Farts. No Pahpose anywhere in rife itser’f. When you drop fart you do not say, ‘At nine o’crock I drop fart.’ It just happen.


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The importance of living without purpose.

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Bodies become limited by illness, old age.

Ahhh, sweet non attachment. What can we do? Feel the joy not the suffering. Change perspective. It’s natural. 

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Closing decades of medical practice, saying goodbye to so many amazing patients who have populated my life becoming friends, letting go of old furniture that became friends, like movies on a screen. Not real. Only that which is Infinite is Real. 

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“He came to a passage where the sutra spoke of the importance of living without purpose, and true to his accent, commented: In Buddhism pahposessness is fundamental’. No Pahpose anywhere in rife itser’f. When you drop fart you do not say, ‘At nine o’crock I drop fart.’ It just happen.”

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By this time page 190, he has taught that we don’t have to struggle to be conscious this moment of the infinite self, conscious of nothing external. Just be this infinite now, we don’t have to work at it…..and by extension I don’t have to repeat “Who am I?” or say “I am.” I can if it helps, but I can leave off and BE.

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“remembers all too much foolishness. Yet how can I forgive anyone else if I don’t forgive myself? And how can I believe that now, as I have become and matured, I am no longer a fool? If “judge not that you be not judged” means anything, it means that we must look at human affairs, including our own, as we look at nature.”

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“Our deeds, our feelings, our thoughts, and our sensations just happen of themselves, as the rain falls and the water flows along the valley. I am neither a passive and helpless witness to whom they happen, nor an active doer and thinker who causes and controls them.  “I” is simply the idea of myself, a thought among thoughts. Taken seriously it gives the illusion of being something apart from nature, a subject reviewing objects. But if the subject is an illusion, the objects are no longer mere objects. Inside the skull and the skin as well as outside, there is simply the stream flowing along of itself. [emphasis mine] The bones flow too, and their inner texture has the same patterns as moving liquid. In nature there  are neither masters nor slaves.”

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Reality. All are aiming at one center, there is only this present


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Alan Watts, a philosopher and poet,  had already published 20 books on this the Infinite Self, from the standpoint of Christianity, several Eastern religions, psychology and psychiatry. From any perspective it is like a hub with one center. This is the highest teaching of all paths. From the Prologue to his 1972 autobiography:

 

“I have realized that the past and the future are real illusions, that they exist only in the present, which is what there is and all that there is. From one point of view the present is shorter than a microsecond. From another, it embraces all eternity. But there isn’t anywhere, or any when else to be. History determines what we are only to the extent that we insist, now, that it does so. Likewise, the dream—or the nightmare—of the great tomorrow is a present fantasy which distracts us from both reality and eternity. For every sentient being is God–omnipotent, omniscient, infinite and eternal—pretending with the utmost sincerity and determination to be otherwise, to be a mere creature subject to failure, pain, death, temptation, hellfire and ultimate tragedy. One of the most intelligent, pleasant and scholarly men I know devotes himself to the creed that a noble human life is simply courage in the face of inevitable disaster and annihilation. But I won’t argue with him, anymore than I would argue with the fish for living in the sea. It’s his game, his style, his posture; and he does it very well.”

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“… I am trying to show that all are aiming, however disputatiously, at one center. This has been my way of making sense of life in terms of philosophy, psychology, and religion.”

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“My own work, though it may seem at times to be a system of ideas, is basically an attempt to describe mystical experience— not of formal divisions and supernatural beings, but of reality as seen and felt directly in a silence of words and mindings. In this I set myself the same impossible task as the poet: to say what cannot be said.… I am trying to get thinking people to be aware of the actual vibrations of life as they would listen to music.”

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“…. Do you suppose that God takes himself seriously? I know a Zen master, Joshu Sasaki, who has let it be known that the best form of meditation is to stand up with your hands on your hips and roar with laughter for 10 minutes every morning.”

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He is talking of the infinite self that we are, have always been and always will be. Infinite. The highest ancient teaching that predates Lord Buddha by thousands of years before written word; it then appears in the Vedas and Upanishads. Teachings of Advaita. Jnana Yoga. The highest teaching. You are the infinite Self. You are not the body or the mind, You are the witness. You are the screen on which the play of the world is occurring. The Biblical dramas and Greek tragedies especially at holiday times, family.

