Norman Fischer

Posted at 12:01am and tagged with: Anger, Information, Attention, Compassion, Norman Fischer, Quote,.

Anger is information; it tells us something about who we are and what is on our mind and in our heart. Physical pain is negative, because it hurts, yet also positive, because it’s the body’s way of protecting itself by indicating that something is wrong and where it is wrong. Anger is a bit like this. It can show us something crucial about our emotional life that we may need to know in order to be healthy. Anger indicates that something needs attention; something needs investigation. If we are angry it’s because we are thwarted and frustrated or afraid somehow and possibly we don’t know it and we need to know it so that we can shift and grow. Almost always our various fears and frustrations signal times and opportunities for growth and change—if only we look them in the face. When we are willing to do that, we see things differently, more accurately. Instead of avoiding our fears and frustrations or beating our heads against them in anger as we lash out at ourselves, others, and the world, we are able to pass through them and become larger, more inclusive, and more compassionate people.
What does it take to understand others? Do we remain closed off due to the informational foundations we have built beneath us and our need to defend it? How can we practice more “intellectual humility”? What matters most are not the data, facts, and beliefs that we adopt to maintain our points of view, but rather our willingness to shift our perspectives and think about them in new ways, under different angles, to see and interpret them in relation to wider and more complete contexts. In other words, it is possible to study the assumptions behind our assumptions. It also enables us to improve our communication regardless of what others’ points of views may be, thus bettering our relationships among the diversity. This kind of understanding is supported with respect, while putting our guard down, and temporarily disengaging our egos. This is the real way of listening, of understanding. This is what connection is all about.

Posted at 7:32pm and tagged with: Prayer, Affirmation, Meditation, Mantra, Universoul, Quote,.

I learned to pray because I was taught to. As a kid I never questioned it. And when I was growing up, I doubted the effects of prayer because I associated the conversation with something intangible. But it seems my understanding has come full-circle. I feel that the powers of prayer is infused with many layers of possible effects. Repetition is powerful. You find it in music, in commercial advertisements, and it affects us in a subtle way, but on a deep level. From a subconscious level, prayer is about repetition. They could also be seen as affirmations. Maybe prayer is a conversation with yourself. When said silently or verbally, with intention and without ulterior motives, we can prime our unconscious minds to direct our behavior toward an honest goal and increase our success when we support it with action. When we pray, directed visualization goes a long way, too. Psychotherapy already uses the visualization technique approach in their practices. And from an energetic level, if we see thought as etheric energy beaming out into the universe, this language is a signal to be picked up from spirits all around us who are working diligently to answer our “prayers”. Prayers become effective when they come from an unselfish attitude. Prayer is also meditation, a mantra; if we repeat any phrase with intent over a prolonged period of time, we may eventually reach a meditative, Theta state, a state of conscious relaxation, healing, and presence.
Rodney Smith, Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart (via johnsparker)

Posted at 12:47pm and tagged with: Mind, Observer, Rodney Smith, Quote,.

A Quiet Mind:

The person is a product of the mind, not the other way around, and the incessant mind chatter has to be maintained for the person to believe he or she is outside looking in.

We know ourselves only by making mental noise, and if the mind gets quiet, this false dichotomy of “me” separate from “my” mental experience cannot be maintained.
Thich Nhat Hanh, “Being Peace”

Posted at 11:19am and tagged with: Insight, Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh, Quote,.

A man was rowing his boat upstream on a very misty morning. Suddenly, he saw another boat coming downstream, not trying to avoid him. It was coming straight at him. He shouted, ‘Be careful! Be careful!’ but the boat came right into him, and his boat was almost sunk. The man became very angry, and began to shout at the other person, to give him a piece of his mind. But when he looked closely, he saw that there was no one in the other boat. It turned out that the boat just got loose and went downstream. All his anger vanished, and he laughed and he laughed.

Posted at 12:20pm and tagged with: Relaxation, Let Go, Stress, Quote, Universoul,.

Trying to force something you can’t control is kind of like trying to keep a beach ball under the water. No matter how long and hard you try to keep it that way, the more tired you become. The trick is to let it go and relax, and let it float and rest upon the surface. You can then guide the ball in any direction you wish. To be in a mode of relaxation allows you to perform optimally even in stressful situations.
Dennis Lewis

Posted at 1:07pm and tagged with: Spirituality, Spiritual, I Am, Miracle, Mystery, Dennis Lewis, Quote,.

Do we need the word ‘spiritual,’ which so clearly bespeaks duality? Our being, our life, when lived in full awareness, is such a miracle, a miracle beyond comprehension, that the word ‘spiritual,’ with its often otherworldly conceptual overtones, seems almost impoverished in the face of such aliveness. I don’t know about you, but I never think of myself as spiritual. I don’t need to. It is enough to think, feel, and sense now and here the miracle of ‘I AM,’ without trying to add more to, or define, what is already overflowing with unfathomable mystery.

Detoxifying your body is not just limited to eating cleaner. Junk thoughts are the equivalent to junk food - and you are what you eat. Thoughts of anxiety, resentment, insecurity, or any kind of the mental ‘weight’ you’ve carried in your gut far too long affect pretty much every fiber, every cell of your being. These effects can be psychosomatic, where physical illness is caused by mental or emotional problems. It is also called the nocebo effect, the evil twin of the placebo effect, which I’m sure most of you are familiar with. Some of these negative thoughts and emotional harboring will have to be processed and digested - and shitted out. And feasting on thoughts of joy, acceptance, gratefulness, and honesty, will lead you to be more energetic due to their ‘nutritious’ properties. Most say a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, but I can tell you this much, it goes both ways if you are seeking balance and complete harmony of the mental/physical. Remember, the body is the instrument and your mind is the composer.

Posted at 6:42pm and tagged with: Detox, Balance, Placebo, Health, Universoul,.

The mind that doesn’t cling doesn’t reject either.
Ajahn Chah

Posted at 7:49pm and tagged with: Breathing, Breathe, Meditation, Ajahn Chah, Quote,.

If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate.