There is no effort in meditation, but this is similar to saying we don’t make an effort to move our arms and legs when we walk. No effort goes into physical action, but exertion is taking place. Likewise, when we observe our thoughts, I believe it is an effortless, dynamic process, which is distinguishable from just simply resting, because I’m not being mindful when I sit and let go: that’s when I re-engage my thoughts, as if I were spontaneously flipping through TV channels.

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5 Brain Chemicals That May Affect Your Decision to Overeat

There’s one final key player worth mentioning that affects mood and food cravings. Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins. Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the muscle and plasma of humans, is a stimulating, excitatory organic substance that acts like a brain chemical.

Traditionally considered a nonessential amino acid, it now appears to be an essential nutrient in the body’s response to stress, injury or illness. It’s critical for optimal brain function, boosting mood, increasing alertness and enhancing memory. It also increases libido and facilitates digestion.

Julie M. Simon

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