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Illusion-less life

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When the illusions blow away… what are you left with?? The TRUTH!

(and hope of a “real” life)

Reminder… the real thing is not worthless… counterfeit is!

(wishing the “real” life to all my fellow-beautiful-breathing-fragile-life)

In my (albeit limited) POV, attaining the real life… doesn’t involve being a people pleaser or selfishly pleasing myself or acquiring material wealth, status in any form, prestige in any form, fame/name for myself–tons of so-called friends/or counterfeit love… but pleasing the True God of Compassion… living compassion… to the best of my abilities-skills/accurate-knowledge.

Things I’ve learned so far…

You gain more (than you lose) from self-sacrifice.

You lose more (than what you supposedly gain) from self-indulgence.

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.—Acts 20:35

Interpreting Happiness & Success:

Success Stories—How True?

 Occasionally we hear anecdotal accounts about individuals who grew up in troubled homes but fought against all odds and became very wealthy. “Such stories are sometimes cited as evidence that they made the best of a bad thing, turning out well despite or because of their unhappy childhoods,” explains a report on happiness in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The problem with this interpretation, according to research, is that they may not have turned out so well after all. They just turned out wealthy.”

Happiness Fosters Good Health

A happy disposition is good medicine. “Happiness or related mental states like hopefulness, optimism and contentment appear to reduce the risk or limit the severity of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections,” says a report in Time magazine. Furthermore, a Dutch study of elderly patients revealed that over a nine-year period, a happy, positive disposition reduced the risk of death by an amazing 50 percent!

How mental states affect the body remains unclear. Research has shown, however, that positive, optimistic people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to suppress the immune system. [excerpts Recipe For True Happiness w 06]

Peace & Illusion-free… spiritually-rich, happy-real-life-to-You-Reader!:)

11/1/17 @ 1:11 p.m.

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Finite & Infinite & Good Night & Good Light

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worthwhile quest… inexhaustible time

for the exhausted,

inhaling

and

exhaling

breathing-(woman)-fellow-fragile-life

with

finite abilities

and

aspirations/hopes

of hitting

the target marked:

INFINITY

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

For a little context check out…target-audience

Does Living Compassion have infinite prospects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………? 🙂

 

10/16/17 @ 10:57 p.m.

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Apex Predator(s)

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Dingo dogs

among others… are considered A.P. (i.e. man has dominated man to his own injury, and what about woman??)

(On the watch and look out…)

A.P…

Including the GRIEF messing with my mind!… hurting heart.

The battle of my own mind…i have to fight off my (deep) grief
Before it
Kills
Me. (and at the moment i am not down for the count; my sparring continues)

sorrowing/weeping for you……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..and me…and Others, Puerto Rico and the Islands, etc. and the isolated ones… who think they’re an unreachable/untouchable island of security.

My heart weeps for those who sleep…(spiritually) who settle for the mundane routines of life and the ways of death.

I also have to destroy the selfishness in me…in order to continue forward on my spiritual path of living compassion and agape love… to the fullest extent.

I must conquer… and not be conquered! i will. come off victorious! (with God’s help, of course.)

Hope and faith… an anchor sure.

What is today’s date & time?… another day to make a little difference…”there is more happiness in giving…”

9/26/17 @ 5:24 a.m.

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The Sunday before…

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utter despair set in…

don’t be fooled by

the happy smirk

melted make-up

and

stringy hair…aka brief moment captured of quiet relaxation.

(note to self: may be?? i might try brushing my hair and fixing my make-up before documentation photos, huh??! lol;)…documentation of me feeling in somewhat control of myself/circumstances…[P.S. please! to whom it may concern/matter, ya right;) like this would matter to anyone but me–don’t misuse any image of me IF You happen upon on-line.  At some point, i intend to take them down; don’t know IF possible?…took down fun/goofy “hat” photos from a blog and yet found circulating on-line, UGHH!!]

when i post photo of myself, that is me controlling the image…and not some random friend/person/stranger/stalker… somebody instagram-ming me without me know-ing…which i don’t appreciate without my permission/knowledge. Thank You for respecting!!…:)

{facing (a) fear is letting strangers see my (me/freak show) face on-line, which i don’t like much…people looking/staring at me, etc. i can’t hide behind my stringy hair my whole life, right? may be? i’ll chop it off IDK.}

From one Sunday to the next SUN—day for context IF needed please read: Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Last Sunday (photo above)…(what was last Sunday’s date? today is 9/4/17) anyway…life seemed good! and it took a turn toward utter despair/non-resolution and fast!!…………………………..however, i am satisfied to get through the (emotional) pain/unpleasant place and make it unscathed to this past Sunday/yesterday feeling “o-kay”…hooray…THANK GOD! (this experience, among many, taught me once again that: “with God all things are possible.”)

