Posts Tagged ‘Goals’

Undisturbed Tranquility: Shaila Again, Wow ,

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Jhana (Mindfulness/Mediatation) practice introduces the mind to the stability of mental unification;
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it drenches the heart with tranquillity.
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Free of desire or aversion,
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thoughts remain quite simple.
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A concentrated mind is essentially undisturbed.
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A mind influenced by jhana is so coherent, almost crystalline,
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that it reenters the world of sensory contact without binding itself to the various perceptions that habitually preoccupy unconcentrated attention.
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After emerging from a deep absorption, the mind is pliable, concentrated, and ready to investigate.
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You can use this steadiness to explore the nuances of the objects that you perceive, or turn your attention from external sensory objects and become aware of knowing itself.
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Exploring the process of perception is a subtle inquiry.
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We do not reject things; we simply are no longer fascinated with them.
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We look into the process of perceiving rather than the content of our perceptions.”
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Left or right prefrontal cortex? Could this equal happy or sad emotions?

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Richard Davidson:

“In each case, low levels of activity in the left frontal region of the brain were associated with depression or pathological crying.

Second, it suggested that the left prefrontal region contributes something quite specific to our emotional life, namely,
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positive emotion
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and the ability to hold in mind a desired goal and form a plan of action to reach it.

The lack of these two components is a striking symptom in depression:
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Many patients report

that the absence of joy

is even more painful

than the presence of sadness,

and the inability to engage

in goal-directed activity

is among the most crippling

manifestations of the disease.”
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Remember, the monks showed the most left prefrontal illumination (Functional MRI’s) while practicing compassion meditation. Slow breath, extremely focused, parasympathetic nervous system engaged, empty of thought, pure consciousness.
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Goals,,,, I have found having no goals moment to moment incredibly opportunistic!!!!

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My mindfulness practice has evolved in many subtle ways. Learning to let go, to be empty, in a no-thought space, eliminated the pursuit of goals momentarily.
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I have found that at times, my accomplishments have far outweighed any set goals that were envisioned.
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I was a quadraplegic with Guillian Beret Disease, bedded down in ICU for the initial three weeks. This paralysis, this damage to my peripheral nervous system, combined with massive weight loss, was complicated by pneumonia, threatened my life.
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I faced the doctors, nurses and therapists in rehab. They gave me a goal of walking again in a year.
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For some reason I did not buy into that barrier. For the first time in my life, focus became my number one priority, all energy was directed at my breath.
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All out effort in the gym, was followed by hours of mindfully focusing on my breath, poised at letting worry go.
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Eight days after everyone told me I was destined for this wheelchair for a year, I walked, not very far or very well.
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Everyone was doumbfounded.
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Their barrier was shattered, their professional experience altered, by a jock who meditated.
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Any goal envisioned, would find this reality unreachable, impossible. I was questioned over and over, how did you do that.
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My first response was, I did not accept your barriers.
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My second sentence was a request for them to never tell another patient he/she will be in a wheelchair a year.
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To this day, I have no idea how or the reasons why I was able to walk. Being present opens up opportunity we can not fathom.
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Sit today and focus on your breath, practice for the time in the future when you will need it.
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