Being “aware of awareness”

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Todd Gontarek
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Cultivate a Witnessing Awareness
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From: Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients: 111 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets
by Debra Burdick Lcswr Bcn
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Being “aware of awareness” is a revolutionary idea for many people.
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The idea is to notice what’s arising as it is arising.
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This includes awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and physical surroundings.
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It involves paying attention to what is happening in this moment and acknowledging and dismissing distractions.
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The goal is to remain aware without trying to change anything.
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Observe and accept what you observe.
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Awareness is the first step in eventually being able to change unwanted patterns.
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What would bring you happiness?……………………. … peace of mind, carry with you happiness to some degree.

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Every NFL athlete knows where happiness is found, a Vince Lombardi trophy, Super Bowl Champs.
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Why do we not know, what to pursue?
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Where or what would bring you true happiness?
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Now, you know doubt and worry need to be let go.
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Now, what do you need to be happy?
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Oh yes, it only counts in the present moment.
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Spaghetti sauce, … Funny news, well from a distance:: SpaghettiO’s?

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ILLICIT CANNED PASTA
You read that right:

According to the Gainesville Times, police arrested Ashley Huff, 23, when they found a “suspicious residue” they believed to be meth on a spoon inside the car she was riding in.

Huff was subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Huff repeatedly told police that there was “no way in hell” that the substance was drug residue, according to Hall County assistant public defender Chris van Rossem.

Huff was unable to afford her bail and spent more than a month in jail while her attorney attempted to arrange a plea bargain.

She was released only after the crime lab finally came back with the results of its substance analysis.

It was spaghetti sauce.

These are Heinlein’s Crazy Years — we just live in them.

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Choices today, right now?

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Abstract or Finite (Concrete)?
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Thoughts or Action?
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Dissociation or Present Moment?
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Loss or Gratitude?
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Taker or Giver?
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Worry or Acceptance?
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Doubt or Surrender?
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Exist or Live Fully?
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Sad or Happy?
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Unworthy or peace of mind (extended happiness)?
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The mind can accomplish tremendous complexities .. .programming it though, ………. ……….. is absolutely simple, basic, concrete!!!!

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The mind is capable of monumental cognitive complexities, earth changing sophisticated ideas, however programming is implemented in the simplest of ways.
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Task the mind with awakening or any other abstract task in the distant future and nothing will happen. No change, no habits altered, no real concrete action.
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The mind will adapt, change, mold itself using simple, concrete, immediate tasks.
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Case in point: The breathing track is concrete and simple.
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You can touch it, feel it, follow the breath on it. It is simple, a continuum of sorts.
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The task is in this next moment, the next breath, it is immediate, simple and exact.
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Nothing is abstract or in the distant future, the mind reacts to simple, concrete, immediate orders, when practiced daily and then applied throughout the day.
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This concrete focus we are building, needs to function when all hell breaks loose, the adrenal stress response firing (fight or flight mechanism).
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It takes daily concrete action to heal, to find happy, to allow the mind to adapt.
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Pure silence, the mind is idling ever so slowly,,,awareness peaked

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“I will shorten this poem,
because the rest of it
is being said in the world
within our eyes.
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Do you know this silence?
It is not the same as in your room
when you have no one to talk to.
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This is pure silence,
not the kind that happens
when living dogs are eating a dead one.”
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PURE SILENCE by Rumi.
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Compassion and gratitude….. My opinion. A cathartic shift for me!

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In my former life, before my spinal injuries, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and the explosion of childhood trauma, I was driven.
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Unfortunately, driven to chase desires thought to contain happiness and peace of mind.
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The unfortunate, these desires at best carried momentary joy, then faded, at worst they brought loss, resentment and suffering.
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There was no time for compassion, no space to cultivate caring for others.
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Now, as I write about giving, compassion and gratitude, its importance eludes most who read this.
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Compassion (giving), develops gratitude and that leads to acceptance of us, totally enough to find some happiness.
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Please, heed my advice, cultivate compassion, give to another personally everyday and grow.
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