Posts Tagged ‘AWARENESS’

1,000 mile journey

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“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

 

Lao Tzu
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My two cents: You eat an elephant one bite at a time, one meal at a time.

 

 

The complexity of meditation, the connotations of a mindfulness practice keeps many from starting a five minute program.

 

 

Buddha, the Dalai Lama started with focus on one breath.

 

 

Thoughts cascaded in at a furious pace, the same as our initial effort.

 

 

Adversity is part of the journey.
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Breathing one way or another!

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There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted.

 

Then there’s another way;

 

a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.

 

Rumi
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My two cents: Infinity seems beyond our reach, improving or living in the moment attainable.

 

 

It is the journey, not the trophy.

 

It is our attitude, our approach to life that matters.
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Perfect Breathing”: Exercise: Foundation Breath

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The purpose of this exercise is to reacquaint your body with full, natural breathing.

 

This simple technique, practiced regularly, will slowly become the norm, changing only in response to stress, tension, and emotions.

 

When your breathing does change you will be immediately aware, and you’ll be able to consciously and objectively deal with the situation, completely aware and present.

 

Sit comfortably with your back straight, eyes closed, and hands in your lap.

 

Begin with an exhale, then inhale deeply, hold it for a second or two, and exhale first with a short burst (like you were blowing out a candle), and then with a long slow finish as you completely relax your mind and body and empty your lungs.

 

Repeat 3 times or as needed to calm your mind and relax your body.

 

 

Inhale deeply, all the way to the bottom of your spine progressively filling your lungs, bottom, middle, and top.

 

Hold for a moment.

 

Exhale slowly, gently emptying your lungs from the bottom to the top, gently squeezing out all of the air.

 

Hold for a minute and then repeat moves 3 to 6 for five minutes.
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My two cents: The Breath is our focus object, the vehicle we ride on our spiritual journey.

 

More knowledge about the breath seems beneficial for our mindfulness practice.
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Body and Soul!

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Breath is the cord that ties the soul to the body

 

Brother Ramananda

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My two cents:   Breathing can be slow, deep, relaxed and calm. 

 

 

Breathing can also happen in a gasping, excited, frightened or terrified way.

 

 

One is shallow, tense and quick, the other calm, deep and present.

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“Perfect Breathing”. Transform your life One Breath at a time

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For something so simple, automatic, and for most people, unconscious, breathing carries with it great power.

 

It is the single most dynamic energy conversion in the human body and fuels every one of your cells. Every neuron, every synapse, every muscle feeds on the flame of your breath.

 

Breathing is not only critical to sustaining life, but done correctly and consciously, it can be a valuable tool for getting the most out of every human endeavor, from the most demanding physical challenges to the pursuit of understanding life’s deepest spiritual mysteries.

 

But the power of the breath is easily overshadowed by the times in which we find ourselves.

 

We live in an age of rampant stress and crushing information overload.

 

We find ourselves in an era when time is the hottest commodity, when the demands to produce and perform levy a huge toll on our well-being, when we scramble around every day in a panic, unable to keep up with an increasingly frenetic pace.

 

Jobs and careers ask more from us than we can provide.

 

Our relationships with family and friends suffer. We neglect our physical health to the point that our bodily systems begin to fail—more colds and flu, infections and disease, toxic buildups, aching muscles and joints and backbones that refuse to cooperate.

 

Sleep eludes us. We lose focus and creativity. We run out of energy. We regret what we didn’t get done or did poorly yesterday, and worry incessantly about the future, all the while completely forgetting about the possibilities of today.

 

 

We try to counteract it all with an abundance of flimsy self-help advice, quick fixes, easy treatments, and a pill to cure seemingly every mental, emotional, and physical affliction for which drug companies can invent names.

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Self Compassion Skills workbook: most discomfort and pain

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“The deepest meaning of self-compassion is relating to every part of ourselves with compassion.

 

We have compassion for our anxiety, for our loneliness, and even for our self-criticism.

 

It means that every thought, every feeling, and every behavior can be embraced with compassion.

 

 

In fact, when we learn how to have compassion for the parts of ourselves that give us the most discomfort and pain, we discover that growth and healing become much easier.”
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My two cents: This practice is the opposite of avoidance.

 

Instead of pushing away, denying or avoiding, we bring warmth and compassion to our vulnerabilities, then we let them fade on their own.

 

We observe without judgment, without narration, without emotion.

 

This is the road less traveled!
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My two cents: common sense

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Seems to me that having success, rivaling the lifestyles of the rich and famous, may not lead to inner peace.

 

 

Inner peace must not be linked to iconic success, stardom, power, luxury or approval.

 

The Buddhists have always said these are impermanent, ephemeral and fleeting.

 

We sure enter this world and leave it bare ass and vulnerable.

 

Why value things we do not take with us?

 

 

So where does inner peace live?

 

 

I know that inner peace cohabitates with gratitude and giving!

 

 

It thrives in the absence of ego, where desire exists in perspective (balance) and being present dominates life.

 

 

Where do you think inner peace thrives?
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