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Waking to awareness

Waking to awareness.

I've lost and gained weight several times in this life. I've accomplished some pretty amazing things. I've failed a lot. I had moments of wakefulness.

I now cultivate wakeful awareness each day with a short 15 - 20 minute meditation practice. I don't find it particularly calming or stress relieving - sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

It does help me see the veil of thoughts my mind generates and to see them as what they are - ...
Waking to awareness.

I've lost and gained weight several times in this life. I've accomplished some pretty amazing things. I've failed a lot. I had moments of wakefulness.

I now cultivate wakeful awareness each day with a short 15 - 20 minute meditation practice. I don't find it particularly calming or stress relieving - sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

It does help me see the veil of thoughts my mind generates and to see them as what they are - words. Some moments I find myself lost in thoughts and need to bring myself back to wakeful awareness.

I've learned in the last year to also treat myself with kindness. Learning to be kind to ones self after many years of cruelty takes practice. Some days, my awareness slips, I fall to sleep and I bring myself back to wakeful awareness and an attitude of kindness towards myself.

And this is where I begin today. Each moment is an opportunity to start again.

Building habits and keeping them mindful via tracking make a difference. Practicing habits means that under stress, I'll be more likely to keep doing the habit. This is why building habits which benefit me matter.




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Member Since: 1/30/2010

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My Goals:
Track what I consume and how I exercise.

Train for the St. Jude Half Marathon in December. Do so in a manner which reduces likelihood of injury.

Get out of mind and into my body.

My Program:
My program is to eat reasonably and not restrict anything. If I want a cookie, I'm having a cookie. And to track what I eat.

I will work to exercise consistently. I'm training for the St. Jude Half Marathon after I injured myself earlier this year. I've recuperated and am running without pain. I want to work to run smart.

I will continue working on my daily mindfulness practice. I've seen an effect after just six weeks of consistent practice.

I am working to get out of my mind and into my body via mindful awareness and to be real by telling people what I really think, in my own way, even if it makes them uncomfortable.

Personal Information:
I'm TzuZen (say it fast!).

I live in the Land of Elvis.

I run with Coach Mark Higginbotham as part of Memphis in Motion.

Other Information:
Good books to get out of your mind and into your body:

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Now Moment by Elisha Goldstein, PhD

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel Smith

True Refuge by Tara Brach, PhD

Getting Real by Susan Campbell, PhD

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, PhD

An excellent web site on behaviors:
http://outofthefog.net/


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ROXYZMOM
2/9/2013 6:13:17 PM

I hope you rocked it at the Half Marathon today!
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NMGRANNY
2/8/2013 6:04:53 PM

Hope you have a great half this weekend!



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MICHELE5551
2/8/2013 8:35:27 AM

Have a great race!



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2/8/2013 6:52:21 AM

Have a great race!!! emoticon



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JUNEPA
2/7/2013 6:34:22 PM

Have an awesome Half !!



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