Posts Tagged ‘Gratitude’

Doing the daily work

JEROME FAVRE/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

This collection of William Shakespeare’s plays is widely considered one of the most significant treasures in literary history. Formally titled “Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies,” the folio contains all but four of the Bard’s dramatic works. Of the 750 copies originally published seven years after his death in 1623, only 228 remain. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, snatched one up at Christie’s, an auction house in New York City, in 2001. It cost him a cool $6.2 million.

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Meditation/Mundfulness is not an intellectual property, take a class or read a book and you only gain a cognitive perspective.

I could read every book about hitting a baseball ever written, an expert of sorts. Does not mean I could ever hit a big league fastball.

Meditation/Mindfulness is an action practice, you have to sit quietly, focused, observing your demons.

Reading a book or taking a class will not touch that experience.

The more you sit, building your focus through daily practice, the more you benefit.

Simple.

Better to take 30 minutes of daily action than read 1,000 books.

Takes action to change, to heal, to earn our fredom.

Takes courage to resist, to stand up, to finally take action.

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Another Acceptance post

Pixabay: mstlion

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Acceptance was difficult for me. Struggling to accept who I was, became extremely arduous.

How do you accept a damaged self image, an abusive childhood, in this moment? I struggled.

I avoided, tried to fix me and suffering ensued.

As most humans, I thought change was needed, I could achieve something to gain happiness in the future.

Happiness only happens in one time zone, NOW!

Happiness is impossible to experience in the future.

So we trade our only chance for happiness in for some euphoric prize in the future.

Realize this is a mirage created by our “Ego” craving control of our body.

Accept all of you, grow gratitude and giving, then let go and enjoy the moment, it is all there is.

Whether we accept ourselves totally or live a life of worry or doubt, death visits all of us.

We are here to pursue happiness.

Happiness contains acceptance, gratitude, giving and a focused empty mind.

It’s about fully entering into our experience—residing in the physical reality of the present moment.

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Lets get Creative: The Ego as Ventriloquist Dummy

Pixabay: makeitclear / 6 images

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My Ego, my definition: He is the one who thinks, who gets angry, pissed, envious, even adolescent, craving approval, chasing pleasure.

A creative idea sprung forward. Why not treat my Ego like a ventriloquist dummy, an appendage type puppet.

Refer to him in the third person, an adolescent character, a virtual mini-me.

This fictitious character was created for identity, a bit player, not a starring role in our life.

Discount emotions, focus, explore below the surface, life is much, much deeper, if you just let go and observe.

That dummy can occupy way to much of our life.

Realize that dummy never feels equal to any other dummy he meets.

That dummy craves superiority, dominance, adulation.

My dummies cravings bring suffering and anguish.

Happiness is not connected with our Ego.

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Thanksgiving is an hourly practice

Our first snow enjoyed by Mr. Brighton

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Thanksgiving is an hourly practice, not a once a year novelty.

Gratitude grows giving, then giving returns the favor.

When my compassion center opened, gratitude and giving increased.

If you want your life to count, then be grateful and give freely.

Of all my accomplishments, giving has lasted, the trophies are tarnished and dusty, long forgotten.

Sadness and depression do not visit grateful givers as often, I know.

On this day, realize we are on this journey together.

Good deeds travel, possesssions are left behind when we depart this earth.

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Some Thanksgiving thoughts

Pixabay: GraphicMama-team

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Thanksgiving, the ultimate gratitude experience for Americans.

 

 

This is the one day we feel obligated to feed the homeless, that would be great if hunger only happened on one day a year.

 

 

It must seem weird to the homeless, to see people get involved for a day.

 

 

I would recommend we spend an hour a day growing gratitude and giving as much as possible.

 

 

It’s winter, that old warm coat in the closet would bring some degree of comfort to a needy soul.

 

 

That act of giving will change you. You will feel something, someone in need, right now.

 

 

His/Her existence can be influenced by our kindness and acts of giving.

 

 

Great way to teach your children compassion for others.

 

 

If you ignore the needy, your kids most likely will not care either.

 

 

Be humble, give thanks for all you have.

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Unintended Consequences

Pixabay: Ben_Kerckx

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My healing path was anchored by hours spent each day devoted to meditating. A byproduct of this action, besides healing, was the opening of my compassion center.

This unintended consequence has brought anguish. Suffering a childhood like mine, then to be disowned by my family currently, felt lonely. I mean all you hear from people is family means everything.

I felt somewhat damaged, a little sorry for myself.

Yesterday, outside the grocery, I encountered a homeless man.

I could tell he was a loner, immediately. Somehow, I felt his isolation, his suffering, his fear.

It was cold and he had no family, no one who cares in the world, I almost cried. Now, this was real loneliness. As far as I could see, he had one tooth when I approached.

His gratitude for my small offering touched my soul.

In our society, we have so many homeless now, we look on them as subhuman.

Meditation has curbed my appetite for needing things. Giving and gratitude smother the desire for possessions, power or status.

I have dreams of having Bezos type money and power, then using it to eliminate suffering.

Without forethought, meditation has changed my life is so many unintended ways.

Carry a sandwich, an apple or a small treat to give to those in need.

This act of giving leads to an increase in gratitude and a better chance at being happy.

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Would you tell your story? “There are no Others” by Kyle Hoobin

Pixabay: Bessi

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Remember: Misery doesn’t just love company, it need something it.

You would not be able to struggle (well, at least not very easily) if you realized that there was nobody there to complain to about it.

If there was nobody there to hear your story, would you still tell it?

Struggle makes absolutely no sense if it’s just you.

If it’s just you, then struggling with something becomes impractical, non-productive.

If it’s just you, struggle is pointless.

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My two cents: Seems everyone has a story, some have a narrative explaining their victimhood.

Childhood trauma impacts adulthood, usually we remain a victim, mirror our abusers behavior or become the opposite.

Can we be happy without a storyline?

Can we just be?

Abuse happened to me, it definitely is not who I am!

Happy or sad, I refuse to feel sorry for myself, make excuses or be a victim.

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