What You Think About and Taking Responsibility for Your Thinking Matters

  

    No one is making you think anything, and yes – you may have been heavily conditioned up until now, but in this moment – just exactly who is responsible for recognizing and letting go of destructive thoughts and emotions? In this moment who exactly is responsible for wise, skillful and liberating thinking? 

    The way you think matters. Let’s rethink the way we’ve been coming about the psychopharmacological model. Does your thinking change your neuro-chemistry? Or does your neuro-chemistry change your thinking? In other words do people really have a chemical imbalance (whatever that means?) or do you have an repetitive irrational destructive thinking imbalance? (Such as I’m hopeless).The supposed easy way out is to always say that people have a “chemical imbalance.” Where does responsibility for your thinking lie with this model?

     Read below. What you think about matters a great deal for your biology and neuro chemistry and your overall well-being.

    Thinking and Molecular Gene Change

    I recently had dinner with a pharmaceutical representative from Pfizer. The representative stated, “that we know the chemicals in the anti-depressants don’t work, but people believe that they do and they think that they get better so what’s the big deal?”

    Besides being completely unethical here’s a few reasons: Loss of libido. Weight gain. Suicidal ideation when trying to come off of these medications. Forgetting the last one – ask anyone what loss of libido does to your relationships and self-confidence. Anti-depressants are far from innocuous. What’s the point anyway when for free you can change your thinking habits and feel great about yourself? In more than 95% of all diagnosed cases (mild to moderate depression) there is no statistical relationship in any seratonin change. Only in cases of severe depression is there any noticeable difference. 

    Why not learn how to change your thinking? Why not learn how to let thoughts and emotions come and go instead of suffering for them incessantly and unnecessarily? And as you will read below – it’s simply more intelligent and healthier to empower yourself to do so.
    Stimulant effects can include:

    • Hypomania/mania /Insomnia
    • Nervousness Anxiety
    • Agitation Central nervous system stimulation
    • Frequent emotional changes Tremor
    • Sweating Palpitation
    • Paranoia Psychosis
    • Hostility Euphoria


    No one is making you think anything, and yes – you may have been heavily conditioned up until now, but in this moment – just exactly who is responsible for recognizing and letting go of destructive thoughts and emotions? In this moment who exactly is responsible for wise, skillful and liberating thinking? 

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    Michael Gregory

    Former investment banker turned monk-counselor. Writer, Speaker and Teacher. Encourages others to realize their highest potential.

    5 thoughts on “What You Think About and Taking Responsibility for Your Thinking Matters”

    1. Exactly what I needed to hear today. I’m three months off of anti-depressants and I can still feel them coming out of me…my thinking is readjusting as are my feelings. I’m hopeful for the future!

    2. I have read for many years from many different writers and teachers about the relationship between thoughts and experience. The link is abundantly clear. Every one of these teachers makes it clear that the path through our suffering is the path of releasing negative thoughts. The reader is left with no doubt about the efficacy of the concept. The question that begs to be asked however is “Just how do I do this?” This is the final piece to the process which almost all teachers leave unasked and unanswered. What is your answer?

      1. I teach not just release negative thoughts, but also both recognizing the nature of thoughts – and the nature of a thought is quite simple – it has no inherent reality…thoughts are dreamlike, and consequently none are worth suffering for.

        1. “Has no inherent reality” is an interesting thought….a fabrication like all other thoughts. As a mental fabrication I find it’s tendency is to remain in the “thought” realm; something in the “head” which remains an abstraction. It’s only when it moves from my “head” to my “body” that it becomes useful. It’s when I “feel it in my gut” that it becomes useful to me. Maybe that’s because I hold the thoughts and beliefs that I’ve carried forward to this moment in the very same “gut.” My experience is that until it finds its way there, it’s not very useful…..just another thought.

          To know that thoughts are “not worth suffering for” is a no-brainer. Yet many of us “know” this yet and yet suffer….Why?

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