Recollection ability and meditation.

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Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby Indrajala » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:22 am

Since last year I've noticed that as a result of meditation (or I'm assuming it is a result of that), my recollection ability has improved. I know that is a natural result of meditation and the further one goes the clearer the mind becomes.

One thing I've uncovered deep in the swamp which is my mental continuum are early childhood memories. I've been able to recall in fairly close detail toys, my car seat, taking a road trip and other things which I've confirmed as being actual memories. I e-mailed my mother asking for verification on whether or not I'm recalling actual events and things, and it turns out I'm on the mark.

Going further and further back I think I also have memories of being an infant.

The interesting thing, and perhaps the reason it is so difficult to recall that far back, is that there is no language when you're that young. As you get older everything becomes associated with words and language, so trying to recall memories not immediately associated with language and the categories it creates is difficult. But when you're just a baby there are no words, no abstract labels and fewer categories to distinguish.

Maybe that is why we generally don't recall infancy? The state of mind is so unlike what later develops so as to become so distant and difficult to relate to. Someone might suggest the brain isn't developed enough for long-term memory storage, but that doesn't jive with all the accounts we have of people recalling even as far back as being in the womb or even conception (and of course past lives).

At U of Virginia at the department Ian Stevenson worked in they have plenty of cases of children recalling prenatal events:


Prenatal and Birth Memories

Some young children report memories from before or during their birth. In the case of reported memories before birth, some describe being aware of events that occurred when they were in the womb, while others talk about events from another realm or heaven.

Occasionally, young children describe parts of their birth process that their parents say they were not told about. While current understandings of infant memory do not allow for such memories to be possible, some children describe them nonetheless.


http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/in ... advice.cfm


That last statement there really intrigues me.
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby Virgo » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:42 am

I don't know about pre-natal memories, but ghee also helps improve the mental clarity and recollection.
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby Indrajala » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:13 am

How about curry made from ghee? :stirthepot:
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby Virgo » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:35 pm

Huseng wrote:How about curry made from ghee? :stirthepot:

Hi Huseng,

Sure, ghee can be used as an ingredient in many dishes. It has a sattvic quality.

Enjoy this wonderful article: http://www.amritaveda.com/learning/articles/ghee.asp

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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby catmoon » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:58 pm

Or you could look up the Galloping Gourmet. Graham Kerr was mad about ghee, he called it "clarified butter".
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby spiritnoname » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:16 am

I've deliberately and undeliberately remembered past things like this Huseng, and the oldest memories are like you say, a swamp haha. Also I had family verify memories. My senses have dulled so much since I was a child,... I remember my toys too and because of meditation in the past few months my memories have become very clear. I can still feel the ground underneath my child feet, my toys, I can see the sun coming through the windows and pet my dead pets haha.

The past half a year, most of my sensory stimulation has been of the mental kind, exploring my memories and investigating beautiful mental worlds.

I heard if you want to remember the past, you keep trying to remember earlier and earlier, also saying Manjushri's mantra.
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby spiritnoname » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:17 am

God I don't want to be a little kid again. :(
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Re: Recollection ability and meditation.

Postby mudra » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:49 am

spiritnoname wrote:God I don't want to be a little kid again. :(



LOL I ditto that! I get embarrassed just remembering things I did a few years ago...

Although I can't claim that this happened to me, but yes meditation is supposed to clarify the mind ( a bit like ghee) so it is natural that memory improves. I rejoice for you Huseng that you are getting these signs of results.
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