Archive | February 2015

Winter Stillness: Talk by Kodo Conover

A few points…

Winter Stillness

 WINTER STILLNESS

All is subject to arising and ceasing—the Four Noble Truths

STILL LAKE

Visualization: see myself as the still water of a pristine lake that is in the forest.

 CALM LAKE

See myself as still water. Be the still water. Still the body, quiet the mind.

 

In the state of calm and stillness…I then reflect things as they are.

I do not distort things as I observe them.

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When I am NOT calm, I distort things and I cannot receive things as they are or see the truth of situations, or experience truth from other beings.

 

Remember I am the still lake—(a calm mind)…

woman meditating on rock

If calm, I will “reflect truth.”

 If the lake is choppy, then I won’t reflect the truth. I will perceive in distorted ways.

 CHOPPY LAKE

If I’m still, then my perception will be correct.

Then I will understand what people reflect to me.

I will receive the truth from them and the cosmos or the Universe.

 MEDITATING DOG

So practice meditation. Sit quietly. Breathe…

 Benefits of meditation

Be still and let life happen.

 

P1040518It is in stillness that I will assist and transform the whole world. P1040518

EARTH 

See that the earth rests in the yearly cycle…about 4 months…

similar to the human being that rests about 8 hours/day or 1/3 of its life.

SLEEP

This cycle is essential for lasting well being and life.

 

Though simple living comes control of desires and calmness and stillness is restored.

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Body still. Mind quiet.

Take Time 

When mind is at peace, then the mind is still.

 I SAY YES TO MY LIFE

 Train the Mind: Explore Spiritual Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness

Cultivate Daily Quiet and Introspection Time

LOOK INSIDE

Meditation—Why and How—Cleanse and Train The Mind

 Cultivate Your Spiritual Well-Being!

Make Your Mind an Ocean: Become Your Own Therapist!

Explore Various Meditations

Four Foundations of Mindfulness: body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena

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Cultivate Twelve Essential Skills: Achieve a Healthier Life, Weight, and Vibrant Friskiness… Step-by-Step!

Skill Power, Not Will Power, Is the Key to Success!

Discover Below Guidance-At-A-Glance!

Have you ever wondered how all of that excess stored energy (fat) ended up stored on your body anyway? Were you just walking down the street and it jumped out and stuck to you? To learn about what happened–the mystery–requires you becoming a detective. As a detective, you will need some tools to figure out clues to your mystery.

The Twelve Essential Skills below will provide answers for you. You use the skills and different tools to discover how you do what you do, right now.  Then you figure out strategies to practice making healthful substitutions–to substitute new choices that will, over time, help you achieve a healthier weight, a healthier relationship with your food and life. You choose which areas you are ready to look at now.

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Success at achieving a healthier weight, transforming addictions, and finding increased well-being, for a lifetime, requires learning a series of new lifestyle skills. These skills allow us to create our lives in a NEW way. Before I started my weight loss journey, I didn’t know any of these skills. Learning these skills opened for me the prison door to my isolation cell of overweight and various addictions. I was no longer a victim of my out-of-control, unhealthy habits. It was so ENJOYABLE to discover the freedom of new options for living.

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My Web site (Balanced Weight Management) is a blueprint for self-change. It’s a toolkit–tools don’t do anything. YOU do as you use the tools to discover how you do what you do. This is self-directed learning. With self-directed learning you can discover the issues or problems that are most relevant to you at the moment. They are based on your own experience. You set your own agenda and your own pace. Have FUN with your exploration!

Why Would Someone Try My Approach?

How To Use This Site: Where To Begin & What To Do

As you explore below, ask yourself, “What are YOUR root causes?” Your patterns?

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I encourage you to explore  the Resource Sections 1 and 2 for an extensive list of resources in each topic area.  There you will find an invaluable collection of weight-loss and addiction-free life wisdom. I Have learned most of what I know from other people. Many of the resources that I and many other people have found to be invaluable are listed there.

Time and time again, I have seen people’s lives blossom after they made the decision to invest the time in themselves to study and practice the twelve skills listed below.  I encourage you to just pick and choose those themes that you would like to explore. Remember, your health is your greatest wealth! Answer the questions, “Oh my, how did I get to where I’m at now? and How can I begin to make enjoyable and lasting changes?”

  1. Taking the First Steps In Your Journey of Change

  2. Cultivating Balance in Your Life

  3. Write Away Weight: Keeping a Food and Lifestyle-Choice Journal

  4. Discover the Power of FUN: Celebrate Enjoyable Ways to be Active for Life!

  5. Cultivating a Sustainable, Healthful Plan of Eating

  6. Planning and Preparing Delicious Recipes, Meals, and Snacks in a Hectic World

  7. Eating With Awareness and Pleasure

  8. Transforming Emotional Eating and Addictions

  9. Self-Nurturing, Self-Esteem, Heal From Depression, and Transform Emotional Wounding From The Past

  10. Seeking Support, Counseling, and Outside Resources

  11. Maintenance: Learn How to Cultivate Life-Long Well-Being.  

  12. Cultivate Daily Quiet and Personal Introspection Time