Posts Tagged ‘Anxiety’

The Complex Mind can handle simple commands




Rick Hanson in “Buddha’s Brain” shares this: “The number of possible combinations of 100 billion neurons firing or not is approximately 10 to the millionth power, or 1 followed by a million zeros, in principle; this is the number of possible states of your brain.”

Extremely complex with incredible chances for opportunity.

Why would we choose negative stimuli to focus on?

We have a choice.

This morning we could only entertain positive, hopeful and soothing thoughts.

Hanson says:

“It’s so busy that, even though it’s only 2 percent of the body’s weight, it uses 20–25 percent of its oxygen and glucose.”

Choose optimism, a bounty of gratitude and kindness.

Choose to be present, in harmony with the earth and others.

Let being special or selfish alone.

Just be an observer for a while, letting the one who judges rest for a long while.

Can you give up judgments today?



Mental Health, Bullying, Career Uncertainty



These are among the top concerns for Ph.D. students, according to a new survey by Nature.

More than a third of Ph.D. students have sought help for anxiety or depression caused by Ph.D. study, according to results of a global survey of 6,300 students from Nature.

Thirty-six percent is a very large share, considering that many students who suffer don’t reach out for help.

Still, the figure parallels those found by other studies on the topic.

A 2018 study of mostly Ph.D. students, for instance, found that 39 percent of respondents scored in the moderate-to-severe depression range.

That’s compared to 6 percent of the general population measured with the same scale.



Sunday morning Insights

Pixabay: Larisa-K



Sufferers of PTSD, depression or other disorders are generally confused and anxious.

Fear mixed with intense anxiety stops the mind from functioning properly.

We sense danger from a perceived lethal threat. We want to escape as quickly as possible, our defense mechanism has complete control.

Unfortunately, going out in public, say to a restaurant, would fire my fight or flight mechanism without my consent.

Somehow these situations linked to my abusive childhood. Our triggers seem to pick their own scenario.

Cognitively I understood no real danger existed, my defense mechanism did not agree.

Healing for me, consisted of sitting calmly, focused on my breath, as my nervous system fired violently.

My focus released the scary thoughts, then concentrated on the connected body sensations. For me, my solar plexus is where my trauma manifested inside the body.

Making friends with the bodies nervous system, intimately knowing (being with) the sensations, integrated my trauma.

Being able to build focus on the breath is body armor for the anxiety disorders.

The breath controls our nervous system and heavily influences our defense mechanism.

Navy Seals are taught to dissipate fear by extending their exhales.

Cortisol and adrenaline can be used for fuel instead of being afraid or triggered.

PTSD has access to the switch firing our fight or flight mechanism, we have final control of our nervous system.

Remember trauma is stored in the right hemisphere, inside our amygdala.

We can not access stored trauma consciously.

Meditation grants us direct access to our stored trauma.

No miracle just current neuroscience.



The hormones PTSD brings to our doorstep

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Cortisol & Adrenal Function

Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis.

Called “the stress hormone,” cortisol influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress including, but not limited to:

Blood sugar (glucose) levels

Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose (gluconeogenesis)

Immune responses

Anti-inflammatory actions

Blood pressure

Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction

Central nervous system activation

Cortisol levels normally fluctuate throughout the day and night in a circadian rhythm that peaks at about 8 AM and reaches it lowest around 4 AM.

While it is vital to health for the adrenals to secret more cortisol in response to stress, it is also very important that bodily functions and cortisol levels return to normal following a stressful event.

Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal.

This can lead to health problems resulting from too much circulating cortisol and/or from too little cortisol if the adrenal glands become chronically fatigued (adrenal fatigue).

Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:

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Thoughts are Endless!!!!



In my Mindfulness group, we deal with thoughts.

We discuss the daily volume, 60,000 everyday. We practice different strategies for Coping, Surviving and maybe Thriving.

I try to demonstrate thought needs attention, electricity, fuel to enter our life.

Mindfulness helps us focus on the breath, intently, thus allowing thoughts to fade.

Our “Ego” battles for control of our being, battles for as much of our waking moments as possible.

Life can be consumed by erroneous thought. Easy to get lost, consumed, terrified or confused.

Think of happiness in terms of being present, in this moment, absent of thought.

At least we will be living in the only time zone where happiness exists.

The “Ego” gains control when we leave this moment.

The inner critic is always in the past or future, always negative, always worrying, doubting, or criticizing.

It can be peaceful, soothing to be present, empty of thought.

My mindfulness group has changed direction, less abstract discussion and more simple, concrete actions are now emphasized.



Hope has changed, more a big picture gaze for me now

Faith In Humanity Restored – 13 Pics

Looks like he gives hope to others.



My meditation practice has altered what I hope for, instead of personal benefit, my hopes are more altruistic, big picture desires.

I hope every child has security, shelter, love and opportunity.

I hope homelessness would end.

I hope we would all see this journey is not one of competition but one of unity, traveling together, helping one another.

I would hope all would see happiness is not an isolated condition, you can not be happy with suffering all around you.

I hope hate dies and kindness consumes all of us.

I hope you read and respond to this post.



Are you a giver or do you need more

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Do you have enough in life? (Security, shelter, food, and a small community of friends).

Is your time spent trying to accumulate more possessions, more power, or more status?

Do you judge yourself externally with others, compare possessions, power and status.

How do you judge those who have far less than you?

Do these judgments bring consequences?

Much of our condition is created by our perception of life and judgments.

Altruism, giving without concern for reward, does not happen when we judge ourself as needy, lacking necessities.

Less giving means less happiness.

Greed accumulates wealth, status and power.

Too bad those qualities have nothing to do with happiness.

Happiness is a reward for giving, caring and kindness.

It is our choice how we live life.

Give, share a kindness, live a more joyful existence.

Be nice, be kind, be an example to others.

Be the one who is compassionate in your peer group.

Are your kids givers?

They follow your example.



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