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I have loved reading this thread.

Some AHA moments for me:
- the idea of being aware of things "from the neck down" really helped me to get out of my head and be aware of the sensations through my body - not in any way analysing them or holding onto them or placing a hard focus on them - just letting them come and go
- having a mental image of the electrical impulses in my brain as my senses received information - not going past that, just being aware of it. This was really powerful - suddenly everything was much more alive and sharper and things I would not notice before, when I was busy thinking, I became aware of
- setting out with no expectations or plans - letting go of everything I think I know about something and just inviting a new experience of it (works in meditation and in daily life)
- realising those rare moments when time feels like it has stood still and everything falls away are glimpses of awareness
- that there is something which words cannot name or describe that has been with me all along. Trying to think about it seems to make it foggier. I can only say what it is not - it is not "like" anything

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Didn't even realize it was a poem. I know It is the name of a PBS exercise show, and they have a theme song that mentions the body electric. Thanks for sharing the poem!

It's incredible how strong those electric vibrations can feel sometimes, yet they go totally undetected as we become lost in thought.

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As I was experiencing the energy field in my body yesterday, the title of Walt Whitman's poem "I Sing the Body Electric" came to mind. I have not read the poem since high school, so I looked at it this morning. I will share the first stanza; it is my AHA moment of the day:


I Sing the Body Electric, by Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

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"I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.

"Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?
And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?
And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?"

Tolle tells us that experiencing the Energy Field of the body [The Body Electric] is one of the gateways to Being and the Now.

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Sure... or you can start a whole new discussion in this same forum... I bet lots of people would be interested in how you see your practice connected to Tolle... and if you start a new discussion, it will let everyone know! That is sooo cool how you feel really connected to the Infinite Source!

Loved reading about your Aha! Moment!!!

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"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
~Eckhart Tolle - The Power of NOW!

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Hey Miss Ducky - thanks for the invite on my page.

I would love to talk about Reiki. Is this a good place to do it? It has brought some "AHA's to my life - like I am really present went I give and receive Reiki. I feel connected to the Infinite Source.

But my AHa for today is - I realized I am in love with The Beholder. This is a term that a singer at AGAPE (Michael Beckwith's church) used. I just heard it on line this morning.

To me this speaks to the Observer that Eckhart talks about. But for some reason it really resonated with me. I kept thinking about the saying "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder". And my heart just opened up. Ahhhhhhhh. Whoever, whatever and WHERE ever that Beholder is - I love you!!!! :) emoticon emoticon Kae

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Interesting! I have never heard of Tolle's The Art of Presence... must check it out! Thanks for sharing!

But yes... Awareness is definitely key to weightloss and every other aspect of our life! Way to go for having that realization! I agree... if I am not aware... I can shovel a whole schwack of food into my mouth and blow my whole day in moments... lol!

Keep up the hard work! And welcome to Team Awakening!

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This AHA moment actually came to me while listening to "The Art of Presence" in my car.

The AHA moment was when he was talking about overeating in the workshop. Just a brief few sentences on it really, but it brought to light for me a lot of the issues that I have with food. He was talking about presence and how not being present can cause overeating. I have also heard him talk about how when we overeat we are trying to add on to ourselves - to make ourselves more - this is the ego at work.

So, it may seem obvious, but for me overeating almost always happens when I am not present. It's an automatic, almost robotic, response to either a situation I don't want to deal with, or a feeling that I need a reward, or just the fact that the food is there and it will taste good. That's my AHA.

Now, what to do about it. More advice gleaned from Tolle. He says just sit there and become aware of the wanting to overeat. Once aware of it, you can either just observe it or act on it. As long as you are aware, it's ok. It is interesting how this works.



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I just has a huge aha! moment in another thread!

I do not blame my dad for this, for he did not know better, but I now realize, growing up, that food and me and my dad was our bond! He honestly taught me how to eat things that weren't so great!

Thick white bread with tons of butter and marmalade is just one example! With a quick calculation of calories in one slice being 400, and we would probably eat 3 or 4 of them, with lots of milk!

I know I have been aware of this to some level, but not to this extent!

I felt close to my dad when we sat and shared food together! I enjoyed these moments of gorging on the yummy treats! Pretty much devouring an entire dozen pack of donuts together... at an average of 300 calories a pop, that's over an entire days calorie allotment in one single sitting (1800)... not to mention the multiple glasses of milk to wash it down! OH MY!
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I do not eat like this anymore... thanks to my embarking on figuring out how to live a healthier and better life!

