We’re all crazy… so what should we do about it?
You’re so lonely and pathetic! I should say THAT! Why did you say that to her? Why did he say that to me? Am I not good enough? I probably shouldn’t do that. DON’T SAY THAT! I’m for sure not good enough. Will I ever find love? I don’t belong in this room with these smart people. You’re ugly.
There’s no limit to the number of things that the wonderful “roommate” we have hanging out with us in our minds will say. Sometimes those thoughts can be daunting and overwhelming and often lead us down a rabbit hole of other, similar thoughts. The good news is you’re not the only one who has these experiences, and there’s a number of things we can do about it.
Science has been trying to quantify just exactly how many thoughts, conscious and unconscious, we have in a day. Estimates have it anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day. That’s one thought every 1 to 4 seconds! And although the brain is a supercomputer that has refined its abilities over millions and millions of years, it still has its flaws. Although we may not be able to stop the rate that our thoughts come in, we may be able to change the way that we experience them.
There are many different types of treatment out there to help us with the thoughts and experiences that shape our reality. A multitude of psychiatric techniques, a myriad of pharmaceuticals, diets, and even contemplative practices like meditation and mindfulness. Ugh, meditation and mindfulness. Will people PLEASE stop talking about this already?
If you feel this way about the meditation and mindfulness movement, you’re not alone. However, in the following blog posts, I will dive into some of the different types of meditation, how to start a practice yourself, some of the most common misconceptions about meditation, and some of the benefits that I’ve received from doing it for 3 years now. My hope is that it will help you learn something new about this topic and dispel myths that you’ve held about it so that maybe you will give it a shot yourself, or try it again with a new perspective.
If after reading this series you still feel the same way, I would love to hear from you about your perspective if nothing else for a healthy discussion around these topics.
Till next time, may you find harmony in the ups and downs of life.
–Nick Zolfo, Wellness Consultant with LulaFit
This is post 1 of 3 in a series on meditation practice. Stay tuned for the next posts!