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For concentration to deepen the mind needs to relax. .

  
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Snail a Catherine: Focused and Fearless;
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“THE FIRST FORMAL INSTRUCTION I received for jhana practice surprised me.
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My teacher told me to meditate in any way that supported the development of three qualities: mental brightness, spaciousness, and relaxation.
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I had expected the early instructions to emphasize vigorous focus on a narrow object.
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It soon became clear, however, that demanding effort can create tension; in the wake of tension, aversion and hindrances thrive.
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Conversely, a mind that is relaxed, bright, and spacious contributes to mental and physical ease and encourages a natural release into present-moment experience.
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For concentration to deepen the mind needs to relax.
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It cannot stay on the defensive.”
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Excerpt From: Catherine, Shaila. “Focused and Fearless.”

  
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The characteristic stability of ekaggata transforms the hindrance of desire.
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Desirous energy tends to want more: it lurches to reach for the next good thing or clutch at present experience hoping it will last longer.
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Based in craving, desire is never satisfied, and the mind affected by desire cannot rest.
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No matter how much a person possesses, as long as greed arises the mind is discontent.
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The Buddha remarked that even if the Himalayas were turned into gold, it would not satisfy one man’s greed.
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After one pleasure is attained, the next is sought, perpetuating the fantasy of future fulfillment.
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In contrast, the focused intensity of one-pointedness needs nothing more.
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With ekaggata there is no sense of deficiency, nothing lacking.
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The mind is completely unified and “one with the experience.”
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Attachment: Sheila Catherine

  
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“Find an experience that is pleasant: looking at a sunrise, feeling the smooth fur of a cat, holding a warm cup of tea, or any other such simple thing.
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Practice moving the attention between the object and the pleasant feeling it elicits.
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Shift your attention between the object of pleasure (the visual image, feeling of warmth or softness) and the pleasurable feeling it evokes.
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Practice allowing the attention to settle within the experience of pleasantness without adding attachment.
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If the desire for more arises, notice that attachment.
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Ask yourself—what is this feeling of attachment?
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Does attachment increase the pleasure, or decrease it?
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Many people will recognize attachment by a characteristic feeling of contraction or separation.
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How do you notice attachment to pleasure as distinct from a simple experience of pleasure?
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Updated: A response in Affirmations: How and Why!!!!!

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This is a response from Browneyegirl: The awareness to know, then face your vulnerabilities with this process is the best I have ever read.
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“I create my own affirmations by looking inside of myself and thinking about what my fears, worries, and concerns are. Once I know what they are I create an affirmation to fill in that space, and eventually I am whole again in that area. For example, about my fears regarding my abuser, I feel trapped, threatened, and hurt. I explored those feelings further as they came up anytime HE came up in my head, and eventually, I created this affirmation, “ I forgive you for what you have done to me and I am safe.”
When I say this to myself, I usually end up imagining I am on an island, with a willow tree and a small cottage. For me that image provides a sort of sanctuary for my spirit and soul.”
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Perceiving and perception: Focused and Fearless


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“We look into the process of perceiving rather than the content of our perceptions.”
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Leave the storyline alone, observe the body sensations connected to the thought, emotion.
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Notice the patterns of your mind, what agitates it, what soothes it, what brings anxious moments and what brings loss.
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Focus on the process, let go, notice how quickly emotion wanes.
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My mindfulness group starts to improve before my Eyes!

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(Start at bottom right at the dot, then trace upward with the inhale for 3 seconds,,then pause for 2 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds,,closing with a 2 second pause, 10 second breaths)
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Kelly from group writes:
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“Marty i am here to tell you. Sitting with your breath is so sweet and simply that at the start i thought you were nuts. but i was desperate to change. I followed thru and i am here to tell you. I am doing things i never thought i would do. I am sleeping but. I was driving down the freeway and not having a panic attack. My agoraphobia is improving and i am feeling freedom. I feel this inner peace i never thought possible. some days i think oh my i need to hurry do something and get that panic feeling. Then i stop and say no that is your ego. You need to breath. Thank you so very much for teaching me how to save my life and the future of my children.”
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Kelly is one of two in the mindfulness group, who has experienced this improvement in a month. I thought this impossible.
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The girls have reached empty at an accelerated rate.
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Why?
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The difference: Both have been taught to use the breathing track, instead of counting their breaths. First with eyes open, physically tracing the model as we breathe, feeling the breath curve around the transitions.
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It is a symphony of sorts, a melody of balance that soothes our nerve endings.
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All the abstract has been eliminated, counting ceased, goals vacated, we focus and follow our breath on the model.
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The only other ingredient is sound, hearing. They have been taught to seek out the lowest decibel sound in the room, then to venture underneath, slowing the breath.
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The goal is to be able to hear the sound of the inhale.
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Kelly and Mechelle have learned to let go, let thought fade and thus empty the mind, incredibly quick.
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When the mind is focused and empty, present in this moment, our organism repairs itself and then the mind expands. Our organism balances mind and body and thrives in this space.
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Things we thought impossible are completed without effort at times.
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Another experienced meditator in the group, Tom, mentioned that it took him two years to reach where the girls have reached in a month. It is not only my observation but his also.
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I have witnessed the greatest results from desperate people, needing to change, going to take action in some direction.
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Healing seems to happen when desperation brings action.
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updated:_____ this is old but helpful….Breathing Track Basics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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