I no longer agree to find enjoyment through food in that way! I no longer wish to hold onto those memories for what they were!

I agree to yes, be grateful for my dad and those memories, but to make healthy choice alternatives!

I am not saying that I will never have a piece of bread with butter and marmalade... it will just be healthy nutrionally filled bread, with becel 50% butter and not piled on, with reduced sugar and double fruit marmalade!

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So, with my recent interest in The Four Agreements, I have had many more aha! Moments!

Agreements... our ego is made up of a bunch of agreements! In order to dissolve the ego, we must recognize and become aware to the agreements in our mind! In our mitote, our maya, our congestion of thoughts in our mind! Although I have been aware of this already, this has allowed me to understand this at yet another level!

How many agreements do you have that aren't necessarily in conjunction with the lifestyle changes you are trying to make now?

By becoming aware of these egoic agreements in our mind, we can unlock ALL the doorways to truly living a life, present in the NOW!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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BRINGING BACK UP TO THE TOP!

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Who needs an A New Earth Discussion thread when you have this one! Wow... I read through a few of these, and it was really quite breathtaking!

Anyways... this is probably the BEST PLACE TO START if just joining our team or reading A New Earth!

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"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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I am NOT my thoughts!

Yes, I know... I have heard it a million times! I have realized and witnessed its truth, yet, for some reason, in the past couple of days, I have really come to understand that I am NOT my thoughts! Pretty Cool!

Not only am I NOT my thoughts, but I control my thoughts. I have the choice to choose my thoughts! And with that, not only do I feel content, but curious to see what I can come up with. What kind of life am I gonna live NOW??? I bet it's gonna be a ride!!!

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I'm reacting less to my DHs reactions. I might actually be getting somewhere. It helps not working (and it hurts - mega stress)

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You know, I just think you a growing in your ability to remain present. Tolle teaches us to witness the ego take flight, because the more we become aware of it, the quicker we realize what is happening, and the quicker we can shut the whole chain of events off. We are creating a new chain of events, of which our goal is to make our chain of events a little smaller and of course, more enjoyable.

That's just my 2 cents. Hope I made sense?

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I may have misunderstood being present - The other day our daughter got up and out in an awful mood. After she left, my husband wanted to go off about it, I was keeping the negativity away, I was in the kitchen cleaning up and said - Be present, right now I am wiping the counter and putting the dishes in the dishwasher
But - in the Power of Now, Tolle talks about being the witness or the watcher of the pain body. Was I burying or denying the unpleasant moment or maybe I just didn't let my pain body become active!?!

"Willingness without action is fantasy."

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Great Aha Chrissy. It is very true how disorganized we become when we are so sidetracked with everything else going on, not only in our world, but our minds.

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AHA! Being mindful of what I'm doing when I'm doing it helps me to remember where I put my keys...so to speak. I can't tell you how much time I spend looking for things because I can't remember what I've done with them, usually because I'm thinking about something else while I'm doing it. Being in the moment pays off because I can actually remember placing my keys in my purse and I don't have to race frantically around my house looking for them!

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Today I was present while eating. I thought that it would make me eat less. But I just found I didn't like it so and ate it anyway.. Not quite right.

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LOL!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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Those are great. Even though I was po'd at the husband today. I caught myself just appreciating his presence. And Momma was right you get more flies with honey than vinegar. Of course that implies you want the flies.

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Two very GREAT aha moments. That put a smile on my heart about the diamond. My mother-in-law lost the diamond in her engagement ring, and that's all I heard for 2 weeks. That woman is full of ego, but that is my ego saying that. She found hers, thank God in her case. See, we are all making huge progress! Just look at how far we have come. We may never be perfect, nor do I want to be... but all of this is definitely a step in the right direction!

YA!

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That sounds like a great day, Emma!
One of my first Aha moments while reading A New Earth, was when I lost the center diamond out of my engagement ring. In the past, I would have absolutely freaked out, but it really didn't affect me. I realized that I didn't need the "identity enhancer" anymore. I still have my wedding band, to signify that I am married, but I took off the engagement ring (good thing I never had them soldered together), and put it away, and haven't given it a worried thought. In fact, I even found myself hoping that someone would find it who really needed it :-)
If you knew me before Tolle, you would realize what a big deal this is.. My other main Aha was that I lost the urge to shop for things I didn't need. What a relief!!

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5/25/08 4:00 P

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Today I did what I wanted to do, without worrying about it. I lived in the moment and it was wonderful.

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That's a GREAT thought Emma!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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I want to jump back on the Aha. I'm starting to think it I manage to be present for a greater percentage of my day, I will be something different, something better.