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We can instantly change perspective. See it all as it is. I AM. There is no world – I am all that is. I am infinite. Suffering is of the world, the body, the mind. Past and future do not exist, only this moment is real. Just BE. “I AM.”  Silence —no words, no thoughts. Focus the mind like a laser. Echoed in the bible, “Thou art That.” “I Am that I Am.” “I and my Father are one.”

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BE. Hit the beach at sunset. Take a walk in the woods or ski the mountain. Remember to BE with crystal clear consciousness, with no world obstructing the senses, BE with nothingness in silence. Pure. Self. Enjoy. Every second. Even when you work. Change perspective. Peace.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Being Positive


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I don’t know how the Great Recession may be affecting your mood, but for those with chronic pain, it is often difficult to nurture and maintain a positive attitude.  At times when we need the most help, we may be most reluctant to appreciate the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but that’s how we get help to reorder our thoughts in positive ways that are healing.

A Randomized Trial of a Cognitive-Bahavior Intervention

Compared to information giving and educational approaches, the risk for developing a long-term disability was lowered nine-fold for the cognitive-behavior intervention group. The cognitive-behavior group also demonstrated a significant decrease in physician and physical therapy use as compared with two groups receiving information, in which such use increased. These findings underscore the significance of early interventions that specifically aim to prevent chronic problems.

More recent research is reported by London’s syndication, The Independent, that tells us how much our attitude is harming ourselves.  Don’t forget, it harms everyone you love and constricts their lives too.  But the right frame of mind can lower your pain and other health risks.

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People showing dispositional optimism may be better able to cope with pain and need less medication. A study at Michigan State University on cancer patients shows that those who were more optimistic tended to report less severe pain. A study at the University of Alabama showed that patients who were optimistic used less medication for pain relief. “More optimistic adolescents are better able to match their medication use to their pain severity. Future research should examine how other psycho-social factors might influence pain medication use in adolescents and adults, and clinicians should take into account psychosocial factors when working with pain populations.”

CANCER

Women who are happy and optimistic may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. The research also show that adverse life events, such as loss of a loved one or divorce , can increase the risk. Results from the study at Ben Gurion University in Israel show that exposure to more than one adverse life event was associated with a 60 per cent increased risk of disease, while happy and optimistic women were 25 per cent less likely to have the disease. “A general feeling of happiness and optimism seems to play a protective role,” say the researchers. “The relationship between happiness and health should be examined in future studies and possible relevant preventive initiatives should be developed,” say the researchers.

MORTALITY

A review of research into the association between positive wellbeing and mortality shows a signifciant link. The University College London analysis of 35 studies showed that positive psychological wellbeing was associated with an 18 per cent reduced mortality in healthy people and a 24 per cent lower risk in sick people. “Positive feelings – emotional well-being, positive mood, joy, happiness, vigour, energy – and life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism, sense of humour, were associated with reduced mortality. Results suggest that positive psychological wellbeing has a favourable effect on survival in both healthy and diseased populations.

HEART DISEASE

The positive-minded have a 55 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease, according to the results of a study which followed 500 men aged 54 to 84 for 15 years. “Our results demonstrate a strong and consistent association between dispositional optimism and lower risk of cardiovascular mortality,” says the researchers from The Netherlands Institute of Mental Health, Delft. Just how low optimism may lead to cardiovascular death, is, say the authors, an intriguing, but unanswered question. One possible mechanism, they say, is that optimism is related to better coping behaviour. Another study at the University of Pittsburgh, and based on 200 women diagnosed with thickening of the arteries, showed that over a 15-year period, the disease progressed more slowly in those women classed as optimists. Other research has shown that optimists have a lower risk of rehospitalisation after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

The article also covers the field of research as it applies to blood pressure, longevity, infections, even the common cold……..

Practice makes perfect.  Take time out to give yourself some love.  Doctors too.

And read Diana’s blog to see how the addition of 3 kittens have added so much to her family’s mood.  Even if you can’t have a pet, you can still enjoy a friend’s.

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