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 Post subject: Re: Mindfullness
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:40 pm 
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"An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions." ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

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 Post subject: Re: Mindfullness
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:54 am 
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Whatever happens to the body also happens to the mind. When we look at the body as an item of consumption, an object of desire, we haven’t truly seen the body. Our own body, and the body of another, should be treated with utmost respect. The body is as sacred as the mind. When we touch someone else’s body, we touch their mind and their soul.

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 Post subject: Re: Mindfullness
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:07 am 
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We have a habit of running after things, and this habit has been transmitted to us by our parents and ancestors. We don’t feel fulfilled in the here and now, and so we run after all kinds of things we think will make us happier. We sacrifice our life chasing after objects of craving or striving for success in our work or studies. We chase after our life’s dream and yet lose ourselves along the way. We may even lose our freedom and happiness in our efforts to be mindful, to be healthy, to relieve suffering in the world, or to get enlightened. We disregard the wonders of the present moment, thinking that heaven and the ultimate are for later, not for now.

To practice meditation means to have the time to look deeply and see these things. If you feel restless in the here and now, or you feel ill at ease, you need to ask yourself: “What am I longing for?” “What am I searching for?” “What am I waiting for?”

- Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The Art of Living”.

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 Post subject: Re: Mindfullness
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:17 am 
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I read an article today stating that if one wanted to improve their memory they should stop multi-tasking for at least part of their day. We multi-task far too often and it doesn't allow time to process. As we age that becomes more of a problem. I also agree with the idea that being *continually* goal oriented .. always chasing.. is probably not good for our mental orderliness either.


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 Post subject: Re: Mindfullness
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:52 am 
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 Post subject: Re: (Un)suitably attired
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:52 am 
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In my experience, some people can only do one thing at a time, and some people CAN'T do one thing at a time, and it's hardwired and non-negotiable.

There's one person at work who has to see a project to the end before starting another. Another has to have at least three things going on so he can switch between them. Both of them are advanced meditation practitioners, BTW.

Even in programming or science, there's a lot for work that is not "deep work" and leaves free processing power. And we are used to expending those spare brain cycles in socializing. It used to be people coming together to knit, or mend things, harness, fishing nets, car engines. Now it's checking Twitter.

The opposite of that is hyperfocus, where you are absorbed by the creative process or the problem-solving. That's when interruptions are really detrimental to being productive, but it's also when people don't check Twitter, because they don't have those spare brain cycles to burn off.

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