Tag: amygdala

Oh What  A Beautiful Moaning … Shambling Toward Zombieland

Oh What A Beautiful Moaning … Shambling Toward Zombieland

Archetypes, autonomy, awareness, causality, Challenge, Change, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Discernment, Enlightenment, Evangelicalism, Fascism, Fundamentalism, God, Halloween, Human Condition, Ideology, Imagination, Kellyanne Conway, Myth, Nihilism, Philosophy, postmodernism, Presidency, Randomness, Rationality, Religion, Resistance, secularism, Secularity, Trump, Uncategorized, Zombies
I begin with a question:  Izzit just me, or have zombies largely taken over popular movie and text culture in the United States? I do not think it is just me. Now, please understand at the outset:  I do not ask this question rancorously, or with the least pejorative intent. Fact is, I like “zombie lit”!  I am into the 13-volume-and-counting Kindle-book Arisen cycle of zombie lit, by Stephen Michael Fuchs and Glynn James, and D. J. Molles' The Remaining saga of I-don’t-know-how-many volumes. Ditto Max Brooks' World War Z, both movie and book. I have seen, and loved, Abraham Lincoln vs. the Zombies. Ditto Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I am an over-the-top fan of Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead, and Z-Nation. When I take a sabbatical from reading about the history and interpret

Mindful Monday: Burning down the house!

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
After having a mild anxiety attack Sunday evening, I googled "Buddhism and panic attacks" to see what would pop up. I found a half-hour dharma talk on 3/24/11 by Josh Korda at Dharmapunx NYC + Brooklyn about anxiety relief. I recommend it. He discusses both the Buddha's and modern neuroscience's wisdom about why anxiety arises in our minds. I won't rehash the whole talk, but I do want to share what he says early on. Korda explains that when the amygdala (the fear center in our brain) fires up, it's often because it misfires (that's just its nature) as well as for reasons of which we aren't usually consciously aware.  When we experience the physical unease associated with the release of cortisol, the meaning-making part of our brain looks around and tries to explain why we feel anxious. It'