Hope You Reader:) are feeling okay?? and in a safe emotional place of high-compassionate-functioning!!:) oh and Thanks for reading my ramblings..hope they encourage You somehow IF not leave this space now.

i employ my emotional/spiritual strategies of pain management (prayer, positive-Bible study, music, etc, exercise)…which usually are quite effective, but somebody pulled an unexpected/deep trigger from a concealed place…and i was too tired/relaxed and smirking-ly-self-assured (see photo above) with the attitude of: i got this all figured out?!…may be to resist too much…oh, ya, i did fight it in the wrong way; the negativity with negativity: OOPS! {but eventually had to let the despair wave wash over me first and then leave me soaked…glad to be through it…and at this “dry” emotional-well-being place: now of peace.}

a lot of it is (coping success):  mouth/mind self-discipline and not letting my thoughts/words on the loose…in the pit of disappointment, hopelessness, and black-hole darkness of super-sensitivity. But hey, sometimes, we all get engulfed before we realize.

time with my Dad doing artwork helped…we are working on a project. And Sabina helped me too. An example of a sweet, happy, positive woman with incredible health challenges seeming insurmountable…non-working arms and legs. (i should upload a video about her here, may be?) She has amazing skills!!:) a beautiful attitude and a beautiful smile and she can accomplish MUCH with her tongue and heart…what i can’t with working arms and legs without biting my tongue.

she helped me understand that difficulties..when courageously faced teach us special skills and focusing on helping Others is key and not being consumed by self-pity and negativity over our particular lot in life.

Hey, i have working fingers, and working eyes, and working arms and working legs. Enough food, enough sleep, healthy kids, etc, roof over my head, and not directly feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey:(…and no reason to give up!…the every day fine fight of compassion.

Sadly, some of us are facing literal hurricanes and figurative ones…but they are only TEMPORARY!! (Please return IF You choose, for a different post on “is the world out of control?”  recent positive readings and practical points about disasters.)

You’re not a sneaky tornado??…right?! -lol:) No! You’re a Friend of Peace!:)

PEACE Friend of Peace:)

 

8/4/17 @ 3:38 p.m.

 

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Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

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Sunday is usually a favorite day of mine…a day of spiritual opportunity for reflection/contemplation/meditation/

association with like-minded ones…
i’ve tried my best to be at peace with all-fellow-fragile-life (crossing my path in any manner of crossing i.e. on and off-line) and to be as generous as possible within the framework of my limitations…(though imperfectly and with God’s help, of course). (and Of course, i still need to make changes/adjustments in my attitude/speech and not complain about trivial stuff that aggravates me!!…yep, i am very much a continued work in progress!!)

(maintaining peace with Others aka trying to be helpful, kind, compassionate, and giving and forgiving…etc.)

nuanced satisfaction…or feeling like you tried your best on most fronts or at least the ones in your limited control…(i.e. the daily expected) and unexpected and tried to be a friend to all-fellow-fragile-life…and do my best to help and serve Other fellow-life when/if i am needed within the context of my present situation…aka puny role i play in this life…

just trying to live agape love..to the best of my knowledge and know-how…(and “hopefully” without offending or hurting Other-Fellow-Fragile-Life in my process of compassion growth). IF You have been offended…i am SORRY!

PEACE fellow-sufferer(s)…:) Take comfort in trying…(to live unselfish compassion) to the best of your abilities.

today this afternoon 9/3/17

 

keeping my head up despite my challenges aka keeping a positive attitude (aka nuanced shades of satisfaction/joy) about stuff…helps.

Partial lyrics to a Beautiful Song…recently discovered:

A heart full of questions, a life so unsure,
I heard what you told me; I wanted more.

What you told me, I wanted more.

Unanswered questions were answered that day.

The worry I was feeling melted away.

All my worries faded away.

It’s a long road we’re going down,

But faith can make things happen.

When there’s no way through and no way round,

Faith can make things happen,

Make things happen.

2. I love what I’m learning and share what I know.
I’m ready and waiting, so here I go.

Yes, I’m ready

To share what I know.

My faith is like a fire that burns within my heart.

