Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

Nothing can be changed, altered, improved until awareness arrives

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Beech Forest, Germany: Photograph by Martin Hertel, Your Shot
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“Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is.
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Just go on becoming more and more aware,
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and you will find your life
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changing for the better in every possible dimension.
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It will bring great fulfillment.”
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Osho

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The Self

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Pieter de Molijn, Dutch, 1595-1661
Prince Maurits and Prince Frederik Hendrik Going to the Chase, 1625
Oil on wood panel
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“Buddhas Brain”
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“The point is to see through the self and let it relax and disperse.”
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We look before and after, .

A Summer Night

WINSLOW HOMER: “Summer night” – 1890 – oil on canvas, 76.7- 102 cm. – Paris, Musée d’ Orsay
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We look before and after,
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And pine for what is not;
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Our sincerest laughter
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With some pain is fraught;
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Our sweetest songs are those
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that tell of saddest thought.
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~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to a Sky Lark”
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Asleep or Awake?

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ARMAND GUILLAUMIN: “Soleil couchant à Ivry (sunset at Ivry)”, 1873 – oil on canvas, 81-65 cm. – Musée d’Orsay, Paris
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Human suffering,
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while it is asleep,
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is shapeless.
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If it is wakened
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it takes the form
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of the waker.
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Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
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We are what we perceive and accept.
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Our judgments become reality, engulfing every waking moment.
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All that exists in this life is this next breath.
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Accept the next seemingly boring, mundane moment as the entire universe.
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Counting our Blessings

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Pantanal, Brazil: Photograph by Mike Bueno
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Better to lose count
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while naming your blessings
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than to lose your blessings
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to counting your troubles.
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~Maltbie D. Babcock~
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What fires together,
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wires together.
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Where we place attention grows,
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where we withhold withers and dies.
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Thought is a prison, judgment a penitentiary! .

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Hard Drink: Photograph by Bernardo Cesare, National Geographic Your Shot
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Be empty of worrying.
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Think of who created thought!
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Why do you stay in prison
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When the door is so wide open?”
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― Rumi —
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Let us deal with judgement about others and ourselves, first.

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Thought is a prison, judgment a penitentiary!
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Acceptance holds the key to one door, letting go the key to another, gratitude completes the trifecta.
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“Think of who created thought”, the Ego, left hemisphere, our cognitive engine.
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The door opens when we sit, let go, empty our mind and just be.
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The only body we have

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“Your body is your only home in the universe….
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The body is such an intricate and complex place.
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The more you become aware of what a nuanced inner network it is,
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the more you wonder how it actually continues to function in secrecy and silence.”
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JOHN O’DONOHUE
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Our bodies live in this present moment.
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It is our minds that live in the past and future.
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Connect the mind to the body and live in the moment.
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