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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

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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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People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. – John Porte

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The more we eliminate judging, the more change can flow easily through our lives.

If I accept myself, my position in life, my current situation, change can cascade from one moment to the next, one breath to the next.

It is judgment, labelling, then defending our label that imprisons us.

Change is difficult with rigid thought and judgment barriers.

Being present, empty of judgment, allows change to be accepted, incorporated easier, not perfect living.

Judgment creates resistance, we think, justify, defend and then suffer.

Change looks much more friendly from a focused mind, empty of thought, in a present moment space.

Being present shines an unbiased light to help better understand change more clearly.
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Simplify,,, simplify,,, simplify!!!!!

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“Our life is

frittered away

by detail.

Simplify,

simplify.”

Henry David Thoreau
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Our breath,

the simplest

of life forces,

The most immediate

The most dire (oxygen needed to live)

The control centre of the nervous centre

The purifier of stress, judgment and trauma

Has access to the other side, a door ( below the ego)

Simple
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Cultivate Gratitude it will continue to grow and grow

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This morning, up early, my quiet time, gratitude overwhelmed me.
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A deep peace, a calm, a complete easy feeling consumed my spirit.
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Amazing, my description, the brilliance and clarity the mind experiences when empty, at peace.
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Oh yes, I desire some things, however they have become faint sirens of need next to the calm of acceptance and freedom.
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Out of that empty space, the void left behind by the cessation of judgment and cognitive discord, lies peace of mind and happiness.
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Out of this space, this void, this momentary emptiness, springs real peace of mind, a bit of happiness that endures with the passing of each second.
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Happiness may be something we carry with us, enduring hardship and jubilation.
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Real happiness does not fade in an hour or a day, influenced by external condition and change.
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A trigger explodes! ….. What do I do?……one road map, anyway!!!!!

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Awareness……
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Reality (what is it?) (what is happening?). Be aware!
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A trigger, panic attack, anxiety, fear mechanism, (”adrenal stress response”) is firing. Know this!!!! know there is no real danger, it is the past, an implicit memory.
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The dissociation (Leaving this moment) stop it!
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Step back (breathe)
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Inhale a four count through the nose.
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Exhale an eight count through pursed lips (repeat five cycles)
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This activates our parasympathetic nervous system dramatically.
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Focus on the breath along with something in your immediate vision (prepare to draw in detail what your looking at, focus, like your life depended on it, bring some intensity, discipline to this space.)
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Accept, yes, this is where we heal or do something else! No avoiding.
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Accept, do not try to escape, let go of the storyline, this is the exact place on earth we need to be, right now,
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Let go (thoughts will fade unless grasped, take your breath to the body sensations, relax, accept)
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Let the storyline go
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Now use your mindfulness skills
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Inhale,,,pause….exhale…pause..
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Focus, focus, focus,,,,, (simple coal into diamond quality awareness)
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The power of our focus determines healing and happiness.
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Apply the Breathing track
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Integration in progress
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Of course, we need to practice diligently when things are calmer to prepare for this explosion.
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This is how we develop that power of focus.
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