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Mindful Wisdom

Never give depression, anxiety or unworthiness attention, power.

That means we stay present, positive, grateful and active.


We do not write poems or posts describing how powerful, how pervasive or how much of a victim we feel like!


If I am feeling depressed, wisdom tells me, my thoughts suck right now.


I am not aware of right now, I am lost in judgment and emotion.


Living an active, healthy existence takes vigilance and discipline.


It takes courage to stay present and take action.


It takes courage to let go of that helpless, hopeless feeling.


Focus on what we have, not what we lack or desire.


Change things up and find someone to donate a smile, an ear, or a helping hand.


Attitude changes with emptying the mind of the noise.


Upon awakening this morning, I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and vulnerable.

Following these feelings and emotions backward, worry, doubt and fear were present.

These judgments projected danger for me. Complex PTSD highlights dangers that it creates.

My mind seemed confused, wanting to avoid or eliminate my predicament.


You could label this catastrophizing, predicting gloom and doom. It stems from my abuse, my critical upbringing. Never safe, never calm.

What can we do?


A couple deep breaths, intently focusing on this moment, cleared this cognitive mess.


I am fine taking this breath, collecting data from all my senses intently.


Awareness returns to this moment.


Reminding myself, life is not lived predicting anything in the future. 


Remember, happiness visits only one time zone, now.


You can not be happy in the past or future.


My healing has not eliminated these overwhelming thoughts,  but I do have tools to handle these fears.

Be natural and spacious as possible.

Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible.

Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature.

Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun.

If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation.

Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing.

And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.

– Sogyal Rinpoche

the journey to discover your true nature,

The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life.


For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well.


Meditation is the road to enlightenment …


Quietly sitting,

body still,

speech silent,

mind at peace,

let your thoughts and emotions,

whatever arises,

come and go,

without clinging to anything.


– Sogyal Rinpoche

If you needs ideas about gratitude, here are 909


From Source of Inspiration: Pat Cegan:

I am starting a gratitude list to help me remember this prayer: “Dear God, may we always be grateful.” I believe that gratitude is the key to serenity.
Truly gratitude is a transformer in our lives. The more I cultivate it, the more joy and serenity I find in my life. Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section…or start your own gratitude list.

1. fresh breezes smelling of loamy ground after a gentle rain

2. little girl giggles that remind me to smile

3. sweet smell of puppies

4. ants marching in a row carrying leaves above their heads

5. raindrops that wash away tears

6. lilacs in the wind

7. friends who make me laugh

8. sweet potato pie with a hint of lemon

9. old men with hairy ears

10. red berries hidden beneath shiny green leaves

11. sweet memories of days gone by

12. mushroom prints that I make during rainy season

13. friends who call just to see how I am

14. walks in the floresta

15. page-turner books cozy quilt on a cold night

16. hic-ups from laughter

17. warm feet next to my cold feet

18. snooze alarms on cold mornings

19. spring water from a house faucet

20. little girls doing cartwheels

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Acceptance, a constant challenge

We need to accept everything about ourselves right now, right here. This is a constant battle or challenge for us.


Just contemplate that for a second, depression and anxiety would never get a foothold.


Our created “Ego” (I, me, mine) is the one who worries, doubts, feels guilty or unworthy.


In this moment, right now, where ever we are, that is all that exists.

Yesterday in group, I shared that thought. Even as mundane as it seemed, sitting around a table meditating, was all that existed on this earth for the group.


If you believed that, there would no reason to be depressed.


Jealousy, envy, resentment, anger or revenge would die a quick death.

The mind is extremely complex but trained or programmed in the simplest of actions.


Focused on the breath, we are ever-present and aware, empty of thought.


The mind works best going slow, empty of thought, focused intently, an excellent observer.

Attachments: Matthew Ricard: “Happiness”



Aversion is the negative side of attachment; we may have aversion to failure, loss, instability, or discomfort; and we usually believe that if the things toward which we feel aversion happen, we’ll surely be unhappy.


It can’t be emphasized enough that to experience genuine happiness we first have to recognize what blocks it.


This includes seeing our attachments, the things we believe will bring us happiness, but which actually do just the opposite.


We will continue to pursue the conditioned strategies of behavior that we hope will bring us happiness as long as we believe they are working.


And because they sometimes do bring us some degree of personal happiness, these behaviors can get reinforced for a long time.


That’s how people get caught on the treadmill of their attachments and routines for a lifetime without making any effort to change.


Paradoxically, we’re actually fortunate if life occasionally serves us a big dose of disappointment, because it forces us to question whether our attachments and strategies really serve us.




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