Take ‘your thoughts create your reality’ for example. For the Absolutist in me, one counterexample will nullify that claim. It’s easy, we’ve all got plenty of examples in our lives. This morning I was certain there’d be no clean plastic cups… lo and behold, there were. And how come Mick Jagger didn’t die before he got old? Continue reading
Mirror neurons in the brain fire both when taking a specified action and perceiving the action.
Repeatedly watching distressing images can cause acute stress symptoms. Continue reading
I’ll cop to the link-bait headline, but it is not without merit.
The simplicity of the term positive thinking belies the depth and complexity of the topic. It causes misunderstandings from people on both sides of the matter, and the misunderstanding can be summed up as: don’t be negative. I suspect this misunderstanding is at least in part the result of people who are afraid of negative emotions co-opting ‘positive thinking’ in order to shame others for any negativity. Continue reading
“Calm seas don’t make good sailors.”
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
—John F. Kennedy
What a frail species we are. Without others, how long would you last? And I don’t mean without friends or family, I mean Alone. Continue reading
Once I’m happy, then I’ll be grateful is backwards thinking.
It’s fall, and I’m doing one final rake to get the straggler leaves off of my lawn. I noticed a tendency of leaves to settle in gaps where there is no grass. Leaves on lawns make a less favorable situation for the growth of grass, and leaves gravitate to where there is already no grass… unfortunate for the grass trying to grow in the gaps.
“…a man does need his rest, and Edison was not above the occasional catnap — provided it was not devoted solely to sleep. Like most people, he noticed that insights and brainstorms often occur at the edges of sleep — when the border guard of the prefrontal cortex is going off duty and the more bohemian precincts like the occipital lobe, where imagery is processed, are free to play. But those insights can be fleeting, lost forever if the sleep that allowed them to exist in the first place overtakes you before you can wake up and write them down. So Edison would nap sitting up in a chair, with his arms draped over the sides and a steel ball in each hand. On the floor on either side of the chair was a metal pan. If he fell too deeply asleep, the balls would fall with a clatter, awakening him in time for him to rescue any useful thought before it flashed back into the cognitive vapor.”
When we think of Darwinian evolution, one supposition come to mind: gene mutation (evolution) is random.
Dean Radin discusses his recent double-blind study of serving tea “treated” with good intentions. Radin:
The bottom line is that if you believe/expect that you are consuming a specially treated substance, that belief alone will strongly influence your mood. But if the substance is also intentionally “treated,” then it will influence you even more. And vice versa — if you don’t believe, you’re less likely to see any effect.
I have been reading Healing Back Pain by John E Sarno, M.D. He created a diagnosis, Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). In short, there are real pains in the body that are the result of emotional tensions, and our medical establishment misdiagnoses them, at least in part because they are uncomfortable prescribing psychological treatments for physical pains. Sarno’s treatment in a nutshell: since these pains are the result of repressed anger, be vigilant about finding outlets to express your anger. Continue reading