Happy New Year!

Well I see by the old clock on the wall that I have been doing this podcast for two years now. Wow has it really been two years? I can’t believe it’s been that long! I must say that I’m very happy that all of you out there like what you are hearing and continue to listen, learn and share. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for all of your support, love and kindness over these last two wonderful years. I know that “A Quiet Mind” would not be here without you and your support. I’m very grateful to all of you and I’m honored to have this gift in my life. I thank you with all my heart and so does little Crucita.

me and little crucy in monterey

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Five ways to embrace the one you love

Five ways to embrace the one you love

In this episode we are going to relaaaaaaaax and embrace everything with love!

Five ways to embrace.

What do we mean by embrace? The easiest way to explain embrace is to describe a hug. When we hug someone there is no space between us. Our hearts are close and our bodies are pressed together tightly. If we really have done the job of hugging properly, our breathing and heartbeats will sync up and it feels as if we are one with each other. The next time you hug a loved one, try to become conscience of your breathing by just being aware of the rise and fall of your chest and the rise and fall of your hugging partners chest. Just watch this then follow these steps.

1. Close your eyes: We are so visual that we are distracted easily by things in our eyes’ path. Closing your eyes allows you to focus better on the embrace.

2. Don’t grasp: When we try to hold on too tightly we can make our partner feel trapped and uncomfortable. A light yet firm embrace is the key.

3. Avoid the slap: The action of slapping the back is jarring and a bit disturbing to some. Try not to get over zealous.

4. Breath: Remember to focus on the breath and feel the sensation of your chest rise and fall as the breath moves in and out. There is no need to try and control your breath.

5. Acceptance: While you have this person so close it’s a great time to embrace with your mind as well as your arms. Try saying this as you watch your breath: “I accept you just as you are right now.”

This exercise can be used not only with a partner but on your self! Try the same method but hug yourself this time. You may also use these steps when your are faced with a difficult scenario or even with a difficult person. They don’t have to be literally hugged (though that would be ideal). You can practice with your imagination. So hug your enemy today and relieve some of that pain you may be carrying around.

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Receive, embrace, transform

We clean out our mental closets and receive, embrace and transform our old dusty ways. In our continuing series on “Why we use drugs and alcohol to feel good” in this podcast we receive, embrace and transform our old ways into new ways. Yes you can teach an old Bodhisattva new tricks.

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It’s not my fault that I do drugs and alcohol!

Right now we are escaping from pain and suffering with the only methods we have at hand and maybe those methods don’t work well for us any longer. By taking responsibility for our own lives and looking deeper into our actions and reactions, many things become clearer and less confusing. The realization that no one else is responsible or to blame for our transgressions is true freedom. As we look deeper into why we do what we do, we can see very simply that no one else is at fault and most importantly, neither are we. As we practice patience and no longer condemn or judge ourselves, we begin to see another way to live and this life is free from pain and suffering. When we look deeper we gain more insight, wisdom, and compassion and we break the cycles of the past.

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