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 beautify 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 an 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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More emotional is not happier or more stable, is it?

  
Some people are very high strung, highly emotional (sensitive) as we describe them.

They are exceptionally emotional with intense drama in their lives.

Do these people, who use emotions as a way of navigating life, emotional experts, experience a more stable life?

Do emotional people enjoy more “Happiness”?

I witness the opposite, how about you?

Unstable and an emotional wreck is how I describe them.

Common sense then, would tell us to discount and release emotions for a deeper peace of mind (Happiness).

Emotions: Do you believe emotions are connected to happiness?

  

Some emotions are attached to the 60,000 thoughts that bombard us everyday. With a thought arriving each second, the vast majority are ignored or overlooked.

Consider that emotions are impermanent, fleeting, they arrive in our consciousness, stay a while, then fade helplessly away.

Happiness, real happiness is so much deeper, enduring, longer lasting than any emotion.

No emotion can describe me because five minutes later, my description would be different.

I can be happy with all kinds of different emotions present.

Happiness is not dependent on any one emotion or all of them combined.

We all have the same number of emotions.

With the same emotions available, some people suffer while others enjoy happiness.

Emotions must not have influence on happiness then.

Opinions?

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Approval: some believe it is a salve that cures all, unfortunately!

  

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Look at the time we spend chasing approval or avoiding criticism (disapproval).
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We men covet the prettiest wife, women, the most handsome man.
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Do we not desire to have others envy us, our mate, our house, our possessions, career, accomplishments, victories.
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Do we not make trophy rooms to display who we are, what we have accomplished?
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Having others approval is as abstract as air and subject to change at any moment. Can you touch this approval?
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In a time of need, do you think this approval will rescue you, protect you, save you?
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So does approval bring happiness?
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As hard as we try to gain approval (happiness), criticism must bring sadness and suffering.
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Wrong again. Approval or disapproval are external and have nothing to do with who we are or happiness.
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Life is not about gaining anyone’s approval.
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Happiness is still an inside job. Approval is not needed.
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Empathy

  
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Bouncing Back: Linda Graham;
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“WHILE MINDFULNESS and observation-reflection create the self-awareness and expanded brain capacities that allow us to create the changes in our behaviors critical to resilience, the other essential catalyst for brain change — empathy — requires skillfully interacting with other people to generate the connection and self-acceptance we also need for resilience.
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Chapter 1 shows that the early learning of resilient coping strategies and the development of the prefrontal cortex itself rely on the empathy developed through experiences of secure attachment.
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Research shows that five elements of that empathy are essential for maturing the prefrontal cortex in the first place and for continuing to strengthen it throughout our lives:
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1. Resonance: picking up the “vibe” of other people
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2. Attunement: feeling your way into another person’s experience and “feeling felt” by them
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3. Empathy (as one part of the larger umbrella of empathy): making sense of your experience or another’s, conveying a shared understanding of the meaning of the experience, and sensing that any experience is completely understood and accepted
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4. Compassion: literally “feeling with,” keeping the heart open and caring in the face of struggle or suffering
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5. Acceptance: coming to terms with what is or has been, so that you can cope going forward”
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