Sunday, June 26, 2011

Relax Your Heart

Based on a talk given at C. Purser MD’s wellness group, Bradenton, FL on June 23, 2011

The human heart is an amazing organ. It is small, about the size of one’s fist. It starts beating well before birth and in fact even before brain waves are detected in the fetus. An adult human heart beats over 100,000 times a daily pumping about 2000 gallons of blood daily. It supplies freshly oxygenated blood that traverses a vast network of blood vessels that may stretch approximately 60, 000 miles in an average adult.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Why are we here?

Based on my talk at the Dattoli Cancer Foundation on June 14, 2011.

There are certain times in our lives when we catch ourselves thinking, “Why are we here?”. This question sounds simple enough, but when we apply it to our life here on earth, it is a difficult one to answer. Having spent over 330,000 hours (and counting) here on earth since I was born, I have come to realize that a large number of those hours have been spent experiencing the happiness and sorrow of mortal existence. Over 110,000 hours of my time has been spent sleeping. I often wonder if using even a small fraction of that time to dwell on the question, “Why am I here?” would lead to a greater understanding of my own self. Certainly thousands of hours focused on the outside world has not shown me much of a clue. The answer must lie within.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Charity Begins At Home

Simple phrases sometimes have very profound meaning. The depth of the meaning is different for everyone, and depends on the context in which a saying comes into one’s consciousness. If we let a phrase that resonates with us marinate for a while in our minds, it often resurfaces at pertinent times in our lives and accumulates even deeper meaning.