Oct 23

The fear that you are losing control of your own mind can only be countered by your decision to resume control by discipline and training.  This is nothing new. Each one of us has to do this as our responsibility having been given the gift of intelligence and free will. We have to become friends with our mind – and patiently apply ourselves through conscious exercises in concentration, imagination, as well as the passive control of thought through relaxation and meditation.  To take the attitude that you will enjoy these exercises makes your future path easier.

However, there is less anticipation of success should you continue to take drugs of any kind. This includes alcohol, marihuana and even medical drugs unless you are suffering a serious condition that requires professional psychiatric care.

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Oct 20

Diagnosing a mental illness is a serious business with serious consequences.

Can a psychologist help to relieve the patient through the gentle art of education in self analysis or is it a matter offering a greater challenge to any therapist. At what point does a despondent or unhappy person require diagnosis and medical drug doses?

The question that a psychiatrist must face is the consideration whether a patient is suffering from an acute temporary state of upset of mind and emotions that could be considered a ‘normal’ life experience or whether it is a more serious issue.

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Oct 20

Do we get enough sleep? To add to the disturbing numbers of people suffering from mental disease as well as physical ill health are those who are unable to function to their full potential because of sleep deprivation. This has recently received focus in the media and claimed as one of the main causes of disease, both physical and mental.  Without proper sleep our psyche gets out of alignment. We feel tired, out of sorts, cranky, irritable and many other seemingly trivial indications that we are not really well within ourselves.

Where it has been considered that eight hours sleep is the requirement for an adult to undergo physical and mental refreshment, it is common to find that many are in the habit of perhaps sleeping only six hours. Individuals do seem to vary in their need for sleep, but the ‘average’ number eight is the result of considerable research.  It does not allow for those who sit up playing computer games or TV viewing beyond ten o’clock.

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Oct 20

It is easy to be aware of physical pain as a symptom of some disturbance of body function or of accidental hurt. It is natural to give it immediate attention so that we can return to the comfort zone that is physical well being. We have to allow Nature time in order to mend damaged tissue, bone or nerves.

When someone hurts our feelings, and this is perhaps the most common injury, it is possible to endure symptoms of emotional upset, tearful episodes, anger, seething resentment or violent reactions that can cause aggressive behavior or even impulse to retaliate.

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Oct 20

The relaxation experience is beautiful. It is good for us, but also a great pleasure – a rather infrequent coupling!

When we relax we have a chance to offload our tensions, stress, anxieties and our tight and uncomfortable reactions to life, to people, happenings or events.

We have the chance to melt away any physical tension to allow nature to send its energies to heal and vitalize every cell of our body as we breathe rhythmically.

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Oct 20

In meditating we aim for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread. In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought activity changes to a state beyond the process of thinking to a state of higher awareness or Being that is related to a higher type of feeling rather than thinking. It is usually a little of both.

We learn to build a bridge between the differing realities of the material and subtler or spiritual states of consciousness. In states of relaxation and meditation, these two worlds tend to blend. We have a somewhat similar state that occurs between sleeping and waking. Ultimately they will become one to the extent that they will no longer seem isolated one from the other but will unite to create the integration which has inspired the name of Yoga – union.

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Oct 16

Memory is a complex faculty relating to recall of information stored in the subconscious mind, available through normal consciousness or even events accessed from the deeper strata of the psyche or soul. The faculty assists us in deliberate learning and training of the intellect as is does in a more instinctual manner from experiences already learned. These habits apply in the learning of basic physical control as in walking and movement, as well as more sophisticated examples such as speech.

There are degrees of learning and many ways of storing past information. Apart from the usual techniques used in classical educational practices when we learn through familiarity with exercise and practice, we respond to events and life circumstances spontaneously as if reacting to unconscious causes and an unremembered past.

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Oct 13

Concentration is our most potent mental tool and essential in developing mental fitness.

It is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive or listening mode. We use this faculty to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop  grooves of comfortable opinions and attitudes.

Concentration is mind power. It is the element we require to accomplish anything.

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Oct 12

There has been a great increase in the numbers of psychological disorders and abnormalities over the last years. The prevalence of drug use, both medical and ‘recreational’, has been a strong contributory factor along with increased alcohol consumption, industrial and chemical pollution and many other factors.

The unfortunate dominance of disturbing daily news showing a general proliferation of violence in news reports contributes to an unwholesome picture of the world in which we live. This can have a depressing affect upon our minds or can focus the need to consider the causes of such increase in mental illness in the community and perhaps to urge us to seek a remedy.

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Oct 1

Our life is simply what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

Each of us is generally responsible for all sorts of things, even from a young age when we are first conscious of good and bad actions and influences.

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