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I love this, have grown to believe this with all,my,soul: …. …….. …… ………Updated:——Walt Whittman: Maybe he meant this for us

Painting by Françoise Nelly

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Updated: Permanent things: a personal example without thought!

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Unbeknownst to me, a special bond, a permanent welding of spirits happened without any thought, knowledge or clue from me.

Having been released from rehab, still recovering from Guillian Beret’s paralysis and destruction of my peripheral nerves, my one month old grandson sat in my lap every morning.

It was all I could do physically for a while. It gave Brighton a secure, elevated place to get acquainted with his two loud siblings.

In the midst of this delicate dance, I became male caregiver.

Our communication can be expressed in a glance, a look, a feeling, a grin or joyous laughter.

It is called attachment in its purest form.

Buddhists describe a parents love for a child as close to real happiness as a lay person experiences.

This bond endures and dominates all other desires I covet.

He is special in a way I can not describe with words.

Thoughts or words had nothing to do with its inception or present existence.

I can feel his presence without visual input, sense his security and safety without thought, instantly.

In a crisis late one evening in the emergency room, Doctors lectured us how we misread him being in danger.

They informed us he was fine, maybe five per cent dehydrated.

We over reacted.

I voiced my concern that they were completely off, he was severely dehydrated and his life force was compromised.

They kind of laughed at this grandpa, till labs came back.

Within the hour, we were in ICU.

I can feel his life force.
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Read this before you sit, realize the depth of what you are focusing on!

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”Shaila Catherine”
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“With tremendous precision, the meditator experiences a multitude of fleeting sensations: tingles, vibrations, pressure, heat, for instance. Pressure may increase or decrease. Pulsing may vary in rhythm. The intensity of heat or cold may fluctuate.
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This meticulous sensitivity to physical variations brings the mind to a state of exquisite clarity that allows you to see the impermanent and empty nature of phenomena and witness the relationship between the mind and body.”
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Sit quietly, gaze inward with all our senses, intently.
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Listen for the sound of the breath, slowing, centering, stabilizing, freeing your mind.
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It is so soft, so quiet, so mundane, so powerful, so simple that it is almost invisible.
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You can find it with daily practice, making mindfulness a habit, changes everything.
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Satchel Paige.. Legendary negro league pitcher,,,,

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“Never let your head hang down.

Never give up and sit down and grieve.

Find another way.

And don’t pray when it rains

if you don’t pray

when the sun shines.
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-Leroy Satchel Paige-
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And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

A perfect explanation of acceptance, good, bad, indifferent or unjudged, does not matter.
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Emotions, part two!,, sitting in silent retreat for 7 plus years makes this crystal clear, brilliant.

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By Vita Vilcini
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“When you allow feelings to evolve through their natural changes, the emotional landscape clears, like clouds passing on a stormy or windy day.

Noticing change and observing the spaces between feelings can bring a balanced perspective to emotion.
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Emotions are an expression of empty phenomena that arise in response to stimulus, are experienced, and cease.
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The Buddha

described a

human being

as a

guesthouse;

many kinds

of feelings

come,

stay for

a while,

and then

travel on.
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Try greeting all emotions as visitors or guests.
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Allow them to visit, accept that they arise due to conditions, but don’t adopt them as permanent residents.”
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Focused and Fearless::::.. …Emotions!!!!!

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By Dustin Scapeli.
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“Emotions are dynamic processes that are in a state of flux.

If you don’t refuel them through obsessive thinking, they will change and fade.

We learn to be present to the full range of emotions by feeling their changing energetic expressions in the mind and body.

For example,

anger might bring heated, agitated explosive feelings radiating from the chest;

sadness might carry a sinking vulnerable quality in the belly;

fear might create an unstable quivering sensation in the knees or throat.
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Attending to the physical manifestations of emotions keeps attention focused on the process long enough for you to learn directly about how these difficult states impact your mind.

When the mind is obsessed by a difficult emotion, it may construct repetitive stories about who did what and why.

Caught in the storyline, you might dwell on painful narratives and not discover how to free the mind from the painful thoughts.

Let go of the story and investigate the emotion directly.”
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Continued part two ahead.
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Who am “I”. … … … . .He/She is created not real!!!

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By Hartmut Tobies
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The smallest answer, description for me is, my true self, my soul, my spirit is present with all my emotions at the ready, and few of my judgments.

Besides that, the real me, my spirit, my soul is perfect and exists without needing an “Ego”, an “I”.

The true self is the seat of power. The “Ego” can not exist on its own. We can easily.

My spirit is alert, in the moment, empty, calm, open..
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In my mind, My true self is more gas than solid.

My true self is more like air than a wall.

My true self is more chameleon, less sycophant.

My true self is more abstract than solid.

My true self is more big picture much less specific, detailed.

My true self is more flexible less rigid.

My true self is more resilient less anxious.

My true self is more action less avoidance.

My true self is more open less judgmental.

My true self is more alive less sad, lethargic.

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“I” am narrow, rigid, judgmental, adolescent, and “I” ruminate daily.
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