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Those sound like great Aha! Moments Emma!

I had an Aha! Moment today! I can either worry myself sick of all the possible things that could happen to my husband, which by the way, any number of things could happen to him in our own continent which I don't worry about, or I can accept that he is in a different working environment, however, there are just as many risks as there was in Canada, and that I should just appreciate and enjoy everyday that we are alive to do it.

So, that doesn't mean I accept my husbands death before it happens... or does it? What I do mean at the present moment is that I just need to appreciate the days we do have, because ultimately, it could end at any given day at any given time, so why waist time worrying about.

I know it's only natural to worry about the unknown! But hearing my husbands voice today, and hearing how positive he was really helped me to put things into perspective! POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE! And that's what it is all about.

Honestly... I could waist my life worrying about my husband not ever coming back, and than die myself tomorrow!

Ack! What a thought! But there is truth behind this!

OKAY! Enough rambling for one day!

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I had two Ah Has tonight. I got angry. I noticed that I got angry, I acknowledged that I had anger. I cannot remember what it was about. My the time I had acknowledged it. I was in the present and anger was gone. Whoo hoo.

2nd. I was walking to the laundry room and I was thinking that I'm still having trouble getting rid of my clothes. I automatically thought I am not my clothes. And then I realized I have been identifying with the stuff in my closet. OOOOOH that's why I never get around to getting rid of clothes I don't even like. mmm hmm. So now I've recognized it. Hopefully it will go away.

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He didn't hurt himself. I've been suffering Dizziness for months and I am wondering if it is something in the house and if it is bothering him too. So I'm going to do the balance test I learned at the neurologist. (Feet together, eyes closed. arms out straight in front, how long does it take you to fall over) I get about 3 seconds some people would never tilt. I'm just wanting to make sure we don't have sick house syndrome.

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What a great post Emma!
Here's to our wonderful/awful DHs! Thanks for making me laugh today :-)
PS hope your DH is okay after his fall

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There's the song lovely Day. Every time I see Sultry Day I hear it in my head with the words changed to SultryDay!

Not reacting is very tricky, And it turns down his expressions as well. I did respond to one thing this morning as he's "it's time to go!" when he hasn't shaved or dressed yet. I told him panicing will not make it go faster! I think it got in. It was sort of a reaction but it was very what he needed to hear. He was less frantic on the way over. He fell in the bathroom this a.m. Not enough to hurt himself BUT -- tonight i am going to do the balance test on him to make sure that there's not a problem there. If we are BOTH dizzy and off balance it is the house for sure! I was so good when he felt. I calmly went in to the bathroom. Put back up the shower rod. (He didn't have time to do it! he said, I don't listen to him always!) Then I got towels to dry the floor so he wouldn't fall and kill himself on the way out of the shower. I was like a calm helpful presence. No panic just peaceful do what's required and keep out of the way... I guess all this working on being a peaceful presence thing is actually sinking in...

Our husbands are here to help us Awaken. They are wonderful and awful and all of it tweaks the ego!

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I am so much like that too Emma.

When DH is not happy, expressing disagreements, or whatever - I take it personally - as if I am responsible for his EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS. Geez. Who taught me that.

After reading Chapter 7 - I do realize how I react to him - I am always on guard so to speak.

What an awakening that chapter was for me. Have I changed much. Maybe just a centimeter. Maybe another centimeter tomorrow. LIGHT!!!!

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This morning DH was Crabby and I didn't take it personally, now that's better!




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Morning!

Looking forward to a SPIRITUAL EVENT:
If we can remain the observer or the witness of this journey and the exerpiencer of the experiences than it is almost like WATCHING A GREAT EVENT - sitting on the edge of our seats anticipating what will happen next all the while accepting the present moment just as it is.

Emma - let us know what the EVENT is!!!

RunningSlow - I am so glad you have an idea on how to tackle this dieting issue and realized you are much more than a dieter. Let us know how it works.

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I am bigger than my little self that is a dieter. When accept that I am bigger than this issue then I will be.

Realizing this last night during the class has made me feel so much better. I wasn't sure how I was going to tackle this issue but I think I do now!

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I'm supposed to be experiencing a Spiritual Event soon according to my horoscope so I am looking for it. I think we should all be looking for it every day.

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Thanks Val!

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Isn't it amazing the power a self-imposed label has. At least being aware of the label helps to shine some light on it.

It does not mean that we immediately let the label go, but as so many have said - one light at a time - or one step at a time.

Just be AWARE of the label.
Observe the feelings and thoughts that accompany the feeling.
Don't let the thoughts feed that old ego identity.

I need to take this advice myself! LOL



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For years I labeled myself fat...and I was probably 30 lbs lighter than I am now. Weird but I don't think of myself as fat anymore. What's up with that?!

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You are practicing. Until you get it right.




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Hi Jean.. your postings inspire me. You are so insightful to your own "stuff". I love the sanskrit prayer on your page! You are a big part of why this team is so positive. Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom with us all.

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seems like it, however, in the last 2 months I have lost and gained the same 7 lbs over and over and over.......sigh

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It's amazing the labels we can put on ourselves, as if the labels we get from other people weren't enough! I see from your ticker that you've lost over 19 pounds-- that sounds like success to me!!

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My resent aha moment was in realizing that I have labeled myself a failure........wow.

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Be easy on yourself (and with the people around you!) as you learn new practices and make changes in your life.
Found this on Oprah's web page.
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I think that Tolle would say that you should just observe how you feel about what happened, let yourself feel the hurt or whatever other emotions that there are, while observing them and not being attached to them. Don't judge yourself. Those feelings aren't you, they're your pain body. I think that would be his "advice". Personally, I'd over analyze it, and commiserate with you! Maybe your dh has no sense of time, like mine. It can be totally infuriating! But definitely don't beat yourself up for still being mad/hurt or whatever. You're only human. And I'm sure that you do remember and appreciate all the good things, too.

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Last night I wrote a story [in this spot] about DH and me in the beginning years of marriage. I am erasing the story today, and instead, writing what I learned from writing it and posting it.

I initially wrote the story to let Emmasmart know husbands are sometimes NON-THINKING.

What an AH-HA for me!!!

In retelling a story that happened over 30 years ago I could feel the same resentment and anger surface - not only surface, but I could feel its presence and hold on me under the surface that has been there for 30 years.

If we had not been studying Tolle's pain body I don't know if I would have recognized it for what it was.

Instead I think I would have continued to FEEL JUSTIFIED to have this undercurrent of resentment.

I would have felt somewhat SELF-RIGHTEOUS - therefore thinking I am better than my husband.

Courage to face the truth allows AWARENESS - allows LIGHT to shine.

The truth is - each of our [DH and mine] pain bodies clashed and clashed, our egos clashed and clashed especially in the first 5 years of marriage. I always tried to cover up the IMPERFECTION in our marriage to friends and family - as I thought to be seen as having troubles would bring other's JUDGMENT down on me. I was ashamed I had gotten into a marriage that was not perfect.

The truth is - we grew up somewhat over the years and learned to live together without the constant clashes. [Note - talk about giving your children a painbody.]

The AH-HA moment for me is that:
What I did by 'covering' it all up was bury the resentment and anger over and over and then every single incident until this moment 30 some years later that has happened and even remotely resembled SELF-SACRIFICING (also called victim mentality) just fed that identity and pain body.

In the weekly challenge - on Sunday - I wrote that I was aware of an 'on-guardedness' in me. I think this 'on-guardedness' is constantly on alert for something to feed this ego and pain body.

Today in word for today I wrote FORGIVENESS.

I hope and pray that all this personal sharing here helps someone else. I could have written this in my journal for no one to read - somewhat hiding it again.

COURAGE - AWARENESS - FORGIVENESS - WILLINGNESS - ACCEPTANCE

All powerful energy patterns as opposed to

SHAME - DESPAIR - ANGER - RESENTMENT - HATRED.

Thanks for the comments to the story before I erased it and thanks for reading this entry.





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KLEOPATRASEVEN - what great insight! I think my husband is in the future, too. Interesting!

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I don't really think that either men nor women are more awakened or present. Tolle seems to think (I forget which chapter) that women are, but while I think that may have been true a hundred or more years ago, I think that today it takes so much ego to try to be a "Superwoman" that women are just as "bad" as men. And while men don't seem to get upset about the same things that "we" get upset about, that doesn't mean that they are present! I mean, a person who was really present would do something about an alarm going off, not just go back into his own little world! I know that I thought my husband was more in the now than I was, until I realized that he lives in the future as much as I was living in the past! Neither are the Now.

Later today I have to go to the dentist. I hate going to the dentist. My pain body hates it. So the last time I went, I observed, what is really so terrible about it?? Well, it's all the noise, even more than the needle. Helicopter noises, hurricane noises, chainsaw massacre noises (ok, maybe that's an exaggeration!) I think I need headphones! Aha!

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You are SO right...it's like being on autopilot and it's very scary! We are all going to either become really great drivers or realize just how awful we are. LOL

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Or have you ever driven someplace, especially a place you go to all the time, and don't remember driving there? You were so lost in your thoughts, you weren't aware of driving to whereever it was you ended up at. Now that's scary and I bet that is what causes alot of accidents too. I've been trying to think of this everytime I get in the car. To awaken enough to drive! LOL

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That's funny! And yah... I have been paying attention to my reactions when I drive... and it's amazing how much one does react! Unreal really. I told my husband to pay attention to it too... that is where he is weak as well. But it's sooooo friggin' hard when people cut you off, or are completely oblivious to what's going on around them. I can see what Tolle means when he speaks of people who have very dense Pain Bodies can attract more accidents. It's because they are so lost in their own little world. Not present at all, of what's going on around them. So true! That's friggin scary.

I too, like Emma, have been trying to drive with more awareness... yet, I find it almost scary at times, because I get so caught up in what I am doing in the now, that I realize what I am really doing in the now. Does that makes sense???? LOL! Okay... driving along, looking around, being aware of everything that surrounds me, than what to keep looking, because I find it beautiful, and than, OMG, I am driving.... lol! NOT GOOD!

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So tonight everything cool nothing beeping, it's all good. Me out of balance. Yep! The driving thing can be challenging for me too.

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My husband is totally in the NOW most of the time. I can't wait to be that way, too! The only place he isn't is on the road...I told him today that everyone wasn't trying to get in his personal way. He started laughing.

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RunningSlow is on to something there. Men just are and do and think differently! I am finding out right now that I wish I was from Mars rather than Venus. Since becoming aware, I have noticed so many attributes within my husband, that at one time annoyed me, and now I almost envy! It's almost like they are naturally awakened. Not all men! But than, I am sure the same could be said for some woman, being naturally awakened! But, watching my husband, I truly see how in the NOW he is! How usually present he is. He never gets caught up in the drama of life like I can... although, that is slowing down for me... yayyyy!

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Hmmm....it seems like your husband is well...a GUY...and able to tune things out. I am glad that you were eventually able to fall asleep and that you feel somewhat better today. Can't have our Emma freakin' out and out of balance. Just breathe.

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Here's my story: The people upstairs regularly have water issues which drip into our apartment through the smoke detector which is hard wired into the wall and also has a battery (though I have never seen it) it was crying and dripping and there was a little electrical fire (of course it was 11:45 p.m.) I've got a way to go in being able to deal with beep beep warble beep. Husband tried to fixed it couldn't and then just went back to shopping online. I asked him how he could possibly ignore this noise! How could he relax and make decisions about whether one fish was better than another. My mind cannot hold this.

If there is an alarm if there is a little fire, I do not return to shopping online after I have given it my best shot and failed to fix it. I'm thinking 911 and he's deciding whether the green one is better than the red one. He spent time explaining to me how he'd worked hard to learn how not to be irritated by small noises (Okay i think he's nuts now) and I'm like I don't see how you can call this a small noise and how you can sit calmly when it could flame back up at any time. So I called the landlord and he gave us permission to 'Rip it off the wall' which he did. We had a great talk about childhood stress causing a nervous reaction to noise for me, and his issues in childhood were different enough that he didn't have the physical response like that. I was shaking until I was sleeping. and I know this is part of that, but I don't know how to be relaxed and calm when my savior is shopping while there is such an issue. I'm feeling like I could have responded better but considdering the guy ripping the thing off the wall was so, I tried that's it. while it's still beeping. I can't relate to that sense of balance when the alarm is ringing. In a way his reaction was superior but putting it out of mind when there is a current emergency enough to make you go do other things this seems like a reaction also. A dysfunctional one as well. "The siren is blaring and I can't fix it so I will just go back to what I was doing. lah lah lah...

that's all. I took 2 anti-anxiety pills and went to bed. I'm only a little shaken today..




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Yes Emma! What happened?

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Emma, what happened?

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Week 5 was really about me. I still have to listed /watch week 6. Last night was very intense, Fire alarms flames very scarey stuff. I felt incapable of fixing. my husband saved me and I am grateful, I reacted very badly to it. I can seem to shake it. That's something I have to work on.




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EMMA, that's interesting. I forgot that they do remember the past (if it's far enough past).

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My experience says that many people who experience dementia are scared because they feel lost. Some of them are happy anyway. But for many it is frightening, they miss their mothers who are all that they remember. And even if they come they would not look like the mother they remember. I think if you were a basically happy person that you wouldn't have too much trouble with it.

