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Why Meditate? …. Watching Anxiety with Awareness

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If you notice that you have become anxious—when you are about to miss a plane, for instance—try to simply be fully aware of your anxiety.
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As you continue to do this, you will soon notice that your anxiety begins to be less oppressive and then gradually fades away.
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Why?
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Before you apply mindfulness, anxiety is the main component of your mind, filling its entire landscape.
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As you become aware of it, you experience both anxiety and the awareness of it.
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The part of your mind that is aware of anxiety is not anxious—it is just aware.
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Anxiety is now just one aspect of your mental landscape.
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As your awareness becomes more and more pervasive, anxiety loses its intensity and its grip on your mind.
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Eventually it vanishes.
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If every time a powerful emotion arises you learn to deal with it intelligently, not only will you master the art of liberating emotions at the moment they appear, but you will also erode the very tendencies that cause the emotions to arise.
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In this way, your character traits and your way of being will gradually be transformed.
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Thoughts Appear

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Always remember … that a thought is merely the experience of many factors and fleeting circumstances coming together.
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Whether the thought is good or bad, it has no true existence.
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As soon as a thought arises, if you recognize its void nature, it will be powerless to produce a second thought, and the chain of delusion will cease there and then.
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As we have said, this does not mean that you should try to suppress the natural creativity of your mind, or that you should try to stop each thought with a particular antidote.
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It is enough simply to recognize the emptiness of thoughts and to then let them rest in the relaxed mind.
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The innate nature of mind, pristine and unchanging, will then remain vivid and stable.
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DILGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
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Awakening to the Dream: Leo Hartong

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Giving up one’s expectations in favor of a willingness to simply accept what is may create a vacuum that could be filled with surprising alternatives.
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For instance, it might be recognized that finding does not come from seeking,
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but that it may be revealed through giving up the search;
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that it is not something to see, but the seeing itself;
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that cherished beliefs might be unmasked as conceptual obstacles,
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and spiritual practices may turn out to be a way of avoiding a direct seeing into the heart of the matter.
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This direct seeing exposes the illusion of a separate seeker who can arrive at’destination enlightenment’ somewhere in the future.
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Consequently, the seeking and the seeker are both annihilated in the realization that he is already home.
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A MASTERY THAT SETS US FREE: “Why Meditate”

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As we shall see, the way we deal with thoughts in meditation is not to block them or feed them indefinitely, but to let them arise and dissolve by themselves in the field of mindfulness.
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In this way, they do not take over our minds. Beyond that, meditation consists in cultivating a way of being that is not subject to the patterns of habitual thinking.
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It often begins with analysis and then continues with contemplation and inner transformation.
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To be free is to be the master of ourselves.
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It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions that dominate and obscure our minds.
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It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the tendencies created by habit and mental confusion.
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Instead of letting go of the helm and just allowing the boat to drift wherever the wind blows, freedom means setting a course toward a chosen destination—the destination that we know to be the most desirable for ourselves and others.
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How anger affects your brain and body

 

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This is similar to a PTSD trigger reaction, our fight or flight mechanism going off.

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Cortisol and adrenaline are also secreted with blood pressure, heart rate and respiration increasing.

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With PTSD tunnel vision and loss of fine motor skills are also present.

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Self Image/ Self Care

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Walt Whitman quote

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We should never entertain or utter anything negative about ourselves.

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Our mind is programmed simply by repetitive behavior.

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Let negative emotions flow on through gently.

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In this moment, right now, I accept all of me.

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“Why Meditate”: TRAINING THE MIND

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The object of meditation is the mind.
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For the moment, it is simultaneously confused, agitated, rebellious, and subject to innumerable conditioned and automatic patterns. The goal of meditation is not to shut down the mind or anesthetize it, but rather to make it free, lucid, and balanced.
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According to Buddhism, the mind is not an entity but rather a dynamic stream of experiences, a succession of moments of consciousness.  These experiences are often marked by confusion and suffering, but we can also live them in a spacious state of clarity and inner freedom.
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We all well know, as the contemporary Tibetan master Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche reminds us, that “we don’t need to train our minds to improve our ability to get upset or jealous.
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We don’t need an anger accelerator or a pride amplifier.”
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By contrast, training the mind is crucial if we want to refine and sharpen our attention; develop emotional balance, inner peace, and wisdom; and cultivate dedication to the welfare of others.
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We have within ourselves the potential to develop these qualities, but they will not develop by themselves or just because we want them to.
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They require training.
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And all training requires perseverance and enthusiasm, as I have already said.
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We won’t learn to ski by practicing one or two minutes a month.
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