Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

Emotions will not lead to real happiness

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Endeavour Shuttle Launch
Photograph by Robert Garrett
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An emotion
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can change
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in seconds,
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How could
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we think
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they are
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connected
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to real happiness?
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Real happiness,
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Endures
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For days,
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Weeks
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Months
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Or years!
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Emotions are
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Minuscule
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Next to
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this reality!
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Gratitude, a key ingredient

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“Gratitude can transform
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common days into thanksgivings,
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turn routine jobs into joy,
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and change ordinary opportunities
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into blessings.”
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-William Arthur Ward-
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Poverty’s most insidious damage is to a child’s brain: my two cents:

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This condition brings tears to my eyes. If you meditate, develop gratitude and a sense a giving, seeing children suffer is incredibly painful.
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One in five kids in the United States lives in poverty, incredible!
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Our priorities as a nation suck.
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We have plenty of wealth to fulfill Maslovs hierarchy of needs for every child living in poverty.
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People, we journey together not in competition.
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If you want to be happy, bend down and help a needy child.
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You will find a jackpot behind the action of helping kids, not fulfilling personal desires.
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I used to look the other way at the homeless, the poor, the needy.
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They made me feel uncomfortable, actually they scared me.
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One of my fears, as an abused little boy was to be abandoned.
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I see why suffering kids summon such a deep hurtful reaction now.
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Please take some action to help poor kids.
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We can not heal everyone, but we can give, take action and change some.
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Mindfulness is not static, it does not stay on that cushion, it is alive and calling you to action.
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Choices: This one carries more influence on life than any other!

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It is a choice most are oblivious to, it arrives before we are aware a choice is even available.
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Choosing which thoughts to grasp daily, which of the 60,000 thoughts arriving at a furious pace of one a second, decides more of life than any other decision.
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Depressed people ruminate on negative emotional input, anxiety disorders feed on future fear and loss, while PTSD activates our defense mechanism.
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Mindfulness actually trades in all thought, all 60,000 of them for now, being empty and focused.
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Watch, observe how much time is lost dealing with thought, judgment, worry and loss.
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Enormous chunks of time wasted, never to be retrieved.
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Sit today, focused on the breath, letting those thoughts fade without attention.
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Let life expand, let go, live fully, smile.
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Compassion,,

  
Miles Pilling: http://mindfulphotos.org
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As the Tibetan poet Shabkar said: 

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“One with compassion 

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is kind even when angry; 

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one without compassion 

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will kill even as he smiles.” 

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Buddhists work diligently to develop compassion and then apply to all they encounter, sentient beings.

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Maybe there is something to developing compassion.

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It may lead to a happy existence!

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Equanamity: Shaila Catherine…. A goal, if we were to choose one!

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By Jens Mayer
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“Equanimity is steady through vicissitudes, equally close to the things you may like and the things you do not like.

Observe when the tendency to move away from what you do not like ends, and the tendency to hold on to what you like is equally absent.

Personal preference no longer dictates the direction of attention.

Equanimity contains the complete willingness to behold the pleasant and the painful events of life equally.

It points to a deep balance in which you are not pushed and pulled between the coercive energies of desire and aversion.

Equanimity has the capacity to embrace extremes without getting thrown off balance.

Equanimity takes interest in whatever is occurring simply because it is occurring.

Equanimity does not include the aversive states of indifference, boredom, coldness, or hesitation.

It is an expression of calm, radiant balance that takes whatever comes in stride.”
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What does your City Look Like?

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Being old, unable to work from injuries, opened up a view from a different perch. My annuity and SSDI arrive in the mail monthly. I have no obligation to a career, a boss, etc.

This allowed me the opportunity to meditate for five hours a day for five years. My healing needed this investment of time.

A more global, compassionate view of life emerged.

Now, I am conflicted, disappointed with our selfishness as a community.

In this small college town in Oregon, the 60,000 seat football stadium dwarfs the one shelter to support families. The stadium and team are beneficial in many ways for our community. I support this part of the city, the university.

The issue is balance, proportion, and compassion.

I admit, earlier in life, my awareness of the homeless, the helpless, the needy was lacking.

The family shelter building is a small two story cinder block, ghetto looking yellow mistake.

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Stepping back, I ask, what does this say about us?
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What do you think?

What can we do?
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