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Mindfulness did things, opened things I was not expecting!

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I would be the last person you would find on a spiritual journey. Necessity (C-PTSD, depression and agoraphobia) changed all that. I just wanted to heal, to regain a little of my life back.
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Then, Mindfulness opened up my compassion center, ushered in a strong sense of gratitude, revealing the importance of giving.
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When I entered the Zen center, awakening was not my goal, relieving my suffering occupied all of my existence.
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When I started a mindfulness practice, being compassionate, giving to others was not my goal.
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I was clueless, what I was playing with had far more energy and power than perceived.
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Gratitude: Letting desire be powered by reason, knowing what we have is more than most, a hot shower alone, a precious gift for so many.
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Be aware of all the needy around you, do not look the other way, look to share something, look to make a difference in you and them.
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Take a trip to the children’s ward of your local hospital, look and feel, then give freely.
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If we can not see our blessings, certain places will jog our memory.
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Volunteer at a soup kitchen, gratitude will grow, giving will arrive.
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Gratitude leads to giving, giving leads to peace of mind, then happiness.
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Gratitude and giving delegate the ego to the back of the bus.
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Let your inner guide drive this vehicle now.
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updated:_____ this is old but helpful….Breathing Track Basics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My opinion about my blog and model have strengthened enormously!

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Writing this blog has changed my life, deepened my practice and readied me for a real mindfulness group. After a year facilitating a small group in Cottage Grove, NAMI offered a large room in Eugene to start another.
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Yes, I still believed my healing model worked, was quicker and easier than anything around, however my experience online did not give constant samples of lives being changed.
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After a month with a new group, two individuals have altered their lives drastically.
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The second week of group I viewed change, nervous systems slowing, hope springing forth. Two were practicing daily, applying awareness, letting go.
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When I hear questions like, Is this real, am I actually healing, improving, I smile. What will this look like when I am healed?
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Now, it was my turn to share and calm them, illuminating the landscape ahead, it will look the same externally.
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Change is from the inside.
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It does not take months to bring change to the mind and life.
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It takes awareness of each breath, thought and judgment.
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It takes letting go and accepting.
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Thoughts are air without action.
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What they once served now they see as a mirage.
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This is enormous in their life.
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Maybe yours also.
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The Physical Breath,,, Bring awareness to life’s immediate necessity air

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The inhale takes the majority of energy needed to breathe.
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Inhaling needs the chest to expand and that takes strength and effort.
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Muscles have to contract to accommodate oxygen.
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Notice what happens physically, visually when we inhale deeply.
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Focus, feel your lungs expand, fill up, and then hold this energy, life force.
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The first pause has a feeling of pressure wanting to be released.
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The deeper we breathe, the more pressure we create.
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The exhale takes little energy.
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It feels as the inhale created all the pressure (energy) needed to exhale.
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The exhale feels like a release valve on a tire.
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Tension, worry, and doubt can flow out in the exhale also.
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The chest and lungs return to resting.
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We inflate the chest and lungs and then return them back to resting, simple.
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The last pause allows the bad air to clear and the breath to have balance, flow, symmetry, rhythm.
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The most immediate, most powerful life force, the breath.
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Take a closer, deeper look.
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T. S. Elliot,,,,,,, Effort and Attitude!!!!d

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“For us, there is only the trying.
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The rest is not our business.”
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– T. S. Elliot
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I love this, so simple, so powerful, so bare.
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We are responsible for two things, effort and attitude.
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Results are way, way, way, way above our pay grade.
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Relax then, strive to live fully with all out effort.
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Why think when you can live?
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Updated: The biggest influence, . the greatest power . we possess, . is where we place . our attention . from moment to moment. .


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The greatest strength
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not by defeating
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But by giving,
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Not by showing weakness
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but letting power fade,
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Not by thinking
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But by accepting,

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Not by judging
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But by forgiving,
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Not by going fast
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But slowing down.
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Not for me
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But for thee.
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Updated: “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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