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Re: Why You Should Take a Minute to Meditate (Almost) Every Day
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I Meditated Every Day & This Is What Happened To Me... | Russell Brand
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What Is Analytic Meditation? Here’s How A Small Tweak To Your Meditation Practice Can Help You Focus

If you're curious about practicing meditation, you've likely heard a lot about mindfulness, which is often touted for its mind-body benefits— but contrary to popular belief, it's not the only meditation practice there is. While the scientific community has focused on mindfulness for many of its studies on the benefits of meditation, analytic meditation takes a different approach.

"The Dalai Lama practises analytic meditation, a kind of meditation which has received almost no attention in the Western scientific literature," Dr. Richard Davidson, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, tells Bustle.

Analytic meditation, experts tell Bustle, incorporates elements of mindfulness, but is its own particular practice. Mindful meditation involves focusing on a particular thing — often the breath — to center attention on the immediate environment. Tenzin Norbu, the author of Ocean of Compassion and former philosophy professor, writes for HuffPost that analytic meditation uses mindfulness techniques to help focus. "One cannot effectively engage in the practices of analytic [...] meditation with an agitated or distracted state of mind," he writes. However, the core of analytic meditation isn't about attention; it's about reasoning.

"Analytic meditation uses reasoning to gain insight into how the mind works and particularly the nature of the way the mind constructs our selves as an entity," Dr. Richardson tells Bustle. "By using reason and probing in this way, we can come to an experiential realization of the ephemeral, constructed nature of the self."


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If this sounds pretty difficult to understand, breaking it down reveals that analytic meditation bears a resemblance to cognitive behavioral therapy. Norbu writes that analytic meditation involves "pondering thoughts that can influence you to develop a particular pattern of thinking or feeling." When you do analytic meditation, he writes, you evaluate your thoughts in three stages: "reasons why a particular belief is true, the benefits of feeling or thinking in a particular way, and the disadvantages of not feeling or thinking in a particular way."

In cognitive behavioral therapy, people are encouraged to examine their thoughts and beliefs about themselves, and how they influence their behavior — and challenge beliefs that are irrational or unsupported by the evidence. Analytic meditation strives to use logic and reasoning to influence behavior by doing a similar sort of examination.


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Analytic meditation is also used to help understand the roots of your emotions and look at how they affect those around you. The Dalai Lama himself noted in a speech in 2017, "While the midst of anger, your tendency is to perceive the person who harmed you as 100% bad. But deeper analysis will make you realize that every human being is composed of both positive and negative characteristics, and you can try to get a more realistic view of the person, thereby diluting the anger harboured against the person.”

Analytic meditation in the Buddhist tradition is thought to be most effective in people who have reached a certain stage in their search for enlightenment. However, Dr. Davidson thinks that if you aren't Buddhist or spiritual, that shouldn't stand in the way of your practicing analytic meditation. "There are secular forms of it that could easily be implemented," he tells Bustle. "It may very much be a guided system, or one you practice on your own."


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If you want to start analytic meditation on your own, there's guidance available from the Dalai Lama himself. Neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who practiced analytic meditation with the Dalai Lama in 2017, told CNN that the Lama encouraged him to use the practice to isolate problems he was finding difficult. "He wanted me to separate the problem or issue from everything else by placing it in a large, clear bubble," Gupta writes. "The problem was now directly in front of me, floating weightlessly. In my mind, I could rotate it, spin it or flip it upside-down. It was an exercise to develop hyper-focus. Less intuitively, as the bubble was rising, it was also disentangling itself from any other attachments, such as subjective emotional considerations."

Next time you're struggling with an issue or an emotional problem, it may be worth putting the Dalai Lama's suggestions into practice and attempting some analytic meditation, with some mindfulness first to clear your mind.

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How Successful People Make Decisions Differently
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Once you realize which decisions are really important, use these four strategies to make sure you get what you want.
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We make hundreds of big and small decisions every day. Many of these decisions are opportunities that can change your life, yet many of us don’t know how to assess a decision to yield a good outcome, says Mike Whitaker, author of The Decision Makeover: An Intentional Approach To Living The Life You Want.

“Decisions are forks in the road,” he says. “Life doesn’t happen to us; we are an active participant. We get out of life what we choose.”

More than just a choice in the moment, good decision-making takes discipline, says Whitaker. “Most of us go about it the hard way, learning what not to do and creating wisdom going forward,” he says. “Successful people, however, approach decisions differently; they have a methodical way of looking at choices.”

When you have a few tools, you can confidently navigate the right option each time, says Whitaker.
Know That All Decisions Are Not Created Equal

Successful people recognize that there are small, medium, and big decisions. “Small decisions impact you for a day, such as what you wear and what you eat,” says Whitaker. “Medium decisions impact your life for a year or so, such as deciding to go back to school or take on a roommate. They affect your life, but they aren’t crash-and-burn moments.”

Successful people don’t spend a lot of mind share on small decisions. “They have fun with them,” says Whitaker. “You’ll make 150 small decisions a day. There is room to play with the consequences because they’re low.”

