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Self Discipline and Willpower

July 12, 2010

 Willpower is based on emotion. Discipline is based on the mind. Self-discipline and willpower must work in balance.

 Discipline is based on a natural action. We can discipline ourselves to sleep and wake up at a certain hour, discipline our mind to work in our sleep and discipline our mind to be active in our waking hours.

Discipline allows us to exercise our abilities where anything becomes possible.

When we have the discipline to have an open mind, we learn to observe the activity of our mind and to be mindful of the energy that is created, activity not only of our mind but also our brain and our body. 

 When discipline is achieved it becomes a habit. A habit of this nature allows us opportunity, a self-control that is vital to our existence.

Our willpower is our ultimate drive and applies to the physical world.

Of course we need to apply our willpower, which shall see us through all our experiences. When we exercise our willpower we change and become elevated.  

When our will is weak, we are susceptible and vulnerable, a vulnerability that comes from within, as if we intend to victimise ourselves and allow the self to deviate.  At times like this, we become stagnant in thought and develop a disinterest or discontentment towards all that surrounds us, which can manifest into guilt.

Objectively focusing on our mind enables us to learn about our self, our motivation, desire and the magnetism towards our willpower.  

We can develop our willpower by identifying and observing basic functions that make us do things for ourselves.  

The will to breathe is our starting point.  We can enhance our willpower by breathing objectively, meaning paying attention to the air that we breathe in and the air that we breathe out. 

When we are focused on parts of our body and breathe air into them they come alive, either relaxing or activating, you are paying attention to strengthen. When we breathe life into our actions our willpower strengthens. 

The deeper we breathe the calmer we become and the stronger we become. Exercising our willpower allows us to achieve the ultimate in all that we do.

When you breathe objectively, observe to see if your willpower changes. 

The application of willpower for us to achieve our objectives is extremely important.  It is our own effort, our own need, and our own drive. 

This willpower has to be directed towards our mind, instructing our mind  to behave and to create the necessary instructions to the brain to make us achieve our desires.

Applying our willpower together with our discipline allows us to communicate the changes that are needed. When our willpower and discipline is at its strongest, the mind reacts in such a way that creates change instantaneously.

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Recovering from multiple sclerosis

June 11, 2010

We wanted to share a good news story with you today about Amritpal Juttla and her recovery from Multiple Scelrosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological condition affecting around 100,000 people in the UK. MS is the result of damage to myelin – a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of thecentral nervous system.When myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body..

Amritpal could not come to terms with her condition and refused to believe she had MS and as her MS started to progress she became a wheelchair user. In September last year a relative showed her a cutting from a magazine about a woman who had been receiving treatment for her multiple sclerosis at The Mind Clinic in London and was now able to walk again and decided to give it a go herself.

She initially underwent counselling with Hratch Ogali, the founder of the Mind Clinic, to better understand her condition and how multiple sclerosis works. She learnt to off load all the problems that were bothering her. Amritpal was then taught a number of  techniques which involve breathing, mind work and mental/physical exercise. A week later, she was already able to start walking again with a frame. The important thing here is that Amritpal had the strength of mind and determination to work at these techniques, not just during the Mind Clinic sessions but when at home every day in order to overcome her condition. It is very much a personal goal to use the power of your mind to overcome the complications in your life.

Amritpal says she is now regaining her confidence, and getting stronger day-by-day. You can read Amritpal’s full story here

If you suffer from Multiple Sclerois please do share your experience with us. Also, please let us know if you have any questions about the Mind Clinic, and we can help you halt the progression of MS.

Bono Back Injury

June 4, 2010

We are all used to seeing rock stars jumping around on stage, but we don’t often think about them actually injuring themselves while rehearsing. But according to this blog, that is exactly what happened to one particular star, Bono. After hurting his back during concert rehearsals in Munich,  U2 have been forced to postpone the sixteen dates on the band’s summer American tour, including the two dates at Angel Stadium on June 6 and June 7. The band also canceled its performance at the Glastonbury music festival.

 Bono underwent emergency spine surgery last week as he had  suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.  He was in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. Bono must now enter a period of rehabilitation.

 We at the Mind Clinic have a lot of experience of people with back pain and spinal injuries. Lots of people suffer from back pain and we offer physical rehabilitation for these injuries. But we would say just as important is the mental rehabilitation  – using your mind to heal your back. For example, in terms of the pain from a back injury, it is important to breathe deeply and easily to realign tensions.

 It is when you hear these stories in the news though, that it really does get you thinking about any aches and pains that you have. It is important to remember that ultimately, you can use the power of your mind to overcome any of these physical conditions. Please do let us know in the comments box below how you managed to overcome your back pain.

Election, recession and anxiety

May 6, 2010

Well, we all know the election is fast approaching and that there has been a lot of finger pointing about the state of the economy, and what we have to look forward to. But without getting into all the details of who is to blame, it is clear that have been a tough few years because of the recession. Whether you or someone in your family has lost a job, suffered a pay freeze or pay cut, or just been exposed to all the negative media around the recession – this can all make anxiety build up.

In fact, a recent story in the Telegraph, has detailed how valium prescriptions have soared during the recession. Prescriptions of Valium, the highly addictive pill for stress and anxiety disorders, have risen by more than 11 per cent in three years. Doctors have expressed alarm that the drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium, is now being dispensed almost 5 million times a year in England.

