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A MINDFUL NATION

Congressman Tim Ryan’s book A MINDFUL NATION is a must read.  It’s what many of us have stressed for years, but now that our leaders are focused on mindfulness, I am excited that time has arrived for the masses to pay attention.  THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK, which can be purchased on line and wherever books are sold.

“Mindfulness helped me become aware of how my body and mind reacted to the stress of daily life, to get in touch with how my built-in survival mechanism could go into high gear when it had no valid reason to. I could feel myself tense up if someone told me something I didn’t want to hear. I would lose focus during a conversation because I was fretting about something that happened hours before. I looked at my BlackBerry messages first thing in the morning and got thrown into a tailspin before I even got out of bed. This made me curious about what exactly is happening to the brain and nervous system when we are constantly taking in all of this negativity and whether mindfulness can help with it.”

“Another finding that demonstrates improved brain health is what is called the left shift. That is, mindfulness has been found to cause a shift toward the left frontal region of the brain, where more positive mental states are activated. So neuroscientific research supports the claim that mindfulness helps us approach situations with greater resilience and without negative emotions such as fear. This finding was observed in a study conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn in collaboration with the neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. The results, based on studying people trained in Jon’s program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), are described in a book called The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel: A “left-shift” has been noted, in which the left frontal activity of the brain is enhanced following MBSR training. This electrical change in brain function is thought to reflect the cultivation of an “approach state” in which people move toward, rather than away from, a challenging external situation or internal mental function such as a thought, feeling, or memory. Naturally, such a state can be seen as the neural basis for resilience.”

“When a stressful situation comes upon us—a personal conflict with a co-worker, our daughter wanting to stay out after midnight, a road-rager disrupting the conference call we’re conducting by Bluetooth while driving to work—the human mind and body handle it the same way it did 100,000 years ago. Two key parts of our brain are involved: the hippocampus, a small structure near the base of the brain with the size and shape of a small seahorse; and the amygdala, almond-shaped groups of nuclei in the midsection of the brain.”

“The perceptual information is arranged and passed to the hippocampus, which rapidly determines whether it’s real or not. If the hippocampus identifies the incoming information as threatening, it sends alarm bells to the amygdala and we go into red alert, sending out the hormones that create the superfocus in our body and mind that put our ancestors in a position to deal with a wild animal on the attack.”

“Dr. Davidson reminded me that the stress-generating process has served our species well for thousands of years. We are here today because of it. As amazing and necessary as this process is, though, it is not meant to happen 24 hours a day, day in and day out. It’s meant to happen only when our lives are at risk or a major situation is at hand. One of the challenges for those of us alive today is that our brain and body cannot easily distinguish a real physical threat from an emotional one like having a bad nightmare and waking up with a racing heart or recalling a traumatic event.”

“The events in the nightmare didn’t really happen; the traumatic event is not recurring. Responding to perceived threats takes a toll on our bodies. The same goes for an anticipated negative future situation. Our body goes through the full-scale stress reaction. It’s like bringing out all the fire engines and firefighters to a five-alarm fire that turns out to be a false alarm. If we live in a state of worry or regret, this process is going on inside of us all the time. Should we really wonder why we are tired so often and why we can’t seem to get our energy levels up? Why we drink too much or eat too much? All of the worry and negativity is setting our body off on a roller coaster of hormone release and decimating our nervous system. We get down, worn out, beat up. And when we get sick, Dr. Davidson says, all this stress makes it worse.”

“I can feel the stress and heartache emanating from these friends and neighbors. I see 55-year-old people who have worked hard their whole lives lose everything. Mothers weep as they tell me about not having health care for their children. This is real-world stress that doesn’t go away after a few minutes. It lasts for days, weeks, months, and years. Whether someone has long periods of stress because of difficult, real-life challenges like job loss or lack of health care, or whether the stress is from self-created stories filled with negative thoughts that never come to pass, it leads to chronic stimulation of our sympathetic nervous system. Apparently, sustained stress causes inflammation in various parts of our body. We are literally inflamed, with all the negative effects that implies. This then leads to heart disease . . . .”

