Depression: It’s Not Your Serotonin

Michael HoffmanDepression

NOTE: Here’s a re-post must-read for anyone concerned about Rx for depression. SoberBuddha thanks Dr. Brogan for her scholarship and cyberjournalistic integrity. Written By: Kelly Brogan, M.D., Millions believe depression is caused by 'serotonin deficiency,' but where is the science in support of this theory? "Depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance, and Zoloft works to correct this imbalance." Herein lies the serotonin myth. As one of only two countries in the world that permits direct to consumer advertising, you have undoubtedly been subjected to promotion of the "cause of depression." A ... Read More


Michael HoffmanHumor, Mindfulness, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement

You’re awakening spiritually when you start… …letting things happen instead of trying to make them happen. …smiling often for no particular reason. …feeling connected to natural environments. …appreciating people, places and things you used to overlook. …acting with enthusiasm instead of fearing failure. …liking how you feel, one moment after the other, for no special reason. …forgetting to worry about what used to worry you constantly. …losing interest in arguing and trying to be “right” all the time. …realizing what other people think and do is usually none of your business. …remembering to praise yourself for what you do well. ... Read More


Michael HoffmanHumor

August 21, 2015 Dear Sober Buddha, How can I clean out funky energy in the new car I bought yesterday? Is there a super-mindful way to do it? Thanks, Chuck F.   August 22, 2015 Chuck, Try this technique. It works every time. - Get a cheap $12.00 car wash. - Drive home and park the car facing east if possible. - Turn off engine, radio, etc. - Roll down all windows. - Make sure ashtrays are empty and clean. - Vacuum interior if the car wash missed anything. - Remove bags, boxes, clothes, papers, etc. - Kneel or sit ... Read More


Michael HoffmanDepression

We humans have an important need: the need to like and be happy with ourselves. Our ability to do that is aided or harmed by our culture through rewards and punishments, approval and disapproval, being included or excluded. How that is handled is very important and can make or break a society. We humans also have a need to be a part of and contribute to the culture that sustains us, and we also want to be proud of it. We need to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror at night and know that we did our ... Read More

Vitakka-saṇṭhāna Sutta (Instruction for the Removal of Distracting Thoughts)

Michael HoffmanConsciousness, Depression, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Self-Improvement, Spirituality

The original Pali canons of Buddhist mind training offer detailed techniques for eliminating negativity and developing positive thinking habits. The Vitakka-saṇṭhāna Sutta describes five approaches for attaining "higher consciousness." Instructions like these form the basis of many Sober Buddha Counseling techniques, and help you realize the full powerful your mind to change harmful mental habits.  1. The first uses the analogy of a carpenter's peg. When the mind has become filled with hatred or illusion by dwelling on a bad object, the aspirant should replace the bad thought with a good ("skilled") thought like an experienced carpenter getting rid of ... Read More


Michael HoffmanSpirituality

NOTE: The post below is from guest blogger Luke Miller. This honest, clear and encouraging look at the challenges of spiritual life deserves special attention. ENJOY. - Sober Buddha I think it's safe to say that spirituality is indeed a good thing. The problem is that some people can enter the spiritual world with a preconceived misconception that it is going to be an all-round positive experience. Spirituality is not one thing and can be expressed in multiple ways. Some will find enlightenment through their work, others through religion, others through spiritual practice like mediation and yoga, others through the use of ... Read More


Michael HoffmanMeditation, Psychotherapy, Therapy

Laura House of Daily Mail Australia recently reported comments made by psychologist Dr. Paula Watkins about mental health dangers of meditation. Sober Buddha hopes readers won't take Watkins or the reporter too seriously. They need to answer these questions: Where is the clinical research proving that meditation can cause depression and anxiety and exacerbate mental illness by releasing years of repressed trauma? What specific meditation retreats, held where and led by who, have caused people to suffer negative and overwhelming mental symptoms? Can you name the retreats that require 10 full hours of meditation for 10 days straight? Who said ... Read More


Michael HoffmanLove Issues, Meditation, Mindfulness

June 26, 2015 Dear Sober Buddha, You have to help me! My fiancee dumped me last week. She said I don't have enough money to make her feel secure. Ever since we met, she's insisted meditative life was more important than material things. We went to retreats together for five years, read all the cool new mindfulness books and magazines and meditated together at a local sangha every Sunday. I have over $600k saved, and I'm getting a settlement from a few "broken" REITs that will put me over seven figures. I'm set for life, but she still says it's ... Read More