Sit quietly, let go, let the mind empty, self conquest looks like this.

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“Though one

should conquer

a thousand times

a thousand men

in battle,

he who

conquers

his own self,

is the

greatest

of all

conquerers.
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Self-conquest

is,

indeed,

far greater

than the

conquest

of all

other folks.”
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Dhammapada v. 103, 104
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The slogan read, “Riding the waves of life, be mindful, be happy.”

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Ani Tenzin Palmo:
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While I was in Malaysia, I saw a T-shirt depicting a surfboard aloft huge waves. Sitting on the surfboard was a figure meditating cross-legged.

The slogan read, “Riding the waves of life, be mindful, be happy.”

That’s it. Awareness. Being present.

Knowing thoughts as thoughts, emotions as emotions.

It’s just like riding a surfboard.

You gradually develop the poise to cruise along on the roughest seas until, no longer immersed in the waves, you are riding on top of them.

Of course you have to start with small waves until you get your balance. Then the higher the wave, the better!

Likewise, when we begin to train in awareness, it is better if we have an atmosphere which is nonthreatening and peaceful.

That’s why people go on retreat. That’s also a reason why people set aside regular sitting periods.

But once we learn how to be balanced, we become like a surfer who finds that the bigger the wave, the greater the fun.
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From the 45 most inspiring quotes on “Change”!!

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Final words:
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“You’re braver

than you

believe,

and stronger

than you

seem,

and smarter

than you

think.”

–A.A. Milne

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“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt -
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“Never,

never,

never,

never

give up.”

–Winston Churchill
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“Courage

doesn’t

always

roar.

Sometimes

courage

is the

little voice

at the end

of the day

that says

I’ll try

again

tomorrow.”
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-Mary Anne Radmacher
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“20 years

from now

you will

be disappointed

by the things

you didn’t do

than by the

one’s you did.

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So

throw off

the bowlines.

Sail away

from the

safe harbor.

Catch the

trade winds

in your

sails.

Explore.

Dream.

Discover.”

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“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”

–Unknown -
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“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” -Walter Anderson -

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Aerobic exercise to exhaustion does more that that.

Insert PTSD as our antagonist, our opponent, the one who is trying to stop our legs from moving, and we have emotional invigoration, a runners high type of freedom.

Aerobic exercise depletes cortisol and adrenaline, flushes toxins from the body, lubricates our organs and joints, then brings accomplishment to both the body and mind.

Balance and perspective make the difference.

Our mind and body are one, we separate them.

They are connected, interconnected and inseparable.

Cognitively, we install a shadow, an imaginary identity figure we created, the “ego” as commander of our being at times.

Awareness, then letting go, will allow this delusion to fade harmlessly away.
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The “Ego” changes during a spiritual journey!

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The “Ego” shrinks when we bring awareness and acceptance into daily existence.

He is given less responsibility, less time in the captains chair, and much less importance in our daily life.

The “Ego” is created for identity, to separate us, to help us distinguish us from another.

The “Ego” was not created to be our general, our leader.

He/she is incapable of knowing what is harmful or helpful to our being. He/she only covets the ability to direct our being, period.

The “Ego” will chase desire and covet every need that comes around.

This will lead to suffering, loss and resentment.

Let go, let the ego recede from consciousness, let judgment fade, let thought dissipate, let the mind empty.

Some decisions by the “Ego” harm us.

When I avoided, dissociated, ran away every time a trigger fired, my “Ego” made PTSD stronger.

I followed my “Ego” until agoraphobia locked me in my garage for six months.

I stopped following him one day and started to heal, let go, be free.
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Without the experience of Suffering from C-PTSD,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,I would never have ____________ ?

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I would never have found happiness, found this part of the journey, found a purpose, found mindfulness.

C-PTSD forced me to face my fears, learn to let go, then build enough resilience to start taking action.

This formula was the inspiration for this blog, the vehicle that lets me use my skills to support others.

My life now, has much more giving, much more gratitude, and much more humility since finding and incorporating mindfulness as a daily companion.

As Helen Keller said, there is suffering in the world but there is also the overcoming of suffering happening in this world.

My advice, be the second, never give up, stay present, keep moving.
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Counterintuitive: .. Big word, no?

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CONTROL:

We have no control, none. It is a delusion to believe we control life. Please. Ever lose someone early to an accident, cancer, etc. The Richest man in the world can not stop life from impacting him or his family. Control is not for sale.

Control, what we define as control only shows itself when we accept and surrender to our fears.

So our definition of control resembles the antonym of control, surrender. Interesting.

Surrender means we do not resist, run away, we accept our flaws, our fears, our unworthiness without judgment.

Counterintuitive.

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EMPTINESS:

Goodness, that must be the most boring deal on this planet.

If nothing is going on, what is all the commotion about?

This experience can not be conveyed with words, we need sit and experience certain things.

Emptiness is the Pacific Ocean of expansiveness and yes, I see my ego, a beach ball there, floating aimlessly.

How small and rigid my paltry ego looks in the real world.

Perspective is a powerful thing.

Moral of story:

Surrender and empty, what else, be here, be calm, be happy, smile, laugh.
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