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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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Healing needs to be specific, concrete and immediate

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Keep your healing plan simple, specific, concrete and in the moment.
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The mind does not respond to abstract goals in the future.

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The mind does respond to specific, concrete and immediate goals.
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Perfect your ability to focus on the breath. (Breathing Track).
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Apply the focus when any trigger thought or distraction engages us.
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Apply when strong emotions invade our consciousness.
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Practice, practice, practice, this is not a spectator sport.
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Action heals, concerted focused action heals, much quicker?
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Shaila Catherine: part 1, Emotions

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“Emotions are dynamic processes that are in a state of flux.
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If you don’t refuel them through obsessive thinking, they will change and fade.
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We learn to be present to the full range of emotions by feeling their changing energetic expressions in the mind and body.
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For example, anger might bring heated, agitated explosive feelings radiating from the chest; sadness might carry a sinking vulnerable quality in the belly; fear might create an unstable quivering sensation in the knees or throat.
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Attending to the physical manifestations of emotions keeps attention focused on the process long enough for you to learn directly about how these difficult states impact your mind.
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“UNDERSTANDING FEELING” Shalia Catherine

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For a person with an untrained mind,
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attention can become entangled by grasping
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as it moves toward pleasant encounters
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and avoids unpleasant feelings.
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Notice how you respond when you don’t get what you want.
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Also, observe how you respond when you succeed and do get exactly what you want.
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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Mindfulness is first of all the ability to recognize what is happening in the present moment.
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It is simple recognition- without judgment or criticism, without suppression or attachment.
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During this time, all thoughts stop.
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The past, the future, your memories and plans- you drop everything.
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You are your in- breath, and as you become one with your in-breath, concentration occurs.
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This will give you a great deal of pleasure.
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Ordinary reality

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Matthew Ricard: HAPPINESS AND PLEASURE: THE GREAT MIX-UP

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The most common error is to confuse pleasure for happiness.
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Pleasure, says the Hindu proverb, “is only the shadow of happiness.”
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It is the direct result of pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli.
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The fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstance, on a specific location or moment in time.
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It is unstable by nature, and the sensation it evokes soon becomes neutral or even unpleasant.
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Likewise, when repeated it may grow insipid or even lead to disgust; savoring a delicious meal is a source of genuine pleasure, but we are indifferent to it once we’ve had our fill and would get sick of it if we continued eating.
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It is the same thing with a nice wood fire: coming in from the cold, it is pure pleasure to warm ourselves by it, but we soon have to move away if we don’t want to burn ourselves.
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Pleasure is exhausted by usage, like a candle consuming itself.
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It is almost always linked to an activity and naturally leads to boredom by dint of being repeated.
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