Sunday, January 25, 2015

Breaking Through the Bulkhead Moment

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I had active-healing dreaming taking place early this morning. So, I woke up early to write out some broad ideas from the dreams and the activities that led to the damage that required the healing.

About a week and a half ago, in joyous exuberance I ended up overextending a leap, tripping and falling, and shortly after being kicked in the head by a concrete cherub, all in the 'safety' of the home. This began a stretch of unfortunate injuries, decisions and repercussions, possibly exacerbating both PTSD and concussion symptoms. 

One of these choices was watching American Sniper. I wanted to experience this movie for a multitude of reasons. I knew by its very nature that both fringes would be using it as a political weapon against the other, so watching it would inoculate me against biased views not based on reality. I was absolutely accurate on that prediction. My thoughts on the resulting controversies as well as on the movie itself I'll post later today on Rise of the Middle.

Of course, I knew watching the movie would undoubtedly trigger the hell out of my own PTSD, which it absolutely did. However, I am of the mindset that dealing with what develops from self-created opportunities of triggering PTSD can be highly productive when followed through until resolution. One week later I have managed that resolution and am much better for experiencing it.

Through the course of this week, I've had so many clumsy accidents resulting in injuries that at moments it was highly concerning. I never give up or surrender to physical, emotional, mental or external threats. I always meet these head-on . . . hence, the strategy involved in pressuring my mind such as I did. 

And, today, I feel resilient, buoyant and more. Yesterday, was able to visit a favorite outdoor place of mine, Allerton Park, with a friend. The sunlight, the walking and struggling through my injuries, the fresh air . . . it was the breaking though the internal bulkhead moment that helped crystallize the week's worth of struggles.

This dream I had was about transformative ideas. How does this happen? Initially in the dream, I struggled to figure out how to get those ideas into the mind. I came up with an idea . . . Drill down, toss in the dynamite (the transformative idea) and explode those ideas throughout your mind and into every aspect of your external daily life. What happened next was transformative! Check that out on The Ridding of Ignorance later today.

Enjoy the day! Yes, I know I just gave myself a lot of work to do.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Goal of Less Striving

Sitting with the mind intentionally . . . Amazing how much can take place between those intentional sessions. Why do I become so dissuaded from intentional sitting?

Intentional action and active thinking is simple. It's fluid, ongoing . . . an incessant stream when and if I allow it to be. But, intentional sitting . . . returning to the internal, eternal spring . . . the source of emptiness. That is the emptiness that many mistake for loss or void . . . It is everything because it is actually everything.

All the distractions of intentional acting obscure that, which is why I must strive to do less striving.


I actually managed to have a restful night's sleep after that. An immediate tangible result to intentional sitting and intentional no striving. Also, these arrived today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Last Gasp is The Sum of Life

Over 24 hours of sub-zero temperatures can assist a person’s laxity of mood, certainly. It can also aid in recognizing internal obstacles to progress.

Today was one of those opportunities. A lovely day for laxity percolated with internal exploration, punctuated with late bursts of productivity late into the night, this being one of those.

When your life has been hallmarked with starts and stops, some chosen, most not, we must take our motivations as they knock. Inspiration has no time card or schedule. Neither does bigotry or hatred, apparently.

The New Year, certainly, has opened with pomp, zeal and dying dreams. Be thankful for whatever it is that you’ve been given and especially for whatever has been taken away.

Come to find out, life is not about either of these token tangibles. It’s an internal struggle in how you sum up yourself. I would suggest stop asking others to do that summation for you. It is up to each of us to make this life whatever we want of it.

Yes, that most definitely requires others. Yes, we always can learn from situations and people. However, only we can do anything about our life. We just might be stuck inside the frigid winter until our last dying gasp of breath. 

Make certain that that last gasp is the sum of your account of your life, not someone else’s.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wild Card Weekend Picks

Oh yes, might as well make some official-like picks. 

Panthers. As the Cardinals QB has never seen the post-season, nor experience with adverse conditions. Newton, much to prove.

Gotta go with the Ravens, unfortunately. Bell out for the Steelers spells trouble for their running game, and Baltimore is maybe on a roll.

Definitely, Colts. Bengals without Green. Bengals worst post-season record ever. Love Luck and the Colts. 

And, Cowboys over Lions. Cannot stand Suh. Romo has proven his haters wrong this year.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Easy & Tasty Sausage & Cream Cheese Dip

Season and brown a package of sausage, dice up half a yellow onion, two jalapeƱos, with a little oil. Thoroughly cook the sausage together with the onions and jalapeƱos, drain two cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, add these into the skillet.

Let this cook together for just a bit. In a small crock pot, take two or three packets of cream cheese and begin heating these up. Add the sausage and tomatoes to the cream cheese and turn the crock pot on high for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve hot with chips, pretzels, crackers, tortillas, veggies, anything that you can dip!

Spice it up!!!