Mini Mindfulness Break for June 30, 2022

Dear Friends:
The natural impulse of our hearts and souls when they’re locked in by rigid beliefs is a kind of claustrophobia. We fight back inwardly because nothing in nature likes to follow dogmatic rules. The peace we need in our lives is not a rock, it’s a river. It isn’t rigid, it flows. The “right thing to do” may look different in different situations.

– Martha Beck

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Anna’s Back!
I phoned the radiation oncology department to find out the results of my X-Ray from last Thursday. The person who answered the phone said that the results were wonderful! I had her repeat the statement three times just to be sure I got it! I went to Gail Teehan’s Feldenkrais cla …

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 28, 2022

Dear Friends:
What good am I then to others and me
If I had every chance and yet still fail to see
If my hands are tied must I not wonder within
Who tied them and why and where must I have been.

– Bob Dylan

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Spectacular Fireworks!
I played one set of doubles the morning, and it felt like I had played for three hours after the first time I served. I’m definitely not back to normal, but can you imagine the joy I felt, just hitting the ball after such a long time? Someone gave Marty Rossman tickets to the A’ …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 27, 2022

Dear Friends:
Mysterious Experience

People who are attached to sutras and a scriptural teaching of words can lack faith in the living, mysterious experience of meditation that leads to a sudden insight.

– So Sahn, “The Zen of Confidence”

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Master Ma
This morning, I had my eyes examined because I broke my frames. I found out that the insurance plan only pays for frames every other year, so I would only be covered for the exam and lenses. I opted to take the frames to the place I bought them, since my prescription hardly chang …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 26, 2022

Dear Friends:
The Consumer Mentality

When we turn to spirituality, we may think that we’re leaving the corruption of the world behind. But our old ways of thinking do not disappear; they follow us, coloring the way we approach spiritual practice. Since we have all been raised to be good consumers–getting the most while paying the least–as dharma students and teachers we carry our consumer mentality right into our spiritual practice.

– Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “Shopping the Dharma “

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What’s All This Chemotion About?
This morning I went for a chest X-Ray, but I won’t know the results until tomorrow. I’m a little concerned, but not nearly as much as I am about my emotional state. It keeps rising and falling, just like my breath in the belly! Cancerport was a bit disappointing this morning. I …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 25, 2022

Dear Friends:
Let Yourself Live Fully

The effort we make in meditation is a willingness to be open, to come close to what we have avoided, to be patient with ourselves and others, and to let go of our preconceptions, our projections, and our tendency not to live fully.

– Sharon Salzberg, “Sticking with It”

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho…
Today I went to work in Menlo Park. Many people expressed how glad they were to see me, and I felt very supported. Now I am going to start work on the next generation project and try to contribute as much as I can. When I got home, I tried out the moxibustion on myself. It seeme …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 24, 2022

Dear Friends:
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.

– Edith Wharton

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Separate Cars, Separate Rows
This was one of the first days that I didn’t think much about the cancer. I worked in the morning and early afternoon to catch up on some coding that I haven’t been able to do because of feeling so bad. I also had lunch with the girls and made two copies of the graduation tape. T …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 22, 2022

Dear Friends:
No Needle, No Haystack

Everybody is looking for something that isn’t available. It’s worse than looking for a needle in a haystack; at least the needle is there, even though it is hard to find. But satisfaction and self are both delusions, so how can they ever be found?

– Ayya Khema, “No Satisfaction”

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Another No-Cancer Day!
Today was another day that you wouldn’t think I had cancer unless you asked! I spent the morning scanning images from the graduation and Father’s day last week. In the afternoon, we went to visit friends in San Mateo, and we took a walk that was the longest walk I’ve been able to …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 21, 2022

Dear Friends:
Free yourself of concepts and keeps your mind open to what is.

“Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Separate Cars, Separate Rows
This was one of the first days that I didn’t think much about the cancer. I worked in the morning and early afternoon to catch up on some coding that I haven’t been able to do because of feeling so bad. I also had lunch with the girls and made two copies of the graduation tape. T …

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All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 20, 2022

Dear Friends:
“To let go of fear or trauma, we need to acknowledge just how it is. We need to feel it fully and accept that it is so. It is as it is. Letting go begins with letting be.”

– Jack Kornfield, MMTCP

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A Scare in the Night
In the middle of the night last night I woke up from a dream and I was lying on my left side. I noticed a somewhat painful feeling in my left thigh half way between my hip and my knee. When I felt around, I noticed a lump, and was panicked immediately. I felt for sure I had a met …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Mini Mindfulness Break for June 19, 2022

Dear Friends:
Every Breath is Unique

Meditation teaches us the value of every moment’s unique experience. You have never taken in this particular lungful of air before and will never do so again.

– Andrew Olendzki, “This Moment Is Unique”

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Here’s an interesting post from Meditation Practices:
Unconditional Love
This article on unconditional love is based on a talk I gave to the Mindfulness In Healing Sangha on June 8, 2022. It was inspired by two people, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen and Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. …

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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