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Month: November 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

November 2011 Review: Nourishment

The God of Passing Time

The wet cold bites my bones.   I draw my deep red shawl tightly across my shoulders.

October to January is Makahiki season according to Hawai’in culture.  A time when there was a taboo on warfare and people participated in religious and sports festivities.

Imagine saying “no” to warfare!  If it could be done for an entire season, why not an entire year?  Is this a legacy that could be brought to life once again?

Can we all begin to make this the season of our own peace by refraining from harm in our own interactions?

The Seasons Go Round and Round

Writing this monthly review is like watching the seasons of my life pass by.

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Three Potent Phrases for Transforming Challenging Emotional Patterns

“…no matter what emotions arise, taking emotion as the path requires skill because emotions are strongly experienced in the body’s chemistry, as well as the mind.” – Tsoknyi Rinpoche

According to the contemporary spiritual teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, whatever you feel in any given moment is based on an earlier imprint in your being.
He explains that there are two types of imprints:

  • Learned patterns
  • Karmic residues

The number of imprints in our being is literally uncountable.  Typically, it’s these patterns that are running the show of your life.

I suspect these learned patterns are similar to the “deceptive brain messages” discussed in the book You Are Not Your Brain.   The reason deceptive brain messages are difficult – but not impossible – to change is because the very structure and function of the brain reinforces them.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche brings together the world of science with ancient wisdom to illustrate how we can change deeply held emotional habits.  He says, to bring awareness to our emotional patterns, we need a roadmap, which  has three elements:

  • Emotion, feeling, mood
  • Knowing, thinking, awareness
  • The reified “I” and sense of fixation

We need to work with all three elements to free ourselves from stubborn emotional patterns.

Once of the most important keys is to welcome emotions – even the difficult ones – rather than seeing them as the enemy.

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Butterflies - Happiness

Expand Your Happiness Vocabulary

Butterflies - HappinessThe framework of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is an effective formula for giving and receiving empathy.  We all need empathy from time-to-time because we all experience pain and suffering.

Now, the icing on the cake.

NVC training also helps us to expand our happiness vocabulary.

NVC encourages us to identify and celebrate our positive feelings and our met needs.  When we immerse ourselves in the positive, the negative gradually diminishes.  It’s the old “is the glass half empty or half full” story.

Here’s one way to fill up your glass – and life – with more contentment and joy.  Experiment with expanding your positive vocabulary and see how it feels.  Here are a few dazzling words to sparkle up a moment or two and get your started on vocabulary enhancement.

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Eclipses: Coming Soon to a Sky Near You

Eclipse & Change

Eclipses indicate a point of change.  They represent beginnings (solar) and endings (lunar).  These two will appear soon:

  • November 25th –  Solar Eclipse in Saggitarius
  • December 10thFull Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini

Eclipses offer an opportunity to embrace – or scream, kick, and resist – change.   The events and changes that occur around an eclipse typically feel sudden, dramatic, out of your control, and irreversible.  Anything you think will never change, may indeed change.

But not for everyone. 

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Precise Communication

Imprecision in communication can bring so many headaches, hassles, and heartaches.  Here’s a question for reflection:

How precise am I in my communication?

Pay attention today – and why not this whole week – to see if imprecise communication trips you up.  Let us know what you learn!

[This is part of a series of compelling questions.]

If you like this reflection, please share the link with others.  I would love to connect with you on Google+ or the Always Well Within Facebook Page.  With love, Sandra

Why Do We Suffer?

Four Noble Truths

Suffering Exists

Have you noticed?  Suffering exists.  In myriad forms.

From the minor irritations we encounter each and every day to overwhelming states of anxiety, depression, envy, and countless others.   In macro forms like war, cruelty, hunger, poverty, and addiction.

Another word for suffering is frustration. Or discontent.  The continual feeling of subtle dissatisfaction that underlines our life.  Even when we have it good, we’re still trying to make it better.

So how can we end suffering?  The first step is to understand it.

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