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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:09 AM

Anyone have any tips re: practical methods to temporarily block out any thoughts of Individual 1?

I'm not looking for a miracle here, just if anyone has found any techniques that work to trick your mind into not even knowing of the existence of the orange menace for some reasonable amount of time to allow some of the anger and frustration to subside.

Like, maybe for an hour or so, if I could exist in some rarefied mental state wherein there is no such entity as Король мудак.

One thing I've found useful is the ancient Buddhist practice of Maraṇasati (mindfulness of death, death awareness), in which the meditator visualizes and contemplates the various aspects of a human corpse as it goes through the process of decomposition. Conveniently, when an image or thought of Individual 1 arises, it is a simple matter to then apply the visualization techniques involved in the Maranasati practice to those images. It's quite soothing, actually.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara%E1%B9%87asati




Of course, there's always the option to go with the old standard methods: drugs and alcohol. They still work as good as ever. But one generally pays a price for using these things to the extent that you actually blot out the existence of the wretched goddamn orange fascist from your mind. And, I mean, I have to work and stuff, so I can't just get obliterated on drugs and booze all the time.

So yeah, if anyone has any other hints or tips for ways to temporarily escape from the constant awareness of this fucking abomination squatting in our WH, can you share? TIA

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Reply Anyone have any tips re: practical methods to temporarily block out any thoughts of Individual 1? (Original post)
anarch Apr 15 OP
lagomorph777 Apr 15 #1
eShirl Apr 15 #2
gordianot Apr 15 #3
PeeJ52 Apr 15 #6
PJMcK Apr 15 #4
SharonClark Apr 15 #5
Sherman A1 Apr 15 #7
FakeNoose Apr 15 #8
safeinOhio Apr 15 #9
Kurt V. Apr 15 #10
cilla4progress Apr 15 #11
jcgoldie Apr 15 #12
marble falls Apr 15 #13
TrogL Apr 15 #14
ananda Apr 15 #15
Beringia Apr 15 #16
csziggy Apr 15 #17

Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:10 AM

1. Do something creative and difficult.

I use art for that.

In the past, I was advised to try that Buddhist practice of thinking about death. I went quickly down a slippery slope to thoughts of suicide. Not a good idea for me.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:12 AM

2. Read a few novels.

Good ones.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:17 AM

3. I thought "Game of Thrones" would work for me last night.

Unfortunately mention of any villain real or imaginary evokes Donald Trump and his supporters.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:25 AM

6. GOT did work for me...

Completely pushed him out. I was in complete bliss until I woke this morning. In fact, I can't even remember a bad "political" dream.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:23 AM

4. Try playing golf

Seriously.

Take some lesson and walk a golf course. You'll get away from the media-saturation of our society and you'll be surrounded by beautiful nature. The walk is at least 4-5 miles, you'll meet interesting people and your focus will primarily be on your next shot.

It's always astounding to me that the 4 hours or so it takes to play a round take me out of all the issues in life. All that seems to matter is where the little white ball is going.

Inevitably, reality returns when you get back to the parking lot. But for those few hours, I don't think about Trump, our country, work or any other troubles in my life.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:23 AM

5. Research and plan a 3 week trip that will please your 5 best friends and yourself

Then take it.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:28 AM

7. Yes

Turn off cable noise Infotainment and don’t look back. You will be better informed and less stressed.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:30 AM

8. Lately I've been reading a lot and watching movies

... keeping the TV off as much as possible. But I regularly come back to DU so the "Chump fever" always comes back in spades. In order to forget Chump I'd have to quit DU and I'm not ready to do that.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:43 AM

9. My minor in college was Cultural Anthropology.

To observe any behavior, one has to focus on the behavior and remove all judgement so your observations are not tainted. That is what I now do with politics and it is working for me. I know he is an evil ass, but I try best that I can to just focus on the behavior. I can write my conclusions when it is all over. That way I don't miss anything important.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:51 AM

10. busy hands. i like woodworking.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:00 AM

11. Get out in nature!

As far from any human-made environment as possible.

Hike, bike, or - with proper equipment - row or climb. Work up a sweat. Notice the beauty and magic!

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:05 AM

12. Vodka helps for me

Also that Make America Kittens Again app that somebody shared here months ago I've had installed ever since and at least I don't have to see his stupid asshole face on the internet.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:12 AM

13. Like Michelle Obama recently said ...

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“This may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows but it continues. Yes, we are in a low but we have been lower. We have had tougher times, we have had more to fear. We have lived through slavery, the Holocaust and segregation.

“We have always come out at the other end – better and stronger. We are moving in a direction of diversity and inclusion. No-one ever said it would be easy. We are just in the throes of the uneasy path of change.”

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:40 AM

14. Drugs. Really good drugs.

Pot is legal in Canada. There’s a store down the street from me. Come for a visit.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:41 AM

15. I play bridge.

It works.

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:44 AM

16. Stay off of DU, it is trump 24/7 here

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Response to anarch (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:55 AM

17. I've been watching a lot of old series on streaming TV

Mostly old British mystery shows, but also stuff such as Babylon 5 and Eureka.

In between I am doing the physical therapy and reading stuff on DU - the Lounge is good for distraction.

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