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Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:52 PM

Mindfulness in the time of Trump

I just wanted to hear responses from the group. It seems most of the current news feeds into our suffering. How do we acknowledge that and turn that around in our personal lives? Thank you for your input!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 07:00 PM

1. I listen to mellow music, have been crafting, not listening to news all day, ordered a

 

yoga dvd (still waiting for it) and knowing in my mind that this too shall pass...

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Response to Kajun Gal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:13 PM

5. Music and meditation definitely help...

It seems like I'm drawn back too soon, perhaps too willingly to the news cycle.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:24 PM

7. It's a stupid addiction to me? Political junkie here.

 

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Response to Kajun Gal (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:54 PM

10. Me too...

But the Buddha teaches that we feed our suffering...at times I think my addiction to all things happening and all things Trump are adding to that suffering.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 07:13 PM

2. On Saturday I spent 7 hours going door to door for Dem. Candidates.

You could volunteer to walk dogs at the animal shelter.

For me the only thing that creates space involves doing so.ething that resets the soul.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:15 PM

6. I've been volunteering with the Bredesen campaign here in TN

That's not particularly restful though...

I've been trying to be more mindful in my daily interactions and carve out more time for meditation, even if it's only a few mins. That does seem to help.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:25 PM

8. If I were younger I would do that. In a heartbeat!

 

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Response to Kajun Gal (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 11:00 PM

11. I am 64 and it was 105 degrees. Not boasting because I could have done phone calls but

I hate phoning and prefer meeting people one on one, I just hate phoning so I go door to door.

I should be able to sit in the air conditioning offices and phone without the stress but just hate it.

After a couple of hours I was melting and went to a Denny's to get cooled down and had a milk shake.

Sitting across from me was a father who was taking his 3 year old daughter for a lunch. It appeared to be a dad who was starting to work out what to do on "Dad's Saturday" because he wasn't living in the same domicile. After they ordered the daughter got out of her chair with a boost and crawled up on his lap.

I went over to the table and asked if had a smart phone with a camera and he turned the camera on and I took one of the sweetest photographs I have ever seen with this lovely daughter enjoying sitting on her dad's lap. Took a couple more and handed the camera back to him and said "check to make sure it is OK". His eyes widened and his eyes filled with water. He just smiled. Just when you feel the President has dragged us into the sewer normal people doing decent things lifts you up.

If you have time please think about phoning, it all helps get the vote out. Thanks.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 08:03 PM

3. Read Pema Chodron's "The Places That Scare You."

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:12 PM

4. Will definitely do that...

Thanks!

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 10:28 PM

9. I just googled and read the summary. I am gonna get this book, too!

 

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