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Gratitude and Giving

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It’s always helpful to turn our awareness towards gratitude and giving.

 

 

When thoughts, judgments or emotions are challenging, take out your gratitude list and give thanks.

 

 

Next, find a way to give to someone.

 

 

Small actions of kindness can bring a soothing calm to our existence.

 

 

Some of our purpose in this life involves helping the less fortunate on our journey together.

 

 

When we focus on gratitude and giving, our ego takes a backseat.

 

 

Giving and gratitude have links to wellbeing and happiness.
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We need to release the thinker at times!!!!!!!

 

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When triggered, depressed, anxious, angry, stressed or fearful, we must limit its duration! These emotional sates can consume life, every waking moment.

 

The longer we grasp them, the stronger the neural pathway that forms.

 

We have many tools. First we need to let go of the storyline attached to these negative emotions.

 

If we have practiced meditating, we are able to focus on the breath, allowing these emotions to fade from our consciousness. Our breathing is the easiest and quickest way we can calm down.

 

 

I used gratitude to replace negative emotion. I gave thanks for small things, a hot shower, friends, my health, my practice, my tools for healing, etc. I found my gratitude dwarfed that emotion.

 

 

Distraction or entering a task can bring many benefits. I go hike in nature, strenuously. What my eyes see, my nose smells and skin feels is witnessed without judgment. This brings me achievement and exhilaration to body and mind.

 

 

Every time a negative storyline arrives with negative emotion, insert your affirmation. In this moment, right now, I accept all of me. I am perfect as my true self, seeing unlimited opportunity available, today.

 

Prepare a meal or do the laundry. Enter the task, be the knife slicing the vegetables. Slow down, let thought clear, just be in the moment.

 

 

Give and give some more. Giving, maybe just a smile and kind greeting. Care about someone beyond your own ego. Feel their pain, their need! Offer some small comfort.
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Giving is more valuable than gold: It can be Contagious

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Look at all the divisiveness and hate in our country.  How do we navigate in this climate?

 

Quit thinking and analyzing, take action, give without regard for reward.

 

Make a difference for a one  human being today, a stranger, a needy elderly person, lonely,  craving a little kindness.

 

Travel the mundane parts of life, armed with gifts for all those you meet, paying special attention to those in need.

 

It may only be a smile coupled with a kind greeting.

 

Donate a few minutes to help, to give, to be compassionate.

 

Achievement can not match giving for power or longevity.

 

Kindness is permanent, free and available to all of us.

 

Do not overlook the needy, the homeless, we share this journey together, not in competition.

 

Let go of that ego, let that compassionate true self emerge.

 

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A Path in sequence: ..Awareness, Acceptance, Gratitude, Giving, Healing and then Happiness

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Awareness: We have to see reality, the real world, how we fit in. Attention is placed on how our mind functions, how it interacts with our body mechanisms. We need to see ourselves without the bias of the “Ego’s” judgments. With 60,000 thoughts passing through our consciousness daily, awareness is key for perspective and proper navigation.
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Acceptance: Optimum acceptance would have us accepting everything about us right here, right now. There is nothing we can attain, accomplish or possess in the future that has any permanence or connection with happiness. We are complete, whole, capable of experiencing enormous happiness right now. Everything we need is available in this next breath.
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Gratitude: When our spirit fills with enough gratitude, desires deflate into proper perspective. Unless we can let go of the need for approval, the need for status and the need for importance, gratitude will wither. Awareness illuminates the path, acceptance frees the soul, and gratitude opens the door to our expansive side.
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Giving: I believe giving altruistically without regard for reward, distances the “ego” farthest from our consciousness. Giving allows us to escape the ego’s grasp and go deeper into our spiritual journey. Giving melts unworthiness and fear, moves the frozen with ease into action. In my opinion, giving is connected directly with happiness.
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Healing: On this journey, healing has been slowly underway, however at the giving stage, healing is accelerated, emotionally and physically. Focus on the breath while letting go of what scares you, liberates the mind, frees the spirit,, and expands consciousness.
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Happiness: Happiness, real happiness endures, it is a peace of mind we carry with us. It exists when difficulty, stress,,loss, joy and positive experiences unfold. In my experience, happy lives where thought does not exist, where the ego is dormant, where self fades for this moment.
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Impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self. . . . . . .Desire versus gratitude.

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Anything we can attain, accomplish or covet in the future, is impermanent, unsatisfactory and not self.
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Otherwise, affluence would equal happiness, riches would bring lasting joy, and power would shower us with peace of mind.
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None of these statements have any reality, permanence to them.
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All things whither and die or change, even rocks.
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Beauty succumbs to age, possessions fail to calm desire, and being important has a false center.
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Try letting go of needing so much!
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Try gratitude instead of desire for a day.
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Try giving to others without regard for reward.
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Try something different than feeding the “Ego”.
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Levels of focus and attention


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I wanted to share the depth and levels of absorption described by some meditative practices.
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The breath is simple, that simplicity has enormous expansive qualities when we develop focus.
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Sheila Catherine calls them jhanic factors.
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“These five jhanic factors and the hindrance they overcome are:
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(1) the ability to direct the attention to a chosen object overcomes dullness;
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(2) the capacity to sustain the attention on the object overcomes doubt;
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(3) feelings of delight, rapture, and interest that arise through the concentration accrued by sustained attention overcome aversion;
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(4) pervasive feelings of happiness, peace, contentment, and joy overcome restlessness; and
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(5) the stability of single-pointed focus overcomes lust and greed.”
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Mindfulness did things, opened things I was not expecting!

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I would be the last person you would find on a spiritual journey. Necessity (C-PTSD, depression and agoraphobia) changed all that. I just wanted to heal, to regain a little of my life back.
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Then, Mindfulness opened up my compassion center, ushered in a strong sense of gratitude, revealing the importance of giving.
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When I entered the Zen center, awakening was not my goal, relieving my suffering occupied all of my existence.
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When I started a mindfulness practice, being compassionate, giving to others was not my goal.
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I was clueless, what I was playing with had far more energy and power than perceived.
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Gratitude: Letting desire be powered by reason, knowing what we have is more than most, a hot shower alone, a precious gift for so many.
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Be aware of all the needy around you, do not look the other way, look to share something, look to make a difference in you and them.
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Take a trip to the children’s ward of your local hospital, look and feel, then give freely.
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If we can not see our blessings, certain places will jog our memory.
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Volunteer at a soup kitchen, gratitude will grow, giving will arrive.
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Gratitude leads to giving, giving leads to peace of mind, then happiness.
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Gratitude and giving delegate the ego to the back of the bus.
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Let your inner guide drive this vehicle now.
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