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Awareness of the Whole Self —–Linda Graham, a neuroscientist describes self! no self sort of!!!!!!


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We learned in chapter 3 to develop the awareness that all emotions and sensations of the body are transient, as are all contents, processes, states, and traits of mental activity.
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Awareness — the state of mind that observes all of that coming and going as coming and going — is itself not coming and going.
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Our awareness of that greater awareness may come and go; most of us lose awareness of awareness in our busy daily lives.
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But the awareness itself is ever present, always ready to be rediscovered any time we choose to focus our attention.
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When we find the space between the stimulus and the response, we alter the rhythm of our doing; we wake up and create space for being.
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Awareness is the knowing, not the contents that are known.
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We can experience it as a vast sky that can hold all the clouds and storms moving through it.
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We usually pay more attention to the contents of clouds and storms than to the sky that contains them.
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As the Zen teaching tells us, when we are in a contracted state of mind, it’s like looking at the sky through a pipe.
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With mindfulness of awareness, we become adept at putting down the pipe and looking at the whole sky again.
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Unbelievable, Each sentence is amazing to me!
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The simplicity of one breath

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Vermilion Lakes Sunrise
Photograph by Vitali Hantsevich, National Geographic Your Shot
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Until we can be totally focused on one breath, meditation will be a futile exercise of getting lost in thought after thought. In our society, the mind has been programmed to go fast, handle complex theory and glide on auto pilot.
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The mind resists going slow, being empty, focused on a single object.
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Master one breath, then practice with a series of three breaths. Simplicity and concentration need to be mastered first.
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This maybe a perfect warm up for a ten, twenty or thirty minute sit for the beginner or accomplished meditator.
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Words can not explain the importance of this concept. Mindfulness/Meditation is not an intellectual commodity, we have to sit, do and experience our mind in solitude.
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Trying to meditate for long periods of time initially, may bring frustration and endless thinking. How many individuals reach an empty stage in their meditation practice? Very few. In fact very few practice daily meditation for extended periods of time.
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Until we learn to be with one breath, slowly inhaling, pausing, exhaling and pausing again, will mindfulness blossom. Repetition is simple once a single breath is mastered.
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The genesis of emptiness happens when we master that elusive single breath! I can not overstate this concept, again, it must be experienced, not read or studied.
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The self (Ego) presents many opportunities for us to judge, think or even sabotage our experience.
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Master a set of three breaths then pause. Practice, practice, then expand to five breath sets. Build a solid foundation slowly, deliberately.
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We often try to move way to fast. The Ego (self) wants to dominate, compete and that brings thought, judgment and frustration.
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We want to be seasoned meditators before we are ready.
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Let all goals,thoughts and judgments go.
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Master one single breath.
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Practice, practice, practice.
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Meditating need not be overwhelming!

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Feel the air flow up your nostrils when you inhale. Slow it down, even it out, be your inhale.
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Yes, the mind, the cognitive engine wants to perform complex thought, wants to judge everyone and everything. The Ego desires control through constant input (thought, judgment).
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It takes practice for the mind to let go, to slow down, to be empty and focused on just an inhale.
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Instead of meditating for long periods, focus on a few breaths at a time.
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Meditating seems like a tremendous task only mastered by devout sages. Our connotation sees a monk hidden away in some cave for decades, practicing religiously.
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Mastering one breath seems a better alternative for us common folk.
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It is the same building block for all the sages and Buddhists monks.
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Taking action, even small action, separates those who succeed from those who suffer.
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Small daily action brings significant changes.
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Everyday is good to a meditator!!!


Bowie’s first look at a sea lion and shark: Wonderment!
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Meditators are happy everyday!
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Are you happy everyday?
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Does an emotion or thought have the power to take happiness away?
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A clue: Our internal situation is far more important than all the external stimuli.
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Let go of those expectations, wanting to control life brings no comfort or joy.
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We can train the mind to focus, empty and let go.
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Emotions are temporary, like thoughts without attention!!!!e

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Homemade pizza: Bailey and Brighton.
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Emotions are temporary, like thoughts, they have an origination spot (inside somewhere), arrive in our consciousness, then return back from whence they came.
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Emotions bring RESTLESSNESS,
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because we hold onto them.
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We try to extend happy emotions.
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We attach highly charged emotions to desire, thus desire becomes need, need becomes necessity.
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Emotion is never satisfied because it  is so ephemeral we cling to them like gold.
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We all have friends or acquaintances, who live a highly strung emotional existence.
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Never would I partner being happy with a person like this.
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You will not find real happiness cultivating emotions.
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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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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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