The cost of Mindfulness

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“Mindfulness is free.
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We are born with it.”
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VENERABLE U SILANANDA
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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on November 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Marty,
    I ran across your site a few days ago while looking dissociation and was very intrigued. It was late at night and I remember reading somewhere here that certain things help, like aerobic exercise and other things. But now I can’t find that info.

    Can you please point my in the right directions? I’m looking for ways to break the dissociation episodes when they happen. Recently I had an episode and I tried my usual meditation tapes without success. It seems they work on my anxiety but not on the dissociation.

    Thank you!

  2. Here is a lost on aerobic exercise

    https://ptsdawayout.com/2015/11/18/another-way-of-reaching-empty-no-thought/

    A comprehensive discussion of dissociation is located at one of the top headers.

    We are trying to build focus using the breath. Try my breathing track

    Having the ability to dissipate anxiety is part of the journey. We want to make friends with our nervous system.

    Practice letting go of thought by focusing on the breath. Listening to a guided meditation is fine, however sitting silently focusing on the breath works wonders.

    This is old but applicable.

    https://ptsdawayout.com/2015/07/05/breathing-track-basics/

    Search for breathing track and numerous posts will appear.

    Good luck

  3. Posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Thank you Marty! I can’t believe it was right there in front of me.

    I did read the tab on dissociation, and found it very helpful. At this point, some of the aspects of the ego connection escape me. But also, my dissociation is not severe. Are there different levels? I can still function and go about my daily life, but it’s on auto pilot and I feel disconnected from my life.

    The recent episode lasted about 24 hours or so, and I found myself really missing my life and the joy that I get from engaging with it and with family. That’s my impetus for trying to address it – I don’t want to lose parts of my life to it.

    I have a hard time sitting with breathing exercises because my tenacious brain takes over, but I’m finding that when I become active, my brain goes into rest mode and can be in my body for a while. This is why the aerobic exercise suggestion stuck with me. It’s the opposite of my normal response mode – and it feels empowering.

    Thank you for providing this site, and your support, for those of us out here searching.

    Hugs,
    Sofia

  4. I have a hard time sitting with breathing exercises because my tenacious brain takes over,

    Be aware that this is a judgment. All of our minds find it difficult to empty and sit quietly.

    When we judge our ego will search our past to reinforce our judgment. It is like a self fulfilling prophecy.

    Try mastering one breath and sitting for short periods say five minutes multiple times during the day.

    Check in throughout the day and see if you are present or spending time in the past or future.

    When we judge the ego is in control.

    Work on letting judgment go about yourself and others first

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