Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

Joy versus Happy part two:: a little long but what a resource!

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“The word joy is equally vague, since, as the psychologist Paul Ekman has shown, it is associated with feelings as varied as the pleasures of the five senses:
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amusement (from the the chuckle to the belly laugh);
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contentment (a calmer kind of satisfaction);
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excitement (in response to novelty or challenge);
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relief (following upon another emotion, such as fear, anxiety, and sometimes even pleasure);
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wonder (before something astonishing and admirable,
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or that surpasses understanding);
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ecstasy or bliss (transporting us outside ourselves);
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exultation (at having accomplished a difficult task or undertaken a daring exploit);
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radiant pride (when our children earn a special honor);
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elevation (from having witnessed an act of great kindness,
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generosity, or compassion);
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gratitude (the appreciation of a selfless act of which one is the beneficiary);
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and unhealthy jubilation, schadenfreude (in relishing someone else’s suffering, such as through revenge).
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We might also throw in rejoicing (in someone else’s happiness),
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delight or enchantment (a shining kind of contentment),
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and spiritual radiance (a serene joy born from deep well-being and benevolence),
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which is indeed more an enduring state of being than a fleeting emotion.
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Matthieu Ricard, Happiness; Joy versus Happiness? Part one…

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“As Christophe André stresses in his work on the psychology of happiness:
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“There are unhealthy joys, far removed from the serenity of happiness, such as that of vengeance. . . .
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There is also calm happiness, often far removed from the intrinsic excitation of joy. . . .
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We jump for joy, not for happiness.”
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We have seen how hard it can be to agree on a definition of happiness and have tried to pin down the meaning of true happiness.”
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“Authentic Happiness”////,,,, Ricard

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“Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity; it is a state of being, a profound emotional balance struck by a subtle understanding of how the mind functions.”
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My two cents:
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Life is a journey, not a destination, achievements fade, the breath (this moment) endures.
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The mind functions best (parasympathetic nervous system engaged) empty, in this moment, under the ego, focused on now.
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Matthieu Ricard: Happiness; pleasures like poppies spread!

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“More often than not, pleasure does not keep its promises, as poet Robert Burns describes in Tam O’Shanter:
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“But pleasures are like poppies spread,
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You seize the flower,
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its bloom is shed;
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Or like the snow falls in the river,
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A moment white—then melts forever.”
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Unlike pleasure, genuine flourishing may be influenced by circumstance, but it isn’t dependent on it.
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It does not mutate into its opposite but endures and grows with experience.
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It imparts a sense of fulfillment that in time becomes second nature.”
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One affirmation repeated ten thousand 10,000 times!!

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Ayle Permata Sari
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I deeply and completely
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accept all of myself,
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my flaws,
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my uniqueness,
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my soul,
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my doubts
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my passion.
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Every morning, noon and night, record and listen, repeat out loud to engage more of the mind.*
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As Bruce Lee lamented, I fear the man who practices one kick ten thousand times, not the man practicing ten thousand kicks.
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Accepting Emotional Pain ///undefeated mind

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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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meditation and pain, undefeated mind.

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“Further, other research showed that when chronic pain patients were trained to reduce the activity in their anterior cingulate cortex by receiving real-time visual feedback from inside a functional MRI scanner, they were able to reduce their pain by as much as 50 percent without specifically intending pain reduction as their goal, offering evidence that conscious control of nonconscious brain activity is not only possible but also might represent another way to control pain.
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In addition to recommending meditation, she emphasized how chronic pain differs from acute pain; that unlike acute pain, chronic pain doesn’t represent harm.
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She stressed the need for him to abandon the short-term strategies he used to treat his pain, strategies that interfered with his ability to work (for example, remaining still or not going outside).”
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