You have what some behavioral experts refer to as a higher and lower mind, and they function very differently in how they perceive reality. The lower mind is the mental state you may go to when you haven’t had a chance to think things over. We’ve all had experiences where we had an initial negative reaction to something and threw a tantrum. Later, looking at the whole situation from a more reasonable point of view and taking more factors into account, you change how you feel about something you originally perceived as a great catastrophe or annoyance. Maybe you even become very grateful for something you originally perceived as a hardship. This more informed, more enlightened side of your mind is more of what is considered as the Higher Mind. So… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Stress and disease
By Bella Dodds Oh what a fun conversation: Pain vs. Pleasure! Well it could be if pain wasn’t such a taboo subject. But what better place to present this repressed issue then on a website created to have the very conversation that goes exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction from societal norms? So here we go we’ll see what happens. I am a bit curious. Our society has evolved to provide us with infinite forms of pleasure. Would you agree? The comforting agents call out to us in ever-growing forms of smart phones, computers and ipads where we stream movies, TV shows, Youtube clips, porn and reality shows anytime, anywhere. It takes a lot of discipline nowadays to resists the many comforts of video games, 1,000 cable channels, comfort… Read more »
By Bella Dodds This post is a follow up from last month’s Mental “Health Food” that raised the question: Why don’t we apply the same standards and value for filtering out unhealthy thoughts, as we do for filtering out unhealthy foods? I find many people logically understand that if they eat something unhealthy they get that it will make them feel awful, and therefore avoid eating foods with undesirable consequences. Yet, this same logic is not equally applied to filtering out unhealthy thoughts which make an individual feel awful. If you wouldn’t eat stress inducing foods all day long, than why would you allow yourself to sip on the “I’m not good enough, “or “I am bitter and angry, it’s not fair” Stress-Slurpee all day long? Unhealthy mental and emotional… Read more »
By Lianda Ludwig In the news recently Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch told the world that he doesn’t consider overweight women to be “cool enough” for their brand, and doesn’t want them shopping in his stores. Governor Chris Christie took his share of jokes and bashing after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Jokes from talk show hosts emphasized that he couldn’t even control his own eating behavior, would you trust him to make decisions about important world matters? Unfortunately, we’ve been so brainwashed by the Diet/Medical Industry, that overweight people are often the brunt of jokes and sarcastic remarks from those who think that fat people deserve the scorn they receive. “Politically Correct” doesn’t come into the equation when it comes to the overweight. We have a myth-informed public… Read more »
By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer The other day, Matt wrote about the difference between expertise and credentials. Expertise, he points out, comes from the process of being engaged over long stretches in a particular pursuit, and it’s enhanced dramatically when that pursuit is self-directed and borne of one’s own inclinations and predispositions. It brought to mind an insight I’ve come to over the last couple of years: purpose and satisfaction comes more from creation than consumption. Relatedly, community and intimacy comes from co-creation more than co-consumption. If you’re not happy with your life, incorporating more creation relative to consumption can help you re-balance. I cribbed this idea from Charles Eisenstein, philosopher and author. Some of you may know him from The Yoga of Eating or Transformational Weight Loss. I like him… Read more »
By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer Anyone you know have a thyroid condition like Hasimoto’s thyroiditis? Matt’s got a new post over at Outsmart Disease answering some questions about enhancing the metabolism and losing weight for folks with those conditions. As many of you know, though, functional hypothyroidism (or “Type 2 Hypothyroidism,” in the language of endocrinologist Mark Starr) is widely common, and even those without specific thyroid-related diagnoses can see benefit from raising their metabolism and enhancing their thyroid function. As he mentions in the interview, his recommendations and goals tend to be similar since the benefits of having a robust metabolism apply to all, and can be both therapeutic and preventative. So mosey on down to Marina’s site there, and check out Matt’s interview here.
“Now that our public health establishment has eliminated smoking from public places, maybe they can find a way to reduce stress and disease by removing morons from positions of power.” ~Ray Peat Not sure what that first quote has to do with the thyroid exactly, but it is awesome. Dr. Ray does coincidentally rhyme with Dr. Dre. He sounds pretty gangsta in that quote. Check yo’self fools! If you had to summarize Peat’s primary objective in terms of his anti-aging, health problem management strategy – it would be to maximize what to him is a true evolutionary advancement – a high thyroid-generated metabolism (as opposed to like, a high amphetamine metabolism). This, in and of itself, would eliminate many health problems. But because of the thyroid hormones’ basic properties, they… Read more »