Saturday, August 30, 2014

Making Acid Out of Nothing at All

Craving Annihilation

Frequently, I find myself desiring things to go away, stop, or be done. Sometimes I desire this vigorously. This, of course, creates stress and pain, because mostly things don't go away, stop, or be done when I need them to (which is actually a want rather than a need).
Annihilation - © 2005
This desire (sometimes called a desire for annihilation in Buddhism) contributes to the pain or maybe even creates it in the first place.

Beware! It's just another acidic cycle!

Craving the annihilation or removal of something--even a stressor--creates pain.
Why? Because we aren't dealing with the stress--we're just wishing, hoping, and engaging with the pain.

This reminds me of a great quote I first read in Stephen King's memoir: "Wish in one hand, spit in the other--see which one fills up faster!"

The way out of this cycle is two-fold:

(1) Mindful Awareness and (2) Taking Action

Mindful Awareness

For me, the awareness recently has come from my morning walking meditations (formerly known as "walks"). When my mind and thoughts were a jumble from overwhelming stress, the awareness came from using the Wild Divine software (Relaxing Rhythms), which taught me meditative techniques and mindful awareness to calm my mind.

Taking Action

For me, the action has been to focus, think about and "do" more alkaline behaviors and activities. I hope these videos inspire others or at least create some curiosity, but my initial thought was that this is an alkalizing action I can take and hold myself accountable to.

What do you do to make yourself feel accountable in a positive, non-shaming, non-blaming way?
If you want to comment on that, I'd be interested to know what others have tried that works or didn't work--no failures here, just learning.

Thanks, and have an alkalizing day!

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