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Meditation: When Spock Met Kirk

The two sides of our brain are as different as the characters from Star Trek.

Dr. Marsha Lucas—neuropsychologist and author of the book Rewire Your Brain for Love—has a wonderful metaphor to describe the two different ways the brain experiences the world. One side of our brain, she says, is very emotional—like the Star Trek character Captain Kirk—while the other side of our brain is very analytical—like the character Mr. Spock. Improving our “brain integration” improves our capacity for better relationships; and meditation has been shown to build neural integration.

You can watch a short video of Dr. Lucas speaking about our Kirk brain and our Spock brain; and read Dr. Lucas’ 12 Meditation Tips.

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Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagoguewith members from 20 towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter . Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. is open to the public; everyone—without exception—is welcome and warmly invited. OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON. See “Top Ten Reasons to Join PCS” at www.ShalomPCS.com.

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