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Effort and Attitude

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If we must judge ourselves, base your assessment on the effort you give.

Do you give all out effort, try to practice and live fully?

If so relax and enjoy the journey.

Results are external and out of our control.

We control our effort and attitude.

Be present, be positive and look for opportunity.

Let go of the rest.

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Healing is not a spectator sport

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If we want to heal, daily work is necessary.

All my reading and blogging blessed me with a direction and tools, not healing.

Healing came with application and daily practice.

Simple, small, concrete tasks repeated daily, benefitted me the most.

Having a purpose was extremely important.

Believing I could heal or at least battle everyday with a good attitude was important.

Being humble was part of my journey.

Letting go of the narrative about I, me, mine needing importance and approval was important.

I had to train my mind to focus and let go.

This is the path to freedom.

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Healing takes action not thought

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“Rule of survival: Pack your own parachute.”

 

T.L. Hakala
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My two cents: We are responsible for our own happiness or suffering.

 

 

Taking responsibility for healing or happiness comes with daily effort and action.

 

 

Thinking about healing or being happy does not influence our condition.

 

 

Doing nothing brings suffering. PTSD grows as time passes, gains strength and becomes more debilitating. Depression grows with isolation and inaction.

 

 

Action is closer to life, sedentary closer to death.

 

 

Change is inevitable, so adapting, taking action is part of living fully.

 

 

Have a daily practice plan (action not reading or thinking) whether you devote 15 minutes or 60 minutes a day.

 

Add strenuous aerobic exercise to flush the toxins, to secrete endorphins to soothe our pains and to bring accomplishment to both mind and body.
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Giving is more valuable than gold: It can be Contagious

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Look at all the divisiveness and hate in our country.  How do we navigate in this climate?

 

Quit thinking and analyzing, take action, give without regard for reward.

 

Make a difference for a one  human being today, a stranger, a needy elderly person, lonely,  craving a little kindness.

 

Travel the mundane parts of life, armed with gifts for all those you meet, paying special attention to those in need.

 

It may only be a smile coupled with a kind greeting.

 

Donate a few minutes to help, to give, to be compassionate.

 

Achievement can not match giving for power or longevity.

 

Kindness is permanent, free and available to all of us.

 

Do not overlook the needy, the homeless, we share this journey together, not in competition.

 

Let go of that ego, let that compassionate true self emerge.

 

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My mindfulness group starts to improve before my Eyes!

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(Start at bottom right at the dot, then trace upward with the inhale for 3 seconds,,then pause for 2 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds,,closing with a 2 second pause, 10 second breaths)
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Kelly from group writes:
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“Marty i am here to tell you. Sitting with your breath is so sweet and simply that at the start i thought you were nuts. but i was desperate to change. I followed thru and i am here to tell you. I am doing things i never thought i would do. I am sleeping but. I was driving down the freeway and not having a panic attack. My agoraphobia is improving and i am feeling freedom. I feel this inner peace i never thought possible. some days i think oh my i need to hurry do something and get that panic feeling. Then i stop and say no that is your ego. You need to breath. Thank you so very much for teaching me how to save my life and the future of my children.”
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Kelly is one of two in the mindfulness group, who has experienced this improvement in a month. I thought this impossible.
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The girls have reached empty at an accelerated rate.
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Why?
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The difference: Both have been taught to use the breathing track, instead of counting their breaths. First with eyes open, physically tracing the model as we breathe, feeling the breath curve around the transitions.
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It is a symphony of sorts, a melody of balance that soothes our nerve endings.
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All the abstract has been eliminated, counting ceased, goals vacated, we focus and follow our breath on the model.
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The only other ingredient is sound, hearing. They have been taught to seek out the lowest decibel sound in the room, then to venture underneath, slowing the breath.
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The goal is to be able to hear the sound of the inhale.
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Kelly and Mechelle have learned to let go, let thought fade and thus empty the mind, incredibly quick.
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When the mind is focused and empty, present in this moment, our organism repairs itself and then the mind expands. Our organism balances mind and body and thrives in this space.
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Things we thought impossible are completed without effort at times.
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Another experienced meditator in the group, Tom, mentioned that it took him two years to reach where the girls have reached in a month. It is not only my observation but his also.
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I have witnessed the greatest results from desperate people, needing to change, going to take action in some direction.
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Healing seems to happen when desperation brings action.
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If it is only 10 minutes a day, the first step moves us out of victimhood, a damn good start!!,

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It takes action, minimal action to move us from the stuck, frozen position.
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I have been stuck, helplessly, hopelessly lost in the complexities of complex PTSD. Stuck in my dark garage for six long months, shaking, terrified of the unknown, the unseen, the past.
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Beginning a ten minute mindfulness practice can be the impetus for complete healing, maybe even a journey for the pursuit of happiness.
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The hardest step is the first!
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What holds you back?
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Why do you continue to invest in strategies that are failing to improve your life?
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Healing or happiness will not arrive as long as doubt, worry and unworthiness follow you.
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What will it take for you to change? Take action?
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Can you focus, start a small practice?
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All that other stuff is not working, is it?
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Behaving the same and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, no?
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