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welcome hardship by staying present, taking action and letting go of that doubt and worry.

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This is how we integrate implicit memories, trauma memories, panic attacks, fear based dissociation, etc.
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By staying present, focused on the breath, letting go of the storyline, we heal, integrating the old trauma memories, bringing those past memories to current moment.
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There is no real danger in any memory, dream or situation in the past.
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So, once we stop dissociating, leaving this moment to fuel trauma, it fades and dies quickly.
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Trauma has no power in this present moment, as any judgment we honor.
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The final piece is letting go of doubt, worry and unworthiness.
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Happiness is abundant in this space.
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Without hardship and loss?

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Without hardship and loss, happiness would never be a friend.
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Without hardship and loss, my days would be spent chasing desire, needing satisfaction, oblivious to real joy.
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Without hardship and loss, doubt and worry would continue to consume my days, cloud my path, spoil the journey.
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Without hardship and loss, where would the discipline, courage and resolve develop, making happiness possible.
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Change, adapt, welcome hardship by staying present, taking action and letting go of that doubt and worry.
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Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease.. .. …… .Meditation/Mindfulness has no side effects!!!

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By PAULA SPAN SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 5:00 AMSeptember 24, 2014 5:00 am

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I swear I don’t go looking for alarming news about benzodiazepines, drugs widely prescribed for insomnia and anxiety. But it shows up with some frequency, so, mindful of your fervidly held views on the subject, I am donning a hazmat suit to bring you the latest findings from the medical journal BMJ.

They’re disturbing.

In previous posts, I reported that long-term use by older people of drugs called sedative-hypnotics, which includes benzos (like Ativan, Xanax, Valium and Klonopin) and the related “z-drugs” (Ambien, Lunesta), has for years caused concern among some researchers.

Some readers took exception, arguing that critics minimize the miseries of chronic sleeplessness, reflexively condemn all drug dependence or condescendingly assume older people can’t make smart decisions. “The Ambien I use is low dose and I am not an idiot,” commented a miffed Margaret Moffitt of Roanoke, Va.

The doctors and health organizations I have spoken to, however, point to much higher rates of falls and fractures, auto accidents and cognitive problems in older patients taking sedative-hypnotics, along with increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Hence, the American Geriatrics Society’s inclusion of these drugs in its Choosing Wisely list of treatments that doctors and patients should question.

Now French and Canadian researchers are reporting — in a study designed with particular care — that benzodiazepine use is linked to higher rates of subsequent Alzheimer’s disease, and that the association strengthens with greater exposure to the drugs.
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“The more the cumulative days of use, the higher the risk of later being diagnosed with dementia,” Dr. Antoine Pariente, a pharmacoepidemiologist at the University of Bordeaux and a co-author of the study, told me in an interview.
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He and his colleagues reviewed medical records of almost 1,800 older people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the public health insurance program in Quebec, and compared them with nearly 7,200 control subjects. Most were over age 80.

About half those with Alzheimer’s and 40 percent of the control subjects had used benzodiazepines, the researchers found. That translated to a 51 percent increase in the odds of a subsequent Alzheimer’s diagnosis among the benzodiazepine users.

It was not short-term use that drove that finding: Older people who took prescribed doses for 90 days or fewer over the course of the study — patients were followed for six years or longer — had no increased risk.

But those who took the drugs longer were more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In older patients who took daily doses for 91 to 180 days, the risk rose 32 percent, compared to those who took none. In those who took daily doses for more than 180 days, the risk was 84 percent higher.

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A BOWL FALLEN FROM THE ROOF ::::Rumi!

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“You that give new life to this planet,
you that transcend logic, come. I am only
an arrow. Fill your bow with me and let fly.
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Because of this love for you
my bowl has fallen from the roof.
Put down a ladder and collect the pieces,
please.
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People ask, But which roof is your roof?
I answer, Wherever the soul came from
and wherever it goes at night, my roof
is in that direction.
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From wherever spring arrives to heal the
ground,
from wherever searching rises in a human
being.
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The looking itself is a trace
of what we are looking for.
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But we have been more like the man
who sits on his donkey
and asks the donkey where to go.
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Be quiet now and wait.
It may be that the ocean one,
the one we desire so to move into and become,
desires us out here on land a little longer,
going our sundry roads to the shore.”
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A new Discovery of mine? Some things are “Contagious”

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Through intention and action from my spiritual practice, that is my increased giving, I have found that giving is highly contagious.
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It rubs off easily with other kindred souls.
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My giving has brought awareness to those who come into contact with me.
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My small gifts have encouraged others to find ways to give themselves.
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In turn, this has brought more gratitude to me, increasing my happiness somehow.
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My ego recedes more and more as I give.
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Why not give and see your environment adapt.
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Who am I, has no subject, just an avatar we grasp for identity.

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Think of our “Ego”, as a mirror, of our facebook page.
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We announce to the world, who we want them to see as “Us”, me, “I”.
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Now, look at real life, notice the contrast, between real
Life and who emerges from that facebook page.
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Some people are polar opposites of who they portray.
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How can that be?
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How can a life be lived so out of sync with desire?
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Appearance, the desire for approval, the need to avoid disapproval, brings this loss into our lives.
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Hanson: “But don’t love the self or any other mere mind-object.”

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Who am I, has no subject, just an avatar we grasp for identity.
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The more we can ignore the ego, the happier life will be, period.
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That means letting go of doubt, worry and unworthiness.
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Think less, be present, let go, smile.
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