Does Mindfulness Meditation help ADD or Addiction

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

I’m sure you’ve heard of meditation as it’s very trendy these days. There are so many benefits to spending even 5 minutes each day meditating. Meditation helps to calm your mind, lessens cortisol, lowers your heart rate, and reduces blood pressure, all leading to lower stress and decreased risk for disease.  Most people think that meditation is sitting quietly with crossed legs, listening to ocean music, trying to train your mind to shut off.  The assumption is that the thoughts going through your head will just go away if you can learn to shut your brain down. In all honesty, your brain never really shuts off, so trying to force thoughts away is actually counter productive to your stress relieving activity.

Mindfulness meditation is really just about being present in the moment by paying attention to your breath and practicing longer exhales. You don’t have to turn off your brain as it really never turns off, but simply acknowledge your thoughts and set them aside as you turn your focus back to your breath.  Most people who meditate on a regular basis will have hundreds of thoughts that go through their mind while meditating, which does not make it any less beneficial for their health.  I know I do as my mind wanders all the time but I still try to devote time to meditation each day.

Lots of people suffering with anxiety, depression, ADD and addiction issues tend to be negative in their thoughts or their mind is constantly racing.  It’s much easier for your brain to latch on to the negatives. The concept of negative bias is not new.  The amygdala which is also known as the pleasure center uses approximately 2/3 of its neurons to detect negative experiences.

Positive experiences have to be held in our awareness for more than twelve (12) seconds in order for the transfer from short-term to long-term memory.

So here’s a few basic tips to get started:

  1. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down.  Music is optional, but if you choose to use music find instrumental calming music or just nature sounds
  2. Put one hand on your stomach and take a deep breath in for a count of two and exhale for a count of 4. It should feel like a wave from the ocean coming in to the shore on the breath in and as you exhale, your stomach pushes out like the wave of the ocean going back to sea.  Lol, that’s why they call it Buddha belly.
  3. Just try to keep your focus on your breath for about 5 minutes ( longer if you can.)  Try and work up to about 15-20 minutes each day. The key to mastering this is to not to get lost in that thought or that emotion but to acknowledge it and gently drift back to acknowledging your breathing.

We all have thoughts and emotions during our meditation time. Each and every one of us so don’t be discouraged by your thoughts but keep focused on your breath.  Trust me, it just takes a little practice even if it’s only 5 minutes a day.

A point to ponder on my friends…

 

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What’s happening with that pre-frontal cortex when you have behavioral problems?

Do you ever wonder what goes on inside your brain? You know that organ that dictates your behavior and the things you say.  Have you ever wondered that maybe kids/teens/young adults don’t really know and most parents don’t know that maybe they are lacking supplements in the “processed food world” we all live in.  That if only the right person were to ask them the right questions, maybe that someone would be able to let that parent know that the kid is not all that bad and  maybe its the fact that they lack Vitamin D or Omega in their diet?

Interesting, most people these days are deficient in these two much needed vitamins yet most doctors don’t see the link when discussing behavioral problems with parents.
If your curious about this, let me know as over the next month I’ll be posting some really good information about this. Stayed tuned because there is more to come. In the meantime, check out this link as I’m sure you’ll find it very interesting.

Brain Fog is Not Normal

Something to ponder on my friends…

How often do you think about your Brain? You know the one organ that controls your thoughts…

How often do you think about your brain?  Did you know that PreFrontal Cortex (PFC) is known as the Executive Portion of your brain.  That it is responsible for Judgement, Forethought, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Social Behavior, Reasoning and Consciousness.  That if this part of your brain isn’t working correctly that it could be the cause of ADD, Addiction, Anxiety and or Depression?

Interestingly enough, there is hope.

Visual of your PFC

Visual of your PFC

A point to ponder on my friends…

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Contentment

Well it’s been awhile since I posted so I’m starting the new year with word I found dear to my heart and one that I feel a lot of us struggle with.

So what is this word “CONTENTMENT”

Contentment=A state of PEACEFUL happiness.  A state of SATISFACTION.

How do we acquire this PEACEFUL state of being?  By trusting in our God. 

Philippians 4:11

Not than I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be CONTENT (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am

I believe that there are young adults who have not ever even thought of this word or have had anyone talk to them about this word.  If we as adults struggle with this ourselves then how are to pass this on to a struggling teen?

It takes research and reading the word.  Getting to the point in our lives where we will not let the devil steal our joy.  It’s standing up and casting down the negative parts of our lives each and every day. In order to help a teen we must be CONTENT ourselves.  So find your PEACE by being CONTENT and may God’s blessings pour down on you today so that you may pass this word CONTENT onto a young adult who may need to understand this too.

A point to ponder on my friend…

Free

What does the word free mean?

Free=Not under the control or in the power of another; Able to act or be done as one wishes; Not held as a slave or prisoner; Not physically held by something

If you stop and think about the meaning of this word, you have to wonder if all teens know this is something that they already have.  

Free to Not be controlled by an unhealthy habit, an unhealthy addiction, an abusive home or an unhealthy relationship.

It is something God gives each and everyone of us if we truly have faith and believe it is ours.  But if you don’t have a positive role model around, how does one know this is true? 

In a world where there are so many teens desperate to find themselves, why not take the time to look for just one and offer them a little positive advise.  They’re in our neighborhoods, our schools and our churches just waiting to be found.  It takes so little of our time.

We all have to take a step if we want to better the future of the young adults that will one day soon enter into our society as young adults.  Do we want to see them positive with positive behaviors or to continue to see them with negativity and making bad choices.  Why not reach out and look around and see if we can touch just one life this week and share the meaning of what free is.

A point to ponder on my friends…

Meek

So what do you think about when you think of this word?

So many of us think of weak, not standing up for yourself, powerless or submissive.  But do you know the Greek meaning of this word?

Meek=Exercising God’s strength under His control.  

How many of our teens today know or understand the meaning of this word?  This is a word we should be teaching our young adults today.  Teaching them to curb their natural desires to rebel or fight or to have their own way. 

I had my son look up this word and his first response was “I don’t think I like this word”  However, he didn’t look at the actual Greek meaning of this word, he just saw that this word contained the word  “weak” in one of the definitions and decided he didn’t like it.

It’s up to us as adults, as parents and as mentors to teach them the true meaning of this.  That if they draw their strength in God then all things are possible.  Careers, college, continuing education and trade schools are in each and everyone of them who want to better themselves by trying.  It just takes encouragement on our part.  It takes our time which requires nothing except our time.  

So I ask, who has ten minutes to encourage one of our young adults today?  Who is willing to go the extra step.

A point to ponder on my friends… 

Hope

So I’ve been thinking about this word HOPE and what it may or may not mean to our young adults getting ready to make their way into the working / college world.  

There are so many ways you can think about what this means.  The Greek definition of HOPE means “expectation of what is sure (certain)”.

With that said how many teens out there are uncertain or hopeless?  Not having any HOPE for the future or even tomorrow.  

A pastor the other day talked about taking risks and how after failures we quit taking risks because we’re afraid of another failure.  How true that is for more than just teens.  How we’ve become so afraid of the loss that we stop focusing on the success or the “effort” we put forth on trying to move our lives forward.

We get so focused on looking in the rear view mirror that we forget that the front windshield is so much bigger than that mirror.  The rear view mirror was intended to see behind us not what lies in front of us

Philippians 3:12-14  I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.  Friends, don’t get me wrong; by no means do I count myself and expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onwardto Jesus.

I’m off and running and I’m not turning (looking) back

Can we offer some young adult a little HOPE today.  It’s takes nothing but your time.  It’s a free gift if you would just give it.

A point to ponder on my friends…