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Happiness Month_Day Seventeen
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Day Seventeen
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          I'm grateful:
49_that David has a very strong work ethic that has pulled us through several tough times.
50_that I volunteer to help clean up abandoned homeless camps, not being truly able to ever imagine living in one.
51_that David and I aren’t gullible, have never fallen for any scam and have taught Lauren how to be aware also of the possible pitfalls.

144_smile_jackshoegazer
           One Positive_17/ 21
Lauren and I had a little TV time, an eppie of Psych, before we were off to pick up Cindy so we could meet with Barbara for lunch in Willow Glen. We had a lovely time, chatting and laughing and eating. Then home we came for one more eppie of Psych before David, Lauren and I drove to downtown San Jose for a meeting with our financial guy that ended at just the right time for us to have dinner at the Spaghetti Factory so, all and all, a decent day, which is definitely a positive.
          I did one act of doing something beyond the normal: Well, everything we did today was because I got it going, making sure everyone was where they needed to be so, as an organizer, I did go a little beyond the normal.
          I did exercise: No, I didn't.
          I did meditate: Again, my 25 iPod minutes.
To expound a little, my understanding of the point of meditation is to quiet 'the mind' in order to attain some kind of enlightenment, which means for me to quiet the left, or rational and dominate, side of my mind so that the right, or more creative, side can roam free. By listening to my music, by allowing my mind to chase the music, soaring, dancing, stomping to the rhythm, I can, or am learning how to, quiet the left side of my mind and let the right side do what it does best. Hopefully.
     I've tried to meditate the 'right' way never making it longer then a couple of weeks before I just couldn't stand it, I'd get so antsy. I'm learning that doing what is considered the 'right' way isn't necessarily what's right for me, maybe because I'm not looking for enlightenment as much as inspiration.

Four days to go.

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'*smiles*...The spaghetti Factory brings back such good memories - love that place!'
and it never really changes, I think that's the best part. They've added new items, but the best of the old items remain, including their pesto ranch!

You're, of course right, how we meditate depends on what we want to get out of it. Mainly, I want to control my thoughts so that I can free up the visual aspect of my mind, but sort of also want to different ways of doing things. Thanks for the idea.

I've tried to meditate the 'right' way never making it longer then a couple of weeks before I just couldn't stand it, I'd get so antsy. I'm learning that doing what is considered the 'right' way isn't necessarily what's right for me, maybe because I'm not looking for enlightenment as much as inspiration.

Same here. For me focusing on a single thing is the best way to meditate and I can tell when the world has fallen away and it's just me and that one thing. Beta reading comes to mind, so do tarot cards; I can almost feel my brain wave patterns change and I completely zone out.

I think for me enlightenment is dependent on rational discernment too, I've seen too many people go off on some sort of "woo-woo" tangent and call it enlightenment, confusing "feeling" with "knowing". I think if something doesn't jive with my sense of logic and rationale, I tend to either reject it, or (most likely) put it into the "we just can't know" box and leave it gift-wrapped for now. Which sounds contradictory since I'm an extremely spiritual person, but I hope that spares me some of the spiritual weirdness out there. *g*

' I can almost feel my brain wave patterns change and I completely zone out.'
I've done this when drawing, only when drawing. Not the brain wave part but the zoning out part, where I don't notice time's passing. I'm going to try your 'focusing on one thing'. I would like to find a couple of different ways to satisfy the meditation part of this.

I've grown up in California so, I totally know about people going off on some kind of 'woo-woo' tangent, I think we invented a very large portion of the tangents :) I admire how you are able to balance your rationality with your spirituality, I really can't. My sense of things is to reject anything that doesn't jive with my rationality meaning my box of 'things we can't know' is quite small while my box of 'things we don't know now, but soon enough will' is pretty big :) Although I imagine the tricky part is a true definition of to 'know'.

Although I imagine the tricky part is a true definition of to 'know'.

LOL! That's true.

I think both my boxes are pretty big because we tend to accept a lot as fact that's really only conjecture when it comes to science. That goes from the "chemical imbalance" theory in psychiatry that the pharma industry pushes on the masses as fact, right up to the big bang theory. Or maybe I have extra boxes, labled "things we don't know but someone has an interest in pretending we know" and "things we can't know but we skate by on theory postulated as fact to cover our ignorance" - lol! As for supernatural things, I think that's something that'll always be in the realm of "anecdotal so-called evidence" for me. We're probably using the wrong criteria to prove or disprove, and I think you can't use natural science to prove or disprove the supernatural - the very definition of the word tells me that. How do you go about gathering natural evidence for things beyond the natural? It makes as much sense as trying to measure barometric pressure with a seismograph, IMO.

I'm learning that doing what is considered the 'right' way isn't necessarily what's right for me, maybe because I'm not looking for enlightenment as much as inspiration.

That's it.

I can't say I've ever really tried to meditate, but I did some yoga in pregnancy and did enjoy the sense of quiet. I'm the sort of person who does a million things at once (I'll watch tv whilst checking Facebook whilst listening to D talk about his day whilst doing the online grocery shop). It's made me realise that sometimes it's good to turn off distractions and just to focus on one thing at a time sometimes.

You are a serious multitasker, for me, I can do a couple of things overlapping each other but not more. Also for me, this is turning down my left brain thereby allowing my right brain some quality time :) That's why the music is working for me, creating music is left brain while listening to it is right brain. But yeah, maybe just focusing on one thing at a time, that's how Alex says he does his meditation, which seems to work for him, would also be an interesting experience for you.

I've been thinking about yoga. I'll bet it was very helpful during your pregnancy.

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