At the Frontier between Science & Spirituality: Do Auras Exist?

MindfulBiology grew out of a desire to reconcile my understandings of science and spirituality, a yearning that began in adolescence. During a solo John Muir Trail hike at age sixteen, I felt dwarfed by granite spires looming above meadows sparkling with wildflowers. Geology, biology, and mysticism appeared inseparable. My upbringing and … Continue reading

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The Body Is Mystery

We known a lot about the human body. Upon starting medical school back in the 1980’s, I purchased the current version of Gray’s Anatomy, a book that still sits on my shelf. Over 1500 pages long, it is packed with precise … Continue reading

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The Body Relates

The body is relational. This is true on every level. In an era of social media, we might be lulled into believing that relationships can be built between minds alone, without involvement of vulnerable, sensate bodies. But this would be … Continue reading

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The Sensitive Human Animal

We humans can’t see our bodies clearly. Think of the lovely young woman, already slender, who looks in a mirror and sees ugliness and fat. Or think of the poorly conditioned middle-aged man who acts like a swaggering college kid. Or think of religious traditions … Continue reading

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The Body as a Labyrinth

On the grounds of many churches and meditation centers one finds labyrinths. Those wishing to plumb their inner depths walk these paths in meditative contemplation. As the trail spirals inward, appreciation of the journey increases; experience in the labyrinth becomes … Continue reading

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The Body Is Nature

As an adolescent, I found solace in the mountains, beaches, and deserts near my home in Los Angeles. Although my family was about as dysfunctional as they come, I had ready escape. We lived within bike-riding distance of beaches and … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone

Loneliness is an illusion; no one is ever truly alone. I say this as someone who used to feel lonely most of the time. Even with my spouse, even with my best friends, in my heart I felt separate, as if … Continue reading

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Aging Body, Golden Friend

As we age, the body begins to fail. For those who have suffered unusually severe stress, breakdowns may happen early. For instance, neck disease ended my surgical career at forty-one. Spinal problems had accumulated because of chronic muscle tension, careless … Continue reading

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Dancing toward Life

Waves move all around us, rolling across oceans and breaking upon shores. They propagate through air as music and speech. They speed through rock during earthquakes. My father was a professor of wave mechanics, so I grew up knowing waves … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Sun, Photosynthesis, and Breath

Breathing all the time, we seldom think of what it means. We’re too busy and preoccupied to remember how our breath, our Life, depends on an ancient and beautiful biosphere. Mindful Biology, as a practice, reminds us to slow down and … Continue reading

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