Posts Tagged ‘MEDITATION’

The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer

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In his book In This Very Life, the Burmese meditation teacher Sayadaw U Pandita, wrote,

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“In their quest for happiness, people mistake excitement of the mind for real happiness.”
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We get excited when we hear good news, start a new relationship, or ride a roller coaster.
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Somewhere in human history, we were conditioned to think that the feeling we get when dopamine fires in our brain equals happiness.
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Don’t forget, this was probably set up so that we would remember where food could be found, not to give us the feeling “you are now fulfilled.”
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To be sure, defining happiness is a tricky business, and very subjective.
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Scientific definitions of happiness continue to be controversial and hotly debated.
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The emotion doesn’t seem to be something that fits into a survival-of-the-fittest learning algorithm.
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But we can be reasonably sure that the anticipation of a reward isn’t happiness.
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Continued
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Being attached is what prevents us from seeing,
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it is what clouds this miraculous awareness.

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
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my two cents: We need to balance our desires, our need for approval, success and status.
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The judgments we carry become attachments, a burden, a ball and chain.
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Review all your judgments and let all go that you can.
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Pick a path and live it not judge it

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Always perform your duty efficiently and without attachment to the results,
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because by doing work without attachment one attains the Supreme.
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Bhagavad Gita
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My two cents: Being in the moment, focused on the task at hand changes mundane chores into an adventure.
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Life is filled with many dull moments, waiting in line, obligatory functions, daily chores and empty spaces.
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These spaces contain an expansive calm, part of the real journey, the path we seek.
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Judging hands the reins over to the “Ego”.
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Let go and just be.
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Without judgment you can be intense as you want, exert as much energy as possible.
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Transcending Duality and the Ego Self : part two

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The egoic self during these states is completely animalistic (selfish and vain) and therefore feeds off negative emotionality and reaction.
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There is very little thought involved and it is more so about satisfying the senses and most immediate desires only.
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This includes the desires for power and manipulative control over others such as the before mentioned, alpha concept.
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A more civilized expression is that which is constantly immersed in the drama of life, seeking attention, and therefore indulging in the emotions of victimization, helplessness, apathy, spite, anger, judgment, and superiority.
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The primitive ego is the epitome of negativity and inability to accept responsibility, be humble, be peaceful, or even remotely open-minded.
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Non-duality

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All duality is a mind creation,
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all duality is created by the clinging and attached mind.
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When there is no attachment there is no duality.
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Osho
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My two cents: Non-duality points out that our ego is created, it is not real, it is a mirage.
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If you follow an “I”, me, or mine thought backwards, it is a dead end.
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The “ego” does not search for happiness or attain it.
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In fact the “ego” traps us in the past or future with thoughts, judgment, and emotion.
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The “Ego” is not bad however it needs balance and perspective.

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Unattached, dying to the past

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A person who lives moment to moment, who goes on dying to the past, is never attached to anything.
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Attachment comes from the accumulated past.
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If you can be unattached to the past every moment, then you are always fresh, young, just born.
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You pulsate with life and that pulsation gives you immortality.
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You are immortal, only unaware of the fact.

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Osho
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We are the Sky!!!!!

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’“You are the sky.
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Everything else is just the weather.”
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Pema Chödrön
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My two cents: All that emotional thought, cognitive projections of worry, doubt or fear we grasp are mirages.
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60,000 thoughts (the weather) cross our path each day, why entertain a negative one.
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