Anxiety, Mindfulness, Psychology

The 4 stages of emotion

Our brains have a tendency to cling on to an emotion and amplify it. Observing my own mind, I found that there are 4 stages to any emotion. Psychologists call it the “emotional feedback loop”, although it’s not formally described in these stages. Let’s go through them, taking anxiety and excitement as examples: Stage 1: Physiological response Something out of…

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Meditation, Mindfulness

The purpose of mindfulness and meditation

Many people, like me, begin their mindfulness journey to reduce stress/anxiety, or to focus better. They start with breath meditation, and whenever they get an intrusive thought during it, they think “damnit, I failed again”. What I recently realized is that the purpose of meditation is NOT to focus on the breath, but to see what thoughts pop into your…

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