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why you cannot force your mind into a relaxed state

Body and mind are very ancient. They have evolved over billions of years, shaped by interaction with the environment and other embodied minds.The  I together with its thoughts and good ideas is completely new to them. You are a child of your body, you are a child of your mind, their latest invention. It is[…] why you cannot force your mind into a relaxed state

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What is stress?

Mental stress is the way the mind feels a change in the state of the body that is created in order to push or pull an experience. To understand this point better, imagine that you hear a sudden loud noise behind you. Your body instantly tightens, your shoulders go up trying to hide your head[…] What is stress?

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a recipe for happiness

So far we have understood that emotions are states of a body that undertakes actions aimed at transforming its environment (avoiding threats or taking advantage of opportunities). The feelings on the other hand, are the way the mind perceives these bodily changes. Based on this information, we could attempt the following definition of happiness: Happiness[…] a recipe for happiness

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in search of happiness

What we really want from life is to be happy. We want to feel good with what we think, with what we feel and with what is happening around us. We want to feel fulfilled in our relationships and social interactions. In short, we want our lives to become perfect. And so we cruise through[…] in search of happiness

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It’s not you but your cells that believe in thoughts

So far, we have examined how the belief in reality of thoughts and the content of thoughts translate into the intensity of an emotional reaction. Now let’s try to understand what determines the degree of faith in a thought. Each of us is intellectually aware that thought is not something that is actually happening, but[…] It’s not you but your cells that believe in thoughts

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fighting the holograms

The intensity of an emotional reaction to a scenario played out by a mind depends on the content of that thought, AND on the intensity of the simulation itself. What do we mean by that? If we compare a thought simulation to a movie that is displayed on a transparent screen placed very close to[…] fighting the holograms

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the horror of a couch potato

We already know that the body reacts with a real somatic change to a virtual threat. This type of solution works very well for shorter thought processes. The minds of dogs, cats, squirrels, mice, hamsters and monkeys create projections covering short periods: the nearest 5 seconds, the next minute, the next 5 minutes, or a[…] the horror of a couch potato

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word becomes flesh

Thinking is a mechanism that enables an organism to create a virtual simulation of itself and its environment. It allows it to predict opportunities and threats resulting from its potential interactions with its environment. During the process of thinking the mind creates a series of mental scenarios of its interactions with its environment  and chooses[…] word becomes flesh

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virtual reality

Every living organism strives to maintain the balance of its life processes. The disturbance of these processes, the loss of homeostasis, is immediately compensated by taking specific actions aimed at restoring the state of equilibrium. In fact, life comes down to a very long series of moments of losing and regaining that balance. From this[…] virtual reality

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battle ready

Stress is a physical and mental state that occurs as a result of the body’s contact with a factor that poses a potential threat to the balance of its life processes. Imagine the following situation: suddenly a tiger appears in front of you. Your brain quickly assesses the situation and decides that the situation poses[…] battle ready