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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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A Still Mind

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To a mind
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that is still,
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the whole universe
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surrenders.”
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— Chuang Tzu –
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My two cents:  Being focused, empty of thought is not boring, it is thrilling.

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Our thoughts carry bias and cloud reality.

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Our judgmental perception not reality is where we exist then!

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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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“The Joy of Living”: Practicing Mindfulness

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Practicing mindfulness may seem hard at first, but the point is not how successful you are right away.
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What seems impossible at present becomes easier with practice.
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There’s nothing you can’t get used to.
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Just think about all the unpleasant things you’ve accepted as ordinary, like wading through traffic or dealing with a bad-tempered relative or coworker.
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Becoming mindful is a gradual process of establishing new neuronal connections and inhibiting the gossip among old ones.
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It requires patiently taking one small step at a time, practicing in very short intervals.
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Thich Nhat Hanh:

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While sitting breathing slowly, think of yourself as a pebble which is falling through a clear stream.
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While sinking, there is no intention to guide your movement.
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Sink towards the spot of total rest on the gentle sand of the riverbed.
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Freedom

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The outward freedom that we shall attain

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will only be in exact proportion

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to the inward freedom

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to which we may have grown at a given moment.

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And if this is a correct view of freedom,

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our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

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MAHATMA GANDHI

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Capturing moments

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Photograph by Sho Shibata, National Geographic Your Shot
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“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.
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This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
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Mindfulness means being awake.
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It means knowing what you are doing.”
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~Jon Kabat-Zinn
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