I was seeing someone the other day and we were talking about observing her thinking. She told me she avoided this because she was frightened - imagine what it would be like to be scared of your own mind. However, I don’t think she is the only one - many people dislike introspection, or looking at what their minds are doing, but this I think is largely their thoughts often seem to be out of control. Many personal and relationships problem arise because of lack of control – alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence – but these are just the big, and obvious ones. If we looked more closely we would find that many of our issues arise from lack of self-control or self-discipline.
In our book The Focused Child, Chapter 10 deals with some aspects of nutrition and children’s well-being. The following article updates some of that information with new work that has been done on the importance of good nutrition for mental well-being.
Anxiety in children has been in the news a lot lately, so we thought we would share some thoughts on what can prevent anxiety in childhood. Having solid self-esteem is a subtle but powerful factor that can give children a buffer against fear and anxiety. Many qualities contribute to self-esteem and an unlikely one to be chosen is the experience of quietness. You might well ask: How does being quiet contribute to a good self-esteem and the ability to relax?