Ilchi Lee believes that meditation can bring to light many revelations. For example, in his poem The Light of Conscience, he writes that “Although all people have conscience / It is difficult to meet people / Who live their conscience.”
This theme is heavily present in 2000′s hit drama, Erin Brockovich, a movie that shows one woman’s journey as she tries to unravel a complicated controversy surrounding Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Brockovich notices that residents of Hinkley, California, are suffering medical conditions due to industrial poisoning in their water supply and theorizes that it is coming from the operations of the corporation. She also finds that there has been a systematic cover-up of the findings.
The star of the film, Julia Roberts, won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Actress. Erin Brockovich is based on a true story and the real Erin Brockovich has a brief cameo in the film as a waitress.
The reception of the movie was largely positive. It received four Golden Globe nominations and five Academy Award nominations.
“We get the best of independent cinema and the best of mainstream cinema all in one package. Erin Brockovich, like Wonder Boys right before it, makes the year 2000 seem increasingly promising for movies,” wrote reviewer Andrew Saris for The New York Observer.
Caring for an elderly parent while raising children can be anything but relaxing, but some people manage to find an outlet that helps them improve their focus and mind-body-spirit connection. Ilchi Lee believes meditation can be a key to finding a calmer state of mind.
Lisa Moore, who cares for her 17-year-old daughter and 88-year-old mother, recently wrote that she owes her energy, concentration and positive mindset to yoga and the form of meditation that comes with it.
“Practicing gentle yoga can help improve mental acuity, the ability to perform complex functions and can keep the mind sharp,” she writes for The Charlotte Observer. “Senior yogis may be able to reduce medication levels and decrease negative behaviors associated with anxiety.”
Moore began as a dancer, a path that led her to become a yoga teacher. She began by practicing the physical forms of the exercise, but writes that she has now discovered the mental and spiritual aspects of it.
Research has shown that yoga can be a key to increasing mood levels. In fact, one study found that practicing in the activity can trigger changes in the brain by heightening the gamma-aminobutyric levels, which reduce anxiety and boost one’s happiness.
Currently millions of people are unemployed and looking for a new job is a tedious struggle. However, rather than viewing the time as a black hole in their lives, individuals may do better to look at it as an opportunity to pursue personal growth.
Looking for a job is not expected to get easier any time soon. The National Association for Business Economics recently released a new report that predicts continued high employment throughout the remainder of this year, according to Market Watch.
While the traditional image of an unemployed person is of someone who watches a lot of daytime TV and rarely leaves the house, this doesn’t have to be the case. Aside from the time spent looking for a new job, the unemployed may use their time to do many of the things that they never had time to before.
This could include everything from taking some classes at the local community college to learning how to meditate. During this journey of personal growth, it is important reflect on positive experiences and use them to make changes in negative thought patterns.
While no one would wish to be without a job, it is important to look on the bright side of things. Ilchi Lee says that personal growth is important, and free time can help individuals accomplish this.
Research that was conducted at the University of Valencia reveals that the same parts of the brain that control empathy may also regulate violent feelings.
Results of the study suggest that focusing on empathetic feelings could inhibit violence in the individual, which is a positive side effect for all mankind.
The authors’ finding were published in the journal Revista de Neurologia. They show that the prefrontal and temporal cortex, the amygdala and other structures in the limbic system play a necessary role in empathetic behaviors and emotions.
“We all know that encouraging empathy has an inhibiting effect on violence, but this may not only be a social question but also a biological one—stimulation of these neuronal circuits in one direction reduces their activity in the other,” said Luis Moya Albiol, the study’s lead author.
Results of the study suggest that brain education techniques may help individuals reduce any tendencies toward violence by focusing on empathetic feelings during meditation and exercise. Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee believes in personal change through brain education, and has authored many books on the subject.
Heightened empathy combined with a reduction—or elimination—of violence may foster a peaceful planet in which individuals see themselves as citizens of the Earth rather than a region or nation.