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Are You <i>Stuff</i>ed Enough?

Are You Stuffed Enough?

Commented Nov 21, 2012 at 16:18:25 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for pointing that out! My lack of word precision did mislead. I meant to express: "there is an underlying assumption we think is true, that freedom lies out there somewhere. But there is deeper and actual truth that we can come to realize....db”

ECpeasy on Nov 21, 2012 at 16:48:41

“I've done worse.Look forward to your next piece!”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 16:56:59 in Healthy Living

“fyi, that last post was from me, db, the blogger. i had a tech fart and forgot i was using my wife's computer when i replied...”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 16:55:41 in Healthy Living

“i too like the approach of "joining with Nature" and think that our preconceptions and projections can be an energy that get in our way. I have heard and experienced how we cannot simply push away these projections, but need to actually pay attention to learn what they are, and then to simply let go of them. Do you have any "go to" methods for joining Nature and becoming One?”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 16:51:45 in Healthy Living

“interesting, larry. i think but am not sure i understand the quote about happiness. can you explain a little more, the relationship between it and "resolving death"? thanks”

larry cifuentes on Aug 2, 2012 at 19:11:32

“Doug, by coming to know man’s potential is cosmic and death holds only an angle of the cosmic, then man’s individual essence can stand unaffected by the physical death.

Here is just one rough metaphorical example.
A man having his/her house built on a hill, may hear countless opinions about thunderbolts. Yet nothing sways the man's heart knowing that, it is only a matter of time that a thunderbolt would certainly hit the house. Only from the standpoint of applied empiricism to a planned alleviates man’s fear. By prudence of a lightning rod in place, the thunderbolt’s electric charge would be directed to the ground, "resolved."
Thus, even when the thunderbolt's immense electrical fire charge on the way to the ground burns the house, still and the man of the house would be saved.”

larry cifuentes on Aug 2, 2012 at 14:27:44

“Doug, with the knowledge on how man’s potential is cosmic and death holds only an angle of the cosmic, each man’s essence can stand unaffected by the physical death.

Here is just one rough metaphor.
A man of a house built on a hill, may hear countless opinions about thunderbolts. Yet nothing sways knowing from heart, in time, a thunderbolt would hit the house. Only applied empiricism to a redirected outcome stops the man’s fear. By prudence of a lightning rod in place, even if a thunderbolt burns the house, still the thunderbolt’s electric charge would be directed to ground and the man of the house would be saved.”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 19:34:08 in Healthy Living

“thanks for posting this perspective and keeping us all honest. there is no denying that thomas jefferson accumulated many things -- and slaves. Interestingly to me, his quote has an aspirational quality to it for someone emerging from the times that he did.

and there is no denying that philosophy and religion can be used by men in power to control. but all technologies can be used to divergent means: a knife can wound/kill, or it can heal through surgery. The fact that there has been use of religion as the "opiate of the masses" does not necessarily discount the fact that spiritual technologies have also been used by many people to open to more of their full human potential.

I would respectfully disagree with you that there is no scientific evidence in this area: there has emerged over the last 15 years a growing body of research and reports indicating that meditation can have measurable impact on lower stress levels and increasing health. I am not sure how one could scientifically measure happiness, but many people report being more content and happy after using such techniques.

I ask you to consider: can you scientifically measure love?, and is such a measure the only "proof" that we can consider?”

de-meme-ing on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:50:19

“Can I knowledgably measure love in a non-scientific manner? Sure.

I believe that humans have an innate sense of love and know it when they see it. Iow's, love isn't just something one experiences within themselves, and about themselves, but experiences love outside themselves; I remember watching a father tenderly kiss his infant son as he held him; a young man pull his wife to him, and tenderly kiss the top of her head.

I also believe that societies have attempted to corrupt that innate sense either through their philosophies, or religions.

