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12-25-17 Drop the Story Line

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Drop the Story Line

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein

What does “Dropping the story line” mean?
When something triggers you, you automatically remember other instances when this trigger was pulled and you then mindlessly react in the same way, to hide or to attack.
Or you walk into a situation where you have already judged others and the situation and have your defenses or attacks all ready.
Both situations will result in your discomfort, dissatisfaction, suffering. And that is what you will bring to others.

Acknowledge when you are feeling anxious. Bring to mind just the feeling of anxiety, no story line, person place or thing allowed, only the sense of the emotion. Feel where it is in your body. Greet the emotion, accept it with gentleness and compassion, it is a fearful child, care for it! Give that emotion a lot of space, it will lose its sense of being real if you accept it and care for it. And give it space, i.e., don’t focus on it as if it were real, its just a thought.
As you learn to care for yourself, you will care well for others who are also suffering
Know that you can engage in life in a more positive manner if you choose to!

The past is past, it’s over, let’s not let it discolor our present or future.The future is yet to be determined, I do have a say in how I engage in my life.

Daily-life practice is never abstract. As soon as uncomfortable emotions come up, we train ourselves in breathing into them and dropping the story line. At the same time, we extend our thoughts and concern to other people who feel the same discomfort, and we breathe in with the wish that all of us could be free of this particular brand of confusion. Then, as we breathe out, we send ourselves and others whatever kind of relief we think would help. We can try to do this whenever difficult situations and feelings arise. Over time it will become more automatic.

Truthfully, this practice does go against the grain of wanting things on our own terms, of wanting it to work out for ourselves no matter what happens to the others. The practice dissolves the armor of self-protection we’ve tried so hard to create around ourselves.
You can go through most of life watching re-runs in your heads, and writing soap operas about your lives, to entertain yourselves. Usually there are 10 or 20 good things for each difficulty, but you can let the one thing that raises your hackles destroy everything.
This narrows you and denies your being able to use your intuition, your intelligence and wisdom with clear eyes. To see and feel life fully as it so richly is.

We begin to know that we can release our thoughts and emotions during meditation. We acknowledge our thoughts, and we do not engage in the story line. We do not let our thoughts hook us into some science fiction horror thriller of a story, we simply return to the breath. Seems like a bad trade to let go of so much entertainment for a simple attention to the breath. The breath will help you to let go of what you can, and deal with what you cannot let go of in a healthy way, not just promoting and furthing your suffering.

Learn to recognize when you are hooked into one of your story lines. Just as in meditation, when you are aware you have been thinking about something, you gently let it go. You need to consistently do the same thing in all aspects of your lives. Train yourselves to know when you are feeling tight, and you ask yourselves, what can I do? This is the first step in dropping the story line. Then your training in meditation and the breath begins to be utilized. Anything in life you are somewhat accomplished in you needed to have the discipline to train yourself. Begin and continue to train yourself in being happier and of worth to the world. You begin to know which path is healthy and which is unhealthy. You learn to say no to unhealthy aspects of yourselves and your mind. You naturally begin to engage in healthy ways of living, growing and appreciating your lives.
There is so much available and wonderful, even within our difficulties and in an imperfect world.

Learn to breathe, soften and open your heart, don’t harden it, and do the best you can.
Sometimes letting another persons anger, resentments or thoughtlessness pass, without replying or getting hurt is best. No reply is often well heard.
If a reply is necessary try opening up your perspective and addressing a larger viewpoint. Do not get caught in arguing small useless points. When we do not have to hide or attack we can be present for all that is good in any situation, with appreciation and kindness, without fear.

It is not always easy, but we need to remember we are human and will fail, but we step back up and keep walking our path. Always believe in yourselves, and in others. And work at it!!!

Do you know how truly fortunate you are, how much you have to be thankful for?
If you did, your perceived difficulties would be so small you might miss them. And you would feel compassion for those engaged is such useless acts that brings them suffering, including yourself.
Compassion always overcomes suffering, – – – when you use it.

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Heart Of Recovery web site – fcheartofrecovery.com

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