Spirituality & Practice

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer
because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

Thomas Merton

Strength is a capacity for endurance.
One of the dividends of suffering is the universal discovery the we possess a strength within us we never knew we had.
Navigating through a difficult episode not only shows us that inner strength is there but convinces us it will always be there to serve us in the future.
Overcoming gives us an assurance of personal confidence and value that far exceeds what we thought we possessed before our struggles began.

Dennis Wholey

Meditation is not meant to help us run away from difficulties.
It is meant to allow positive healing to take place.
To meditate is to learn
how to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past,
our anger or despair in the present,
or our worries about the future.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dreams are renewable.
No matter what our age or condition,
there are still untapped possibilities within us
and new beauty waiting to be born.

Dale Turner

One who gains strength
by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength
which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer


Today's Meditation:

I think that most of the trials and sufferings that we go through are intensified because of the fear we have that they'll never end. If I have a slight cold, it's easy for me to deal with it because it's not that intense and I know that it will pass soon. If I have the flu and I'm in intense pain, fear that the pain will continue kicks in, so I'm no longer suffering just from the sickness, but also from the fear that I have.

Ironically enough, my strength to overcome both the suffering and the fear is through acceptance. My situation is as it is, and unless I cause it to do so, it won't bring on any further suffering. There is a subtle, quiet strength in acceptance that helps people I know to get through almost anything that happens to them.

The strongest people I know are the ones that fight the least--they don't need to fight, for life and its foibles doesn't get them down. They maintain their balance and cheerfulness because they see in every trial a lesson; they see in every bit of pain something new to learn.
Once an affliction becomes a teacher, we don't need to fear it any longer, do we?

Suffering is a part of life, but the degree to which we suffer is pretty much up to us. We make of our situations what we make of them; the power to decide to make something positive of a seemingly negative occurrence is all ours.
What will we do with that power?


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If I walk up a flight of stairs and think about the millions of people who--through no fault of their own--are unable to perform such a simple action,
then my walking up the stairs becomes a precious gift.

- source : livinglifefully.com -

It's far more important to know
what person the disease has
than what disease the person has.


If you do become sick, who is the person the doctor will be dealing with?
What kinds of thoughts and attitudes will you bring to your own attempts at healing?


Only when we are no longer afraid
do we begin to live in every experience,
painful or joyous,
to live in gratitude for every moment,
to live abundantly.

Dorothy Thompson


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Chronic Pain:
What psychosocial interventions work?

Those with chronic pain experience higher levels of depression, insomnia, anxiety, suicide somatoform disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders.
Specifically in terms of anxiety, chronic pain patients experience higher levels of posttraumatic stress disorder and health anxiety (hypochondriasis).

Although most research so far has focused on co-morbid depression and insomnia, a more general theory for explaining the relationship between chronic pain and these disorders has not yet been developed, although a diathesis-stress model has been proposed, where underlying genetic predispositions/vulnerabilities to disorders are then ‘activated’ by the stress associated with the experience of chronic pain.

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. byooma taisan 病魔退散 warding off disease .

. oni ema 鬼絵馬 votive tablets with demons .
to ward off disease


Every result you get in your life is the combination of the challenge you receive from the reality around you
and your capacity to respond to that challenge.

Fred Kofman

Don't get discouraged if life throws you a challenge that you're ill-prepared to meet. Keep in mind that you have to learn more about it, and when you do so you'll be able to meet it easily. And when you reach this point, the results will grow more and more positive.

We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.

Orison Swett Marden

source : livinglifefully - February 8, 2014


You don't need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Don't even listen, simply wait.
Don't even wait. Be quite still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you.
To be unmasked, it has no choice.

Franz Kafka

I know that I'm far too often task-oriented, trying to accomplish as much as I can with the short time that I've been granted on this planet.
I often feel that I should spend more time sitting at the table and just enjoying the fact of being, without putting any expectations or worries on myself.
quote : livinglifefully - March 14, 2014


If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles,
we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing
with the understanding
that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.

Hazel Henderson


It can be 100 degrees in the shade one afternoon and suddenly there comes a storm with hailstones as big as golf balls, the prairie is all white and your teeth chatter.
That's good - a reminder that you are just a small particle of nature,
not so powerful as you think."

-- Lame Deer, LAKOTA

No event, no relationship, no joy, no sadness, no situation ever stays the same. Every setback is only temporary.
Even setbacks change. Why?
Because the Great Spirit designed the world to be constantly changing.
We are not the center of the universe, we are but a small part. The whole is constantly changing, and we as humans are constantly participating in the change. We have two choices, to resist change or participate in the change.
Every change can be resisted, and every change can be made in cooperation.
What will I choose today, resistance or cooperation?

White Bison - February 10, 2014


"By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions,
a person may be guided to safety."

-- Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA

Be still and know. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power - not personal power, but the power of God.
These four directions are emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual.
As our emotions get too far out of control, we simultaneously create an equivalent mental picture, our physical body fills with stress and tension, and we become spiritually confused. When we experience these uptight feelings, the best thing to do is mentally pause, slow down our thinking, breathe slowly, or pray and ask the spirits to help.
Only when we approach the stillness of the mind do we get access to our spiritual guidance system.
To be guided, let your mind be still.

White Bison - March 17, 2014


If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.

John R. Miller

One person may see a broken leg as a terrible tragedy that's going to keep him or her from doing the things they love for a long time.
Someone else may see the same circumstance as an opportunity to rest the body and do a lot of reading and writing, trying to develop the mind and spirit while allowing the body to heal.
Living Life Fully


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