After basic needs are fulfilled, what is your strongest desire (need)?

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After basic needs are fulfilled, what is your strongest desire (need)?

After inventory, how do you rank your resources?

These two answers probably determine your life’s path.

How do I convey the idea that the mind is more valuable than all other resources combined, multiplied by a 1,000,000.

The mind controls all resources, grants power and life or withholds power to extinguish unwanted things.

The mind is far more powerful focused, empty of thought, than when it is thinking.

Thought is transparent, our Aware Presence is the only real thing we can experience.

How would life change if all worry, doubt and fear subsided?

Much of my self talk and rumination has died a slow death of neglect.

My strengths are willpower and persistence.

I show up and take action everyday, that has transformed my thought process.

It has changed nothing external, life’s challenges remain, my mind plays a different game now.

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how we think we should be

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Excerpt from the book “The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is”

“A common Zen teaching describes the sage as a person of no rank.

This is a description of someone who isn’t identified.

Again, that doesn’t mean the sage has no personality.

Awakened people can have powerful personalities that from the outside may even appear stronger than they were before awakening.

No longer restricted by their beliefs or ideas about how they should be,

or by worries about how others

think they should be,

they are free simply to show up fully and authentically as they actually are.”

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My two cents: Our goal is to show up empty of thought, focused like a laser, relaxed and aware.

We waste so much time worrying about how to fit in, be accepted, then gain approval.

Approval has nothing to do with happiness.

Personal Identity: who cares

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Excerpt from the book “The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is”

“Without even realizing it, you draw much of your felt sense of personal identity—that is, who you think you are—primarily from strongly held and often unconscious beliefs.

In a very real sense, your beliefs define who and what you think you are, so a threat to your beliefs can feel like a threat to your very existence.“

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My two cents: Emotions do not define us, we all have the same emotions, if anything they link is together with shared experience.

Our mindfulness practice aims to let identity lose importance.

Being present is far more important than something that is ephemeral, transparent and fleeting (An Emotion).”

I am so much more than an emotion, my brilliance shines in this present moment, beyond any judgment Marty holds.

Another practice is to let negative emotions flow on through, resentment, jealousy, anger, doubt, worry, feeling sorry for ourself, etc.

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So what does get in our way?

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From the book “The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is”

What prevents us from seeing what is as it is, right now?

What prevents us from being happy in this moment?

Among the biggest impediments on the spiritual path are our unexamined beliefs about life, about truth, and about ourselves.

To be truly available for transformation, we must release ourselves from those limiting beliefs.

We don’t necessarily have to get rid of our beliefs; beliefs have their functions.

Rather, we learn to let go of our beliefs, which is also to let go of our identity.

When I say identity, I mean it quite literally.

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Helplessness versus Action

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“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… Claim and consciously use your power.”

― Louise L. Hay

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My two cents: Taking action overcomes helplessness immediately.

Helplessness morphs into victimhood quickly.

Not matter what the challenge we face, a planned action is always the path.

We have choices, victim or survivor.

Taking action changes victimhood.

Exert maximum effort in the face of unworthiness.

That is the practice!

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What Is Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder?

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Alcoholism is when one can no longer control their use of alcohol, compulsively abuse alcohol, despite its negative ramifications, and/or experience emotional distress when they are not drinking may be suffering from an alcohol use disorder (AUD) or alcoholism.

AUD is a chronic, relapsing disease that is diagnosed based on an individual meeting certain criteria outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

To be diagnosed with alcoholism, individuals must meet any two of the below criteria within the same 12-month period:

Using alcohol in higher amounts or for a longer time than originally intended.

Being unable to cut down on alcohol use despite a desire to do so.

Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of alcohol.

Cravings, or a strong desire to use alcohol.

Being unable to fulfill major obligations at home, work, or school because of alcohol use.

Continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative interpersonal or social problems that are likely due to alcohol use.

Giving up previously enjoyed social, occupational, or recreational activities because of alcohol use.

Using alcohol in physically dangerous situations (such as driving or operating machinery).

Continuing to abuse alcohol despite the presence of a psychological or physical problem that is probably due to alcohol use.

Having a tolerance (i.e. needing to drink increasingly large or more frequent amounts of alcohol to achieve desired effect).

Developing symptoms of withdrawal when efforts are made to stop using alcohol.

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My two cents: PTSD sufferers have an issue with self medicating.

Adding alcohol to PTSD does not end well.

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Thoughts are an appendage, there beyond your outstretched arm?

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Thoughts are air without attention, harmless, unnoticed noise.

Thoughts are an appendage, our true self, soul is our core.

Let’s explore that hypothesis. Meditation/Mindfulness practice continues when our eyes are open and we are in the waking world.

The next thought that our mind becomes enthralled with, pull back and observe it.

We can isolate this thought, separate it with our focus.

Without attention, we can witness how transparent and fleeting a thought becomes.

We witness the thought arriving, then without attention, fade quickly, like it never existed.

We can see how powerless any thought or emotion is without energy, attention.

If we want to be happy or heal, where we place our attention is our greatest power.

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