Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Assessing Right View And Right Intention: An Interesting Notion
This is the rhythm. The death of (name of deceased) has knocked me for a loop. But starting today my nerves are steadier and I am stronger. I am mentally relaxed and confident. My inner gloom turns into sunshine. Then there are the tough street plants. You feel very excited, very alert, very charged up. Intelligence reaches to its highest peak, just as love reaches to its highest peak. We are in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. I invite you to ask yourself this question and then write the response in your journal. Other things—sadness, frustration, disappointment—they are just worthless, they have to be thrown out. To manage my anxiety, I decided to apply what I know as a psychologist: we can manage our emotions by managing our behavior. I brought it up anyway; my body almost forced me to press the issue. No activity is without risks: fell-walkers often end up needing mountain rescue services because they have set off with a glib expectation of the day staying bright and the path being so obvious that they dont need a paper map or a compass. And there are so many ridiculous situations all around. The point is to notice that every thought passes naturally and is automatically replaced by another thought and to observe those thoughts as a passing stream; this way you will not become reactive or go down a rabbit hole by getting consumed by any one particular thought. From your own experience you would have understood that love creates a great need to be alone, and aloneness creates a great need to be together. The point is to not give in to discouragement if you happen to find clever workarounds to your initial ideas. As we said, loneliness hurts. Jim and Nancy Smith had a great time in Europe this summer; they went everywhere and did everything. In fact the ostrich becomes more vulnerable to the enemy. What might you do to prove you can? Now pick a few phrases of well-wishing to offer to this figure. Notice how it rises through your feet and through your legs to the base of your spine. I say allow it to come out; that is the only way toward sanity. As I traversed down the canyon, I reminded myself of another sankalpa of mine, It's safe to soften and surrender. You may feel your body losing energy when you speak a word that is not aligned with your truth. Think of the OFC like someone addicted to Tinder or some dating app. Oftentimes, we underestimate the wisdom that lives within us—and there's a wellspring of wisdom inside the body. You may already have these resources available but just don't know it. Death magnifies, it mirrors—but you are the culprit. And, like orchids, snowdrops have played an instrumental part in helping me deal with my madness. And that's why this type is ordinarily never active. Look within to tap your feelings and tune in to what you really want, not what you think you want, feel you should want, or are pressured to want by others. We get stuck in this mindset that psychiatrists are like mechanics: we go to them to get our anxiety fixed. But these mindful walks dont need to be anywhere particularly picturesque. If that's the case, create some reinforcing experiences to help you overcome that uncertainty. The examples given are merely illustrative. We all have shadow and light aspects of ourselves. Next time you have a full-hearted laugh, try to see a very fundamental fact: watching is easiest while you are laughing, because laughing is not a serious act, and it is natural. The mind simply dies; it is no longer there. It holds you back. I felt Shakti, indeed! Beyoncé's energy radiated through the entire space. I know I didn't. Just ask your question and observe how your arm responds to get your answer. You can get—and deserve to have—tons of support, love, cheerleading, and guidance from others as you do this work, but only you can create something new for yourself. When they arrived at the retreat center, they were fresh off of winning the world championship and a gold medal at the Pan American Games. Imagine with each exhalation that the shade is coming down, or that your eyelids are closing again, or that you are spinning yourself into a safe and warm cocoon. As the musician Randy Armstrong put it, Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles. For one hour the teacher told the boys and the girls about Jesus Christ, telling stories about him, his philosophy, his crucifixion, his religion, that he has the greatest following in the world; everything was condensed into an hour's teaching. Sadly, many people learn to enjoy complaining as a way to gain satisfaction from all the things that go wrong. If I hadn't practiced the Three-Part Breath to the point that I could do it almost automatically, it would not have been a viable tool in this extremely high-pressured, fast-moving situation. After I had spoken, the next person was the representative from Sanskrit University. From the three lessons you are tired of learning, what is the common theme? Whenever you see a word that is my attempt to name this indescribable force, take a breath to notice what feels true for you. Nobody insults you, nobody humiliates you, nobody says anything to you; you are sitting silently, happily, and somebody pushes a button on a remote control and you become angry! It is a very strange feeling because you cannot see the