The Art and Science Of Being Present

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awareness

We are often taught to pay attention or focus or concentrate.

But awareness is more than simple mindfulness.

Some teachers believe it is a state or source of awareness.

There are many ways to practice awareness.

Being attentive is like being mindful.

Being meditative or allowing ‘to be here and now’ as one does a meditation to practice being aware.

Another words, the proof is in the pudding, it is healing to practice awareness through mindfulness and meditation.

And education is key.

Please support the effort, read and write more about awareness.

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What better motivation for getting into the holiday preparation.

So get out those Christmas tree lights and decorations.

Start making your holiday list…

Slowing Down Time

Silently repeat “calm, still, silent”.

Where ever, when ever possible say these three word over and over in all your affairs.

In time you will become mindful of being here.

In time, the hurry and worry will lessen and become more calm, still and silent.

If that is your intent, you will become less stressed and more able to deal with the ups and downs that life serves us all.

The Breath

A comfortable meditation posture is somewhere you can sit on the floor, sit on a chair or lie down.

If you are sitting on a chair, let your feet be flat on the ground.

In whatever posture you are in, find steadiness and comfort.

Allow your spine to be straight, shoulders back, relaxed and down.

Slightly tuck your chin downward.

The tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth.

And eyes gently closed or half open and with a downward gaze.

Your body is strong, firm, and sitting in a secure posture.

Breath deep, naturally, and fully.

Mind is clear and open.

Find silence, stillness and awareness.

To repeat this for 10 minutes each day for a month is to build a practice.

There is very little effort to build a good life long habit.

Call it what you want or call it nothing at all.

Breath in and pay attention to your breath.

Breath out and let go and relax.

Each day you will heal and get better or stay more healthy.

Remember you may give this gift to yourself and others.

Yet another state of emergency…

Local rain storm has caused flood damage which has affected everyone from incidental problem to severe emergencies.

My first concern came when my boss asked me to fill up with gas.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0073-002190

The link above is about the state of emergency in British Columbia after a bad rain storm.

What is a state of emergency?

https://www.easthants.ca/faqs/what-is-a-local-state-of-emergency/

The link above gives basic information about a state of emergency.

More and more we are being asked to understand events that have immediate impact on our state of mind.

This article attempts to clarify and inform this kind of situation.

For me, it is a challenge to maintain the basic needs like supplies (gas and groceries). Yet, provincial and federal authorities continue to do a good job at the management of COVID-19, opiate pandemic, and the recent rain storm here in British Columbia.

Following all the rules are taxing but worth doing for my own health and safety, not to mention the good it does for us all.

There may be short term effects to the build in states of emergency here in B.C. But things are improving each day.

I got my gas and groceries with little or no difficulty this morning.

Please support the effort…

What Is Freedom?

Our free will to do what is within our power.

These actions may be bound by our constitution. Or the political will of our country or society.

But what is a will and how can it be free?

There are wills to power and discipline.

This last statement allows a certain kind of permission.

To be equal and able also implies we need to work to earn our freedom.

However, there is a means to freedom that has no bounds other than the bounds of the human condition.

These bounds are seen through the proper use of impressions.

Like using works to accurately describe a picture.

It will take many practice times to gain the proper use of these words.

In the same sense, each person knows it is their ‘will’ that they must use to discipline their actions.

The preconception that we will be free when we do the right thing or moral or be virtuous, is like naming the unnameable.

Hence, the need for philosophy to learn what way will allow us to be free.

Again, freedom can be illusive when we are blinded by fear or ignorance, but we must learn we are willing and able to be free at birth or through education or by applying our will and discipline to achieve our freedom.

No amount of rhetoric will make you free when you are bound.

To learn to live, requires a philosophical idea that knows no bound.

Some say that idea is to do no harm. The proper use of impressions and the practice to discipline our impulses or desires. With our faculty of will…