“When psychologist Amishi Jha came to meet and talk with me in my congressional office in Washington, I began to learn more about these other dimensions of the power of mindfulness. I was reminded of the benefits that Bella seemed to be experiencing in her Tae Kwon Do class and that I thought would be helpful for our schoolchildren and our teachers—and for our military. When I first met her, Dr. Jha was at the University of Pennsylvania. Now she is spearheading the NIH-funded neuroimaging and health initiative, as Associate Professor within the department of psychology at the University of Miami. Her lab focuses on how attention and working memory can be enhanced. These are two important cognitive systems that interact with each other to allow for fluid behavior. Attention allows for selection.”The principle of neuroplasticity means that the brain can change and grow through our entire lifetime. This is one of the most encouraging discoveries in recent times, and it gives us all the more reason to want to practice mindfulness. “Neuroscientists discovered that everything they told us when I was a graduate student in biology about the nervous system was wrong,” Jon told me, “in the sense that in certain regions of the nervous system you can make new functional neurons until the day you die. Particularly in the hippocampus, which is related to memory and learning. It turns out it’s not all downhill from the time we’re two years old.” A smile came to my face as I realized that we have ongoing influence over how we are wired. The fact that our brain is always changing means we’re not “locked in” to having the stress superhighway built into our nervous system. We can keep that road there for when we need it. The cutting-edge research today shows us how mindfulness can help us reshape our brain and nervous system.”

“We mentioned how a lot of stress can hypercharge our amygdala, which in turn makes it thicker because of all the activity. Now studies by Dr. Sara Lazar, of Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital, are suggesting that after an eight-week MBSR program at least one side of the amygdala gets thinner. By practicing mindfulness we can change the way our brain functions. Most important, we can change it in the direction of balance and in fact in the direction of kindness. . . . .”

PICK UP A COPY OF Ryan, Tim. A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit

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LIVING YOUR DESIRED FUTURE IN THE PRESENT – Part 12 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 12  OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai , “Becoming Human” and Wade Imre Morissette “Still,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.
“You have all the neurological machinery to transcend time, to make this a skill. What some might call miracles, I describe as cases of individuals working toward changing their state of being, so that their bodies and minds are no longer merely a record of their past but become active partners, taking steps to a new and better future.”
“Transcending the Big Three: Peak Experiences and Ordinary Altered States of Consciousness At this point, you understand that the main obstacle to breaking the habit of being yourself is thinking and feeling equal to your environment, your body, and time. . . .”

We will continue on Monday, at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.
Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).
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THE POWER OF BEING

We arrive in this space in so many different guises, based on so many different experiences, throughout so many different phases of growth, immersed in so many different truths, tribes, testimonies, and tongues that we forget that just as much as we are different, we are the same.

We are born. We covet. We doubt. We sin. We fall. We fear. We wander. We desire. We complain. We regress.  We bless. We imagine. We love. We die. As time evolves, we realize that we are much more than the breath of creation.  Each one of us is a gift.

We yearn to see the universe’s face.  We hope it is different than our own.  But we see shapes, forms and different expressions of our own imperfections staring back at us. At some point, if we are fortunate, we know that we are not just here for ourselves.

The ultimate demonstration of our existence transcends material things or self-centered adoration.  Our accomplishments are merely guideposts, benchmarks to show us the ultimate gift: we are here to give, and by so giving−to serve, and by so serving−to be our best.

There are books but no manuals of how to properly perform the operation of inclusion, how to locate the seat of the problem, extinguish it, coordinate departure, and return for debriefing in a successful operation.  The challenges that we face to be more inclusive will not change overnight, nor can they be surmised in literature or study. Instead, we must bring all of ourselves – not based on the mere accomplishment of initiatives but also on the fundamental commitment to lead and exemplify for all the need to accept, respect and embrace the value of others.  This field will only be enhanced by the insight that each leader brings from their unique background, which provides them with the ability to envision, create and restore the unlimited arsenal that we need to honor our differences and celebrate the powerful gifts that each and every one of us brings to the table.

Our gifts are so precious and yet so tenuous they slide from our fingertips in a breath’s notice. We thought we were here for a neatly categorized occupation or the job we sought after college or what generations of family members did until we finally realize deep in our souls that we are here to serve a greater purpose.