reason anywhere, why you are becoming angry. Anger is active sadness; sadness is inactive anger. When you're stuck in old habit loops (including judging yourself), you're not open to growth. One of the best known neuroplasticity exercises involves gratitude. It certainly suggests that the interest + knowledge + experience = enjoyment in writing = flow part of the equation is true. However you get your answers, keep drawing. It is one of the most powerful general-purpose techniques for raising and directing energy.In this exercise you imagine the energy of the earth and the surrounding universe coursing through your body to give you the energy you need to do something you want to do. They join in not to be left alone, because otherwise people will think that they have not understood. You are saying, I cannot say it, I can only be it—a hug is a way of being. I won't abandon myself. There are things that you can only do consciously. You help them to come out of that thing, they are again ready with another, as if there is a deep clinging to misery. The climate of the heart is trust. If you really want not to die again, then you will have to do something so that you are not born again. Now, let's take a moment to look at the most common fears that come up. I'd just made it. For example, did you know that there are animals who keep growing in size until they die? Then without stress or his prefrontal cortex going off-line, the doctor could have reasoned that he should quietly and gently put the monitor back on his hopefully still sleeping patient. This is not to say it is your fault if your partner is speaking to you in a condescending or demeaning tone. You cannot move; he will move. I have a fear of elevators. I don't want to have a fear of elevators. I analyze my fear of elevators and find that there are no reasons for such a fear. I am a reasonable person. Since there are no reasons to fear elevators, I discharge this fear. It is unwarranted. It is gone. In contrast, higher functioning people are able to meet their own basic needs in life; and they generally have at least a few friends to call if they just feel like a nice heart-to-heart with a sympathetic ear. You can hide your Playboy magazine inside the Bible and pretend you are reading the Bible. It can be something work-related or personal. As you can imagine, managing my self-discipline was mission-critical. In some cultures a woman is expected to be more submissive and nurturing, whereas being assertive and independent is more characteristic of women in the United States and Western Europe. The Stress Test is amazing! To actually feel where in the body the stress is held and then to drill down into the actual sensations totally changes the experience. It's through surrendering the need to control that you can come to know your greatest strength. It was a soft summer night. There are people who have found it. For example, if you want to quit smoking but crave a cigarette, eat candy instead of lighting up. When we attempt to replace our Higher Power with someone or something material, we get addicted to the replacement. This color may be red or may be another color. Many of them are so glamorous they have been made into films, like the movie Wild, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayeds article, Wild: A Journey From Lost to Found.9 Strayed walked 1100 miles from the Mojave desert to Washington, despite having no prior hiking experience. When you speak words that are out of alignment with your True Self, you are out of integrity, and you'll likely experience some kind of inner conflict or suffering. Curiosity is a great attitude, and third-gear practice to foster that can help in situations similar to the one the doctor faced. For example, if you do the Three-Part Breath and realize you're feeling mixed up and don't know why, this awareness would guide you to select a different follow-up technique (possibly Mind Mapping or even just more mindfulness exercises) than if you did the Three-Part Breath and realized you were stressed because of a big overwhelming task (perhaps you'd then do the Zone of Control). High functioning people are generally quick on their feet and able to size up a person or space quickly. They wear it like a badge of honor, without which they would be a lesser person, or worse, lose a sense of purpose. One who knows how to get into anything totally can get into everything totally; what it is, is not the point. It feeds their idea that I am somebody special. A while ago, I met a thirty-year-old woman who was referred to me to help her with her binge-eating disorder (BED). Yes, I felt despair, sadness, paranoia and everything else. Had the passenger brought an emotional support dog, cat or even miniature horse on board instead, this would have been absolutely fine, but squirrels were a definite no. When you finish, the image of the crystal ball or computer console will fade. But nobody can leave with just half the beard shaved—or half the head shaved! You would ask him just to shave the beard and he would start shaving your head, and by the time you noticed, he had already done the job. I live naturally; and it is very natural to live in comfort and convenience. The third chakra, manipura, is the solar plexus, and it's through this energy center that we access the fire in the belly and harness the heat of fire so we can blaze a trail that is in alignment with our soul's purpose.