A book review: Real Love is Free;  by a viewer Jade the Mystic

  
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This is a unique look at the traditional Buddhist tenets with nuggets of brilliance sprinkled throughout. A few of the topics include attachments, possessions, loneliness, thoughts, emotions, ego, letting go, emptiness and happiness.
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Jade encourages us to look a little deeper at life, listen a little more intently and then dare to walk alone. Gems like “The happiest people don’t have the best things, but they just make the best of everything” abound. Another example, “The lonely are just selfish takers and bad givers who always expect something in return”
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Accept the bad with the good is sage advice echoed for centuries, and detailed by Jade fluently. Gratitude is highlighted as an important step in ending suffering and pursuing happiness.
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This book has many little gems that grabbed my full attention. A worthwhile read for anyone on a spiritual journey.
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Adversity

  
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“Adversity
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is like a strong wind.
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It tears away from us
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all but the things
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that cannot be torn,
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so that we see ourselves
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as we really are.”
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~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
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Shed a desire a day this month.
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Start with needing approval.
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Polish yourself, let go the garbage, empty the crap from the back of the pick up

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Miles Pilling: http://mindfulphotos.org
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Embrace Setbacks
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“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
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Life presents enormous challenges for each one of us. Rich, poor, middle class, royalty or servant, life brings a myriad of personal hardships.
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The hardships are as varied as our uniqueness, however even iconic figures laden with life’s riches and accolades (Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) commit suicide.
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Redefine your hardships, drop all judgments and see them as part of the journey of life.
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Life does not have an attitude, a vendetta against us. No, bad luck, is not the answer either or excuse.
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Each one of us starts with different capabilities and we begin from much different places.
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Gratitude can not exist in an environment filled with doubt, worry, resentment and fear.
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Loosen the grip on goals, the much needed success at all costs, we must win or suffer mentality.
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If we must have a goal, make it to give all our effort everyday.
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Let go the need to judge, to narrate life and live it fully.
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Rumi::” still relevant after all these years.

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from the blog: MindBodyGreen.com
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Here are ten life changing tips inspired by quotes from the great Sufi poet, Rumi:
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1. Challenge Fear
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“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
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2. Be Bold
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“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”
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3. Have Gratitude
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“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”
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4. Take Action
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“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?”
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5. Have Faith
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“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”
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6. Embrace Setbacks
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“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
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7. Look Inside
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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
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8. Learn From Suffering
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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
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9. Don’t Be Concerned With What Others Think Of You
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“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
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10. Do What You Love
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“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
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A diagram of one breath in a finite, concrete, simpler form!

Treat each breath as a piece of music with a rhythm that flows effortlessly, quietly, calmly.
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Yes,,there is a cadence, a flow, a rhythm of balance, a beautiful small symphony, as inhales cascade into pauses followed by the purging exhales.
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Cool air arrives in the lungs with a deep slow inhale, filled with oxygen rich air, we pause to let absorption unfold.
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As the pause nears completion, our exhale consists of hot air expelled from the lungs.
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The breath becomes a timed, synchronized song, inhale four seconds, pause two seconds, exhale four seconds, pause two seconds.
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Balanced, timed, flowing peacefully without thought.
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Our focus needs to be bulletproof, able to withstand the fight or flight mechanism (adrenal stress mechanism) firing violently.
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This is the basic building block of healing and happiness.
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If we can focus intently on one breath, the complexity of meditation will melt before us.
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Mindfulness/Meditation claims nothing abstractly anymore, neuroscience has proven its power enormous, life changing.
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Make fresh tracks,,,,,,, be free,,,,,, live fully!!!!!!

Trampoline Park==== Bailey, Bowie, Brighton.

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“I want to sing
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like the birds sing,
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not worrying about
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who hears or
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what they think.”

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― Rumi–

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We die the same day,
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the same hour,
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whether fear silences our song
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Or we throw caution to the wind
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and make fresh tracks in the snow.
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Are you going to live your life without ever making some fresh tracks in the snow?
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Sit quietly today, focus, let go, risk a little more, reach a little farther, live fully.
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Life is not about turning in a pristine, almost unused body and mind when we die.
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It is about wearing out our bodies and mind, pursuing happiness, and ending up with a pile of bones.
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Life is meant to be lived with passion, enthusiasm, gratitude and giving.
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Emotions: lets play with some of our emotions today.

  

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Bring awareness to any emotion that you experience today.
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Ask,yourself if any thought surrounds each emotion.
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I am betting judgments and thoughts proliferate any emotion felt.
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When a strong emotion arrives, can you let the storyline go and breathe into the body sensation.
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When an emotion arrives, does it fade quickly when we ignore it?
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Can you experience the opposite emotion that your feeling.
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Sad to happy, joyful to angry or euphoric to depressed.
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Notice how fleeting, ephemeral and transient emotions are!
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