Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Your Emotions and PTSD; Identify Your Emotions So You Can Respond in a Healthier Way –by By Matthew Tull, PhD, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Expert

>>Originally Posted HERE

PTSD diagnosis can have a major impact on your emotions. People with PTSD may experience very strong feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, and/or shame (to name just a few). In addition, when all these feelings occur close in time to one another, it can be very difficult to decipher exactly what you are feeling. Not knowing what you are feeling is connected with a number of negative consequences.

By not knowing what you are feeling, your emotions may feel very unpredictable and out-of-control. As a result, you might find it difficult to effectively manage your emotions. When this happens, people often tend to rely on more unhealthy ways of managing emotions, such as avoidance and self-medication through the use of drugs and alcohol.

Balancing Negative Emotions --by Eckhart Tolle

What is a negative emotion? It is an emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance and harmonious functioning. Fear, anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or intense dislike, jealousy, envy—all disrupt the energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and so on.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Love Yourself --by Leo Buscaglia

To love others you must love yourself.  You can only give to others what you have yourself.  This is especially true of love.  You cannot give what you have not learned and experienced.  Since love is not a thing, it is not lost when given.  You can offer your love completely to hundreds of people and still retain the same love you had originally.  It is like knowledge.  Wise people can teach all they know and when they're through they'll still know all that they have taught.  But first they must have the knowledge.  It would better be said that people "share" love, as they "share" knowledge but they can only share what they possess.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Wisdom of Insecurity; Keep Your Practice on the Path --by N. Lampert

Originally Posted HERE

"Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature nor do children as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." – Helen Keller

One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.”    When we understand the truth of uncertainty and relax, we become free. 

The broken cup helps us see beyond our illusion of control. When we commit ourselves to raising a child, building a business, creating a work of art, or righting an injustice, some measure of failure as well as success will be ours. This is a fierce teaching. Margaret is an aid worker whose clinic in Kosovo was burned to the ground, yet she began again. She knows that her work is helping people through success and failure. Emilee, who lost her most promising math student to a gang shooting, was broken hearted. But she doesn’t regret having tutored him and now she is tutoring several others in his honor.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hope - Give It! --with The Kinleys' "Somebody's Watching Over Me"

Your friendly facilitator knew the Kinleys back during the time when she worked on Music Row. Animals lovers, really nice gals. We had some fun. I used to watch their dogs while they borrowed our facilities smile emoticon Heard this song when I was in Kroger this morning picking something up for a co-worker. If you need this song today, here it is. Everybody needs hope.  Give it! --ACOF Admin.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This Sunday! Rabbi Rami Shapiro - Unity of Murfreesboro, 08.09.15 @ 10:30am

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Several of us at ACOF plan to attend this talk - join us and perhaps we can fit in lunch afterward at a local restaurant!  --ACOF Admin.

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August 9th at 10:30 AM

Unity of Murfreesboro is truly blessed to have Rabbi Rami Shapiro as our guest speaker! Immediately following his presentation he will facilitate a "Talk Back" session taking questions and encouraging discussion on his topic:
"Biblical Wisdom for Post-Biblical Times:
What We can Learn from Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes."

Rabbi Rami Shapiro,a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of the acclaimed The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice; The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained; Ecclesiastes: Annotated & Explained; Proverbs: Selections Annotated & Explained and Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (all SkyLight Paths); among other books.

"To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wrapping Up - Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth - Awakened Doing

Dear friends, Tonight we will wrap up our months long study on Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth.  Many of us have thoroughly enjoyed what Tolle has offered in our weekly study, and many of us are applying the teachings to our lives, as we constantly strive to learn and grow.  I want to thank our facilitators for this project, Pablo Bodini and Jeff Meyers, for giving of themselves so freely in providing these teachings to our group week after week.  We hope you will join us in the exercise below that beautifully summarizes the book - Let's all wake up!  --ACOF Admin.

The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and so use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness. Here are three ways of practicing "awakened doing."  
  • Knowing that what is cannot be undone—because it already is—you say yes to what is or accept what isn't. Then, you do what you have to do, whatever the situation requires. 
  • Stay alert, stay present—present with your whole Being, with every cell of your body. As you do so, you are bringing a light into the darkness. This is the flame of your consciousness.
  • Abide in this state of acceptance for longer and longer periods each day. In this state, you create no more negativity, no more suffering, no more unhappiness. You then live in a state of nonresistance, a state of grace and lightness, free of struggle. When your doing arises from this state, your Being is a gift to the world.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-a-new-earth/Awakening-Exericise-Awakened-Doing#ixzz3hCHvAvf9