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Updated: The biggest influence, . the greatest power . we possess, . is where we place . our attention . from moment to moment. .


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The greatest strength
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not by defeating
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But by giving,
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Not by showing weakness
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but letting power fade,
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Not by thinking
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But by accepting,

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Not by judging
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But by forgiving,
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Not by going fast
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But slowing down.
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Not for me
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But for thee.
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Updated: “Surrender Practice”

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Want to improve, deepen, heal, find some happy, then action is needed.
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Meditation uses “Acceptance” to let go, opening the “Mindful” building.
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Surrendering accesses the elevator to the 10,000 floors.
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Visualize opening your arms out as far as possible to each side of you.
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Your heart has become a butterfly net for the next ten minutes.
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Every emotion, judgment, thought, doubt, worry or utterance is caught gently, without resistance, a space void of judgment, ownership, thought.
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Each thought is gently caught, a breath blown through it, all of them fade in our surrendering space.
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Practice surrendering like this to deepen your spiritual space, to enhance healing, to make happiness a daily companion.
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Happiness does not appear by happenstance or chance, it is cultivated with intention, focus and behavior.
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We have to clear the field of weeds, of rocks, of debris to grow our crop.
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Happy is earned, accomplished by daily training, simple practices of acceptance then surrender.
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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

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human being

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guesthouse;

many kinds

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come,

stay for

a while,

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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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