Posts Tagged ‘Dissociation’

Updated: Mindfulness: A Simple Outline!!!!


Frank Glick took this photo at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. When he recorded the shot, he never could have guessed how much it was going to mean to the widow of the World War II veteran buried there. — Star Tribune
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Each step fulfilled leads to the next step. Healing or happiness does not arrive from a calm, a mellow straight line path. Rather, it is a path with set backs, turmoil and stress. It is a path inhabited with intense terror, enormous anxiety and fear of the unknown.
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It is an infinitely simple path, visually, a mundane looking innocent exercise. It unfolds like this:
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Awareness (Paying attention, Present moment living)
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Mindfulness (daily focus practice on the breath)
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Acceptance (ok with uncomfortable, letting go)
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Surrender (no resistance, heart is a butterfly net)
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Gratitude (shedding desires, eliminating needs)
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Giving (In a loving kindness way, no reward needed)
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Freedom (Life expands, the ego has faded for a moment)
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Happiness (the mind empties, life deepens, expands)
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More happiness hopefully.
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Body work

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Our bodies are the texts
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that carry the memories
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and therefore remembering
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is no less than reincarnation.
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Katie Cannon
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When we experience strong emotions, let the storyline go, feel the body sensations, intimately.
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Get to know your inner world, become friends.
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Amount of Doubt

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The greater the doubt,
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the greater the awakening;
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the smaller the doubt,
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the smaller the awakening.
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No doubt, no awakening.
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—C.-C. Chang, The Practice of Zen
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Negative core beliefs:

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From Coping with Trauma related Dissociation:
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Chronically traumatized people often suffer from persistent core beliefs. These are deeply rooted convictions that typically involve all-or-nothing thinking without balance or nuance.
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“Things never work out for me,” “People always try to hurt me,” I am completely stupid and unlovable,” or ” There is no safe place.”.
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These beliefs often contain words like always, never, or none. Such thoughts and beliefs can profoundly influence, reinforce, and intensify negative emotions.
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Negative core beliefs are reinforced over time by negative emotions, perception, and predictions, and by additional negative life experiences.
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The same is true for positive core beliefs and attendant receptions, emotions, and experiences.
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My two cents: Basic Neuroscience: What fires together wires together, where we place our attention grows, and where we withdraw withers and dies.
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Mindfulness then could help us let go of negative beliefs.
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We could focus on positive beliefs or let go and just be present empty of thought.
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Perfection is not the goal, improving daily is part of the journey.
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Difficulty

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In the middle of difficulty
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lies opportunity.
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

Why Meditate: Working with thoughts and emotions

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Altruistic love—also called loving-kindness—is the wish that others be happy and that they find the true causes of happiness.
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Compassion is defined as the desire to put an end to the suffering of others and the causes of that suffering.
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These are not merely noble sentiments; they are feelings that are fundamentally in tune with reality.
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All beings want to avoid suffering just as much as we do.
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Moreover, since we are all interdependent, our own happiness and unhappiness are intimately bound up with the happiness and unhappiness of others.
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Cultivating love and compassion is a win-win situation.
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Personal experience shows that they are the most positive of all mental states and create a deep sense of fulfillment and wholesomeness.
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Research in neuroscience also indicates that among all kinds of meditations, those focusing on unconditional love and compassion give rise to the strongest activation of brain areas related to positive affects.
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In addition, the behavior these forms of meditation give rise to is intended to benefit others.
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If the deeds we perform for the sake of others are to have the intended benefit, they must also be guided by wisdom—the wisdom that we can acquire through analysis and meditation and that gives us a more correct understanding of Reality.
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Excerpt From: Altman, Donald. “The Mindfulness Code.”

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“Whether you call it the ego (as Freud did), the pain body (as Eckhart Tolle does), or the self (as Buddhists continue to), there is a part of human awareness whose job it is to create a sense of self that is distinct and separate from others..
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The human brain, after all, is designed to construct an identity.
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Various areas of the brain are implicated in this capacity to create a solid self.
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The brain’s left hemisphere is especially good at this, making mental road maps and cobbling together stories about our lives.”
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“It does the heavy lifting in supporting the concept of self, or I, with which we strongly identify.
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Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor describes the direct experience of losing this individuated self because of a hemorrhage in her brain’s left hemisphere in her book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
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The experience helped her understand what happens when the left brain’s divisive, me-first sense of I stops totally dominating one’s reality.
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According to Taylor, “left-brain dominance produces “extremely rigid thinking patterns that are analytically critical (extreme left brain).
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Creating a healthy balance between our two characters enables us the ability to remain cognitively flexible enough to welcome change (right hemisphere), and yet remain concrete enough to stay a path (left hemisphere).”
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I’m not saying we don’t need a separate ego-self to get our needs met and exist in the world.
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