Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

* * Peace begins with a smile..” ― Mother Teresa *

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.Booby Clark today in fairness.
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Bobby Clark; Philadelphia Flyer, hockey….the undisputed captain,,,an undersized but passionate, inspirational leader of the broad street bullies, a revered sports team,,world champs.
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Hockey players seem to be the most well adjusted toothless segment of society.
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Seriously though, we should lead with a big smile, a warm greeting, a compassionate desire for others to be happy.
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That would make Mother Teresa smile.
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Part two pain..

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As a way to better understand the meditation experience, think about the mental focus a top endurance athlete exhibits in competition.
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The conviction to overcome excruciating muscle aches and pains enables world class cyclists to complete the Tour de France (a 2000 mile race over 21 days at altitude) and long distance runners to finish marathons in around 2 hours (averaging less than 5 min per mile).
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Of course, great endurance athletes are not necessarily meditators, but they are individuals who have cultivated mental discipline with years of training in which they have come to appreciate the essence of “mind over matter.”
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This study hints at the fascinating implication that one need not pursue the path of a monk, adopt an extreme stoic philosophy or even engage in an intensive meditation retreat to experience substantial health benefits.
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It’s possible that intensive meditation may offer additional rewards, yet this study shows that even short-term meditation training yields a meaningful reduction in the suffering associated with common, everyday pain.
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 70 million Americans suffer from chronic pain with an economic burden of at least $100 billion in the United States.
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The low cost and low risk of mindfulness meditation make it particularly attractive for chronic pain sufferers, though the value extends to anyone looking for a boost in concentration and a reduction in suffering.
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In a way, we all have become conditioned to react to the distractions in our environments like a dog conditioned to the sound of a bell.
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And so couldn’t we all use a bit of the calm, quiet mind lying dormant beneath the sound of the iPhone, the Blackberry, and Pavlov’s bell ringing in our ear?
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Pain Is No Matter for the Meditative Mind by Stephen Dougherty, MS | October 23, 2011

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In the West, the notion of “mind over matter” has been circulating for centuries (at least since Aurelius and previous Stoic philosophers), yet it has been relatively recently that a technique that puts this insight into practice became the subject of serious scientific examination, namely mindfulness meditation.
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Mindfulness meditation achieves this effect by cultivating a sense of equanimity through objective observation of the internal processes of the body.
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Over the past decade, the science of mindfulness meditation has revealed a wide range of cognitive and emotional benefits conferred on practitioners including enhanced attention, lower pain sensitivity, and reduced emotional reactivity.
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The evidence for these benefits has also been supported by brain imaging studies in long-term meditators showing that change occurs at the physiological level.
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To date, the majority of mindfulness meditation studies have been conducted in individuals with long-term intensive meditation experience.
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In a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers at Wake Forest University explored the impact of mindfulness meditation on pain after only a few days of meditation training.
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A group of 15 healthy volunteers took part in four 20-minute sessions of mindfulness meditation instruction where they were trained to maintain awareness on their own breathing while acknowledging and letting go of distraction.
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The study evaluated the effect of mindfulness meditation in two dimensions: 1) how the volunteers reported pain intensity and unpleasantness, and 2) how brain activation patterns changed as measured by functional MRI.
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To assess the volunteer’s pain response, a small thermal simulator heated to around 120°F was applied to the back of the leg.
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Comparing responses to the heat before and after meditation training, volunteers reported a 40% reduction in pain intensity and a 57% reduction in unpleasantness associated with the heat stimulus.
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Brain imaging indicated increased activation in areas associated with awareness of the pain sensation and a reduced activation in areas associated with the emotional response to pain perception.
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Interestingly, a decoupling of two brain areas, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and cingulate cortex, was observed. The prefrontal cortex is thought to control attention and other executive functions, whereas the cingulate cortex is associated with the emotional salience of a stimulus.
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The authors suggest that the beneficial effect of meditation may be due to a dissociation of the awareness of pain with the emotional evaluation of the pain attached to it.
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Accordingly, the meditators are aware of the pain sensation, but are not judging or focusing on the disturbing quality normally associated with the pain. Marcus Aurelius sums it up nicely,
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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
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To be Continued
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You need not be anything special to be a “Lighthouse” to the unfortunate, the needy, you only need — ?

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You only need a desire and willingness to give, to be a lighthouse to others.
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Very simple.
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This action will free you from your burden of unworthiness, trust me.
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Invest energy to shine a light for others, this gift is wrapped in a package of happiness.
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Surrender may not get the laurels of praise it Deserves, but when it comes to training the mind it is ….. ….. ….. …. .. “Godzilla”. ….

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–”Humorous Healing”, we can laugh while we heal.–
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If we are training the mind, developing skills to expand the mind, deepen the feeling of happiness then surrendering is “omnipotent”.
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Use your heart as a butterfly net to catch what you fear.
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Life will change, drastically, irreversibly, brilliantly, I guarantee.
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Enough said, go sit, take action, grow, be happy, thrive.
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Simple organic ingredients combine to make happy…

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“I read once
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that the
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ancient Egyptians
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had fifty words
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for sand &
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the Eskimos
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had a
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hundred words
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for snow.
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I wish I had
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a thousand words
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for love,
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but all
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that comes
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to mind is
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the way
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you move
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against me
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while you
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sleep
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& there are
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no words
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for that.”
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― Brian Andreas, Story People: –
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Simplicity, the simpleness, the core of life, below all the chatter is where real happy can be witnessed.
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Surrender eliminated something for me!….

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——-“Resistance”———
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The combination of focus on the breath (Breathing Track), listening intently, and acceptance, deepened my healing journey.
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Acceptance was difficult to master for me. It took month after month of daily practice to reach an understanding.
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In that acceptance space, I still had resistance, a protective barrier.
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The visualize I see, is someone about to strike us, we cringe, our muscles contract, stiffen, tighten, we turn inward instinctivly, guarded, slightly toward a fetal position.
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Surrender eliminated that last resistance for me, simple.
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Surrender kept me so busy being open, that I forgot to recoil in fear at times.
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All things become easier with daily practice, now, surrender is habitual at times.
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For “Ten Minutes”. Each day,,, “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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Choices—-Combinations—- strengths—- power— consequences—–

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Three combinations: The mind and Thought; The mind and action (Without thought); The mind and non action (without thought).
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The greatest of thought, the ultimate wisdom is still considered air if no action is present.
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If we do not take some action, expressing in speech or writng in print an idea, then it is air, only significant or known between our own ears.
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Einsteins theory of relativity would have been lost if not shared, if no action was taken to express it.
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Any thought,,,,, is that worthless,,,,,, without action, ,,,,so why react to trauma thoughts so anxiously, so fear based.
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Look back in the rear view mirror for a second, when has thought about the future impacted reality or even materialized.
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Why do we follow things, proven wrong with each new honoring situation and behavior.
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how many times have we avoided, ran, dissociated in fear, but nothing happened.
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No real consequences, no real danger existed from my trauma memories, visions, nightmares, triggers.
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I ran for years from them, though, without consequences, without any of them coming true, why?
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Now I know, it is PTSD, implicit trauma memories from childhood abuse, stored in the amygdala, not integrated to present moment, activated by external stimuli.
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Action versus thought

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“Do you want
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who you are?
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Don’t ask.
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Act!
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Action will
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delineate and
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define you.”
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― Thomas Jefferson—
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Thoughts are broken down by action, paragraphs disassembled into words, then letters, finally placed back in the scrabble box.
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Words lose power when action arrives.
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