Attachment: Sheila Catherine

  
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“Find an experience that is pleasant: looking at a sunrise, feeling the smooth fur of a cat, holding a warm cup of tea, or any other such simple thing.
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Practice moving the attention between the object and the pleasant feeling it elicits.
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Shift your attention between the object of pleasure (the visual image, feeling of warmth or softness) and the pleasurable feeling it evokes.
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Practice allowing the attention to settle within the experience of pleasantness without adding attachment.
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If the desire for more arises, notice that attachment.
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Ask yourself—what is this feeling of attachment?
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Does attachment increase the pleasure, or decrease it?
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Many people will recognize attachment by a characteristic feeling of contraction or separation.
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How do you notice attachment to pleasure as distinct from a simple experience of pleasure?
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Breath is the bridge


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Breath is the bridge
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which connects life to consciousness,
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which unites your body to your thoughts.
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Whenever your mind becomes scattered,
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use your breath as the means
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to take hold of your mind again.
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-Thich Nhat Hanh-
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Make sometime each day to soothe your nerve endings, to empty the mind of thought, to be present, now, here.
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See what life looks like beneath the ever discerning ego.
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We have a vital need to bring silence into our mind for short periods of time.
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If we want happiness, peace of mind, he/she can not be a stranger.
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Sit today and introduce yourself.
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Whoever I am right now, it is enough!

  
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“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already I am.”
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– Thomas Merton –
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Rather than task your being with needing further achievement, accomplishment or approval, accept all of you, right now. Your current skill level, standing in the community and self worth are more than enough to be happy.
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Letting go of the need(ego) to seek recognition, frees us.
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We need not look for an exit, a way of escaping life’s awkwardness, we need only look for a quiet place to set and observe ourselves.
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We run from our own body mechanisms, fight or flight, anxiety and panic.
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There exists no fear in the mechanism of fear itself.
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Our thoughts, our storyline filled with emotion brings fear to life.
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Get to know the difference between real fear (danger) and created fear.
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90% of fear is created by us. No real danger is present, it is imagined though our dissociative rumination.
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Work on integrating these toxic judgments, daily.
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Four quotes about ——–NOW!

  

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“The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.” Robert G. Ingersoll
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“The future is always beginning now.” — Mark Strand
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“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” — Eckhart Tolle
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Life is a journey not a destination!
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Now, houses happiness, cradles our peace of mind, and offers opportunity.
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We have a choice.
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Pick now.
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Let go of thought, empty the mind, live in the present, vulnerable and free.
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Yes, we are vulnerable to sickness, death, external circumstance. (car accident)
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Control is a myth, being vulnerable reality.
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Sit today, get to know vulnerable, uncomfortable and awkward intimately.
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Thought is a prison, judgment a penitentiary! .

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“Be empty of worrying.
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Think of who created thought!
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Why do you stay in prison
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When the door is so wide open?”
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― Rumi —
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Thought is a prison, judgment a penitentiary!
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Acceptance holds the key to one door, letting go the key to another.
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“Think of who created thought”, the Ego, left hemisphere, our cognitive engine.
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The door opens when we sit, let go, empty our mind and just be.
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Building good habits: We spend very little time assessing self-worth.

  
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We spend very little time assessing self-worth.
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Entering a room with five strangers, our ego tries to determine where we fit, quickly.
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On every team their are leaders, followers and renegades.
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Our judging champion (Ego) never feels equal to another person, superior or inferior, sometimes subtlety, sometimes dramatically.
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The “Ego’s job is to separate us from others, identify us as special, unique.
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An unworthy “Ego” separates us as not good enough, damaged, not capable of being loved.
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Mindfully, all this is air without action, attention.
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A judgment is abstract, as thought without some outward action.
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We have to speak, write or act out our judgments and thoughts for them to be known.
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Without this, they resemble air, invisible mirages.
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Sit today, focus, learn to let go, claim your life back.
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20 focused minutes a day can facilitate change, big change!
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One of the goals of this blog is to help you take action, take that first step, to move forward.
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Reading is fine, taking action alters life and us.
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Gratitude and desire: a balancing act


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Real gratitude does not begin until acceptance has evolved.
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Acceptance brings perspective to our desires, presents them in a balanced, healthy way.
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Acceptance is close to an all or nothing proposition.
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Whatever we grasp, avoid, or runaway from haunts us, does it not?
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A little acceptance is a little worthless.
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Desires are balanced when we accept ourselves, then gratitude has fertile soil to grow and mature.
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Sit today, fertilize the only life you have, cherish all of you often with maximum exuberance.
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Smile, winning and losing fade, living fully emerges in this present moment.
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