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Offline KDonahue

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Hello, I don't know where to start
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:50:46 am »
I want to start practicing Buddhism but I don't really know how to begin. I am in therapy weekly for childhood PTSD, and other things, but I'm finding it really hard to let go of things that happened in the past and because of this I cannot move forward. I want to be at peace and radiate kindness. Any advice would be great, thank you  <3

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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2018, 09:08:27 am »
I want to start practicing Buddhism but I don't really know how to begin. I am in therapy weekly for childhood PTSD, and other things, but I'm finding it really hard to let go of things that happened in the past and because of this I cannot move forward. I want to be at peace and radiate kindness. Any advice would be great, thank you  <3

Where you would start would be with meditation.

I strongly suggest that you approach your therapist about this.  If you're looking for therapeutic benefits then your therapist must be involved.

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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2018, 04:13:30 pm »
If you are in an area where meditation centers or temples exist it may be good to go and join in a little as well,  a small gathering to listen to a speaker or a place to bring food and listen to a Dharma talk may provide some insight, just be certain that the subject matter is something which you are comfortable with and discuss your situation with your therapist.

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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2018, 07:14:15 pm »
Love is the way to move forward. Love requires knowing what is right (harmless) & what is wrong (harmful). We don't move forward if we respect people who harmed us. Before we can forgive, we must see the wrongness of the object of forgiveness. We must commit our lives to love and non-harming; which includes mentally shunning people who harm others. Trauma occurs when we empower an abuser with respect. We must disempower all abusers by not respecting them. This can be difficult if the abuser is a parent or spiritual teacher because we instinctually hope to have parents and teachers. It is difficult to reject parent and teachers. However, to move forward, we must respect love and only love. Love is not harming our self and not harming others. Love is being a gift of safety. Love is the way to move forward.  <3

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318. Those who imagine evil where there is none, and do not see evil where it is — upholding false views, they go to states of woe.

319. Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss.

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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2019, 04:10:38 am »
read up on the practice of 'mindfullness'. Your anxieties relate to regrets about the past and fears about the future. You must learn to live in the present, only then will you enjoy your life.

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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2019, 12:15:33 am »
Start with learning to read,write,and speak.
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Re: Hello, I don't know where to start
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019, 03:57:47 am »
I want to start practicing Buddhism but I don't really know how to begin. I am in therapy weekly for childhood PTSD, and other things, but I'm finding it really hard to let go of things that happened in the past and because of this I cannot move forward. I want to be at peace and radiate kindness. Any advice would be great, thank you  <3

Taking up Buddhism to help with your situation may not be the best of ideas at this point, and may only make things worse unless you can find a really supportive group who can help you. Meditation, too, is really for those who are in a settled period of their lives, as it can be quite challenging at times. If you have to meditate, make sure that it is a meditation which helps you relax and feel good about yourself. For meditations which may help your problem, it may be better to look at a mindfulness-based programme such as this: https://palousemindfulness.com/
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka

 


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