PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. See this post to better understand my creative process. Thank you for your interest and patience!
From Unwinding Anxiety: «Mindfulness is not about stopping, emptying, or ridding ourselves of anything. Thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations are what make us human. And thinking and planning are both crucial things to master. If I wasn’t able to use my thinking brain to take a clear clinical history and make a solid diagnosis, I would have one heck of a time providing good care for my patients. So rather than changing or not having the thoughts and feelings that make up our experience, mindfulness is about changing our relationship to those thoughts and emotions. »
the more you are aware of your emotions, the more you can be in control of your reactions
Why willpower does not work https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/willpower
How to be compassionate https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/compassionate
Please make it stop! https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/please-make-it-stop
Is it the apocalypse? https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/apocalypse?utm_source=TPW&utm_medium=share “Mindfulness also helps us to see what we habitually avoid, and to get spacious around it. We learn to relate to discomfort instead of bypassing it. There is trauma in our experiences which is really tough to sit with, but we can learn how to develop a more open relationship to it by being with it more over time. »
How I learned to stop avoiding life https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/stopavoiding “ These may not feel like avoidance, but believe me, they are. And noticing that you’re doing it is the first step in changing your behavior.It turns out that what I learned from my grandmother is what science tells us today. We are all wired for fight, flight, or freeze when confronted by a perceived threat. It’s biologically adaptive if there’s a lion nearby, but in modern life, we need to teach our brains how to step back from those instincts. The good news is that we can do it. With practice, taking one small step at a time, we begin to set ourselves free.”
Aging wisely: https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/aging-wisely?utm_source=TPW&utm_medium=share "We don’t want to deny the difficult, of course, but we also don’t need to be completely defined by it. Being enveloped in and defined by what’s difficult is relatively easy to do, so it takes some intentionality to recognize all aspects of our experience and remember the positive forces in our lives... First, while the difficult parts of aging are unavoidable, we can try not to add to them... Not being able to do something I used to be able to do, or being in physical pain, or losing people we love—these are already very hard. But we often add more suffering onto them, like thinking it shouldn’t be this way, or feeling shame or fear. One possibility of mindfulness is to notice where we’re adding to the suffering that’s already there, and try not to fall so much into it."
https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/anger “ Gradually we can come to feel it as pure energy. And once we're directly in contact with that pure energy, then we can make a conscious choice and say, I'm going to channel this. I'm going to go into my kitchen in a rage, and I am going to wash more dishes than I've ever washed before, clean out a couple of shelves, and I will come out victorious. Or I’m going to write the best anger poem of my life, get it published, and win a prize for it. Or I’m going to find three good organizations and give them some money. I’m going to empower myself. It's almost like an alchemical process.”
Meditation on Zoom fails https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/zoom-fails?utm_source=TPW&utm_medium=share: "we want things to turn out a certain way, yet they rarely do. We fixate on the frustration we have when things go awry, but often don’t see our underlying assumptions and desires."
Not knowing: https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/not-knowing?utm_source=TPW&utm_medium=share "Fortunately, in the moment that mindfulness becomes aware of an assumption, a judgment, or a presumption regarding other people, there is the possibility of freedom. In that brief instant of spaciousness, there arises the capacity to choose whether to feed and express those desires, or perhaps instead to notice them, acknowledge them, but not hand them the microphone. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the existence of this possibility offers me profound consolation."
is your meditation good enough? https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/meditation-good-enough
[hope] https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/emotions?utm_source=TPW&utm_medium=share "What I saw was that even difficult feelings arise and pass. They’re not wrong or bad; they’re just forms of clinging: needing, wanting, a feeling of unworthiness, anxiety, fear, greed, anger. And that clinging arises and passes. If I try to get out of it, it gets worse. But if I can just be with the intensity of a feeling, without adding anything extra onto it, without spinning out into a bunch of stories that most of the time are only partially true—it might still be painful, but it’s not overwhelming. And eventually it passes. This is a fundamental feature of our reality: impermanence."
"And in that holding of both, there comes this sense of “What's mine to do?”
That may just be putting one step in front of another. Sometimes we don't really know where we're headed or where we're going, especially in a time like this. Sharon Salzberg says that it’s faith that keeps us putting one foot in front of the other. We don't know where we're going, but that something that just keeps us going is faith." Related: From Frozen 2 : The Next Right thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFkClV2gM-s&ab_channel=DisneyMusicVEVO Rilke: Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror.// Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Bearing Witness to Suffering: https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/bearing-witness "Life becomes alive only when we are expansive, and we can expand only when we learn how to relax: into our seat, into our feet on the floor, into our breath and our belly. From this place of relaxation, we can bear witness to anything."