quarta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2011

One of the Best Cancer Preventions is Free: Walking

One of the Best Cancer Preventions is Free: Walking

From Better Health News, January 26, 2011
For other articles from this issue, click here.
As winter sets in, most of us are probably not as active as we usually are during warmer months. Winter is a time of stillness, reflection and rest. However, we still need to exercise, even if it's at a slower pace. Walking offers us a chance to move our bodies, keeping our systems running smoothly without the over exertion of other high powered activities such as jogging or competitive sports. And this calmer rhythm found in walking, especially walking in nature, is a true blessing in supporting the overall health of our bodies, minds and spirits.
New research shows that regular walking can reduce the risk of breast, bowel and other cancers significantly. It has long been known that regular exercise can improve risk factors for many serious health conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more. Now researchers are saying you don't have to be an athlete -- that regular, moderate exercise can provide just as many health benefits by improving oxygenation, circulation, immune response and helping to flush out toxins.
Why is simple walking so effective at preventing cancer? Really, it's not about the walking, but the movement. We find that any movement can help cancer, whether dance, yoga, even support groups, which can create movement between people. But sometimes, people who do high powered exercises and sports do not reap the same rewards. Why not? Because when we engage in such competitive, goal driven activities, we are not really allowing ourselves to be present in the moment, and thus we're not allowing the movement to really happen. We are not relaxing into the moment.
On the other hand, when we are walking, particularly in nature, we are not trying to achieve anything. It's about being present in the process. When we walk in nature, there is an ongoing exchange between us and our surroundings which offers great healing on its own. But the one thing walking does compared to other sports and exercises, is it creates a rhythm which we can follow effortlessly. Through the physical rhythm, which is the rhythm of the body, we have the emotional rhythm. We notice that when we walk, feelings often come up, and we have a chance to process them. There is also a psychological rhythm and a sense of well being, a certain expansion that happens when you walk enough. This can partly be attributed to the endorphins released by even moderate exercise. But there's a deeper and more subtle process of healing that is also occurring.
The walking, because it's rhythmic and repetitive, allows for the release of physical, emotional and psychological energies that are stored. It's also important when we walk to pay attention to the movement our hands. Sometimes when we walk, we can shake our body in a non rhythmic movement to allow some of the less defined patterns that are not repetitive to come out, and this allows for a more unusual release.
So when we walk, we are walking on all levels, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual. What ties it together is the breathing. As we walk, we naturally start breathing deeper. It's a good idea (and sometime this happens on its own without our awareness) to start synchronizing our steps with our breathing. You will notice that the inhalation/exhalation starts being synchronized, and when we are running it's hard to do this because we are moving too fast. Rhythmic breathing becomes the key.
With walking we can synchronize the movement of the body, the movement of the breath, which is called the speech level, or the throat chakra in Eastern philosophies, and the movement of the mind, through emotions, feelings, and thoughts. This is really the powerful value of such a simple exercise, where walking becomes more than just walking. It becomes a profound and harmonizing therapy benefiting us on all levels, body mind and spirit.
Best of health,
Dr. Isaac Eliaz

quinta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2011

tal pai, tal filho

hoje vi o programa da TVI24 às 13h, que tem este blog: Falaram de homos: não sendo homofóbica, acho que em Lisboa lhes dão demasiado tempo de antena.  Quanto ao programa, gostaria fosse mais vezes repetido, em diversas horas.

Reincarnation and euthanasia (medical magazine interview)

Original publication (in Hungarian language)

* English translation * -

Reincarnation and euthanasia (medical magazine interview)

por Shenpen Rinpoche (Facebook) a Quarta-feira, 19 de Maio de 2010

1, In Hungary, the legalization of euthanasia is under debate. Currently only passive euthanasia (refusal of care) is legally accepted, whereas active euthanasia, in which physicians actively help the death of the patient is illegal. What is the standpoint of Tibetan Buddhism on passive and active euthanasia?

Rinpoche: Buddhism can't accept any form of killing, therefore we can't agree with active euthanasia.
What is named as passive euthanasia should be divided in two main categories: 1. letting oneself die when in fact life would continue, 2. not taking medicine knowing that one will anyhow die. In the first case it is to escape old age, some pain, or manageable handicap, and we could consider this as a kind of suicide, which Buddhism doesn't agree with. In the second case it is choosing not to prolong one's life of few days/months by taking medicine which usually have strong side effects, and this can be seen as the right of the patient.

2, Tibetan Buddhists believe that subtle consciousness lives and starts its journey after death, and so it is preferred to leave the body untouched for three days. As organ-transplantation often requires instantaneous operation after death, is it irreconcilable with Tibetan Buddhism?

Rinpoche: Advanced practitioners will surely prefer to meditate at the moment of death, driving consciously their consciousness from physical body to meditation, and to next rebirth; in which case, it's better not to touch the body at all. But in usual cases, such advanced meditation is not the issue, and moving the body will have limited impact. Also, the motivation of giving oneself for helping someone who might need the organs is noble, and logical consequence of one's practice of Compassion. So, Tibetan Buddhism is not against organ donation at all.

3, How do you perceive the use of strong painkillers in terminally ill patients? Does it influence the journey of the subtle consciousness?

Rinpoche: In usual cases, the administration of painkiller will ease death in the sense that the dying won't stress because of pain. And that is more positive.

4, How do you see the role of hospice care?

Rinpoche: When dying people can be taken in charge correctly by their family, it is better they stay home, surrounded by this family. But in many cases it is not possible, and staying in hospital is far from comfortable. So, hospice are important places to give space for patients and family.

