Desire and the Chase

Relaxing on the porchDoesn’t it seem that the more we chase the things we want in Life, the more elusive they seem to be?

In Buddhist lore, desire and greed are interchangeable concepts, both being seen as “poisons.” The notion of chasing something we desire is the equivalent of ingratitude for what “is,” and can hook us into an insatiable quest for more, more and (yes) more.

Our culture worships those who make it big financially and materially.  As we see with various famous and powerful people in our country, those who have accumulated material abundance believe themselves to also possess virtue and wisdom.  This is often far from reality.  The endless chase for more makes us vulnerable to the addictions created by desire and greed.

I guess “sufficiency,” or having enough, doesn’t fuel capitalism.  But insufficiency and a sense of inadequacy, definitely create stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other maladies that allow the pharmaceutical industry to thrive.

The one impoverishment that may help us all is less and less desire and slowing down the chase!

With love, Rosanne Bostonian

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Self-Concept

self-concept

If you want to predict how successful a person will be in life, unscrew the top of their head and pull out their self-concept.  What we think about ourselves can be the platform that launches us, or the ceiling that limits us.

Some of us have been taught that self-criticism is the way to eliminate our flaws.  We cherry pick those traits that are deemed negative and focus on them.  If we do this without compassion and forgiveness, we create a biased view that becomes a limitation.  Overly focusing on the need for improvement can tip the scales of self-concept and create negative self-talk, the basis of anxiety and depression.

This doesn’t mean we are in La-La Land not noticing those areas that need nurturing and growth, but we see them with equanimity, meaning from a peaceful center.  We can also balance our need for growth with appreciation for that which is glorious and whole about us.

What’s going on in your thought process?  Are you overly self-critical?  Are you overly critical of others? (By the way, being overly critical of others is a projection of your own self-esteem!)

Compassion, balance and gratitude.  A great formula to raise the ceiling.

With love, Rosanne

Understanding Your Owners Manual

Man dealing with depression

Can Gluten Cause Depression?

Are you suffering from depression? There are many theories on the causes of depression, but one that should be taken into consideration is how the foods we eat can affect our mental state, especially gluten. Studies indicate that gluten can affect the amount of tryptophan and serotonin in the body, which give feelings of happiness. – The Health and Wellness Networking Group

In countless articles like the one above, we are seeing conventional views expanding.  In the past, it was logical to believe that mood was dictated by the brain and the brain alone.  Now research is exploring the role of the gut and its effect on mood.

What scientists have now discovered is that many of the neurotransmitters that establish a sense of calm and well-being are produced in the digestive system.  It stands to reason that eating habits and their effect on the health of the digestive tract may be responsible for changes in mood as well as affecting our general health.

In our attempts to produce food in quantity, we may have ignored “quality,” and the impact of additives and substances that cause health challenges in our bodies.

It’s critical to know your “owner’s manual!”  Become a student of the specific needs of your particular “earth suit.”  (We’re not all the same!) Make decisions from a platform of knowledge and compassion for your body.

One way to accomplish a personalized formula is to Google “functional medicine” and see which practitioners may give you an in-depth view of your food sensitivities, inflammatory processes and mood-affecting issues.

With love, Rosanne