Now is the golden time in Vienna and Merisi has captured it perfectly!
When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning, are more centered in our life purpose and values, and expect living fulfillment through our own efforts.”
1. It makes your brain work better
At Northumbria University (UK), a research team performed some experiments on students’ brain functioning when doing tests while they listened to Vivaldi’s Spring concerto. They were answering faster and better than when they listened to the sadder Autumn concerto. The conclusion was that brain activity is improved when listening to pleasant and arousing stimuli.
Brain functions and music are deeply connected. When children start playing and learning about music, their brain starts to pay more attention to certain sounds and, as they develop musically, it processes those sounds to the sharpest detail. A study at Stanford, which was performed by taking images of people listening to short lasting symphonies, has shown many interesting insights into how our brain can understand the world through sounds.
This whole research process has shown that music is directly connected to parts of the brain involved in decision making, paying attention, concentration and memory. The points when the brain had the most activity were surprisingly the moments when there was silence in between music.
This is an uncomfortable but necessary subject to think about. I am 68 now and no longer need to protect myself against an unwanted pregnancy. But I see that in my country, the U.S.A., male politicians are at war with women’s reproductive choices and are trying to turn back the clock and force their religious beliefs on others. I totally believe that abortion is something that is nobody’s business – it is a matter of individual conscience. It is not an easy decision to make. Abortions will always be with us, whether they are legal or illegal. Hopefully, someday birth control will be 100% effective and 100% safe and abortions will be a rare occurrence, but we are not there yet.
Since ancient times abortions have been done using herbal medicines, sharp tools, with force, or through other traditional methods. Induced abortion has long history, and can be traced back to civilizations as varied as China under Shennong (c. 2700 BCE), Ancient Egypt with its Ebers Papyrus (c. 1550 BCE), and the Roman Empire in the time of Juvenal (c. 200 CE). There is evidence to suggest that pregnancies were terminated through a number of methods, including the administration of abortifacient herbs, the use of sharpened implements, the application of abdominal pressure, and other techniques.
If they are legal, the chances are that it will be relatively safe. If illegal, only criminals will profit and women will die or be seriously injured. I was a teenager during the mid-60s and it was a nightmare. In small towns, it was impossible to get birth control unless you were married. Women I went to high school with were forced to get married in their teens with no chance of getting a college education. Others who had enough money and the right connections were able to get birth control or an abortion in Puerto Rico. The rest had illegal abortions, with devastating consequences for the rest of their lives. Would you risk your life and go to a dentist for an abortion? This was one of the choices available to women of my generation.
I adore Bernie but I think that now, more than ever, we need a strong voice for women. I feel like women’s rights are being pushed back by the so-called Christian right-wing. And, the last time I checked, our country was founded on separation of church and state.