As I repeatedly emphasized in a previous post, our mind’s ability to focus and relax is heavily influenced by our experiences and lifestyle choices. In fact, our brain literally wires and can rewire itself based upon these factors.
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
Thus, concentration and peace of mind, like most everything else in life, can be immensely improved upon through consistent effort and practice. Taking pharmaceuticals might be the easiest way out of having a cluttered and hyperactive mind, but they aren’t necessary, they aren’t safe and they don’t cut to the root of the problem.
It is only through making the necessary changes in lifestyle habits and environmental surroundings that we can truly enable our mental faculties to function at their fullest.
I elaborate upon 6 ways in which this can be accomplished below. Continue reading
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders today. Not surprisingly, it is also among the most controversial. Its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, remedies and even very existence remain highly disputed among many.
While I am certainly no psychologist or neuroscientist, I’ve put a great amount of time into examining this topic while trying to be as open-minded and objective as possible.
I am not going to argue that a real, genetically inherited brain disorder known as ADHD doesn’t exist. Nor will I argue that pharmaceuticals can’t be of potential value for certain cases.
What I will argue, however, is that in the vast majority of supposed ADHD cases:
- someone without ADHD is being diagnosed as having it simply because he exhibit its common symptoms.
- these symptoms are rooted in environment, experience and lifestyle.
Let’s examine why these are reasonable positions to hold. Continue reading
Okay, people, I just need to make one thing clear: I really don’t give a shit what ANY of you all think about me, okay? Your opinion of me means nothing. I JUST DON’T CARE. Remember that. Whatever you think of me is totally irrelevant and doesn’t matter at all. Keep this in mind at all times. It is very important to me that you understand how little your opinion of me matters. So next time you think about me, read something from me, or see a picture of me, I want you to think, “Hey, there’s that guy who doesn’t give a shit what I think about him!” (Because your opinion means nothing to me.) Got it? Good. ‘Nuff said. I’m done. Capisce. End of story. Hope you got all that. Read it all over again if you didn’t. Not that it matters to me… Continue reading