How To Be Sick: Discussion 8

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“I cannot be genuinely mindful–open to my moment-to-momet experience without hesitation or hiding–unless my mind is benevolent…” —Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness is an Inside Job In the second half of the section of the book titled Turnarounds and Transformations, we read about the following topics: Mindfulness-of-the-Present Moment Practices, or “drop it.” “Take your mind back in time to a stressful memory, and …

The Time It Took Me 7 Hours To ‘Start’ My Day

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It’s 4:08 p.m., and I just finished shaving and getting dressed for the day. (Why not just stay in my pajamas, you might be asking? Well, because I have a student coming later on for a tutoring session…) It all started earlier today, when I woke up a little past nine to start getting ready for my regularly-scheduled Monday morning physical …

How To Be Sick: Discussion 7

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“When we learn to observe sensation without reacting in craving and aversion, the cause of suffering does not arise and suffering ceases.” —S.N. Goenka In the first half of the section of the book titled Turnarounds and Transformations, we read about the following topics: Paticca-samuppada, or the wheel of suffering. “We experience [mental and physical] contacts as pleasant, unpleasant, or (less …

Cleanup In Aisle 7, Please

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Yesterday morning, I started my Friday in my usual way: I left my house at 10:00 am, in order to go to physical therapy. (I rarely ever make commitments before lunchtime, but I will make an exception for PT.) During my session, we did some of our regular therapies: heat, ultrasound, and electrotherapy. I was a little surprised that toward …