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Mindful Medicine

I ’ve been  trying   to  shake  off a  bug  and  determined  not to  use  any  medicine .   Instead ,  I  would  use   mindfulness  to  tell  those  germs  “back off” so  I  can be  well . However, after several  weeks  the  germs  don’t seem to be getting the message from  mindfulness  prescription. So   I   wonder , “Can   mindfulness   be   medicine ” to break down   germs   and   make   a   virus   back off? Yes . And no. In a perfect world, where things were as clean as the creation day, perhaps mindfulness would work as effectively as medicine to fight germs and break down virus.  However, the world has changed, grown and developed in many good ways and also in some not so good ways.  The planet has lots of dis-ease (illness) that have changed the ways of our body, mind and spirit.  In which case, we’ve had to change, grow and develop in different ways to combat those diseases. Mindfulness   is  not a  replacement  for  medicine .   Yet, a steady practice of  mindfulness , being

Mindful Medicine

I ’ve been  trying   to  shake  off a  bug  and  determined  not to  use  any  medicine .   Instead ,  I  would  use   mindfulness  to  tell  those  germs  “back off” so  I  can be  well . However, after several  weeks  the  germs  don’t seem to be getting the message from  mindfulness  prescription. So   I   wonder , “Can   mindfulness   be   medicine ” to break down   germs   and   make   a   virus   back off? Yes . And no. In a perfect world, where things were as clean as the creation day, perhaps mindfulness would work as effectively as medicine to fight germs and break down virus.  However, the world has changed, grown and developed in many good ways and also in some not so good ways.  The planet has lots of dis-ease (illness) that have changed the ways of our body, mind and spirit.  In which case, we’ve had to change, grow and develop in different ways to combat those diseases. Mindfulness   is  not a  replacement  for  medicine .  

Dark Blessing

Ever have something really bad happened... and  in the process of trying to comfort inadvertently suggest that “it’s  a “blessing  in disguise”?   (but right now you can’t see beyond the darkness.) . Or maybe  you   were  the  person   trying  to comfort by  suggesting  that things may look dark now,  you ’ll be  able  to  see  the “ blessing  in the lesson” later. It's  tough  to  know  what to  say  when someone  you   love  or care about is  going  through  a “ dark  time” but  you   want  them to  know  that “darkness” will  fade  and  light  will shine again... eventually. There’ s  a  good  chance the  person   you ’re  trying  to comfort  knows  and  understands  your consoling words.  Perhaps even able to accept there is no secret method, no magic or alchemy for instantly changing  ( the )  darkness into light.   Moreover , although the  words   may   not be  perfect , a  suggestion  of mindfulness  may   offer  a  candle  of  comfort  to  move  a step  closer  to the  ligh

Dark Blessing

Ever have something really bad happened... and  in the process of trying to comfort inadvertently suggest that “it’s  a “blessing  in disguise”?   (but right now you can’t see beyond the darkness.) . Or maybe  you   were  the  person   trying  to comfort by  suggesting  that things may look dark now,  you ’ll be  able  to  see  the “ blessing  in the lesson” later. It's  tough  to  know  what to  say  when someone  you   love  or care about is  going  through  a “ dark  time” but  you   want  them to  know  that “darkness” will  fade  and  light  will shine again... eventually. There’ s  a  good  chance the  person   you ’re  trying  to comfort  knows  and  understands  your consoling words.  Perhaps even able to accept there is no secret method, no magic or alchemy for instantly changing  ( the )  darkness into light.   Moreover , although the  words   may   not be  perfect , a  suggestion  of mindfulness  may   offer  a  candle  of  comfort  to  move  a step  closer  to the  lig

Oh What A Night

It' s  the  familiar  refrain of the a  familiar  song. Oh What A Night! The song came to mind as I stood in line waiting for my fast food  (fries)  and a guy called my name.  I was startled because I hadn't heard the name in years, many years!  He must have seen the look on face because he smiled and started to explain.  With a gentle embrace, he talked and teased about the time when we did this... and  went  there and  saw  that.    "You  remember ,"  he  asked  with such  joy   I  felt  confused .  You see, I didn't remember, going there, or seeing that or "that night" because I didn't remember "our relationship. " not as he  did .  Oh sure, I remember him, quite well and I remember him fondly.   Nonetheless ,  I   don't  remember  that we  had  any "Oh  What a Night"  experiences  as he  did .    I   think   I   wanted  to  remember , if nothing else but to  share  some of the  joy  he was  expressing  about those  times  

Oh What A Night

It' s  the  familiar  refrain of the a  familiar  song. Oh What A Night! The song came to mind as I stood in line waiting for my fast food  (fries)  and a guy called my name.  I was startled because I hadn't heard the name in years, many years!  He must have seen the look on face because he smiled and started to explain.  With a gentle embrace, he talked and teased about the time when we did this... and  went  there and  saw  that.    "You  remember ,"  he  asked  with such  joy   I  felt  confused .  You see, I didn't remember, going there, or seeing that or "that night" because I didn't remember "our relationship. " not as he  did .  Oh sure, I remember him, quite well and I remember him fondly.   Nonetheless ,  I   don't  remember  that we  had  any "Oh  What a Night"  experiences  as he  did .    I   think   I   wanted  to  remember , if nothing else but to  share  some of the  joy  he was  expressing  about those  tim

The Dilemma

A problem weighs heavy on your mind; s o  it's bound  to weigh heavy in your  thoughts . The  you   attach  yourself to the  dilemma  and  concentrate  on  trying to  find  "the  fix " for the  dilemma . However, the  more   you   focus  on fixing it;  the more likely  you  are working on "how not to  solve  a problem"  dilemma . All  things   change . It’s as  simple  as that. And  most  of us can  accept  that  concept , the  issue   is ... "When?"   Fact   is , there is no crystal ball.  The closest  we   come  to knowing “when” or  even  “how”  is   acceptance  that "all things change" in due time. In that  case ,  learning  to be present is most likely the  key  to  resolving  any dilemma.  Because no  matter  how much  we   worry  or  concern  about  issues  -  we  are  living  “in the  now ”  (and probably learning lessons for the  future ) . In my own life  I   often  claim a  dilemma .  This then leads to spending  (wasting)  time wo

The Dilemma

A problem weighs heavy on your mind; s o  it's bound  to weigh heavy in your  thoughts . The  you   attach  yourself to the  dilemma  and  concentrate  on  trying to  find  "the  fix " for the  dilemma . However, the  more   you   focus  on fixing it;  the more likely  you  are working on "how not to  solve  a problem"  dilemma . All  things   change . It’s as  simple  as that. And  most  of us can  accept  that  concept , the  issue   is ... "When?"   Fact   is , there is no crystal ball.  The closest  we   come  to knowing “when” or  even  “how”  is   acceptance  that "all things change" in due time. In that  case ,  learning  to be present is most likely the  key  to  resolving  any dilemma.  Because no  matter  how much  we   worry  or  concern  about  issues  -  we  are  living  “in the  now ”  (and probably learning lessons for the  future ) . In my own life  I   often  claim a  dilemma .  This then leads to spending  (wasting)  time wo

Carpe Diem

You've probably heard that phrase before. It's one of those Latin phrases that people repeat (oftentimes not exactly sure what it means). In general, "carpe diem" means "seize the day" and more to the point "seize the moment" as you literally will never get another the same. I'm inclined to think "seize the moment" has a lot to do with "let go, let God" so you can fully appreciate and enjoy "the now" living. This idea might sound a it tricky because from the time we're born, plans are being made about our life.  From the very moment of birth, as grow up, go away from home, get a job and get on with our life, there are plans being made or in the making for and about our life.  Nonetheless, no one can plan "this very" moment of your life; which is exactly about the unique, one and only "the now" experience expressly for your life. I think phrases like "carpe diem" survive and thrive

Carpe Diem

You've probably heard that phrase before. It's one of those Latin phrases that people repeat (oftentimes not exactly sure what it means). In general, "carpe diem" means "seize the day" and more to the point "seize the moment" as you literally will never get another the same. I'm inclined to think "seize the moment" has a lot to do with "let go, let God" so you can fully appreciate and enjoy "the now" living. This idea might sound a it tricky because from the time we're born, plans are being made about our life.  From the very moment of birth, as grow up, go away from home, get a job and get on with our life, there are plans being made or in the making for and about our life.  Nonetheless, no one can plan "this very" moment of your life; which is exactly about the unique, one and only "the now" experience expressly for your life. I think phrases like "carpe diem" survive a

Free Money

What would you do if all of a sudden you were given some "free money" without any strings attached? Any self-help guru,  motivational   speaker , and most new age  positive   speakers  will  tell   you , “ You   know   you  are  rich  and  embrace  the  truth  that all your  needs  will be  supplied  on  time  and in full.”   ( And if the person you "follow,"  isn't  saying   some   form  of this, perhaps you will  consider   finding  another  positive  speaker to  follow ) . Because I f  you 're  waiting  for  money  to fall out of the  sky ,  chances   are it  ain't going to  happen . This  was  the  talk   I   had  with self as  I   headed  for the local  coffee  shop where  I  could  get  one of those expensive, overpriced  coffees  everybody drinks these  days .  Every so often I think of stopping there, but refuse to pay “that much” money for a coffee  (especially as I’m not even into coffee like that) .  However, I decided today “free money” day.

Free Money

What would you do if all of a sudden you were given some "free money" without any strings attached? Any self-help guru,  motivational   speaker , and most new age  positive   speakers  will  tell   you , “ You   know   you  are  rich  and  embrace  the  truth  that all your  needs  will be  supplied  on  time  and in full.”   ( And if the person you "follow,"  isn't  saying   some   form  of this, perhaps you will  consider   finding  another  positive  speaker to  follow ) . Because I f  you 're  waiting  for  money  to fall out of the  sky ,  chances   are it  ain't going to  happen . This  was  the  talk   I   had  with self as  I   headed  for the local  coffee  shop where  I  could  get  one of those expensive, overpriced  coffees  everybody drinks these  days .  Every so often I think of stopping there, but refuse to pay “that much” money for a coffee  (especially as I’m not even into coffee like that) .  However, I decided today “free money” da

Perfect Peace

Peace  is perfect! It’ s  a statement often shared by an  old  friend. And it seems like  common  sense. No discussion worth debating. And yet, sometimes I'm reminded that  "Peace does not mean you are  calm   when  everything is quiet, but your  ability  to be  calm   when  there is  noise . " Unfortunately, there are those times when I'm forced into a situation of drama, unrest and too much noise, which I too easily allow “perfection” to fall away. It can be disappointing.  However, I’ve learned the best way to recover balance and restore peace is to return to mindfulness.   I believe in affirmative statements like “ peace  is  perfect ” to  help   create  a better world community.   In accordance, we each must  do  some  part  toward " being   peace. "  That is to  promote  and sustain “ perfect   peace ” in a less than  perfect  world .   Some days our part may include forgiveness or charity or kindness;  most  days  all these and more are needed toward

Perfect Peace

Peace  is perfect! It’ s  a statement often shared by an  old  friend. And it seems like  common  sense. No discussion worth debating. And yet, sometimes I'm reminded that  "Peace does not mean you are  calm   when  everything is quiet, but your  ability  to be  calm   when  there is  noise . " Unfortunately, there are those times when I'm forced into a situation of drama, unrest and too much noise, which I too easily allow “perfection” to fall away. It can be disappointing.  However, I’ve learned the best way to recover balance and restore peace is to return to mindfulness.   I believe in affirmative statements like “ peace  is  perfect ” to  help   create  a better world community.   In accordance, we each must  do  some  part  toward " being   peace. "  That is to  promote  and sustain “ perfect   peace ” in a less than  perfect  world .   Some days our part may include forgiveness or charity or kindness;  most  days  all these and more are needed towar

Picture This

How do  you  handle second guessing yourself? When the way you picture the truth isn’t the same as someone else's picture of the truth what happens? Do you agree to disagree?  And  let  the  picture  stand as separate  truths ? Do  you   engage  a heated debate, with the  hope  of assisting the other person  see  the “ real ” truth as  you   picture  it? Do  you   accept   it  as an  opportunity  to  be  a  teacher  or  student  when the  way   you  “ picture  this” is different?  Inevitably, the   way   we   picture   this   or that, our   viewpoint , the   truth   as   believe   it to   be   will   be   challenged . A funny story comes to mind when I   remember  being  very   excited  about a  new  product  I   purchased .  Only to be  told  by a  precocious  niece that  it  wasn’t “ new”-   it ’s  not  even  bigger than the  one   you  had  before , she  replied  with  disappointment .  Interestingly,  I  was a bit taken aback, my excited was  shaken  and in all  truth ,  I  was

Picture This

How do  you  handle second guessing yourself? When the way you picture the truth isn’t the same as someone else's picture of the truth what happens? Do you agree to disagree?  And  let  the  picture  stand as separate  truths ? Do  you   engage  a heated debate, with the  hope  of assisting the other person  see  the “ real ” truth as  you   picture  it? Do  you   accept   it  as an  opportunity  to  be  a  teacher  or  student  when the  way   you  “ picture  this” is different?  Inevitably, the   way   we   picture   this   or that, our   viewpoint , the   truth   as   believe   it to   be   will   be   challenged . A funny story comes to mind when I   remember  being  very   excited  about a  new  product  I   purchased .  Only to be  told  by a  precocious  niece that  it  wasn’t “ new”-   it ’s  not  even  bigger than the  one   you  had  before , she  replied  with  disappointment .  Interestingly,  I  was a bit taken aback, my excited was  shaken  and in all  truth ,  I  w