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My MIL and I were talking about that and wondered if when the mind goes and there doesn't seem to be a past or a future...are those people really present? And, if so, are they happy? I mean, I know when people start experiencing dementia it must be hard because they have periods of clarity (thought) that contrast to the periods of dementia but after all the clarity is gone do they feel at peace?

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This is more of an observation than an aha moment.

Yesterday we visited DH's mother in a nursing home. This is very difficult as she rarely speaks and when she does it is difficult to make out what she is saying. Often she looks at us with such a blank stare and other times we can tell she is aware.

I looked around the dining room as we ate dinner with her and those people on this particular floor in this nursing home are the ones that need the most help. For the most part their mental facilities (and physical) are not longer working very well. None are the people they once were.

Later I definely left the present moment as I dwelt in the future - specifically fear of 'my' future ending up just like that - having to be fed and changed and without the ability the reason etc.

I did realize that I was worrying about something that may or may not happen and left that future, but still...

So, my question is - what of enlightenment and aging? If one does truly reach enlightenment what happens when the body and mind wears out?

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Yep Justducky, I got it, thanks. It's the one and only note I wrote down from the class...lol I wish they had gotten into it a bit more. Monday's class seemed rushed somewhat.

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When I work and I am really getting things done. i am present. So on a good day I have a spiritual experience at work. not bad...




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Kits... I am sure you got your answer... but incase you didn't catch this while watching the chapter 5 webcast... they stated the following:

The Pain Body is the emotional aspect of the ego.

So basically, the Pain Body is a piece of the ego, our feelings that identify with the ego? That which triggers the ego?

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Kits, that's awesome! I know that my "." surprised me this month...I had absolutely no cramps whatsoever!!! Weird but pleasing.

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So I do some work which generally strokes my ego (I lead the Sunday Service at church, I have ability and so this is responsibility.) I try not to get to tied up in what people say and then someone I really respect asks "when are you going to seminary", Huge ego hit. I don't know if it was that comment, compliment or just the stress of the day but afterwards I was wasted, I had to sit down and rest.

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I had what I guess I would call an AHA moment this weekend. My DH was really depressed all day yesterday and last night, all kinds of negative stuff came out of him. Not directed at me, just stuff he was stressed about. And I just sat there and thought, oh my gosh! That's usually what I do! I was aware the whole time of what I would call his pain body (I knew this from just reading chapter 5) and I was also aware that his pain body was trying to get my pain body to react. It just felt so awesome to be in control for once!!!! emoticon

I can't wait for tomorrow's class! I really hope he explains the difference between ego and pain body. I think I get it but would like it clarified. Also, regarding my other thread about pms, I found the paragraph that Emma was talking about. Tolle says that pms is the pain body, not the ego. Interesting. Good choice of words though...lol

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I do not know anyone whose journey has been easy.

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SULTRYDAY - I will have to put that on my netflix list.

I realized yesterday that my ego is fightening really hard to hold on to it's strongest hold...my food issues. I seem to be letting go of worries, feeling more relaxed, and relating to other in a more present way. However, my weight has gone up 7 lbs since I started reading this book. Now, I realize it's because that is the ego's strongest hold on me and as I am letting go of other limitations it is tightening it's grip on my food issues and how I use them to hold me back from being truly present. Now, that I know that this will be my hardest fight, I will really try to be present while I am eating...this one is not going to come easy I don't think but it is what I need to focus on the most.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." ~ La Roch

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Hey all!

A couple thoughts....

AWARENESS:
This Awakening process is the journey to become more and more aware of the ego's desire to survive. How is works to refuel and fortify itself.

TRAVEL:
In traveling one becomes the Observer. Is that what you are saying JustDucky?

HAPPINESS:
So often we want this suffering to end and happiness or peace or joy to last and last. We think if 'this or that' could happen we would be happy and suffer less. That is the ego keeping us trapped in the future and wishing whatever 'is' was different and better.

An awesome movie that can be rented with the message of Present Moment Awareness and Excellence within that moment is called PEACEFUL WARRIOR. Has anyone seen it? I watched it twice. The first time just watched, the second time I took notes pausing the movie many times to write down the messages that were being shared.

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To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." ~ La Roch

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LOL... too funny! Love your smile by the way!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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drive straight south to Texas and we can hang out and just BE

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." ~ La Roch

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I just had a pretty cool aha moment! I haven't even finished my morning routine yet, just had to come type this up! My daughter let me sleep in, she is great!

Anywho...travelling! Tolle may of spoken of this, I can't remember but, when you are travelling, your mind slows down! It doesn't become still, because you do place recognition with some things, but most of what you are seeing is new and fresh! You aren't identifying with it. You have no reason too, other than if you come back, you will be able to identify back to the time you were there before!

Did anybody follow me? LOL!

So... that's why taking time to travel this beautiful world is so important! I am 29 years old, live within hours of the US border, and I have never been outside of Canada! And that is going to change!

I want to see! I want to explore! I want to take advantage of the opportunities God has given me, to adventure out into this beautiful world and be still!

Just Be!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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That's pretty cool!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
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AHA Moment: Last night I was watching a movie called WHY DID I GET MARRIED? It was about 4 couples who meet every year to talk about why they got married and to work on making their marriages better. However, all four of the couples were extremely disfunctional and I could feel myself having a physcial reaction to the tension and arguing. I had to constantly remind myself that this wasn't real and that my reaction to the stress was just my pain body trying to fuel up on the negativity. I don't think I have ever recognized my reaction to a movie in quite that way before.

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I exhibit bi-polar symptoms as well. Numerous people in my family have been diagnosed with it. But, as I have been reading the book, I too, have been wondering if my symptoms are because of my pain body. I notice they are worse when I am more anxious. I am relating to so many things in chapter 5...I wonder if the symptoms will completely go away once I am able to stay in the moment for longer and longer periods of time.

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I think you hold some very valid points SultryDay! Great thoughts!

"Accept -- than act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
~Eckhart Tolle - The Power of NOW!

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I am a person who exhibits symptoms of bi-polar disorder, this may or may not be a correct diagnosis based on science. Who I really am cannot merely be my diagnosis, it must be other than that. That's only my story, which helps and hinders me in ways.

I was listening to my ego talk about the commute this morning and I said to myself "Yeah but that's just a story" I think that may be my theme for today, that's just my story.




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One More Thought:

It seems that what Tolle and other like writers are asking us to become AWARENESS.

By doing this one would not say:
I have depression. [Attachment and Identity]
I have bi-polar. [Attachment and Identity]
I am a mother. [Identity]

Instead one would say:
I observe the body I am housed in suffers from depression. [The "I" becomes awareness of the human suffering from depression or bi-polar disorder or in the role of motherhood].

Sounds like multi-personalities doesn't it.

But I have also read that once one the Observer or this Awareness is more dominant healing of the body and mind occurs.

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Sorry I have been absent for these "talks." I do not have a good internet connection this week.

I do not know about bi-polar, but have experienced depression. I know, for me, this depression has been an ego identification and attachment for many reasons. The more I am aware of the triggers the easier it is to manage and avoid the valleys.

Louise Hay has some great work published and links every dis-ease that one can think of with a negative thought process. I do not know how accurate her work it but, in general, there is definite truth in her studies and understandings.

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I've a mild case. I know people who could never work, or function or marry or even be with people in public. I was starting to think bi-polar may be grief. I know that I have the genetic markers for this disease. Mother suffered from Post Natal Depression and grandma (both of them) was depressed as far as I can tell always. I have do know that you can live pretty much symptom-free if you manage your stress, and what do we do when we awaken but de-stress.

I know people who shall never hope to de-medicate, never hope to be normal normal like I can aspire too. In a way it's a present because I have to be more self-aware than someone without the issue. I have no choice or life will be terrible. Job losses, relationship and family issue and etc. I was driven to this, where many are attracted. Eckhardt was talking about how great pain will sometimes bring someone to this. Hopefully I can work it around where I can illustrate this.

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Just throwing this out there, and in no way am I trying to make light of the topic, but did you ever wonder if your bi-polar is your ego?

We can change the hormone levels in our body by what we do and eat. For example, whether we get enough sunlight, exercise, and proper nutrition all play a major role in our overall well being. If we do enough good things to bring the serotonin levels to par, or where ever they should be... and all of our hormone levels adjust and maintain, then we are no longer faced with the same thing, thus, being able to get out of our state of depression or elated happiness.

I don't see it being much different than your sugar levels, and having highs and lows, valleys and peaks, however you want to refer to it as, through out your day!

What you are doing right now, is doing good things... wonderful things for your body! Exercising, eating right, and probably getting a lot more sun than you use too. Your energy levels for the day are starting to maintain, and I wouldn't doubt it if your highs and lows are less frequent! Your moodiness isn't so moody anymore, because you have a SMILE on your face more. You feel good! And hey, feed the proud ego, because you are definitely deserving of it!