Bigger decisions are made once or twice a year, and successful people use their goals to navigate to the right choice. Knowing your goals is key, and Whitaker says successful people have four strategies that help them clearly define what they want.

They keep five prime goals and stay focused on them.
They identify the top priority and give it favorable treatment when making decisions.
They look for goal and decision overlap, treating this decision with more care.
They appreciate momentum, identifying the benefits of continuing to move in the right direction.

Deal With Bad Decisions

We all make bad decisions, but successful people course correct more quickly, says Whitaker. “Most people don’t act; it’s painful,” he says. “When successful people have enough evidence that they’ve made a bad decision, they don’t look for more. They’re willing to shut down a business, for example, and go in a different direction. They fail fast, move on, and then they don’t talk about it again.”

They also fix fast. “They’ll significantly change a deal,” says Whitaker. “This isn’t a matter of trying harder—that’s a good intention trap, but it’s always more of the same. You’re already trying hard.”

They key is to always revert back to your goals. “I call it the big reset,” says Whitaker. “Everyone is walking with mistakes they’ve made, and almost everyone has made a poor decision on big category. You don’t want to get to mid-career and think, ‘This is not where I thought I would be.’ Nothing is more deflating. What do you do about it?”

The worst reaction is what Whitaker calls “goal grooming,” adjusting your goals downward to fit your current circumstances. “We do it to avoid feeling bad about the missing mark,” he says. “We say, ‘Well I didn’t want that job anyway.’ Goal grooming is a bad thing to do for the future. Successful people keep goals solid and reverent, and then continue to make decision purposefully around them.”
Avoid Pitfalls

It’s also important to recognize when your ability to make good decisions is vulnerable, such as when you’re in a hurry, prideful, angry, lonely, rejected, inebriated, or tired, says Whitaker. “Successful people know when they’re not in a good place to make a decision, and they say, ‘Let me sleep on that,’ or ‘Let me think about that. I’ll get back to you,'” he says. “They’re okay with not giving answers. They defer until they know their mind’s right.”

Making a decision when you’re not in the right frame of mind leads to consequences. “Consequences pile up and turn into regret,” says Whitaker. “Regret has a big impact, and you carry it around like luggage all due to bad decision-making. When successful people review regrets, they learn from them and then they’re done with them; they put them away.”

Successful people are not willing to let others take control. “People often give up control to things like fate and luck,” says Whitaker. “There is no such thing. If we own our decisions, we get what we choose. Good things come to those who decide.”
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Re: Jedi Drawings
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The crow as a messenger is a theme I've seen done a lot in a lot of shows. Interesting concept as spirit animals often act as messengers and guides to help those who are on a spiritual journey work out their problems.

Love the drawing!

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There is an interseting story behind the White Raven

One of my favourite quotes is Munen Mushin
No thaught no Mind. This is from Zen far Eatern Philosophy
Odin had two Ravens
In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (Old Norse "memory" or "mind") are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin

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Re: How to Build a Positive Attitude
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Accepting the negative is a vital part but it doesn't mean to dwell on it or to hold on to a negative mindset. Just as being positive is not the same as living in a rainbow bubble. Do everything with the right mindset! Accept the negative but accept also that you have the power to change either the situation or your attitude towards it. Either, or, the change will happen eventually. That's positivity.

(Not arguing with you or with the quote, just found important to note it as most of us make this fallacy at least once on the path )

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Re: How to Build a Positive Attitude
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A positive attitude is a must for a Jedi. Sometimes it's the only thing that will get you through tough times. It reminds you there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Life may tell you what you can't do but a positive attitude will always tell you to ignore the negatives, focus on the positive, and succeed.

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Understanding the Importance of a Positive Attitude

Understand that a positive attitude will reduce negative emotions.
Recognize the link between positive emotions and physical health.
Link positivity, creativity and attention.
Recover from negative life events more quickly.
Taking Time for Self-Reflection

Recognize that change takes time.
Identify and nurture your strongest qualities.
Write in a journal.
Write about positive things in your day.
Write about moments when you had negative emotions.
Reframe negative moments as positive ones.
Draw on your "happiness reserves."
Remember that everyone experiences life issues.
Tame your inner critic.
Taking Time for Yourself

Do things you enjoy.
Take time to think about moments of satisfaction.
Worry less about others.
Avoid comparing yourself to other people.
Cultivating Relationships

Maintain healthy relationships.
Form new relationships.
Talk about your emotions with a friend.
Handling Stressful Situations

Put a positive spin on a stressful circumstance.
Try problem-focused coping.
Find positive meaning in ordinary events.

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Re: Jedi Gathering: 2020
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As of right now I don't have anyone on register from here. We would love to have you represented!!!

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Re: Jedi Gathering: 2020
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Good observation. I don't recall anyone from here attending. Sounds like a fun gathering.

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I see our emblem isn't on there, is no one from our group going or just not enough?

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