Posts Tagged ‘Attitude’

the journey to discover your true nature,

The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life.


For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well.


Meditation is the road to enlightenment …


Quietly sitting,

body still,

speech silent,

mind at peace,

let your thoughts and emotions,

whatever arises,

come and go,

without clinging to anything.


– Sogyal Rinpoche

21 Sarcastic Zen Sayings You Need In Your Life: By Matt Caron

Not everything has to be some kind of profound wisdom. Sometimes you just gotta relax and laugh about life! These 21 phrases do exactly that and show the humorous side of life that gets a little dark sometimes.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

If you ever feel you are worthless remember that you are full of expensive organs.

It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

Always remember that you’re unique, just like everyone else…

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

If you needs ideas about gratitude, here are 909


From Source of Inspiration: Pat Cegan:

I am starting a gratitude list to help me remember this prayer: “Dear God, may we always be grateful.” I believe that gratitude is the key to serenity.
Truly gratitude is a transformer in our lives. The more I cultivate it, the more joy and serenity I find in my life. Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section…or start your own gratitude list.

1. fresh breezes smelling of loamy ground after a gentle rain

2. little girl giggles that remind me to smile

3. sweet smell of puppies

4. ants marching in a row carrying leaves above their heads

5. raindrops that wash away tears

6. lilacs in the wind

7. friends who make me laugh

8. sweet potato pie with a hint of lemon

9. old men with hairy ears

10. red berries hidden beneath shiny green leaves

11. sweet memories of days gone by

12. mushroom prints that I make during rainy season

13. friends who call just to see how I am

14. walks in the floresta

15. page-turner books cozy quilt on a cold night

16. hic-ups from laughter

17. warm feet next to my cold feet

18. snooze alarms on cold mornings

19. spring water from a house faucet

20. little girls doing cartwheels

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Our Attitude is worth many years of life




Matthew Ricard:  “Happiness”

D. Danner and his colleagues studied the longevity of a group of 178 Catholic nuns born in the early twentieth century.

They lived in the same convent and taught at the same school in Milwaukee.


Their case is particularly interesting because the outward circumstances of their lives were remarkably similar: the same daily routines, same diet, no tobacco or alcohol, same social and financial status, and, lastly, same access to medical care.


These factors eliminated many variables caused by environmental conditions.


The researchers analyzed the autobiographical account that each nun had written before taking her vows.


Psychologists who knew nothing about these women assessed the positive and negative sentiments expressed in their writings.



Some had repeatedly mentioned that they were “very happy” or felt “great joy” at the thought of entering monastic life and serving others, while others manifested little or no positive emotion.



Once the nuns were classified according to the degree of joy and satisfaction expressed in their brief bios, the results were correlated with their longevity.


It turned out that 90 percent of the nuns placed in the “most happy” quarter of the group were still alive at eighty-five, as opposed to 34 percent of those in the “least happy” quarter.


An in-depth analysis of their writing allowed the elimination of other facts that might have explained the disparate longevity figures:


no link was established between the nuns’ longevity and the strength of their faith, the intellectual sophistication of their writing, their hopes for the future, or any other parameter that was considered.


In a word, it would seem that happy nuns live longer than unhappy nuns. “


The first time I felt worthy and at peace was ?

The first time I felt worthy, at peace was meditating. Oh it took time to build strong focus, being able to let the noise pass on through.


Then one day, thought ceased, my mind cleared while focused intently on my breath. It was spacious, expansive and full of some kind of energy.



My trauma anxiety had receded. That fear and anxious hypervigilance was gone. I was so excited the first time it happened, it broke my concentration and brought me back to consciousness.



I had found an oasis of opportunity and calm. It was a brief encounter, the first time I had experience being whole, worthy, complete.


It took me two years of practice, trying different approaches to discover my worthiness, just sitting quietly following the breath.



This practice was an internal exploration, dependent on nothing or no one external.
Desire is lost during practice. If I could not be content, free and calm sitting quietly, alone, how could a mate, a fancy car, a yacht, mansion or power bring me happiness.



Desire for approval melted away when I meditated. This was huge for me.



My compassion center opened up, gratitude proliferated, and giving regained importance.


Thinking seems to be self-centered for me, while meditating is a selfless activity. I tried to be an observer of life, not a narrator.



My conclusion: If we can not find peace sitting quietly with our mind, how will we heal?


How will we find freedom or peace?

some small, simple things bring BIG CHANGES


I pay attention when I am herding cats.

Bring awareness to the way you approach life, a situation, a person, a chore, an obstacle, a challenge and feel the enormous change.


Can you enter a task absent of judgment? Can you listen intently to someone, focused on them rather than preparing your response.


Can you slow down your mind. Maybe you can focus on your breath intently and let the mind empty of thought.


The mind wants to go fast and handle complex thought, abstract creations or outrageous fantasies.


The mind responds best to simple, immediate, concrete ideas or tasks.


The mind functions best going slow, empty of thought, open to whatever exists in front of you.


The mind has much greater opportunity to find happy moments when it is going slow, empty of thought.


The mind never experiences happiness when it is in the past or future. It is like life being wasted if we spend all our time there.


If you’re hungry you find a grocery or restaurant, if you’re looking to be happy, you stay present and let the noise pass on through.


Shop for happiness today.


Is PTSD a Precursor to Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures in Veterans? Neurology Reviews. 2013 June;


SAN DIEGO—Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) preceded a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures in 58% of military veterans and a diagnosis of epileptic seizures in 14% of military veterans, according to Martin Salinsky, MD. His study found that a preceding history of PTSD was the only significant psychiatric predictive factor for psychogenic seizures in this population.


“This finding is largely driven by patients with a history of TBI, and particularly by patients with a history of mild TBI,” said Dr. Salinsky. “We are beginning to see a model develop whereby the development of psychogenic seizures in veterans with mild TBI may be mediated by PTSD.” Dr. Salinsky, Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, presented his results at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.


Diagnosing Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures in Veterans
Dr. Salinsky’s findings are the latest in his ongoing research in veterans with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Previously, he and his colleagues had identified psychogenic nonepileptic seizures in 25% of veterans and in 26% of civilians who were admitted to a shared epilepsy monitoring unit. “In veterans, we saw more patients with psychogenic seizures than with epileptic seizures,” he said. “In civilians, we saw many more patients with epileptic seizures as compared to psychogenic seizures. This gives the appearance that psychogenic seizures are more common in veterans, but as a percentage of all admissions, it’s almost the same.”

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