I’ve got to keep it burning and do my part.

Keep it burning deep in my heart.

8/3/17 @8:07 p.m.

p.s. i also have “faith” in You Reader:)…that You will continue to do the compassionate thing (regardless of any unjust/seemingly unfair treatment by the many or by the few)…even when no one is watching…or completely appreciates what You do or who You are…

God Knows…
beautiful hearts
like
Yours:)

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Can You See??

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“the beauty through the ….” (i like this verse)

{yeah, and seeing the hope through the despair… the “master of my” SEE}

“And He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)…{i Love this verse}

Death and pain’s raining reign will end…believe it! 

{i trust in God (of Compassion/Yahweh/Jehovah) and not man to solve longevity concerns.}

8/26/17 @ 9:16 p.m.

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House of Mourning

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When You spend time at the house of mourning (grieving/comforting/paying respects, etc)…aka when a loved one say friend/relative/acquaintance dies…cannot help but reflect on deeper stuff…and not get caught up in the mundane/trivial distractions that waste time/life away!

Sadly, but i’ve lost count (these past recent years; at least since: i started documenting stuff a bit on this blog) of all the time i’ve spent at the “houses of mourning”…it’s a blessing knowing/loving alot of Fellow-Fragile-Life:)…all of these Ones have impacted my life in various ways and have taught me compassion lessons of one sort or another…for which i am deeply grateful!

And all this suffering (aka fellow feeling–feeling and loving and losing is exhausting) is temporary!…i remain positive and hopeful…(i’ve written about “death” before and feel too tired (of the topic) to elaborate now…may be? i’ll include a link or links to these writings (that touch the topic)…RIP Family/Friends!

8/26/17 @7:43 p.m.

p.s. 8:07 p.m.

What is Absolute…

sleep, separation, death, distance

No Joking

Wages

Death Not My Master

chikungunya…OUCH!

Monday Morning Meditation(s)

Olives, Artichokes, Avocados

Flowers, funeral, laughter, tears

How Old? How Young?

Spirit & Soul

A Mortal Soul

RIP

Collecting

Pain Epiphany

Pain where a…

and p.s.s. 8/31/17 @ 3:58 p.m.

The Breathing are Living…(DUH! joanie)

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HAND-ling with CARE

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Delicate: Handle with Gentle Care


(Partial) Solar Eclipse 8/21/17 FL

 

9:35 p.m. @ 8/25/17
obviously, i had no idea this particular song would be sung on eclipse day by Artist…like most songs (popped in my mind/heart) when meditating..(ahead of time about the upcoming celestial phenomenon) {BTW: loved this song in 80’s as teen; lyrics relevant then & now–@ nearing 50.}

MY (set) trajectory (1985 onward)…

no matter how much love (tears) You have for Fellow-Fragile-Life, You cannot make Anyone choose this narrow path of #integrity-keeper…#integrity-keeper for LIFE! #keeper of compassion…:) (nor will i allow Anyone to take me off this life-course.)

[don’t be stupid aka arrogant/selfish/self-centered];

TURN AROUND…and head toward LIFE!!!

8/25/17 @10:10 p.m.

{this post: me coping/me hoping}

a p.s. 8/26/17 @ 8:21 p.m.
Light By Day, Light By Night

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H.F.T…Harvesting, Funneling, and Trapping

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To keep themselves warm during cold weather, butterflies spread their wings in the sun. The wings of some species of swallowtail are remarkably efficient at trapping and absorbing sunlight. The insects’ secret lies not just in their dark pigment but also in the structure of microscopic, overlapping scales coating their wings. The scales, in turn, contain rows of honeycomblike holes separated by inverse V-shaped ridges that funnel light into the holes. This ingenious structure traps incoming sunlight, making the wings extremely black and warming the butterfly with amazing efficiency.

“Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature,” says Science Daily, “but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles the production of hydrogen gas—a green fuel of the future—from water and sunlight.” [excerpted Article/my bold highlights: Was It Designed? The Light-Absorbing Butterfly Wing AWAKE! 2014]

hmmmm…a no brainer to me, YES! An innovative-intelligent-chief-builder-designer constructed/created Butterfly wings!:)

Life Lesson: Don’t underestimate any (seemingly) delicate structure/frame/form…

If Butterflies can fly/function with 70% wing damage…

IF only 30% of my life is chaos/problem/challenge-free…i can still FLY HIGH!…survive 🙂

7/18/17 @ 9:14 p.m.

 

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