Why Am I Suffering?

Many people in our culture are chronically overworked, undernourished, tired and suffer from an insufficiency of time to simply be in community, to rest, to be creative. Living with such limitations and pressures should be expected to produce a population that is reactively hedonistic, impulsive, and prone to addiction. Behaviors that are addictive (e.g., drugs, alcohol) anddestructive (e.g., over eating, alcohol, sugar, fat) are simply frustrated and maladaptive coping strategies to combat the stress caused by a damaging, unnatural paradigm from which most people cannot escape.”

- Dr. Alex Vasquez

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Increase Focus With Meditation Part II

In last week’s blog post I wrote about how cell phones are rewiring our brain’s attention span to seek instant gratification.  To counteract this rewiring, I recommended guided meditation with the Headspace app. In this week’s post, I will go over how meditation rewires the brain. As I wrote last week,  the mind is similar to the body. If you stop training a muscle it will atrophy (become weaker) and so will the mind. As we age our mind and body break down at a faster rate. But we can slow this process down with exercise. Now, I am not just talking physical exercise, we must include some type of mental exercise too. After all, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

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Increase Focus With Meditation Part I

Human beings are pleasure seeking machines. I know I would rather experience bliss over pain, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, this behavior has a dark side. When you experience pleasure from something (i.e. a smartphone) you expect to experience the same amount of pleasure each time, but the brain is wired for novelty. So every time you check your phone you desensitize your brain, which causes a greater stimulus to trigger the same amount of pleasure as before. The same thing occurs when you drink coffee. The first cup of coffee lights your brain up and makes you feel like the king or queen of your land. While the second and third cup does little compared to the first. This desensitization causes you to check your phone frequently.  But we don’t have to be controlled by our phones, we can fix this addiction with meditation.

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