NHS figures show that in the first nine months of 2009, more than 3.6 million prescriptions were written for diazepam in England – an 11 per cent rise on the 3.25 million dispensed in 2006, and an increase of 17 per cent in a decade. If the trend continues, it will amount to more than 4.8 million prescriptions issued in 2009, according to the NHS Prescription Pricing Authority.

So, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you may want to talk to your GP about access to psychological therapies, rather than drugs, but the availability of counselling does vary widely across the country and waiting lists can be long. The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs should be referring those suffering from anxiety for counselling, not drugs as they could result in a lifelong addiction.

Here at the Mind Clinic we completely agree that counselling should be used instead of drugs, and we have a drug reduction programme where medication is already being used. We offer counselling so you can use the power of your own mind to overcome any complications of your own life.

So as the election battle reaches its finale, and we all get caught up in all the election fever, you might also want to spend some time thinking about yourself. And how you can help yourself if you have been affected by the recession. Hope that helps!

Excercise your anxiety or depression away

April 30, 2010

So we are nearing the weekend. The time when you might be tempted to overindulge – maybe get that takeaway on Friday night, or just sleep in until really late on Sunday. But if you suffer from anxiety, you might want to consider doing something a little more active in your weekend.

 You see exercise can be a really good way to combat anxiety and depression, and many other trials of life, and is something we really recommend at the Mind Clinic.

According to this article, last year the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) published its guidelines on the treatment and management of depression in adults – and recommended exercise. Nice examined research on treating depression with everything from water aerobics and ballroom dancing to running and walking. The conclusion was that an exercise regime of about 45 minutes to 1 hour, two to three times a week, has a beneficial effect and could be considered a good alternative to antidepressants.

So exercise is a good way to combat anxiety without the use of drugs, which is something we would really encourage at the Mind Clinic. With exercise, you can use the power of your mind to understand and harness any negative feelings.

But this doesn’t mean that you need to slave away at the gym. It is about getting active, and even a little bit of exercise, going out for a walk for example, as often as you can, can really help. There are also other things that you could consider such as the ‘green gym’. This ‘gym’ involves tutored groups taking part in nature conservation work such as pruning, planting and coppicing.  

The good thing is that excercising in this way is not just a short term fix either. Data pooled from many small studies suggest that in people diagnosed with depression or anxiety, the immediate mood boost is followed by longer-term relief.

Yoga is another exercise that can work particularly well. Yoga can help you to achieve physical fitness as well as mental wellness. Since ancient times, yoga has played a significant role in achieving better mind, body and soul.

 So next time you experience any negative feelings, it might be worth thinking about what you could do to get more active.

The Baby Blues

March 26, 2010

I don’t really like the term ‘baby blues’ because it seems like a very trivial term for a very important issue  – that of postnatal depression.

It is a very common condition, which both Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow battled with. In fact, it is a term that is often banded about, but what exactly is it?

Well, according to this blogAngelina Jolie was on the verge of postnatal depression after the birth of her twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, in September 2008.

Common symptoms of PND include sadness, anxiety, lethargy, mood swings, tearfulness, and problems eating and sleeping. It is thought that as many as 80% of women experience PND in some form or another following pregnancy.

 In 2006, Gwyneth Paltrow suffered from PND after giving birth to her second child, Moses. This was not the first time Gwyneth suffered from depression. In 2002, her terminally ill father passed away, and she experienced guilt at not having done enough for her father while he was sick.

This brings me onto a wider issue about dealing with depression –  according to a BBC news article, GPs are calling for better treatment for depression sufferers.

65% of doctors say they can “rarely” offer psychological therapy to depression sufferers within two months of referral. The survey is part of a campaign by mental health charity Mind calling for better access to therapies.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends talking therapies to help with mild and moderate depression.

 Mind’s campaign challenges all political parties to make a guarantee in their election manifestos, to offer evidence-based therapies to all those who need them within 28 days of requesting referral.  Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer said talking therapies could save lives, and it was crucial that people who needed help received it as quickly as possible.

 The programme director for Wellbeing at the London School of Economics, Professor Lord Layard, who is spearheading the campaign, has stressed the economic case for depression therapy, suggesting that successful therapy can help many people return to the workplace.

 So what do we think here at the Mind Clinic? Well, we support the need for faster counselling for depression and believe that these alternative therapies should be available on the NHS. However, we do not consider depression a mental health issue.  We believe that the most important therapy is understanding depression, and understanding yourself, and that this produces far greater benefits than accepting current perceptions about depression. At the Mind Clinic, we believe that depression is an important part of human nature.  A depression marks the end of a specific cycle in our life and the beginning of a new cycle that is waiting to arrive.

 What do we do about depression? At the Mind Clinic,  we teach through guidance and counselling how to consider depression useful rather than destructive. It is all about helping you to help yourself by understanding better your emotions. As every one of us is unique, every depression is unique but the mechanics of any depression are the same. If medication is being used, we work on a medication reduction programme (in conjunction with medical care).

So at the Mind Clinic we do support this campaign, so people receive therapies more quickly, for any kind of depression, from PND to post traumatic stress disorder. The most important thing though is to gain an understanding of your depression, and therefore regain your sense of wellbeing.