Posts Tagged ‘MINDFULNESS’

“ABSORPTION INTO JHANA STATES: part 1

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Definition:
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Jhana is a meditative state of profound stillness and concentration in which the mind becomes fully immersed and absorbed in the chosen object of attention.
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It is the cornerstone in the development of Right Concentration.
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Our object of attention is the breath.
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I would describe Jhana as the no thought stage we attain while exquisitely focused.
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Affirmations

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I strive to be at peace with everything and everyone around me.
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In this moment, right now, I accept all of me.
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Letting go of Identifying with the Thinker: The Heart of Meditation

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The third kind of detachment is subtler.
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It involves letting go of our attachment to being the thinker, the one who identifies with the thoughts and desires,
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the one, in fact, who constantly, if unconsciously, chooses to think.
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Instead we identify ourselves with the witness, the watcher of thoughts.
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We don’t try to cast out thoughts.
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We let them be there, but we pull back from them.
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We identify with the one who watches the thoughts.
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Basics again, master the simple, the focus on the breath……

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Mindfulness for me, is an inward exploration, a discovery of my body mechanisms, my minds desires and gyrations, a knowing of where I hold my stress, my fear, my most vulnerable feelings.
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When we sit to meditate, notice any tension in the body, emptiness, reaching a no-thought space does not happen, when we are holding stress, tenseness from fear, worn out by life’s daily challenges.
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We need to let go any desire to be somewhere else, or maybe be wanting to be someone else and not us, this will not fuel a mindfulness practice.
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Accepting, we are exactly where we need to be in life, let’s us ground ourselves in this moment, in which we have devoted to healing, focusing on the breath, a journey below the ego.
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Become like warm jello, loose, maybe a little wobbly, but colorfully present for focus practice.
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Notice how we hold our upper chest muscles, tight, under tension, pressure during the first pause, right after our inhale.
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Notice how different of a feel the two pauses present, one has tension it is holding back, the other a total calm, expelling of all that tenseness.
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The body and breath are at rest in these pauses, transitions, so study them, intently.
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Self talk: The Anxiety And Phobia Workbook..by Edward Bourne

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People who suffer from phobias, panic attacks, and general anxiety are especially prone to engage in negative self-talk.
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Anxiety can be generated on the spur of the moment by repeatedly making statements to yourself that begin with the two words “what if.”.
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Any anxiety you experience in anticipation of confronting a difficult situation is manufactured out of your own “what-if statements” to yourself.
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When you decide to avoid a situation altogether, it is probably because of the scary questions you’ve asked yourself:
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“What if I panic?” “What if I can’t handle it?” “What will other people think if they see me anxious?”
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Just noticing when you fall into “what-if thinking” is the first step toward gaining control over negative self-talk.
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The real change occurs when you begin to counter and replace negative “what-if statements” with positive, self-supportive statements that reinforce your ability to cope.
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For example, you might say, “So what,” “These are just thoughts,” “This is just scare-talk,” “I can handle this,” or “I can breathe, let go, and relax.”
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Acceptance again

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Acceptance
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doesn’t mean
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that life gets better;
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it just means
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that my way of living life
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on life’s terms improves.
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– Sharon E. Rainey –
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Acceptance does not alter reality,
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it lets go of the need to control it.
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Edward Bourne: self-talk;

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“It is so automatic and subtle,
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you don’t notice it or the effect
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it has on your moods and feelings.
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It appears in telegraphic form-
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one short word or image (”Oh no!)
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contains a whole series of thoughts,
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memories, or associations.”
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