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4 Uncommon Addictions That Are Really Problematic

4 Uncommon Addictions That Are Really Problematic

When we talk about addictions, the first things that come to the mind are drugs and alcohol. Surely, they are common and, unfortunately they affect way too many people. However, these serious addictions are not the only ones threatening the human race. There are many that are not so common, but they still occur fairly often and are a major problem for those involved.

Gamblers, dirt eaters, sex addicts and gamers all come under the category of uncommon addicts. Here are another four unusual addictions.

1. Tanning

Having a slightly tanned body during the summer season is desired by many. It makes us feel better, more confident, prettier, and sexier. But this non-stop exposure to the sun only lasts during the summer holidays, which is usually 10 days, or up to two weeks in a year. And, even during those days, we protect (or at least we should) ourselves with appropriate sunscreens. However, there are people who prefer to go tanning throughout the whole year, without realizing that they are suffering from something called tanning addiction.

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How this addiction develops, and what causes it, is still unknown. There are some researches that regard UV lights as the main cause. A Harvard study says that UV lights stimulate our bodies to release endorphins, the happy hormones. According to this study, when we sunbathe, we feel happier, and we feel incredibly good. So, maybe that’s why people visit the tanning salon a few times per week – to make themselves happy.

Unfortunately, many tanning addicts do not realize that extreme exposure to UV lights can cause skin cancer. But, before they get to such a serious level, their skin becomes more wrinkled, dry, and dark spots start appearing. There are other risks, such as eye damage. So, clearly, tanning is in no way good for everyone, especially if done regularly over a period of several years.

2. Working too much

Being a workaholic is something people joke about, and they do not think that it is a real problem. A person who works overtime, 7 days per week, is considered hardworking and serious. Nevertheless, this behavior might be hiding something else, something more troublesome. For instance, if a person has a compulsive need to work, or if he or she works in order to avoid facing negative emotions, they could be called workaholics. Also, if not being able to work causes you stress, or you choose work over your vacation, then you might have a problem. And, these are only some of the signs that point to a work-related addiction.

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Other than causing a rift in the relationships with your friends and family – like that isn’t bad enough – workaholism could also present a threat to your health. For instance, you might constantly feel tired, have trouble sleeping or gain excess weight. These symptoms can cause even worse issues, like increased blood pressure, or a heart attack.

3. Hoarding

We all have certain items that we do not want to get rid off. They are probably related to a fond memory of ours, which makes the act of throwing away the item rather difficult – even impossible. But these few little memorabilia pieces could start filling up boxes, eventually taking over an entire room. When this need to get and keep things turns into compulsive behavior, we are dealing with hoarding.

The worst part is that the hoarder is not aware of the problem at hand. Because of this lack of awareness, dealing with or overcoming the troublesome situation is unimaginable. They will just keep on collecting free stuff, buying more things they think are unique, or they’ll find other reasons for hoarding.

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What they do not realize is the damage. For example, their living conditions could become difficult, or even impossible. If their house is overflowing with junk, then this is a very unhealthy habit. And lastly, hoarding creates cracks in relationships, with a partner or with family and friends. The best way to try and mend the situation is to directly confront the person, and seek professional help.

4. Lying

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Telling lie after lie can only get you so far. Eventually, they will all accumulate, and without any concrete base to fall back upon, the liar’s world will crumble to the ground. But, this is something compulsive liars do not understand. Due to their mental disorder, they do not separate lying from the truth. For them, lying is totally normal, like breathing air. Moreover, lying represents a form of satisfaction to them.

Additionally, liars would go to great lengths, like trying to conceal their involvement in a murder, or trying to get some financial gain by lying about an illness or about needing some other form of help. Eventually, if the lying doesn’t pay off, their mind could break down and this can lead to dangerous situations.

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Even though there are only four addictions listed here, there are many more. They may not seem like addictions at first sight, but if the behavior continues day in and day out for a longer period, then you know you are dealing with a serious problem. The best solution would be to consult a professional, and then work your way towards recovery slowly and strategically. Leading a happy, addiction-free life is the most important thing. Actually, it would be a longer life, as well.

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12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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