5, In your lecture in Budapest, you have emphasized the difference between near-death experiences and death experiences, and said that near-death-experience studies could even mislead our understanding about death. Could you please elaborate on this?

Rinpoche: Once the real process of death is started, we do not come back. So what people are describing as so nice, warm, meeting their dead parents, etc. is more a dream-like experience than death. Experience of death is very different. So, such stories are misleading. Misleading because some people will take as granted that after-death will be as described in near-death experience and won't work on their mind to prepare themselves to what death is really.

6, How does Tibetan Buddhism evaluate suicide? What kind of effects suicide could have after death?

Rinpoche: Suicide, killing oneself, is considered as a murder, and we believe that it creates a very negative karma, and like all negative karma it will bring unpleasant results/experiences in the future.

7, New medical studies suggest that certain psychotrop substances (MDMA, LSD) help terminal state oncology patients to face death and decrease their fear. How do you evaluate these studies?

Rinpoche: I would be very cautious with such substances, because they can alter heavily the consciousness. To give painkiller and anxiolytic, I can understand, and that can help stressed ones or those in heavy pain. But it is good the mind remains clear, and face the reality as it is. Dying without knowing it could result in lot of confusion after death.


segunda-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2011

Companhia das Letras já tem biografia do ‘pai’ do WikiLeaks

"Já tem editora no Brasil o recém-anunciado livro de memórias de Julian Assange, o criador do WikiLeaks, site que sacudiu o mundo no fim de novembro ao revelar segredos da diplomacia americana. A Companhia das Letras, de São Paulo, acaba de adquirir os direitos sobre a obra. A previsão é de que Assange entregue os originais para edição em março. O livro deve sair ainda em 2011. O lançamento será simultâneo em diversos países. Além do Brasil, Inglaterra, Estados Unidos e Espanha compraram os direitos do título.
A vida pregressa [um termo jurí, antecedentes de vida diriamos nós em Portugal] do criador do site-denúncia também não é menos interessante: filho de mãe rebelde, que aos 17 anos queimou os livros escolares e fugiu de casa em uma moto, Assange teria vivido uma infância e adolescência como um errante, trocando de escola 37 vezes. A criação do site que o projetou para o mundo teria sido uma reação ao que via como “conformismo” do mundo acadêmico."
Companhia das Letras já tem biografia do ‘pai’ do WikiLeaks VEJA Meus Livros -
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sábado, 15 de janeiro de 2011


foi insultado em maio de 2010 pelos catalãs-barças como “El Traductor - tradutor"_ enganaram-se. Depois disso ganhou o troféu de melhor treinador do mundo. Ora como bem se diz neste post inglês de um blog de tradução: não, não é um insulto mas sim um elogio a quem faz bem o seu trabalho, fala 6 línguas e têm orgulho em falar português. Se todos os portugueses gostassem da sua língua e traduzissem como ele, quem sabe onde estaríamos hoje.

quarta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2011

o jornalista

da bolsa em Lisboa um pouco  nervoso, comenta para a BBC mundial que Portugal hoje foi um sucesso mas que a Espanha é "um outro filme (movie)", o jornalista da BBC corrige: "spain is a diferent kettle of fish". (ou seja, é um assunto diferente) e muda de tema.

Confundir filmes com peixe é uma gaffe, e se juntarmos a isso Gilbraltar, futebol, e o clássico peixe com batatas fritas, a correcção é feita com classe.

segunda-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2011

sim, podia

ser numa qualquer rua de Portugal, mas é no Nepal.

canivete suíço

1. foto da net_ eu tenho um sempre comigo.

 2. P.D. simples desenhado para um site budista. no link

3. "We cannot overcome anger and hatred simply by suppressing them. We need to actively cultivate the antidotes: patience and tolerance." Dalai Lama

quinta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2011

quando éramos

crianças, acreditávamos no pai natal, na branca de neve disney e éramos felizes com pouco. Hoje lutamos por causas éticas, pelo  meio ambiente_o que é mais importante para nós no aqui e agora?

Vemos vacas serem levadas pela água da ribeira, peixes e aves mortas, abutres levados a tribunal. Estamos longe do Tibete que nos descreve o Dalai Lama no seu livro "Ética para o novo milénio": "Gostava de observar os pássaros: o digno gho (quebra-ossos[1]) planando lá no alto, por cima dos mosteiros, vivendo nas montanhas, os bandos de gansos (nangbar) e de vez em quanto, à noite, ouvir o pio do wookpa (bufo-pequeno).

[1] Trata-se de uma ave de rapina, gypaetus barbatus, da família dos abutres, alimenta-se quase exclusivamente de ossos, que deixa cair sobre o solo a fim de os quebrar, (nota de tradução minha)"

Quando éramos crianças queriámos ser grandes no "nosso" mundo.
Hoje queremos continuar a ter esperança, sabendo que tudo é impermanente.

quarta-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2011


quando o nosso pequeno mundo é perfeito, muitas vezes partimos para outro mundo e recomeçamos, porque a vida é assim mesmo_ uma viagem.
foto:letras tibetanas

terça-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2011

O elogio da preguiça

Não, não é o elogio da loucura de Erasmo....é uma homenagem ao artigo de Helena Matos com o qual concordo. A geração de 60 foi importante no séc.20 e resta-nos ler outro livro_ hoje estamos no novo milénio. Faremos, farão melhor? Não sei.

domingo, 2 de janeiro de 2011

bom ano 2.1.2011

. bom ano solar de 2011. Happy new year. May you all have long lives and good food to eat_ foto minha de um azulejo de Lima de Freitas na estação do Rossio em Lisboa.