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You need not be anything special to be a “Lighthouse” to the unfortunate, the needy, you only need — ?

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You only need a desire and willingness to give, to be a lighthouse to others.
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Very simple.
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This action will free you from your burden of unworthiness, trust me.
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Invest energy to shine a light for others, this gift is wrapped in a package of happiness.
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For “Ten Minutes”. Each day,,, “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 dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh

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free,
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happy,
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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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Time to be happy,
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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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