Posts Tagged ‘C-PTSD’

When my mind is still and alone

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“When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I remember things too easily forgotten:
The purity of early love,
The maturity of unselfish love that asks —
desires — nothing but another’s good,
The idealism that has persisted through all the tempest of life.
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When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.
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When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can sense my basic humanity,
And then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them,
Then my life shall surely be richer and more full.
If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,
And they will be more able to accept me.
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When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I know how much life has given me:
The history of the race, friends and family,
The opportunity to work, the chance to build myself.
Then wells within me the urge to live more abundantly,
With greater trust and joy,
With more profound seriousness and earnest service,
And yet more calmly at the heart of life.
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The Undefeated Mind by Alex Lickerman, physical and emotional pain,,, our judgment is all important or lack of it, if we are mindful!

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“Though the experience of physical pain and emotional pain are clearly different, functional imaging studies show that, with few exceptions, the regions of the brain that these types of pain activate are identical.
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These include not only the regions responsible for giving pain its unpleasant character, but also those responsible for regulating its size, location, and intensity (perhaps partially explaining the startling finding that Tylenol, a centrally acting pain reliever, alleviates not only the pain of a smashed finger but also the pain of hurt feelings.)
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No wonder, then, that physical and emotional pain produce the same reaction: a strong desire to avoid the things that cause them.
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“Suffer what there is to suffer.
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Enjoy what there is to enjoy.
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Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life,”
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wrote Nichiren Daishonin.
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Yet most of us clearly don’t.
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Unfortunately, the strategies we use to avoid emotional pain often cause more harm than does the experience of emotional pain itself:
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more harm results, for example, from excessive drinking or drug use than from the anxiety they’re often used to anesthetize; more harm results from relationship sabotage than from the fear of intimacy that often drives it.
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Not only that, but attempting to suppress emotional pain may paradoxically increase it.
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In contrast, being accepting of emotional pain, being willing to experience it without attempting to control it, has actually been found to decrease it.”
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Here and Now!

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“The place to be happy is here.
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The time to be happy is now.”
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-Robert G. Ingersoll-
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A life fuelled by only memory remains stale, out of date.
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Life’s brilliance only appears with a current breath.
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All that exists, all that is truly available for us to experience, is this mundane moment arriving as I type.
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Then, we move on to the next moment, hopefully unencumbered by judgment of this current moment.
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Each judgment clouds reality and let’s the “ego” gain control of our being.
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To many judgments and the chance for happiness fades away.
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try something different!
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Let go, just be, here and now, mind empty, face smiling, living fully.
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Benefits of Mindfulness; “Buddha’s Brain”: Rick Hanson

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“Increases gray matter in the insula, hippocampus; and prefrontal cortex; reduces cortical thinning due to aging in prefrontal regions strengthened by meditation; improves psychological functions associated with these regions, including attention, compassion, and empathy.
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Increases activation of left frontal regions, which lifts mood.
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Increases the power and reach of fast, gamma-range brainwaves in experienced Tibetan practitioners; brainwaves are the weak but measurable electrical waves produced by large numbers of neurons firing rhythmically together.
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Decreases stress-related cortisol.
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Strengthens the immune system.
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Helps a variety of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, type II diabetes, PMS, and chronic pain.
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Helps numerous psychological conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, phobias, and eating disorders.
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“Increases gray matter in the insula, hippocampus; and prefrontal cortex; reduces cortical thinning due to aging in prefrontal regions strengthened by meditation; improves psychological functions associated with these regions, including attention, compassion, and empathy.
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Increases activation of left frontal regions, which lifts mood.
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Increases the power and reach of fast, gamma-range brainwaves in experienced Tibetan practitioners; brainwaves are the weak but measurable electrical waves produced by large numbers of neurons firing rhythmically together.
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Decreases stress-related cortisol.
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Strengthens the immune system.
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Helps a variety of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, type II diabetes, PMS, and chronic pain.
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Helps numerous psychological conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, phobias, and eating disorders.
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The little things

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The little things?
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The little moments?
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They aren’t little.
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― Jon Kabat-Zinn-
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We observe the surface of life, the shallow exterior of an unaware existence.
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Always, always, so much more to uncover, explore, enjoy.
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Search deeper, focus, become aware, dig, life awaits you.
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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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