Posts Tagged ‘Gratitude’

Affirmation: Simple, mundane, repetitive,

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In This Moment,
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Right Now,
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I Accept
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All of Me
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Say it outloud, slowly, over and over and over again.
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If doubt enters repeat, over and over.
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Record it, listen to your own voice, accept all of you.
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Look in the mirror and slowly repeat.
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Takes work, daily work to improve, find peace.
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Before we Meditate—-

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We realize that thoughts are air, judgments mirages, control a fallacy.  Scan your body and breathe into tight spots or painful areas.

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Remember to focus on each breath then move on to the next one.

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Where we are headed has no:
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No right or wrong.
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No good or bad.
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No pleasure or pain.
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No decisions, bias or judgments.
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No emotions.
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No I, me, mine or Ego.
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No resistance, control or exertion of influence.
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No avoidance.
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There is specific focus on the breath, a slowing, a calming of the nervous system and heart rate.

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We do let go of thought and emotion, we do listen intently to our inner world.

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What’s left is awareness, acceptance, then surrender to all that arises.

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We are  an observer, watching ourselves in a rerun on imaginary TV.

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The scene we are watching is over with, so comment or influence is uneccesary.

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Relax, let go, enjoy the ride, you are safe.

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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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Gratitude: simple overlooked things maybe!

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My Childhood, My Trauma: I have worked to accept and surrender to my abuse along this journey. Now, it is the architect of my inner core, who I am. I see the skills of willpower, courage, tenacity, persistence and empathy it constructed with great strength. Today, I share and support others in their healing path in response to my trauma. Such a special gift. Lastly, I found a deep meditation practice in the midst of the turmoil.
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Sight: My therapist is blind. This has given me a great sense of gratitude toward the benefits of sight. I value sight over all other senses. I get to experience the world in vivid color and contrast. Being able to see affords me great mobility. I can drive, walk, easily navigate fluidly without trouble.
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Air: A month ago area fires blanketed us with heavy smoke. Going out was dangerous so we realized how important, critical clean air became. I have to admit, clean air was overlooked, taken for granted.
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Light: I ask people in group to give me a description of the room. An inventory of everything the eyes see. Almost everyone overlooks the two biggest items. Light and the space in between the objects. Without light we can not see anything.
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A hot shower
A warm bed
Ability to choose my thoughts
Clothes
Friends
Nature
Empathy
Opportunity
Food
Work
Challenges
Hardship
Success
Failure
Contrast
Desire
Satisfaction
Happiness
Life
Seasons
Sports
Passion
Hope.
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Can you add to this?
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Gratitude from a 9 year olds perspective

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Dear Future Self, so you either got amnesia and hopefully found the letter or are like 42 and remember when you did this in Girl Scouts when you were 9. So, here’s a bunch of things you were grateful for when you were 9.
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First of all color, it’s bright and adds a sense of happiness to any paper. (Besides work papers.)
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Second of all, music. It’s happy and makes everything more fun. Like imagine a dance party without music!
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And the classic friends (of course). Actually you might be a hermit. But Amelie is awesome. She told me to say that. (She’s great!)
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And safety. There’s nothing more to say about this.
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Now energy/technology. (Evil robots who are trying to turn you into zombie slaves.) But I mean really what would we do without fridges, lights, air conditioning, clocks, phones, iPads, and t.v.s?
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Let’s be serious for a minute, though they may be strict at times we have, or maybe have had amazing parents. I mean some kids have abusive parents. Think how lucky we are!
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Oregon. You may have moved by the time you read this, but I don’t see why you did/would. Oregon is beautiful! I’m happy to live here!
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Monty! My dog. I love him! I don’t know what I’d do without him! Though he may be dead by the time you read this, he belongs in this letter.
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And of course health, you and I would both be dead without this.
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Grandma. She’s awesome.
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Daily Tools, Daily Work: Gratitude

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The mind is the most complex, powerful thing on earth. Its capabilities are beyond our comprehension as neuroscience keeps documenting new discoveries.
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This small complex mind is programmed best with a simple, concrete, immediate tasks.
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What fires together wires together is the basic building block of neuroscience. Where we place our attention grows and where we withdraw our attention withers and dies.
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So simple, concrete, repetitive actions become habit over time.
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Let me emphasize this again: So simple, concrete, repetitive actions become habit over time.
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Let’s plug gratitude into this equation.
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Take inventory of your life and write down everything you are grateful for. Small things, the warmth of the sun, a beautiful flower, a sunrise, a hot shower, your health, your ability to laugh, communicate, be free or just smile.
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Record your list and listen to your own voice giving thanks.

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How does it feel to hear yourself giving thanks, being positive and grateful?
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Anytime we get distracted, feel needy, feel depressed or anxious pull out your list or play the recording. Takes no effort to press play.
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Remember simple immediate, concrete tasks become habit.
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Being grateful brings desires and needs into proper perspective.
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Real happiness is an internal way of being, a calm, present moment awareness of the mundane, not a life chasing pleasure or avoiding the awkward or unpleasant.
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After gratitude calms our needs a big opportunity arrives, our ability to give to others, to journey together on this path.
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Practice daily with constant application during the day.
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Ricard: happiness or pleasure

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The most common error is to confuse pleasure for happiness.
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Pleasure, says the Hindu proverb, “is only the shadow of happiness.”
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It is the direct result of pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli.
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The fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstance, on a specific location or moment in time.
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It is unstable by nature, and the sensation it evokes soon becomes neutral or even unpleasant.
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Likewise, when repeated it may grow insipid or even lead to disgust; savoring a delicious meal is a source of genuine pleasure, but we are indifferent to it once we’ve had our fill and would get sick of it if we continued eating.
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It is the same thing with a nice wood fire: coming in from the cold, it is pure pleasure to warm ourselves by it, but we soon have to move away if we don’t want to burn ourselves.
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Pleasure is exhausted by usage, like a candle consuming itself.
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It is almost always linked to an activity and naturally leads to boredom by dint of being repeated.
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