Hooked on a Feeling
*Taken from a booklet I shared with clients when I worked with people struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
Let’s start with a fact: What you choose to think is what you will feel and what you feel is how you will act. If you think this way on a daily basis and therefore feel this way on a daily basis, eventually your body becomes addicted to this feeling and begins to crave it.
Knowing that your thoughts have a profound effect on your emotions is a primary ingredient to every recovery success story of people just like you and from all walks of life. I urge you to invest yourself in this knowledge. Read it, know it, memorize it if you must. I can assure you that it will produce profound and amazing results in all facets of your life.
With the majority of people I have worked with, one consistent response when presenting this idea is, “But I can’t change how I think. This is who I am, like it or leave it.” It doesn’t matter whether or not I or anyone else likes or dislikes it. What should matter to you is how it makes YOU feel. More importantly, you CAN change how you think. It has been proven by science to be a fact. Here’s how it works:
Inside your brain, there is a tiny chemical factory called the hypothalamus. It may be tiny, but it is one of the most productive chemical factories in production on the planet! The hypothalamus produces chemicals called peptides. These peptides are created to duplicate specific emotions, such as: joy, sadness, excitement, fear, relaxation, stress, anger or depression.
From the hypothalamus, the peptides are sent to the pituitary gland and then out into the blood stream which contains anywhere from twenty to thirty trillion cells. Each cell has receptor sites. The peptides dock onto the receptor sites, taking control of the cell, and eventually creating new cells with more receptor sites ready and waiting for that particular type of peptide.
Be the master of your mind rather than mastered by it.
"I can't go on.
Whatever state of mind has you calm, centered, quiet, and aware - this should be your mental posture.
Whether you are in motion or at rest, maintain your mental posture at all times, steady as she goes, regardless of the task at hand. The ineffable teaching of all teachings resides within this. -md
* Read The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Street performer Matthew Silver is brilliant and inspiring and impossible to ignore.
The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks, such as the Internet or a social network of trust relationships between people, according to a new paper published in the science journal Nature’s Scientific Reports.
Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.
Interesting blog post by Brian Thompson. Excerpt below.
Within each thing, are many things.
It’s a sublime and enlightened teaching of non-duality that is clearly expressed through the following verse:
“This is, because that is.
This is not, because that is not.
This ceases to be, because that ceases to be.”
When we apply this teaching into our lives, we gain deeper insight into the true nature of things. We begin to understand that nothing is an island unto itself. No thing is separate all on its own, and that no thing is completely self-contained or self-reliant. Everything that is, exists solely because of other events that have also co-arisen. All things are dependent upon cause and effect. This is true not only for our physical actions, but so too with all of our mental formations and the emotional happenings within our mind.
It's never just one thing. Nothing arises from itself alone.
Neither exists without the other. Together, they are one whole.
If we hear music and it makes us feel good, we should dance; really shake it with all we’ve got.
If some one plays a song you don’t like and demands that you dance, simply walk away.
1. Right view
2. Right intention
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
The Noble Eightfold Path -By Bhikkhu BodhiDukkha, its origin, its cessation, and the way to its cessation-these are the Four Noble Truths, the "elephant's footprint" that contains within itself all the essential teachings of the Buddha. It might be risky to say that any one truth is more important than the others. since they all hang together in a very close integral unit. But if we were to single out one truth as the key to the whole Dhamma it would be the Fourth Noble Truths, the truth of the way, the way to the end of Dukkha. That is the Noble Eightfold Path, the path made up of the following eight factors divided into three larger groups;
wisdom1. right view
2. right intention
3. right speech
4. right action
5. right livelihood
6. right effort
7. right mindfulness
8. right concentration
Nonlocality describes the apparent ability of entangled objects to communicate and instantaneously know about each other’s state, even when separated by large distances (potentially even billions of light years). As if almost as if the universe at large instantaneously arranges its particles in anticipation of future events.
A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen MonkZen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmi.
Hyon Gak Sunim
Zen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, we see a Western Zen monk in his daily activities in the world: chanting, meditating, preparing breakfast, riding public transport, meeting with friends, even shaving his head -- from moment to moment, not attached to conceptual thinking, everything is Zen, which just means everything is "moment." The subject of this unusual film, Hyon Gak Sunim, allowed filmmakers to follow his daily living and teaching activities for a week as he met with students and organized his daily activities. Sunim is widely recognized as one of the most influential Zen monks in modern Korean Buddhist history, a graduate of Yale and Harvard who entered the monastic life in 1992 and has done over 20 years of intensive Zen training in the ancient Zen temples of Korea. His enlightenment was certified ("inka") in a public ceremony in 2001 by his teacher, the legendary Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004). Now based in the West, he wanders the world, teaching wherever invited.
Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.
The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed. As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then, she didn’t even thank you!”
“I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”
"Between the two poles of Expression and Supression, there
is a third option: Mere observation." -Doing Time Doing Vipassana
Suffering is the by-product of false ambition.
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It’s the quiet mind that produces the best insights. But it’s a challenge to take that sort of time off in the midst of a busy day. Here are three specific, quick and easy ways to build purposeful break time into your day.
It is taught that you should be grateful for the blessings that God has bestowed upon you. You should always be grateful for what there is, but don't forget that "God" couldn't have done it without YOU.
"Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind." - John Dewey
At any given moment, you are only an eyelid away from bliss.
The foot feels the foot when the foot feels the ground.
from and for Michael Dickes