Protect yourself from your own thoughts.
Protect yourself from your own thoughts.
Another year over and you’re wondering where the time went? Well, although we can’t turn back time, here are a couple of tips on how to keep it from picking up speed as it goes by.
Why is it that time appears to go more quickly as we get older?
There are some recent books that tackle this psychological issue, and while there are a number of theories, the best explanation is that novel experiences seem to slow time perception down. Repetition of events seems to make them go faster…
I have written about time perception before, and readers have proposed some competing theories. One popular theory maintains that there is a sort of mathematical formula going on that divides our lifetime. As an 8-year-old child, a year is one-eighth of the lifetime – a significant (and memorable) portion; as a 50-year old, it’s only one-fiftieth. But that theory assumes that our brains work like computers, storing every single bit of information, like a filmed, life-long documentary. But that’s not how the brain works.
Perception and memory psychologists argue that memories are a social re-construction, not a literal record like computer files. Not every memory is stored as a distinct event, and the vast majority of our memories of places and times are not accessible.
Here’s [an] example: The first time you drive to a distant locale, it seems like it takes forever (remember that first weekend getaway, or commuting trip the first day of the new job?). As you repeat the drive, over and over, the time flies by, and you can’t recall any specific trip, unless something “memorable” happens. A really long traffic jam; a fender bender; etc. Or, the first day of a two-week beachside vacation seems to go on and on, a long, and enjoyable experience (“Wow, I’ve got two whole weeks of this!”). But before you know it, your packing for home.
So what is the key to time perception? Routine makes time go faster, unique and memorable events slow down time. Although there is comfort in routine, it does make time fly. So, if you want to “slow down” time… change the routine. Create unique experiences for each one. You can also engage in greater mindfulness – focusing on and savoring each passing moment. The old adage of “live for the moment” is the key to slowing down those quickly passing years.
Turns out that how you think about your stressors has a great impact on your mental and physical health. This short video offers some tips on how to keep yourself healthy.
(Check out some of Dr.Evans’ other videos…one of my favorites is: 23 and 1/2 hours…it seems that 1/2 an hour of exercise, every day goes a long way to cure what ails you.)
Many people struggle on their path to meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank. A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner whom simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.
For years, I grappled with these rules I believed surrounded meditation which kept me from achieving the insight I was seeking. There were even times I thought I was just incapable of quieting my mind; it always seemed I had thoughts rushing in and out faster than I could realize them.
Eventually, I came to understand it wasn’t always an empty mind that was necessarily the effective component for growth and expansion in my meditations, but the peaceful, uncontrolled viewing of the visualizations that ebbed and flowed through my mind. Still, I wanted to…
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Thinking your way out of suffering…
We don’t like it. It’s unpleasant. It disrupts our concentration. It saps our energy. It can, if we let it, make our lives unlivable. And at the same time, we cannot avoid it, if we live long enough.
Pain may be the single most helpful asset to a mindfulness meditation practice. Granted, that’s not much comfort if you’re in pain, especially if you don’t practice meditation. Even if you do practice mindfulness, it can be very challenging to apply this practice to pain. We tend to equate mindfulness practice with pleasant feelings, despite how wildly inaccurate that equation may be. When we’re in pain, we simply don’t want to feel our feelings, because, well, they suck.
It is the fundamental suckiness of things that led Shakyamuni Buddha to his realization of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. Now, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to see some logic…
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The amazing power of faith…
What happens when you truly believe in something, believe in something to the point of delirium? Interesting things begin to happen, helping hands come out of nowhere and your eyes suddenly see things in a different light. When you have a ridiculous sense of belief in something, you are in effect tricking your subconscious brain!
It’s taken mainstream psychologists many years of study to catch up to things that have been going on underground, in the left field, in the lesser known books that have somehow only found their way into the hands of the (gasp!) “crazy” people of society. Have you ever met someone you thought was a little bit crazy or delirious in their undying belief in something?
Belief is an absolutely wonderful and powerful thing, and it can be used to benefit you or to destroy you and can lead you to glory or ruin. The greatest…
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Psychosymbology and the brain…
Psychosymbology is to control your own destiny. Meditation teaches you how to contact that part of your brain which contains all the secrets of the ages – past, present and future- secrets which will send you soaring to heights of bliss, peace, and personal power.
It is the language of brain, is easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to develop the greatest source of human psychic power ever discovered by man.
Biologically the left side of the human brain is conscious and rational and the right side of brain is unconscious and non-rational. The right part of brain is a vast and boundless sea of knowledge, wisdom, potential. It remains unused, untapped because people try to communicate with it through the use of words. But the Unconscious does not understand words.
The very fact that you are reading this page implies that you are the type of…
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