Stress Mgmt & Meditation: Thoughts On The Easing Your Mind

Simple Breath Meditation – “calling yourself to your breathing” – is one of the best stress managers I know of. Practiced anywhere, anytime and if need be in “mini-moments of serenity”. Take a look at the entire Appendice on Meditation’s history and suggested forms in: http://www.livingtwelvestepsrecovery.com/
When you have diabetes, stress can cause your blood glucose levels to rise. Get rid of whatever physical or mental stresses you can. Learn coping techniques to deal with others. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation may be especially effective if you have type 2 diabetes.
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You don’t have to do anything with your mind, just let it naturally rest in it’s essential nature. Your own mind, unagitated, is reality. Meditate on this without distraction. Know the Truth beyond all opposites. Thoughts are like bubbles that form and dissolve in clear water. Thoughts are not distinct from the absolute Reality, so relax, there is no need to be critical. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, simply don’t cling to it, but immediately let it go. What you see, hear, and touch are your own mind. There is nothing but mind. Mind transcends birth and death. The essence of mind is pure Consciousness that never leaves reality, even though it experiences the things of the senses. In the equanimity of the Absolute, there is nothing to renounce or attain.”
Photo: You don't have to do anything with your mind, just let it naturally rest in it's essential nature. Your own mind, unagitated, is reality. Meditate on this without distraction. Know the Truth beyond all opposites. Thoughts are like bubbles that form and dissolve in clear water. Thoughts are not distinct from the absolute Reality, so relax, there is no need to be critical. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, simply don't cling to it, but immediately let it go. What you see, hear, and touch are your own mind. There is nothing but mind. Mind transcends birth and death. The essence of mind is pure Consciousness that never leaves reality, even though it experiences the things of the senses. In the equanimity of the Absolute, there is nothing to renounce or attain."

Step VII Study for July: Humility

Here’s an excerpt on Humility from the book: “Living the 12 Steps of Recovery – On Day at a Time – As It Was in the Beginning”. An award winning classical revival of 12 Step Spirituality with original inspirational pencil drawings.

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July 16
Certain Values Bring Results
We ought to make honesty, tolerance, respect of our fellow man, and
the love of a merciful God the basis of our daily living. It won’t be
easy and may well take some time. Having learned that if we insist it’s
possible to live solely by our own personal strength and intellect, a
working faith in our Higher Power is unachievable under those terms.
True, we will sense fear and humiliation in this self-enforced effort
to learn the concept of humility, yet we’ll make a mistake if we think
it is little more than a condition of miserable dejection. Seeking God’s
will is the right perspective, and we’ll need the basic ingredient of humility.
Working toward it, we humble ourselves in a request for guidance:
the knowledge of choices aligning our will with the direction
our Higher Power would see us follow. Rebellion will no longer dog
our every step. Character building will take precedence over material
comfort. These attitudes will afford us a better chance for the removal
of one of our character defects: that of a prideful aim. We’ll find these
new values will bring us our desired results.
Reduced to its proper height, our self-image will enable us to see
humility as the avenue on which the human spirit may finally reach
freedom. Having seen how pride goes before the fall, we recall how
we lived by it in our active alcoholism. As we were dishonest with
ourselves and those who loved us in our deceptive denial of what had
become normal, we were intolerant of the actual truth we now face.