I am sure that any reasonable person would agree with that statement if they gave it thought.”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 18:00:31 in Healthy Living

“thanks for offering your perspective here. i certainly cannot deny that TJ acquired and owned many things -- including slaves. And yet his words about democracy, and about happiness, have an aspirational bent for someone coming out of the times he lived in.

it is also true that often powerful men use religion as a controlling "opiate of the masses"; it is true of all technology, a sword can kill or be used to heal through surgery. i don't think the use of forms of religion historically renders false the overwhelming number of testimonials throughout time that there can be something profound, mystical, and happiness inducing with the use of spiritual technologies.

I do think, however, that there is a body of scientific evidence that there is scientific support for turning in, as opposed to out, for happiness. There is a lot of study and reporting on the positive effects of meditation for lowering stress, assisting with healing, and improving overall levels of contentment and "happiness".

And let me ask you this: is there scientific data supporting the existence of love?”

de-meme-ing on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:42:38

“One would have to define love in order to ask, then support the idea that love does indeed exist.

Science does support chemicals changes in the brains of individuals in romantic love.

Google it.

Opiat of the masses? Which society hasn't done just that? None.

Happiness is not only found within the self, but outside the self. I don't negate either, and that was my concern regarding the blog.”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 17:37:17 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the kind words. I like the way you position all of this within the Christian context. One of the great things about studying Interfaith Ministry is finding a mystical similarity among the core of all of the great world spiritual traditions.”
Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Are You Outsourcing Your Happiness?

Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 17:34:13 in Healthy Living

“this is great detail, larry. i first understood "samskaras" within the context of the metaphor of the record album/lp; the needle goes into the groove and then the energy plays out all the way to the end. I didn't know if anyone still remembered albums!”

larry cifuentes on Jul 30, 2012 at 21:41:29

“Doug, to come up with good metaphors, its a great challenge.
Here, from "The process of applied deification," a word on Happiness.
Happiness, is intertwined with life.
Thus, unless rationally and honestly that is realistically man resolves death, happiness is talked, taught, but keeps on remaining unrealistic utopia.”
If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 22:37:06 in Healthy Living

“you raise a good point about not imagining yourself to be less intelligent or informed than you really are. i am pointing less to a relative difference in intelligence and more to the difference between actual, immediate, raw experience, and our almost simultaneous interpretation (know it all voice in our head) of that experience, which is almost always distorted based upon our assumptions and projections. thanks for making me clarify, as it is an intelligent distinction!”
If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 19:43:05 in Healthy Living

“i believe that i will now like to say that too! with proper attribution, of course. thanks for the beautiful turn of phrase.”

hp blogger Lisa Arends on Jul 24, 2012 at 20:13:25

“Of course:) It will be in my upcoming book - Lessons From the End of a Marriage.”
If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 13:03:41 in Healthy Living

“knowledge is opinion....i would agree IF we are talking about the "knowledge" that comes to us in words and concepts, as oppose to the knowledge that is direct experience. the difference between seeing an amazing sunset and feeling certain energies, and then trying to describe that experience to someone else. Once the words come, there has been some editing going on by some know-it-all in our heads.”

twayside on Jul 24, 2012 at 17:33:35

“Experiences can be assumptions too- the auto pilot mode.  Experiments are drawn conclusions thinking they will never change.  Yes gravity will always be gravity.  The interpretation of physics or laws of nature may only be the only true thing.  I think that seems viable, don't  you?  Does it make it true only if more than one believes it?  I like questioning my inner know it all- i do it all the time.  Too much sometimes  : )   ”
If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

If the Voice in Your Head Is a Know-it-All...

Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 13:01:31 in Healthy Living

“I resonate with what you are saying, CLaude, about the keenness of self discipline here. The twin know-it-all arises so quickly, almost simultaneously, that if we aren't "keenly" aware we don't even realize that the voice in our head is actually separate from out experience. We can easily fuse the two, and then we are living in a kind of nano-second tape delay universe, where we are reacting to the voice as if it were our actually immediate, raw experience. Like being stuck in the "color commentary" of our perceived life instead of the juiciness of our actual life!”

Claude Hosch on Jul 24, 2012 at 16:43:22

“Very well stated, Doug.”
What We Know in Our Bones

What We Know in Our Bones

Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 12:56:59 in Healthy Living

“from db: nicely stated! i may have to quote you on this one!”