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http://www.cooken.com/Training/tabs/order-phentermine-from-canada.php order phentermine from canada Meditating With Dinosaurs…Really?–by Karen Horneffer Ginter, Original Story, May 31, 2012When I first encountered Pascal’s words, I felt like they were telling me, in a poetic way, to sit down and shut up, and that just felt, well… sort of rude. It also felt a bit insulting, in suggesting that for myself or for others, we bring a chunk of our suffering onto ourselves because we’re too cowardly to sit quietly and face our thoughts and our feelings.

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One afternoon, as I opened my eyes, I realized that I was encircled by a gathering of plastic dinosaurs, along with tiny action figures and a scattering of legos in various shapes and colors. I sighed, realizing that this was the new backdrop of my life, and that if I wanted to keep my spirituality alive, such efforts would need to occur right in the midst of this clutter and chaos. I also realized that if I was going to pursue any sort of quieting practice without losing my sanity or pushing away my family members with a constant chorus of “Shhhhh,” I was going to need to see the derailment of my spiritual practice as being a part of my spiritual practice. Years later, I came to see the gift in this — recognizing that my children had actually taught me more about flexibility than I had ever learned on my yoga mat.

Regardless of whether we have children or not, flexibility becomes an essential ingredient when our lives are busy. In part, it’s essential because our busyness leaves us at higher risk for interruptions, and we must find some way to work with these inconveniences so that we don’t give up entirely on our hopes of staying connected to ourselves. If Pascal’s words carry any truth, then we busy people are probably the ones most likely to create just the sorts of problems that can arise from losing touch with ourselves. We’re more prone to feel the confusion that comes from moving so quickly that we don’t notice our gut sense of right and wrong, or our intuition about what needs to happen next.
Even if we only have a minute or two — only time to take in three or four conscious breaths and listen within for a brief moment — it’s worth experimenting with how this can make a difference in the quality of our day. Try doing this while sitting in your chair, or if you feel so moved, push aside some of the kids’ toys, the dog’s bones, or the pile of laundry — and sit down on the floor right in front of you. Experiment with Pascal’s message for yourself.

All of the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms. –Blaise Pascal

This article has been published with permission. Karen Horneffer Ginter is co-founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness and the author of ‘Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life’s Just Too Much’.

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