I am sure we have all had nightmares at one point or another and new research seems to show that they are not just some random craziness happening in our heads at night.
In fact the research shows that they serve an actual purpose and my be the minds method of processing worrying or troubling information or events that are occurring the now.
The idea is that by replaying the features of an event that is currently troubling us the mind is processing all the related information into memories.
As memories these pieces of information are easier to deal with and work through as they are now more removed from the accompanying emotions attached to them.
This is with the exception of the falling dream.
The falling dream that makes you wake up with a start is just your mind resetting the sleep sequence because you skipped a step or went too fast through to the stage before REM sleep.
Apparently you have to go through each stage at a certain rate for you and this sequence is most often violated when you are particularly tired.
So in order to get you back to the first step to begin the sequence again you have the falling dream.
I can’t help but think there could have been a less alarming way of getting the job done.
FDA Warning on Painkillers
This article came out this week and I thought it would be a good idea to include it. If you or anyone you know is using these products for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.
The FDA has revised its view on this class of drugs known as NSAIDs. (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
They are now warning of increases in the risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke in some groups of patients. To get all the details check out the link below.
With the many benefits available from the practice of meditation it is a wonder to me why many more don’t take advantage of it.
I think for some people it has a stigma attached to it in the form of it being some strange religious or spiritual practice only for those willing to wear saffron colored clothes and adhere to a vegan diet.
In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
So if you have ever wondered about meditation and what it does here is a dummy’s guide to the practice.
First of all let’s drop the religious voodoo stuff and take a look at for real.
Meditation addresses at beginning levels your thought processes.
Now you can be a “brain” person meaning that you think all thought is happening in your brain or you can be a “mind” person thinking that the mind is a separate entity to the brain, it doesn’t matter.
Either way you are subject to patterns of thought that occur over and over again, you are subject to negativity entering into your thoughts uninvited and like most people you inherently know that if you could switch that stuff off things would be a whole lot better.
So, the first simple concept to understand here is that negativity is not necessarily your natural state of mind.
Negativity tends to be the result of failures in the past, not always big failures but more often an accumulation of little ones.
As a defense mechanism from future failures your mind has a tendency to throw up old ones to warn you off an area of life.
This may be good or bad but the problem is that it is a mechanical response that always deals in the negative.
Because of that, your mind has become accustomed to warning you of possible failure rather than allowing you to progress to possible success.
Meditation is a simple exercise of re-training your mind to shut up and mind it’s own business!
The simplest form of meditation is called meditating on the breath.
That means sitting comfortably in a quiet place without distractions, closing your eyes and keeping your attention on your own breathing.
Because your breath is constantly happening in the present, so by focusing on your breath you are forcing your mind (brain?) to stay in the present.
Remember, negativity generally comes from failures and losses and all of those are in the past.
By Learning to stay naturally in the “now” you are more likely to deal with life as it is rather than as it was then… when it went bad!
If you manage to repeat this practice on a regular basis for a long time your mind will begin to more naturally stay in the present rather than the past by itself.
It’s kind of like training.
The main reason meditation doesn’t work is because people don’t do it regularly enough and for long enough. Check out the article below for more on the subject.
A Sugar Tax?
I think the days of hoping that the soft drink, fast food and snacks industry will come to the party and voluntarily start making their products healthy are well and truly over.
When you have followed this world for long enough you soon realize that the only force driving this sector of industry is that of maximising profit at any cost.
And in this case the cost is to public health.
Any government can spend millions and millions of dollars on public awareness campaigns to try to get people to make better diet choices.
The problem with this is that the food industry can match that dollar for dollar with ease and present slick, carefully crafted marketing campaigns that negate those efforts almost instantly.
Given that the facts are pretty clear as far as public health dangers and the enormous cost to the annual health budget the effects of poor dies has probably the only way to rope it all in is to use a tactic they understand.
Hit them in the hip pocket with taxes because believe me, that’s one thing they DO understand.
When you see the sugar industry in particular lie about the effects of their products by pretending that it is beneficial then what choice to we have?
If an industry can be shown time and time again that what they are producing is bad for people and encouraging them to consume those things is a bad thing to do… yet they continue to do it then really, it’s time to stop playing Mr. Nice-guy!
I Hear You Knocking!
The more I read about the food industry the more disgusting it looks!
Recently after a lot of consumer pressure and the FDA announcement on trans fats Taco Bell announced they would be removing artificial ingredients from their menu.
Sounded almost too good to be true!
Well as it turns out like most things that sound too good to be true… it was!
In a carefully planned strategy of not telling the whole truth they are, in all reality, not changing much at all.
They have employed little tricks like not changing anything on the menu that is co-branded with another company like their drinks and corn chips.
They are using that old chestnut of “natural flavours” to make you think they are , well, natural!
Not so my friend!
Natural flavours are usually a frankenstein mix of ingredients that may very well occur naturally in the world but are not necessarily good for you!
Remember, arsenic is naturally occurring!