Our callings have nothing to do with profession, paycheck or retirement.  Our various roles, which include but are in no way limited to glass maker, sanitation worker, electrician, carpenter,  plumber,  teacher, lawyer, clergy, fire prevention, engineer, architect, firefighter, emergency medical technician,  paramedic, nurse, doctor, soldier or caretaker, police officer, judge, or president is one of the many ways we clothe our soul’s true calling to be present for others.

No matter how much more we want, we eventually open our eyes and see that there is power in every single manner that each one of us expresses ourselves. Finding power within is the only way to respect the value of the power in others. Power is not indicative of how we rule, govern or assert strength over someone else, but how we find the space, time and commitment to demonstrate our own gifts and talents. The only way we can express our power is by being who we really are, by honoring our authentic selves.

Someone once encouraged me to adopt the belief that we are “one race.”   We are. And being able to express every aspect of our race in the unique manner that we as individuals experience and contribute to life is our true gift. The Ubuntu saying is “I am because you are.” This not only celebrates us as part of the team but gives us the true power of being one with others because we are able to be who we are.

If tradition attempts to limit us, it becomes a false idol and re-names itself “the past.” Everything around us teaches us that we cannot remain in the past any more than we can remain in a burning building.  Lot’s wife merely looked back at the past, and she could move no further.  We bring with us the power of the past being us as step into a future that defies the space of convention, one that can walk the water of new faith and courage without fear.

Where tradition excluded others, its toxic energy requires that it be cleansed, purged like any other substance that would kill. Exclusion is blindness. We cannot see what we refuse to accept as meaningful, important or real.

Where tradition welcomes who we are and uplifts our contributions, we honor it as the deliverer of all change and transformation.

The cocoon of conforming has covered us for so long that only a few of us dare emerge.  Yet, more often than not when we do, everyone admires the shapes, contexts and contours of the gifts and talents that only we can give to the universe.

Being there for others is an important way to show up for ourselves.

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Images are for educational purposes only and are by George Redhawk

OUR HUNGER AND THIRST IS FOR THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF ABSOLUTE GOOD

Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.”

We know that Jesus is not talking about food – unless it is manna – the food of life that never stops feeding us – that always provides what we need.

We know that we are not talking about drink unless we are talking about living water – the water that we may drink of and never thirst again.
We know that we are not talking about something or someone who is self-righteous because a consciousness that only sees its own greatness in the flesh fails to realize the pure power of God.

In his book Discover the Power Within, Eric Butterworth says righteousness means “right thinking.”  He says it would be so much easier to go through the motions – to just go to church and praise God and sing in the choir and serve as an usher – and never change our minds or transform our consciousness to realize the power, the true power that God has given us to think, do and be righteousness.

We have to become immersed in our desire to do the good that God calls us to do, so immersed that we are completely connected with Spirit – so connected that we don’t sweat the small stuff because we are focused on the big stuff.

We can be so caught up in our daily routine – the small stuff that we forget to look to the hills; we forget to rise above; we forget that we were aiming for something greater – so much greater than what we are doing and feeling and even fearing.  We forget that God is in charge and God will work out the details in perfect divine order when we are focused, when we have clarity – when we let go and let God – FOR THEY – WE SHALL BE FILLED.
Paul said that we shall be transformed by the renewal of our minds – through right thinking.  Right or Positive thinking is part of the unlimited power of God.

Emmett Fox says that if our right thinking is clouded – if we are not being transformed or are progressing as fast as we would like, we must do a few things:

  1. Hold onto only harmonious thoughts
  2. Do not dwell on mistakes or mis-haps
  3. Do not worry about how long it takes
  4. Claim the presence of God within us
  5. Claim wisdom, claim power, claim wealth
  6. Stop continuing bad habits
  7. Forgive and let go
  8. Release hatred and contempt
  9. Release poison and jealousy
  10. Entertain the possibility of something different
    If we take one step, God will take two.

When we hunger and thirst – the mere activity stirs up the power of God and fulfills the filling process of satisfying our needs.

Our greatest power is always here.

We only fail to realize it when we generate fear because fear will only help create fear.   What are we creating for ourselves?

So often we just go through the motions.  We stop.  We forget. We deny ourselves.  We disown the God in us.  We try to prevent ourselves from moving forward.  We even blame it on age.  (There is no gene for aging; we made that up!)
Let’s stop drawing to ourselves the things that we fear we must suffer and start creating for ourselves to joy that God intends us to create as us.

We never had to leave the Garden of Eden – never.  We left because of our desire to punish ourselves – and we stay out because of our continued desire to be unworthy, to be sinners.

We sin when fail to realize God the only power that there is inside of us.
God is bigger than the Republicans.  God is greater than any government .  God is more powerful than the world.  God is not limited by the polls or governed by the economy.

God is the full expression of absolute good through every aspect of our being.

[Images are by blind GIF artist George Redhawk]

OVERCOMING TIME – Part 11 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 10 OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai , “Call to Enchantment” and “Honoring,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.

We will continue tomorrow at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.
Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).

OVERCOMING THE NEGATIVE – Part 9 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 9 OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of The Walls Group, “Make Me Over,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.  

We will continue tomorrow at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.
Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).

WHEN THE SERVANT BECOMES THE MASTER – Part 8 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 8 OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE


This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai: “Service” and “Call to Enchantment,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.  

We will continue next Monday calls at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.

We also discussed The Ultimate Secret to Getting Absolutely Everything You Want by Michael Hernacki, which says in order to accomplish something, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish it. When you form an intention and keep fast to it, you will eventually achieve the results you want.  An open mind is receptive to the possible, the untried, the unproven. It doesn’t make judgments. It doesn’t make excuses for why things cannot be. It doesn’t refuse what is asked of it, no matter how illogical the request may seem. You only two things: 1. A clear idea of what you want (an objective).  It’s helpful to write down what you want in words that are as specific as you can make them. 2. Commitment. This, like willingness, is an attitude, a feeling of confidence that you’ll continue to pursue what you want, no matter what happens, a firm belief that what you want is so desirable and so important to you that, in the end, it will be worth doing whatever you must do to get it.
Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).

OVERCOMING YOUR BODY – Part 7 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 7 OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai: “Service” and “Call to Enchantment,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.  

We will continue next Monday calls at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.

We also discussed The Ultimate Secret to Getting Absolutely Everything You Want by Michael Hernacki, which says in order to accomplish something, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish it. When you form an intention and keep fast to it, you will eventually achieve the results you want.  An open mind is receptive to the possible, the untried, the unproven. It doesn’t make judgments. It doesn’t make excuses for why things cannot be. It doesn’t refuse what is asked of it, no matter how illogical the request may seem. You only two things: 1. A clear idea of what you want (an objective).  It’s helpful to write down what you want in words that are as specific as you can make them. 2. Commitment. This, like willingness, is an attitude, a feeling of confidence that you’ll continue to pursue what you want, no matter what happens, a firm belief that what you want is so desirable and so important to you that, in the end, it will be worth doing whatever you must do to get it.

Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).

HOLDING FAST TO A DREAM – Part 6 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 6 OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai: “Service” and “Call to Enchantment,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.  

Dr. Joe says “Know that where you place your attention is where you place your energy. The energy that you released from the body earlier has become the raw materials for you to use to create a new future. In a state of divinity, true greatness, and gratitude, create by blessing your life with your own energy, and be the quantum observer of your future. Become entangled to your new reality. As you see the images of what you want to experience in the energy of this new personality, know that those pictures will become the blueprints of your destiny. You are commanding matter to conform to your intentions…. When you finish, simply let go and know that your future will unfold in a way that is perfect for you.” Dispenza, Joe. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

We will continue next Monday calls at 8 PM, by calling 218-936-4986, pass code 48201.

Enjoy our other websites uplifting a consciousness of grace at http://www.spiritmuvmeditation.com (we are on over 1000 days of a meditation challenge); http://www.spiritmuvvideo.com (we post videos for our Miracle Minute Meditation, as well as our Metaphysical Bible Journey); http://www.spiritmuvblog.com (where we continue to uplift our community of growth in consciousness); http://www.myrtletreepress.webs.com (our publishing website); and http://www.spiritmuv.com (our main website).