intricate networks of neurons, the primary brain cells. The human brain has many billions of neurons, which communicate with one another through long fibers called axons. From these, a single neuron may make many thousands of connections with other neurons by way of branching fibers called dendrites. As a result, the total number of connections in the brain is astronomical! What is more, this dense forest of neurons and dendrites is, not chaotic, but precise. It is an amazing feat of “wiring.”

Life…a high wire act!;)…of knowing when to stop, go, and turn while keeping our balance!

Why did you become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

The Witnesses showed me evidence that the Bible is God’s Word. For example, the Bible is not a science book, but when it touches on scientific matters, it is consistently correct. It also contains accurate prophecies. And it improves the lives of those who apply its teachings. My own life is evidence of that. Since I became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1973, the Bible has been my guidebook. As a result, my life has become truly satisfying and purposeful. [excerpted interview: Professor Rajesh Kalaria, Awake! 2017 No. 4]

Yummy Mind Food!

5/11/17 @1:20 p.m.

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Lunch time?

Bon Appetit! 🙂

on-line Chinese help…

“màn màn chī” 慢慢吃

This literally means “eat slow”

 

so what are You/am i having for lunch or eating slow(ly)??

Some left-over Yucca from last night’s dinner with a little quinoa with black beans and corn…oh, and two mixed teas: green and an herbal infusion of peppermint, spearmint with tarragon. Yummy! (i messed up the Mojo…burnt the garlic, who does that?!..i am a distracted cooker;)… left it on too high and walked away briefly to do something else, ugh! i’d much rather prepare mind food anyway; that’s my thing.)

好吃
 Yummy
Hào chī

 

Healthy food choices important…also healthy mind food choices.

5/11/17 @ 12:56 p.m.

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Turn around…paper clip

If a Tern can make such a large turn around…(context see taking-turns-at-both-poles)

Tiny instruments called geolocators were attached to a number of birds. About the weight of a paper clip, these amazing devices revealed that some terns flew an average of 56,000 miles (90,000 km) on the round-trip​—the longest animal migration known. One bird flew nearly 60,000 miles (96,000 km)! [Awake! 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

Never Give UP!!…the seemingly impossible IS possible (with the Divine mind behind the design (aka God)!)!

of course, one may have to be willing to Go the Distance and follow an indirect path (aka an Arctic (Tern) Attitude)…:)

 

5/10/17 @ 10:39 p.m.

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Taking Turns (at both poles?)

or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…

“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”

Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…

“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]

Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)

(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)

5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.

So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)

“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

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Clean Beauty

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that most of us…”appreciate” clean and beauty!  Some of us love clean. Some of us love beauty. Some of us go to great lengths to get….clean. Some of us love and want both.

(beauty attracts clean redeems)

Physical and spiritual cleanness means health, etc. (and i work hard every day to stay clean)

i value my spirituality

5/9/17 @ 10:33 a.m.

 

 

 

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