So, that's just my 2 cents. I have never been diagnosed with bi-polar, and I definitely don't consider myself an expert on the topic, but I am speaking from experience of witnessing the changes in myself. Not only in my body, but my mind and my spirit!

What a rush! What a feeling!

Thank you for inspiring my aha moment Emma!

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I was thinking that maybe I have an advantage with all this. I'm bi-polar so my moods, well are moody. So I know that my thinking is disordered sometimes. So I don't take my thinking seriously because I know sometimes it's really off of the scale. Which separates me/reality from Thought/Emotions and moods.

It's one of the few ways that such a thing is an advantage.

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I absolutely agree!

I said to my friend yesterday while we were walking, "It's not that this information hasn't always been out there, it's how Tolle portrays it, and explains it, that helps us to relate and UNDERSTAND IT!"

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Yesterday I got stuck on a passage in the book. If you recognize negative states in yourself it is not a failure but success because to recognize them means that you are not identifying with them.

This is yet another example of how Tolle is making this teaching approachable for everyone.




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Invisibility is so much better than a shield!




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It's nice, those little moments of stillness and awareness! Next time I drink anything, I am going to really just enjoy it!

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Good thing I read this thread again.
I know I was going to eat consciously, but had forgotten.

I was drinking diet ginger ale yesterday and took a couple swallows consciously. Really the mind stops thinking. I noticed how the glass felt against my fingers and how the ginger ale felt as I swallowed. I did not keep it up for the whole glass - actually went back to reading and drinking unconsciously. But those couple moments were amazing.

This morning made breakfast and walked around eating it waiting for the computer to turn on. HMMM how unconscious is that.

I guess - be aware first and then eat.



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Dang, you are probably right. LOL

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." ~ La Roch

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Because you aren't feeding the icecream lover ego, you are feeding the vegan lover ego. Just a thought? emoticon

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One interesting thing for me has been that every since I started eating vegan I don't even want icecream and I LOVED icecream to a fault! I use to crave it all the time and could never say no...I have no idea why the cravings have gone away but they have.

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I agree! I had the same experience with a candy bar too! Something that I craved in highschool, I had just a few months back, this was before reading Tolle - but this brought the memory of it back, and I thought it was disgusting! I felt like I was eating pure sugar! I didn't even finish!

I am really curious now to see what foods I thought I loved and don't anymore??? Woohoo! This could be very exciting!

Imagine... imagine the baggage that we could let go, because it isn't associated with a food, because we let it go, therefore we no longer identify with any of it!

That could be pretty cool!

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EMMA, it makes me want to go out and "re-taste" all the things I "like." LOL

Edited by: RUNNINGSLOW at: 3/22/2008 (10:09)
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wow Emma! What an AHA moment that must have been with the candybar! Thanks for sharing that.

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I am working on eating consciously too. Really enjoying/tasting the food. I found out last week that a candybar I "like" I don't like the taste of! I don't have to worry about that one any more. Amazing. I wonder how many years it's been since I tasted it?

I use deep breathing for cravings. Lots of times that's that. My worst time seems to be evening although last night was all right.




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JUSTDUCKY - I love your moment! I always loved the middle of the night breastfeeding. It was dark and quiet and it was just the two of us. I remember rocking and feeling how special these moments alone were.

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I had been wondering when I would figure out how my ego pertains to my tendency to over eat. Well, I realized that I mindlessly eat...every time I eat. I don't stop and enjoy my meal. I also realized that I am teaching my children to mindlessly eat. Even during dinner, the tv will be on, I will answer the phone, check my email, everything but focusing on what I eat. So, I made the decision to stop mindlessly eating. I even told my son that we are going to sit at the table while we eat without any distraction. I decided that I would doing nothing else while I eat. Yesterday was day one of this. Each time I thought about eating, I asked myself the following questions:

1. Am I hungry?
2. If I am hungry, is it a reasonable time for me to be hungry ie., has there been a significant time since the last time I ate?
3. Is eating important enough to stop what I am doing and eat consciously?

If all I answered yes to all of these questions, then I ate. By the end of the day, I had not even eaten 1,000 calories and strangely enough I wasn't hungry.

Also, I was able to avoid snacking last night with my cousin and husband by deciding that I really wasn't hungry. I just want to participate in what they were doing but then I realized I could talk to them without joining them by eating chips and hummus. Before yesterday, I would have rationalized that I had calories left so I should go ahead and eat even though I am not hungry. I went to bed feeling very peaceful about the day.

AHA!!!


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Very interesting! Isn't it true though! Thanks for sharing that thought!

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