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8B Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter r Dentistry 15ruee H. Lee, D.D. 5. Family Dentistry All phases of General Dentistry including Orthodontics • Crowns & Bridges• Partials/Dentures Extractions • Cosmetic Dentistry • Bleaching Periodontics ° Root Canals • Dental implants to anchor loose dentures or replace missing teeth Now Accepting New Patients 181S. Gulling St., Portola 530-832-4461 • Fax 530-832-4409 JUST FOR THE Be Healthier. Live Longer and Look Better! /_/f' .... David Schaffer, LCSW • \\; $'_ 550-285-9686 5661 Chandler Rd. Quincy, Ca 95971 Lifecounsel70@grnail.corn Psychotherapy • Trauma Work Individuals • Couples • Families • Vets Solution-Focused Approach 25 years experience Mountain Physil Therapy Joaquin A. (Butch) Vargas, vr mrc Ms , Offering: Industrial Physical Therapy Sports Physical Therapy General Rehabilitation-, Manual Therapy Outpatient Orthopedics 39 Years Experience! Call for an appointment today! Tues. & Thurs. • 9am-4pm 283-2291 20 Crescent St., Quincy Something NOT to Think About I'd like to take out the misunderstanding and mystique around the word "mindful." It's become a word used commonly today: "Be mindful of what your mother has to say." "Be mindful of what you eat." "Beware! Be more mindful!" There are also a lot of psych,therapies that claim mindfulness as essential in their practice. So what does it mean? Perhaps "awareness" is a better word for this state of mind; certainly it is simpler. Being aware is natural, it's part of what the mind does, and we are all aware in different .ways, in different situations, without any awareness of being so. It's important to realize that awareness, that mindfulness, is not thinking - it is not bas, ed on memory or analysis or words. It is a state of mind in the moment, of the moment, and the moment you think about it, it is gone. Tricky. Let me give some examples. When I was a kid growing up on a Midwest river I used to hunt carp with bow and arrow. I would be up at the crack of dawn and be on the river's shore waiting for the fish to swim into the shallows in a mating frenzy. I would stand motionless as a great blue heron, watching for any movement in the water, also noticing the cottonwood seeds floating in the still air, the river's scent, the first wafting of breeze as the sun rose over the hills. In other words, I was part of the natural setting, quiet, attentive, in the moment -- aware, mindful. I personally believe that's really why hunters hunt and fisher people fish and gardeners garden. They want to return to a state of mind, a wild mind, that they first felt when they were young, before work and life's concerns demanded "think, think, figure it out" all the time. And of course leave the worries that come with participation in our society, that seem to grow with each generation. I also believe that this state of mind is at the heart of contemplation and prayer, both for monks and ordinary people. By prayer, I mean thankfulness, not the prayer that asks for something. Isn't thankful prayer an awareness, a gratitude, for what we are being given, by whatever higher power we believe in? Or by the natural world? Seems so. Decades ago I worked and lived with the Navajo people. Ben Yazzie (not his real name), a co-worker, said to me: "Once my people lived in coastant prayer." I asked what he meant. He said: "My people gave thanks all day long for what they were given. At sunrise they sent out a prayer to the East, thanking the Creator for life. Even in the smallest acts they prayed and gave thanks." Ben was also bemoaning the fact that times had changed. The Navajo people were struggling in the modem world not just to live but to survive, to keep that prayerfulness, that awareness of the gifts of life, alive. Like all the rest of us. Today, in thismore "modem" world of new technologies which mimic otr thinking abilities, aka computers and smart phones, etc., it has become even more difficult to have this awareness, to be in the moment. Or has it? Is that perhaps an illusion? What does it take to slow down, to stop what we are doing, to pause, to notice the sunlight in the forest, a smile on a child's face, your breath moving in and out like the ocean tide? Perhaps the real illusion is that we are apart from nature, from our own spirit. Perhaps for each of us, it is our "busy" brain that is getting in the way of seeing, heating, feeling, what is always and all around us. I think this is what the word "mindful" points to. We are lucky to live in the mountains, amid great beauty, where we can step out our doors and step into the moment. It's harder to do in a city, at least for me, with all its busyness and noise. So, as I asked in a previous story, "what's the point?" Maybe it's a matter of balance. Obviously, we need to think, and think clearly and logically when necessary, and that demands using memory, the past experiences recorded in our brain, to plan for the future and deal with now. But if we are disconnected from the present, unaware of what is happening both inside and outside of us, where are we? Off balance at best, suffering ourselves and others at worst. The balance: thinking / awareness. There's a paradox in all this. When suddenly you : realize that you are not giving attention to what you are doing, not listening to someone speaking to you from the heart, where are you? You're back being aware, aren't you? Anyway, it's something not to think about. Article by David Schaffer, LCSW / 6mgory Sawyer, DDS. / -  • - Famdy Dentistry, Orthodontics ',.... .. Michael W. 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