A house divided can not stand.

1620-1634 Donald Street, 2 buildings each with 4 apartments, projecting roofs
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Time spent during the day

Let us delineate and describe the two mental abodes we visit.

The left hemisphere, thoughts domain, is inhabited by the “Ego” and the right creative expansive side by our true self.

One is extremely literate, extremely specific, detailed and in possession of superior skills of comparing, judging.

The other wordless, creative, expansive, void of speech or thought.

We can only inhabit one building at a time.

Perspective and balance would dictate spending time in both abodes.

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Where do you dwell?
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“There are defeats more triumphant than victories.” ~ Michel de Montaigne -

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Judging all out effort, dedication and willpower a defeat, because of a score is not very mindful.

Without loss, gain would be commonplace, without defeat, winning would be devalued until worthless.

Winning, accomplishing, defeating changes in due time, revealing their impermanent character.

Funny, we can challenge ourselves without a crowd and garner a happy feeling without defeating anyone.

We share this path, this journey with all humans, not competing, defeating them for a better space, better things, better life.

Give rather than take from others and see for yourself.

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Who am I? — …. — . Me, –hopefully, I am empty, present, aware, participating in this moment,,, ,, and you?

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Describing my true self:

My true self, spirit, soul is more my actions than my prose.

is more my actions than my thoughts.

is more my actions than my speech.

is more my actions than my “Ego”.

is more my actions than others opinion.

is more my actions than any memory.
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Hmmmm. act with awareness in this present breath, then repeat, till we exit this planet, simple.
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If we can realize the goal, … … . .the trophy, the status, all the high strung emotions .. . . .are hollow, impermanent, unimportant?

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Then we
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realize,
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it is
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the journey,
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how
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we play
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the game,
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live
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our life,
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that matters.
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Part two: psychology versus Buddhism;; no contest, psychology,— —- — disorder driven, shallow, money based….


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Brighton and rocks.

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“If we become expert at freeing ourselves

of all afflictive mental states

as they take form,

the actual content of the past events

that might have triggered them

becomes quite irrelevant.
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Furthermore, being able

to repeatedly free oneself

of such afflictive thoughts

as they occur

gradually erodes their very tendency to form again,

until they stop appearing altogether.
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Just as our emotions, moods, and tendencies have been shaped

by the accumulation of countless instantaneous thoughts,

they can be transformed

through time

by dealing

in a mindful way

with such thoughts.

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“Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of of themselves,” Lord Chesterfield once told his son.
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Happiness: Matthew Ricard ; part one.

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Ekman and Davidson conclude:
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“Rather than focusing on increasing consciousness of one’s inner state, as Buddhism does,

the emphasis in psychology has instead been on learning

how to reappraise situations, or control (regulate)

emotional behavior and expressions.”
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Psychoanalysis tries to make the patient aware of past tendencies and events, fixations, and blocks that lead to the miseries of neurosis and prevent her from functioning normally in the world.
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Buddhism takes a different position.
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It stresses enhanced awareness of the formation of thoughts,

which allows for the immediate identification of an angry thought as it arises,

and for its deconstruction the next instant,

the way a picture drawn on the surface of water

melts away as it is sketched.”
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Continued.
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Happiness is not how intelligent, how wise, how accomplished, how powerful, how charismatic!!!,

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It is the opposite!

But intelligent, wise, powerful and charismatic is what we all desire, no?

We have to create a certain amount of time everyday for our mind to be empty, present and available to experience happiness.
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It is our ability to focus, to not think, to not engage our created ego, that makes happiness available.
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Our expansive side goes offline when thought is engaged.
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Think constantly and all chance for happy disappears.

It does not matter if it is positive or negative thought, the ego is general (in charge) when engaged.

Constant positive thought will rob your life of any chance for peace of mind, also.

Sit quietly and observe the patterns of the “Ego”.

Free yourself,today, live fully, let go, accept, surrender, smile, this is the road less travelled.
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