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To truly change one needs to struggle.

We tend to deny the need for change.

One tip is to go outside your comfort zone to listen and learn. The link above is the challenge. Education is key.

But some people are only ready to watch.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives short teaching as part of his 85th Birthday celebrations organised in Taiwan – Central Tibetan Administration

Dharamshala: A group of friends gathered in Taiwan this morning to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday tomorrow. He conceded to their request that he give a short teaching to mark the occasion. Representatives of the Taiwanese hosts were still introducing the event in Chinese when
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Dalai Lama talked about meditation and said a dedication to his birthday may allow him longevity to 108-110 years of age.

He emphasized the middle way, patience, compassion and much more.

To read and journal about this meditation by the Dalai Lama in a grateful way is expressing the commitment to the year long world celebration.

Looking Out For Number One

It may appear a little surreal…

To do no harm, one need look no farther than them self.

It is a point of view that may be hard to read in certain circumstances.

Therefore, put yourself first, do no harm to yourself.

For example, maintain your health with the basic routine of looking after your sleep, exercise, work, nutrition, education…

In this sense, you are better able to respond when change and challenges arise in your life.

In this sense, you are doing less harm to others.

Measuring Reality

Putting my foot in it…

Meditation helps focus and heal the body, thereby healing the brain and mind.

To cope and engage reality a good habit will do no harm.

It helps to have this habit as a daily practice to change and improve as opportunity presents itself.

Global celebrations to mark Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday

Despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in this northern Indian hill station, on Friday said there will be no shortage of celebrations for the birthday of Tibet’s most esteemed leader.
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A year of gratitude sounds like a good idea for starting a journal…

There are bound to be observation with such a focus, also the Dalai Lama may appear in the world from time to time, and in his honour and in the spirit of celebration, an entry about or around his activity may be done.

Insights from the Dalai Lama are great prompts for an entry.

Our own day to day struggles may need a place to be written time to time.

And the above link will give all those fans and followers more news of the Dalai Lama and his 85 birthday celebration!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV 85th birthday: Teachings and quotes to find inner strength and happiness – art and culture – Hindustan Times

Ahead of HH the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday, here are a few quotes to take inspiration from as you make an honest effort of getting through every day.
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Fans and followers everywhere have reason to celebrate the leadership, and longevity of an inspiring spiritual figure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV.

To have access to more awareness and experience in today, to become part of the community growing around the world is a challenge and full of ups and downs.

But it is hard to be less than optimistic when greeting a celebration and culture that is richer and more engaging because of a time when many well wishers and good will is shared around the world.

This is not a time to omit the hardship and struggle we all bring to each day.

Teachers reflect so much we need to learn and attempt to practice in an ordinary life.

It is a kind and bright future we are directed to believe and act towards on a day to day basis.

I, for one, and many others are happy to participate in mostly a virtual way and to live our own life-‘…as you make an honest effort of getting through every day.’

Processing Our Senses Through Our Minds

We have access to a plethora of information. Some are just a cross section, made up, and or regurgitated from the recesses of the mind.

We have experience, thoughts, actions, beliefs. They all permeate the changing remote stable and unstable recesses of our mind.

Simply to take trips through the lens of our senses are not enough to express the organic experience.

Consciousness is the result of our conscious mind working with our unconscious or subconscious mind.

To pose the question in a relative way, “How does the human body regulate itself?”

The answer is complex at best, but to examine fine quality questions, may point to an attractive image, what is really going on in the arena we call consciousness?

The terms of reference for this essay, relies on stream of consciousness, consciousness, sub-consciousness, unconsciousness and the idea of how the mind really works.

To put any order to our thoughts we rely heavily on the brain, the mind is just a social construct to help communicate about what is happening in the brain itself. Then we really need to put a lot of structure in place, mostly this structure is expressed physically as what we perceive from our senses, what we learn from experience and what we learn using our faculties.

We like to think, feel, act, and believe in a hodgepodge way.

We impose order on it to make end products. We have produced a method of learning called science, but there are many studies of knowledge from various fields within science and without.

In the final analysis, it is sure to be a combination of body parts like the functions of the brain, but we process the senses in many debatable ways. How we experience is another debate.

Obviously, it is hard to come to any consensus on this topic of consciousness, it is probably happening in a singular way in each person. Collectively we are dependant upon communication methods like cooperation and collaboration. But nothing is that simple.

I believe consciousness is a combination of all the above. Yet science is beginning to explore the question. Many believe the new science is some kind of matrix. For now, I base it on my own experience, my own balanced state of mind and current acceptable science.

That’s not to say I am a mad hatter, but it is a fascinating problem, what is consciousness?

Adult Colouring…

No it’s not porn!

It is a form of play therapy for a frazzled adult like me.

I like geometric shapes and designs.

I like a simple pattern.

My tools are colour pencils, lined paper, black pen, ruler (geometry sets are great too) and a journal entry.

Depending on my state of mind, I use a structure that best supports it.

When I feel rested and relieved in a balanced state of mind, I consider the exercise a success.

A half hour session is usually enough.

scriptorium – Wiktionary

scriptorium – Wiktionary
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Imagine a place like a library where you copy manuscripts. And part of the job falls outside of the text.

It may require you to illuminate the script: decorate or illustrate.

In the modern sense this means any decorated manuscript.

Check out the techniques, text, etc on wiki under Illuminated manuscript facts for kids at Kpedia.