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…