Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

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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T. S. Elliot,,,,,,, Effort and Attitude!!!!d

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“For us, there is only the trying.
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The rest is not our business.”
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– T. S. Elliot
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I love this, so simple, so powerful, so bare.
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We are responsible for two things, effort and attitude.
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Results are way, way, way, way above our pay grade.
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Relax then, strive to live fully with all out effort.
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Why think when you can live?
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What the world needs?

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“What the world
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is openness:
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Open hearts,
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open doors,
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open eyes,
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open minds,
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open ears,
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open souls.”
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– Robert Muller. –
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Mindfulness helps us open up to:
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Our flaws
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Our fears
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Our unworthiness
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Our doubt
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Our worry
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Our needs
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Our abuse
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Our life
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“Happiness”
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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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Resources: this is a great organization for support.

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A viewer seeks help.
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Sarah Ho:
I live in portland. I need help. I do not know where to get it.
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This is NAMI’s blog for Oregon. I facilitate a mindfulness group for NAMI in Eugene and Cottage Grove.
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Many resources for free from this group. Most are volunteers.
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http://www2.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?Site=NAMI_Oregon
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Good luck and feel free to ask.
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Anyone have other resources you would like to share?
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“Seeking is endless.

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“Seeking is endless.
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It never comes to a state of rest;
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it never ceases.”
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― Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness–
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Having more desires leads to suffering, not happiness.
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Fulfilling desire, enjoying satisfaction, chasing pleasure leads to suffering, not happiness.
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Believing something exists in the future we can accomplish, attain, or possess, will bring happiness is delusional.
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Attaining the most exquisite meal at a royal palace leads to hunger in five hours.
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Power desires absolute power, lust desires more bodies, greed knows no boundaries.
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The “Ego” never feels equal to another, always inferior or superior, thus we judge and file these comparisons away as reality.
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“Seeking is Emdless”
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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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