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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh

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“Be Aware of the Body as a Whole……….”Buddha’s Brain”

 

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Some parts of the brain are linked by reciprocal inhibition: when one part activates, it suppresses another one.
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To some extent, the left and right hemispheres have this relationship; thus, when you stimulate the right hemisphere by engaging the activities it specializes in, the verbal centers of the left hemisphere are effectively shushed.
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The right, visual-spatial hemisphere has the greater responsibility for representing the state of your body, so awareness of the body can help suppress left-brain verbal chatter.
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“Right hemisphere activation increases further when you sense the body as a whole, which draws upon the global, gestalt processing of that hemisphere.
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{ge·stalt noun \gə-ˈstält, -ˈshtält, -ˈstȯlt, -ˈshtȯlt\
psychology : something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts; broadly : the general quality or character of something)
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Full Definition of GESTALT

: (a structure, configuration, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts)}

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To practice awareness of the whole body, start with the breath as a whole; rather than allow attention to move as it normally does, from sensation to sensation, try to experience your breath as a single, unified gestalt of sensations in your belly, chest, throat, and nose.
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It’s normal for this unified gestalt sensing to crumble after a second or two; when it does, just try to recreate it.
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Then expand awareness to include the body as a whole, sensed as a single perception, as one whole thing.
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This sense of the body as a whole will also tend to crumble quickly, especially in the beginning; when it does, simply restore it again, if only for a few seconds.
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You’ll get better at this with practice, and will even be able to do this in the middle of everyday settings such as meetings.
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Besides its benefits for quieting the verbal mind, whole body awareness supports singleness of mind.
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This is a meditative state in which all aspects of experience come together as a whole and attention is very steady.
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Time……simple…simple things lead to happy……..

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Time to let go.
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Time to focus on the breath.
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Time to accept.
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Time to surrender.
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Time to be free.
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Then,
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Time to be happy,
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Appears.
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Naming my pain, a jocks strategy to compete, improve, survive……. …. I am crazy,,maybe!!!!!!!

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Evaluating my pain one day, I realized pain was invisible like the wind, powerful without form, structure.
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My opponent, was a ghost, a real powerful, shadowy figure, capable of consuming vast amounts of energy and time.
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Tired of the chronic pain group, I threw most of my meds away, and decided to approach this challenge as a jock, a mindful jock now.
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Pain needed to have human qualities, finite characteristics so I could compete against it.
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So, I named my pain Mr. P.
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Mister P. was my opponent, when walking, exercising, competing, resisting the urge to quit when hurting, tired.
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I walked till Mr. P. cried out for me to quit, to go back and get a beer, watch TV, then I turned the music up and marched for another twenty minutes.
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Mr. P. could not stop me from moving my legs, I discovered, pain had weaknesses
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After a couple of weeks, a big shift happened, my pain compressed, I was familiar with it, a friend with it finally.
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We do not have to fear or be reverent to our pain, it needs no honor.
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Keep moving, exercise, challenge yourself, compete, exhaust yourself, rest.
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“Pain is inevitable. . Suffering is optional.” . ~Zen proverb~


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Chronic pain patient, meditator (me), pain is inevitable, suffering is optional, today.
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The pain stands alone, what we add by reacting, giving attention, becoming alarmed or afraid, is called suffering.
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It is self-inflicted, administered by our thoughts and attention.
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I do not think about my pain, my spine, my discomfort.
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I leave it alone, I do not touch it, fear it, caress it or avoid it.
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Pain does not have an cruel manner, an angry temper or evil intent, it is neutral, a body mechanism, broken now and firing chronically.
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Next post, chronic pain can be compressed, diminished, subdued, impacted.
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let us be judged by our actions……


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If we must judge us, we all do, then judgment can be made on the quality of our actions.
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We will become what we do, what we give, what we share, what we see in this current moment.
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Let friends, co-workers, neighbors, and stranger know you by actions, always a smile, a kind word, an intent ear, or loving kindness support.
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Take a needy neighbor a slice of pie, a plate of the best meal you cook, a take out order from your favorite restaurant.
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Extend your reach, purchase a bag of apples, carry them in the passenger seat, when confronted by a homeless person on any corner, give a couple of apples as gifts.
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I guarantee your experience and that homeless persons will change drastically.
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We all could spend a few dollars and keep some apples at the ready.
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Be your actions, start some new actions, small actions today.
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Can you hear your breath when you slow down, focus, listen intently?


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Can you hear your breath, hear the internal sounds our body produces, between our ears, inward.
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When focusing on the breath, start listening, zeroing in on the lowest decibel sound in our immediate space.
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Focusing on the faintest sound allows us to go below it, reaching farther away to hear even more quietness.
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Some days, when my focus is strong, thoughts fading, my listening skills seem enhanced, more sensitive, more alert, more perceptive.
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I can hear my inner sounds, between my ears, somehow listening inward, when focus has reached a certain intensity, a clarity.
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The combination of following my breath, plus listening this intently, has deepened my practice, made it much more difficult for thoughts to penetrate my no thought space.
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Following two immediate senses like this, has built greater focus for me, brought more no thought space into my daily sits and life.
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Our goal is to let go enough,,focus enough, slow down enough, to reach a no thought stage.
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Listening intently can be a great asset in our developed skills bag of healing.
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