Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How Animals Talk

I met some very cuddly horses this week, and it got me thinking about their body language. Check out this TED video on Animal Communication.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What You Really Want to Know About Acupuncture

Who came up with the idea of acupuncture? Were they nuts or what?
It was conceived by intuition and refined over a couple thousand years. "Ha!" you might be thinking, "That is a total non-answer." Maybe not, though, because a lot of great things have come about that way (and I'm sure some really bad things, too). Sometimes you just get an urge to do something stupid and it all works out for the best. Imagine the first person to ski, or to eat lobster, or to bring a wolf pup home as a pet.
Or maybe Grandma tumbled out of the family cave and landed on a cactus, and to save her pride she insisted that she had done it on purpose. Maybe after her grandchildren pulled all the prickers out of her backside she thought, "That's funny, I feel young again." You never know.

Does it hurt?
No, it feels like a mild sunburn.

Why does it help?
They say it's about redirecting energy although it's possible that it's a placebo. If so, it still works, though, so there's really no downside.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Sense of Being Stared At

Everybody knows that staring is rude, but we sometimes do it anyway when someone truly fascinates us. But why is staring rude? Why are we unsettled when someone focuses too much attention on us? And why do our hackles raise ever so slightly when we feel a stranger staring at us, particularly in a seedy neighborhood?
And when we do surreptitiously stare at someone, why is it that so often they turn and look around as though they can sense it?
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake conducted scientific studies proving that we can all sense when we're being stared at. Not all the time, but often. Our bodies know it: our skin crawls.
That is because silent, focused attention is what a predator gives to its prey, before the attack.
The sense of being stared at is the sense of being hunted.
If you have spent time in the wild with animals, you may have noticed that if you focus breathlessly on them, the herd scatters, the bear rears up on its hind legs, the bird flits away.
But if you can make the proximity of that creature less important for you, if you can avert your eyes and let its presence be at the periphery of your attention rather than the focus, the animal settles and may accept your presence with equanimity.
Less focus means less threat.