Beliefs Are The Essence Of Our Being-running man 20130908

Religion Dr. Andrew Newberg’s passions started in his childhood. Although his parents were encouraging, they never had the answers to his big questions like why we’re here, what’s right and wrong, and how to understand reality. He began to search within himself and in the world around him to find the answers to these and other questions. While in college, Dr. Andrew Newberg was all the more intrigued by philosophical ideas. He knew that on one hand, he had to look inside himself for answers, because our brain makes such deep thought possible, but on the other hand, he could get different perspectives of reality based on Western traditional ideas, Judeo-Christian traditions, and Eastern schools of thought such as Buddhism and Hinduism. As luck would have it, Dr. Newberg ran into a psychiatrist, Gene d’Aquili while at the University of Pennsylvania. d’Aquili’s background in psychiatry and anthropology and Newberg’s background in neurosciences and philosophy created a magical relationship with the potential for great learning. Dr. Newberg realized he could actually test what goes on in a person’s brain during periods of deep meditation. Over time, Dr. Newberg came to the realization that our beliefs come from many sources. Beliefs aren’t only religious in nature. They can be morals, political views, and even how we choose to interact with others. He believes that all of these beliefs are based on our biological roots, the influence of people around us, and the influence of our own emotional response. Our beliefs have a tremendous impact on who we are. Born to Believe is a book that addresses actual brain studies of people in meditation and prayer. The problem with the results, as Dr. Newberg sees it, is that people with a strong religious belief can say that the scans prove their connection to their god, and those without a strong religious belief can say that religion is literally "all in your head". No matter whether a person is religious or not, our beliefs shape our being and have a strong impact on our health. People who are more optimistic and look at the world in a more positive way have less stress, and because they have less stress, they have fewer problems with heart disease, and they have an overall improved immune system. The best way to change yourself is through rituals. We have rituals when we get out of bed in the morning, when we work, when we worship, when we are out with friends, and in nearly every aspect of our lives. To change something in your life that is keeping you from living your passions, you have to change the ritual surrounding it. Breaking habits is hard, so changing your beliefs would surely be a daunting challenge. The more you’re able to incorporate your thoughts, emotions, and senses, the more likely you’ll be to make a positive change in your life. Our beliefs are like a pair of glasses. We view things in a certain clarity or color because of the lenses we’ve chosen to enhance our sight. People with one pair of glasses may be more likely to see the world in a positive way and achieve their goals, while those of a different background and different pair of glasses will see the opposite and have a hard time achieving their goals. For example, people with a strong religious belief might feel comfort and even joy in the death of a loved one knowing that person is going to another world of paradise. Someone who does not have a strong religious belief might be more inclined to slip into depression. For more information on Dr. Andrew Newberg check out the FREE interview with at About the Author: 相关的主题文章: