Never Look Away

16 Feb 19
Doalnara Agricultural Academy

Good morning. All throughout history, the particular trait of Elijahs was that they all met God at dawn. This morning, we will learn about dawn prayer. Let’s look at Matthew chapter 27:1-2, [When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his […]

16 Feb 19
Hayley in Haiti

There’s a lot going on in Haiti right now. In case you haven’t heard, take a look at this article. Or this one. Or this one. OR you could look at this video, which I made with my awesome coworkers, to see how our work is being affected. Early this week I drafted a post […]

16 Feb 19
Bayyinah Ramadan Tafseer Notes

083. Al-Baqarah (Ayah 234-239) – A Deeper Look

16 Feb 19

“@cameronmichael liked your photo” . I looked at my phone one day and saw this notification from instagram. This was back in 2012 when it wasn’t an every day thing that strangers liked your photos. I remember thinking.. “Who is this guy?”. I creeped on his instagram and noticed that he was super cute and […]

16 Feb 19
A Beautiful Mess...

I pride myself on being an optimistic person.  I enjoy inspiring others and lifting them up…seeing the bright side of things. Somewhere along the line though, I may have given the wrong impression.  I may have given the impression that all is peachy and wonderful in my world and that I never struggle or have […]

16 Feb 19
JosabbiMommy

I don’t own Twilight. I don’t own the Flyers. I just a good catholic girl from Philly who played field hockey for a long long time. This story is mine. This is unbeta’d. Any mistakes are mine. This story is complete and will post over the next few days. Thank you for reading. Chapter 9 […]

16 Feb 19
Thrive Global
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author of The Power of Now, widely regarded as one of the most influential spiritual books of our time. At the age of 29, he experienced a profound inner transformation that radically changed the course of his life. One night, not long after his 29th birthday, he woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread. He had previously battled with anxiety and suicidal depression, but it was more intense than ever before, and he began to question his reason for living. As he played with the idea of suicide, the same thought kept repeating itself in his mind: “I cannot live with myself any longer.” He suddenly became aware of what a peculiar thought this was. “Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’… maybe only one of them is real.” He was so stunned by this bizarre realization that his mind stopped. He was fully conscious, but there were no more thoughts. He was then drawn into what seemed like a vortex of energy, and could feel himself being sucked in. Suddenly, there was no more fear, and he let himself fall into the void. Upon waking the following day, the world seemed very different. Although he recognized the room, he had never truly seen it. Everything looked fresh and alive, as if it had just come into existence. He knew something profound had occurred, but didn’t understand what it was. It wasn’t until several years later that he realized what had happened. The intense suffering of that night had forced a split in his consciousness. His deeply fearful ‘self’ fell away, and all that was left was the ever-present ‘I’. The ‘I’ and the ‘self’ Are you your thoughts? Are you your feelings? Are you your body, or bodily sensations? No. You are none of these. How can you be if they are always changing? Do you feel different now than you did last week? Have you different thoughts today than when you were in school? Do you look different now than you did 10 years ago? Of course you do, but the same person is still looking in the mirror, the same person is thinking those thoughts, and the same person is feeling those feelings. Your thoughts, feelings and body make up your ‘self-concept’, but this is not who you truly are. You are the observer, the ever-present ‘I’, the one who observes the ‘self’. Self-observation If I asked you to focus on your body or bodily sensations, it’s likely that you ’d focus on a specific area, such as your breath, pulse, or chest. If I asked you what you were thinking, you can observe this too. You might be planning for the week ahead, or worrying about money, but it’s possible to take a step back and observe these thoughts. It’s the same for feelings. If I asked you how you feel, you could take a step back and observe how you feel. The point is, you can take an observer’s perspective of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. The floating clouds metaphor describes this best: Imagine your thoughts, feelings or bodily sensations as clouds floating through the sky. Sometimes they’re dark and angry, sometimes they’re light and calm. But you are not the clouds. You are the blue sky who observes the clouds, without engaging. You simply observe them until they pass, and they will pass. Everything passes, good and bad. Be the blue sky. Be the observer. Photo by Sam Schooler on Unsplash Why is this important? Many people are anxious and overwhelmed without realizing why. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Next time you feel agitated or uneasy, take a few minutes to mindfully observe your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. If you feel anxious, don’t engage. Just observe the feelings and let them pass. When you have uncomfortable thoughts, don’t let them define you, and let them pass. If you have uncomfortable bodily sensations, accept them as they are, and let them pass. Don’t engage. Be the observer. If you practice this regularly, you will create a sense of detachment when challenging situations arise. You will still feel it in your body, but there will be a space, and instead of feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you will be able to respond in a rational manner. Take-away message You are not your thoughts, feelings or physical body. This is your self-concept, which is simply who you think you are. When I suffered from anxiety many years ago, I used to call it “my anxiety”. I felt anxious all the time. This was my self-concept. I turned to drugs to cope with “my anxiety”. I looked like and thought of myself as an addict. These were the thinking and physical aspects of my self-concept. As far as I was concerned, I was an unhealthy looking anxious addict. And yes, this was a fairly accurate description, but it was not my true self, not who I really was. That’s me above on left in 2011, an anxious addict. The picture on the right is how I look today. I don’t suffer from anxiety anymore, and I don’t think of myself as an addict, so how could that have been who I truly was. I certainly don’t have Eckhart Tolle’s peace of mind, but when difficult situations arise, there is a space, and I respond in a rational manner. This is the power of self-observation. Liked this article? Check out brianpennie.com for similar stories, and get the FREE program I developed to make extraordinary changes in my recovery from chronic addiction. They can work for you too.
16 Feb 19
JosabbiMommy

I don’t own Twilight. I don’t own the Flyers. I just a good catholic girl from Philly who played field hockey for a long long time. This story is mine. This is unbeta’d. Any mistakes are mine. This story is complete and will post over the next few days. Thank you for reading. Chapter 8 […]

16 Feb 19
Words and Thoughts

It was supposed to be easy.  All Stan had to do was clean out the loft in the barn.  As a young teen, he frequently got assigned the “dirty” work.  Most of the time he didn’t mind, even when it meant mucking out the horses’ stalls. So, here it was, a steaming day in July, […]

16 Feb 19
HisSacredHeart1

Anyone who hears this message will take it to heart and use the wisdom you have given us…

16 Feb 19
Archy news nety

Schalke – Freiburg 0: 0 Maybe Christian Heidel had already guessed. Anyway guarded the sports director of FC Schalke 04 with almost 40 degrees fever at home the bed. Thus, the 55-year-old was again spared the appearance of his team in the 0-0 against SC Freiburg on Saturday. At any rate, the Schalke pros did […]

16 Feb 19
Entertaining WE

3:53 PM ETDave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer CloseLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Michael Jordan hosting All-Star weekend as the only former player to serve as the principal owner of an…

16 Feb 19
I AM LISTENING

Simon & Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence (Single Version) 1965 Skid Row Wasted Time 1991 Tool Sober 1993 Jason Isbell Elephant 2013 Kent Mannen I Den Vita Hatten (16 år senare) 2005 Sons Of Bill Never Saw It Coming 2009 Placebo Every You Every Me 1998 Guns N’ Roses Estranged 1991 The Smashing Pumpkins Disarm 1993 Ultravox Hymn 1982 Lee Hazlewood The Night Before 1970 Bruce Springsteen Downbound Train 1984 Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls 1984 REO Speedwagon Keep On Loving […]

16 Feb 19
Sinfully Knotty

Two-at-a-time or singly. Cuff down or toe up, magic loop on circular needles vs DPNs , wool with or without polyamide. What I have learned from knitting socks…