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Your ship has come in, arrived, : One thing though; .. . .. .. . .It is five miles offshore!

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This is a metaphor about life, healing, happiness and the proximity these benefits are to us.
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Like the elegant yacht, happiness is right here, invisible, out of sight as the sky is obscured by massive cloud coverage some days.
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The sky and happiness are still there, concrete, real, invisible.
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If you believe in God, hopefully he is an active God, and wants you to row your butt of in pursuit of that ship.
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Life is rudderless without these challenges.
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It is why Phillip Seymour Hoffman commits suicide with all the assets a person could covet in a lifetime.
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Happiness can not be chased as a goal, like mindfulness, it is a way of living, being.
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Happiness is not a possessin or can it be owned, even by the richest man in the world.
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Let go of that fear, of that desire to control, to secure, to protect yourself from life.
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Row your butt off with a smile, that is how you play this game of life.
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May the wind always be at your back on this journey.
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If it is only 10 minutes a day, the first step moves us out of victimhood, a damn good start!!,

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It takes action, minimal action to move us from the stuck, frozen position.
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I have been stuck, helplessly, hopelessly lost in the complexities of complex PTSD. Stuck in my dark garage for six long months, shaking, terrified of the unknown, the unseen, the past.
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Beginning a ten minute mindfulness practice can be the impetus for complete healing, maybe even a journey for the pursuit of happiness.
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The hardest step is the first!
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What holds you back?
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Why do you continue to invest in strategies that are failing to improve your life?
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Healing or happiness will not arrive as long as doubt, worry and unworthiness follow you.
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What will it take for you to change? Take action?
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Can you focus, start a small practice?
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All that other stuff is not working, is it?
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Behaving the same and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, no?
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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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Not ever giving up is much easier when mindfulness is APPLIED!!!!!!!!

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While on a mindful path, we learn to let go, to shed desire, to accept ourselves and to bring awareness to each breath, now.
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Challenges, difficult times, loss have been minimized, then.
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If “I” am truly empty, why ever entertain giving up.
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Why would I ever have to give up on life, living, and what would be The reason?
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If the journey is the path, then not earning, keeping, possessing the prize is a moot point. Nothing to give up or lose.
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Life presents only this breath, accept or suffer.
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Control is a delusion for the fearful and weak.
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Buddhism stresses enhanced awareness of the formation of thoughts,

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Ekman and Davidson conclude:
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“Rather than focusing on increasing consciousness of one’s inner state, as Buddhism does,
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the emphasis in psychology has instead been on learning how to reappraise situations,
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or control (regulate) emotional behavior and expressions.”
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Psychoanalysis tries to make the patient aware of past tendencies and events, fixations, and blocks that lead to the miseries of neurosis and prevent her from functioning normally in the world.
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Buddhism takes a different position.
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It stresses enhanced awareness of the formation of thoughts,
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which allows for the immediate identification of an angry thought as it arises,
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and for its deconstruction the next instant,
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the way a picture drawn on the surface of water melts away as it is sketched.
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We repeat the same process with the next thought, and so on.”
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Kindness, gratitude have permanence, I sense it strongly!

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The most valuable possessions I own are not physical, not concrete, not insurable, not touchable.
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It must not be a house, car, jewelry, job, or title.
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I value my gratitude, my giving, my practice, my special relationships more than all else.
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When I sit, let go, empty my mind, and enter this present moment, this breath is all I need.
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It is a much simpler and rewarding way to live.
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We do not have to be an accomplished meditator to change our life drastically.
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So mindfulness exposes the nature of thought, emotion and body sensation!

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Mindfulness in full swing curtails the proliferation of thought and emotion at times.
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This ability exposes the brilliance of experiencing life unencumbered in this present moment.
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The road less traveled, the journey we were meant to experience reveals itself.
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We are not accomplishing, defeating, competing, winning or losing anything to anyone, we are focusing, emptying, accepting and finally surrendering to now.
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If we add gratitude and loving kindness giving, giving without regard for reward, our practice deepens exponentially.
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The rest takes care of itself. This journey has become brilliant,,special.
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This journey is lived in this present moment, brilliant, unbelievable in depth and opportunity.
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What a reward for such a simple practice.
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Take up the yoke and change your life drastically, magically!
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