Ice Cream and Potato Chips & Happiness 9-1-20

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 JUGGLING THOUGHTS and CATCHING HAPPINESS
 

You cannot step in the same river twice. Everything is in continual motion.


If everything is changing (impermanent) then it can only be seen that way against a background that  is eternally unchanging. It is the other end of the stick. The other side of the coin.  While riding in a car the person next to you does not appear to be moving.  To a bystander on the side of the road you are whizzing by.


Let’s call consciousness or awareness the eternally unchanging background.  It is always there whenever you notice it.  Whatever you become aware of as sounds, sights, thoughts, sensations etc. plays on the screen of your “mind” as your awareness.


Then what or who am I?


Am I the unchanging or am I a finite mind/body? A hard drive of one “computer” or the entire cloud? Am I the awareness of consciousness that one mind/body can perceive or the entire consciousness as it flows like electricity through one computer?


Tiny bursts of electricity forms into images on a screen by being merely a pulsating sequence of switches either being on or off. This is similar to vibration creating the illusion of reality like the circle of light that appears to form when a lit cigarette is twirled around in a dark room.
Like the twirling cigarette if I rethink the same thought over and over again does it make that thought more real?  
 
Anyway, ask yourself, “Who is watching that twirling thought?”
 
Take a moment 
Sit quietly
Slowly breathe in and hold your breath for a moment
Slowly, even more slowly breathe out
 
Continue and when you feel the vibration of thought settle in your mind and body imagine dropping a small pebble of a thought into the stillness.  The pebble of thought is the question,
 
“WHO AM I”
 
(repeat as you continue to watch the flowing breath)
 
 
 
If you like do not try to answer the question but to just allow the vibrating ripples of it flow outward into your awareness.  
 
The answer may be many, many miles away; happiness is the journey to enjoy along the way.
ARE YOU ENJOYING THIS MOMENT …RIGHT NOW?
 
Are you as happy as you would like to be?
 
Are you as happy as you can be? 
 
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Mindfulness of Mind & Body – A Path to Abundant Happiness
 
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THE SPIDER WEB OF MIND BODY AWARENESS
Imagine you are engaged in watching a program on your television or computer screen. After some time you become aware of a thought or feeling that you had planned to finish off the last of the Cherry-Garcia ice cream, fried chicken or baked tofu. Can you tell whether it was a thought about the food or a sensation somewhere within your body that was the first reminder of the stirring within your awareness? What came first, the thought, “ice cream” or the beginning of that slight gnawing hunger for something to eat? Did they both arise at the same time? Are they connected together? Do all thoughts have a connected bodily sensation? And most importantly do all bodily sensations have a concurrent thought?
We are living through a trying distracting time period.  Like moths we are pulled toward watching sad news over and over again. However as doors of our routine happier life are closing others doors are opening.  Remember the closest exit from worries and anxiety may be right behind you.  I invite you to turn around and open the door of mindfulness.  Right now let’s begin to explore glimpses of joy along the path of windows, mirrors and tunnels.
Mindfulness lets you know what you are doing, feeling and thinking. Then you can decide where you want to put your attention.

We will begin with my favorite ice cream. Cherry Garcia mint chip maple walnut or even vanilla chocolate or strawberry.  Recall as a kid an ice cream memory.  Mine was a trip to the bakery in Bellerose Queens in NYC.  I can picture it and taste it right now.  Right now take 5 seconds.  Focus your memory of ice cream in your mind’s eye. That’s the window of windows, mirrors and tunnels. Next imagine looking at the moment of the memory and see yourself in a mirror. I see myself inside the bakery with my hand reaching into the ice cream freezer; clear as day 64 years ago.  That’s the mirror.

Next expand the action as though you are watching yourself in the mirror. What happened before and after the image in the mirror. Describe the action of multiple images of memory. I walked down the street and around the corner. Crossed over Union Turnpike past the candy store and the A & P market and went into the Bellerose Bakery. I reached into the freezer and took out a rectangular container of vanilla chocolate and butter pecan ice cream. The container was about the size of a large Philadelphia Cream Cheese and cost 35 cents. At home my dad cut the block of  ice cream into four portions and my best dog in the world Brownie got to lick the container clean.

That was the tunnel.

With mindfulness you can feel the warmth in your heart inside the tunnel.
Can you build this glimpse of joy with mindfulness?
Are you ready?  Would you rather hold onto a burning hot coal of worry and anxiety or just drop it?

Of course, you would rather be happy or at the very least be less sad.
Mindfulness will allow you to place your attention in the direction of your choice.  You will become able to build up and charge your battery of joy and embrace all of life.

Join me for a free video conference on mindfulness. Learn to navigate your windows and mirrors as you tunnel  your way into glimpses of greater joy.

Open this door now.

Email Mike Selzer for available video conference scheduling.

For conference scheduling email to:  Mida47@aol.com

We all respond to body sensations. Touch a stove that is too hot and your hand seems to jerk away as if it had its own brain. We jump away from a sudden loud sound and without thinking look toward a flashing light. Recall a hike along a mountain trail to the top and feel the inspiration when your body takes a deep cleansing breath while looking out from the highest point. Imagine the thrilling sensation of living inland and then seeing the ocean for the first time.
When we remember that a coin has two sides we tend to forget that it must also have a middle. We live in the middle of our sensation side and our thought side. And sometimes we are so intently focused on one side we completely forget the other. However threads of connection are always sending messages up and back between these two modes of our being aware.
Touch a spider web on one side and the other side moves as well. The entire web like jello jiggles as one. Picture a spider web representing your mind body awareness. Awareness of thoughts is on one side of the web and awareness of body sensation is on the other side. Pluck a thought, “ice cream” and notice a sensation welling up towards the back of your tongue. Or possibly right now think about a lemon and then notice the sudden increase of saliva in your mouth. It goes equally as well in the other direction. Go to the gym for a good workout and as you step out of the door back into the fresh air your mind and thoughts feel fresh and more alive. We easily notice the extremes as we tend to forget the middle. Until some thought or sensation raises up with enough energy to attract our attention it seems to be non-existent. The energy builds up and by the time we notice it our response is to over react. We get so hungry before we get up we end up eating half a bag of chips followed by the ice cream we had been thinking about.
Join me for a free video conference on mindfulness. Learn to navigate your windows and mirrors as you tunnel  your way into glimpses of greater joy.

Open this door now.
I am proposing that there is a connection between thoughts and sensations. And that you can use this to foretell your own future.

Email Mike Selzer for available video conference scheduling.

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