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  1. Thank you for your response.  I am an LCSW and do not work with clients who have paranoid schizoaffective disorder.  Someone close to me has this diagnosis so I am always looking for additional ways to support this person.  Any insight you have is greatly appreciated if this is a population you work with at this time.  Thanks!

  2. I’m trained as a clinical psychotherapist. I wouldn’t teach mindfulness practices to someone diagnosed with paranoid schizoaffective disorder. IMO, it is contraindicated for this population. If you don’t mind, can you share what it is in your psychology training that suggests that mindfulness practice would be appropriate for this population?
  3. I’ve read it and elements of it really helped me get through the grueling process of writing my book at the point that I had written all chapters except one that just would not be birthed (known as ‘writer’s block’) no matter how I approached it. I don’t consume alcohol but that year of utter blankness and countless failed starts after 13 chapters that had poured out like a river made apparent to me why so many writers embrace the bottle when wandering in a state of amnesia in a dead dark lifeless cave, which is what it feels like. I especially benefited by Natalie’s articulation of the process of writing as ‘listening’ (I don’t remember if this is in the book or if I heard it directly from her (our social circles overlapped and we would occasionally converse) which was pointing at the same thing my Native American mentor at that time frequently spoke about: cultivating the ability to ‘hear’ / ‘remember’ the ancient messages encoded in ancestral (genetic memory) which I hadn’t yet thought to apply to the writer’s block. I had been trying so hard to ‘think’ through the block instead of staying in ‘hearing / remembering’ mode. I then stopped trying to push the river and completely walked away from the chapter. Some months later, in the middle of a particularly challenging rock climb, bam ... it started flowing again. I abandoned the climb, rappelled down, sat down when my feet hit the ground and wrote the outline of the chapter. It felt like breathing again. - - - I’m currently rereading Women and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin. Here’s a quote from it: "We say there is no end to any act. The rock thrown in the water is followed by waves of water, and these waves of water make waves in the air, and these waves travel outward infinitely, setting particles in motion, leading to other motion and motion upon motion endlessly. We say the water has noticed this stone falling and has not forgotten. And in every particle every act lives, and the stars do not frighten us, we say, starlight is familiar to us. The Magellanic Clouds. The Orion Nebula. Star clouds in the Milky Way. We say our lives are part of nature. We say in every particle every act lives. The body of the tree reveals the past. That the waves from the stone falling into the water were frozen in the winter ice. That stars pull at the bodies of crabs, and oysters know the phases of the moon. The elliptical orbit. The pull of gravity. The satellite motion. Time in space, we say, the half note pushing the air, the quarter note traversing the earth. The bud, the egg, the risen bread, the right time for things.”
  4. [ posted in my tier three FB group learning environment ] A few more thoughts about the dynamic interface between ‘self’ and the metaenvironment (Earth / Sky / Space) that it is an innately embedded microcosmic reflection of. - - - The human animal, with a consistent, disciplined and trained proper practice (of some length) of directly experiencing ‘here’ in its fullness / wholeness (that is, deeply feltsensing / remembering and observing the dynamics of the body.mind.biosphere.space continuum that the dependent, integral, functional element of the whole we conveniently call “self” is) - just as it is, in real time - can observe, vividly, and simultaneously: - an ascending season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the above described continuum - a brief intensification of the descending season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season - a brief intense blast of the qualities of the season that will follow the ascending season and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season ... during transitions between annual seasons when these three very different energies meet - which can be bumpy rides in a body / mind that isn’t well-balanced or that is di.stressed / dis-eased. This dynamic phenomenon can also be clearly remembered throughout the hours of the day. Every two hours, throughout the 24 hour repeating cycle, the dominant nostril alternates, as I’m sure those of you with a consistent mindfulness sitting practice have noticed, assuming a consistent sitting-in-concentration for more than two hours minimally, which for aspiring mindfulness teachers is essential (and in the very lower range of the length of a regular sitting for a mindfulness teacher) if they are to be effective in their work. Each alternation can be understood as a ‘season’. During each of these two hour seasons of time, the same exact annual seasonal dynamics described above can be feltsensed / remembered and observed: - the ascending two hour season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season - a brief intensification of the descending two hour season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season ... and a brief intense blast of the qualities of the two hour season that will follow the ascending season and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season The ecosystem of the body/mind can be skillfully managed throughout the year and the 24 hour day in ways that facilitate smooth transitions which minimizes physiological / neurological chais as the three energy streams, each with different qualities and effects, meet. Please reflect on this and hold it lightly in mind during your sits between today and our next meet - and prepare your questions if any of this isn’t clear. - - - Thoughts and questions invited.
  5. A few more thoughts about how I use FB to attract and engage with potential students. - - - You can view my FB profile page here: https://www.facebook.com/jeffmiller432 ... to get a sense of how I use this channel to attract ‘followers’ and friends (potential students). It can be regarded as a fishing net that lures people in with what they are interested in and then captures / engages them. The page content is used to cultivate a remembering of what we are, where we are, how what we are / where we are operate, and what has happened in the past, along with an awareness of / attention to what is happening now and what is inevitably going to happen. Once they are in and sufficiently entertained / engaged, I then subvert their dominant paradigm, sneak the essence of mindfulness (not the container of the essence) into their field of awareness, undermine their conditioned patterns of thought, de-energize habitual emotional reactivity / grasping / craving and collapse hallucinatory misperceived divisions between ‘internal’ / ‘external’ and ‘above’ / ‘below’ (which are one space). At the point that they ask for deeper engagement, or I think they are ripe enough, I float the idea of them applying for access to one of three diff private FB groups to explore the post topics more experientially (at a level that matches their cognitive ability and degree of commitment). You may notice that direct reference to ‘mindfulness’ (and related jargon) aren't generally used. This is because it really isn’t positively regarded in Western culture outside of a small, bourgie (and those who aspire to it) and mostly white cultural subgroup. ... and also because I prefer not to be associated with it as it has been presented in Western culture (McMindfulness ... “Its All About You!”) ... or with how Western culture has been conditioned to mythify, mystify, personalize, neuroticize and fictionalize traditional sati / remembering - which was mistranslated as ‘attention’ by a few white privileged Western men in the 20th century, who, with typical Western hubris and arrogance, imagined they understood sati / mindfulness better than it was understood / taught in premodern / ancient cultures for thousands of years. This resulted in a consumer commodity that appeals to the above described insular cultural subgroup who imagine that their view of the interface between personal existence and the whole of existence is superior, more accurate, more authentic and more effective, even though it is nearly always a self-concretizing, self-reifying, preferred degeneration. My targeted demographic is people who aren’t captured and conditioned by received notions of ‘spirituality’, who aren’t enchanted and dragged around by their emotions, who reject consumer culture, who understand that this rickety civilization is perched on the edge of a crumbling cliff, that recognize that the natural world they exist innately embedded in and utterly dependent on for sustenance and survival is fast unraveling, and that sense / understand that the human animal is now deep in existential crisis and threatened by near-term extinction. Working in this personal page environment let’s me even more selectively target those participants who I suspect are high probability potential students by posting content that specifically but covertly addresses issues they reveal in their responses and by their posts on their page and on other pages. I also post content that reflects the physiological / neurological / societal effects of each season in real time as they are occurring and participants are experiencing them, whether they are conscious of experiencing them or not. Personalized targeted content increases engagement and conversion rate. Also note the use of relevant eye-catching images that communicate the essence of posts non-conceptually. Online learning environments aren’t even remotely similar to meatspace environments and require very different style and UX (user experience) considerations. The mind functions very diff in an online space. This actuality needs to be consciously factored into online teaching strategies if there is to be a meaningful and effective engagement. In sum, modern people really don’t want to wake up. If we are to be authentic mindfulness teachers then we need to meet people where they are and skillfully lure them out of their burning house and back to Earth (of which the body/mind is an inseparable dependent element of). https://encyclopediaofbuddhism.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_burning_house [ If you visit my FB page, hit the “friend” button! ]
  6. I pretty regularly pick up new students from my FB page and have several FB groups that I selectively place them in depending on their experience, degree of interest and receptivity which I determine by way of a pre-acceptance interview and essay. A couple of days ago I posted two brief sentences on a dark blue background with white text. It was shared 360 times as of today and the engagement topped out at 1,432 likes / loves / hugs. It resulted in two new long haul students.
  7. Some of these questions are useful. Some, IMO, are contraindicated in the medicinal practice of remembering (‘mindfulness’) and are just more distracting self-obsession and obscuration (keeping in mind that ‘mindfulness’ is not psychology or ‘spirituality’ or ‘mysticism’ or ‘personal development’ or the preferencing of “good” emotions or pacification or a pursuit of personal happiness / accomplishment or the perfection of an ideal “self”). If we limit ourselves to these types of questions then they are a path of indulgence and perceptual confusion because the human animal is dangerously lost and perceptually reified in an absence of a consistent and committed asking of the following five essential and foundational questions along with a practiced receptivity to unvarnished answers to them, no matter how unsettling, uncomfortable and uncertain what they reveal about us and ‘place’ may be: - - - Q. What are we? A. Fragile short-lived biological organisms. - - - Q. Where are we? A. Innately embedded in and utterly dependent on a thin, fragile, always changing layer of biological lifeforms that grew out of slime on the surface of an infinitesimal mote of twirling cosmic debris made up of rock, fire, water, air and electromagnetic relationships that is whizzing through a churning debris-clogged ocean of radiation-permeated space around a colossal, exceedingly dynamic, flaming sphere that regulates and with precise periodicity disorders and weakens / collapses the terrestrial electromagnetic field and deregulates / annihilates the life it enables. - - - Q. How do we and where we exist operate? A. Utterly at the endless moment-by-moment effects of cyclical exoplanetary patterns and processes at all levels of this personal existence that we like to think of as “mine” in spite of mountainous evidence to the contrary. - - - Q. What has happened in the past? A. A science-confirmed multileveled multifaceted cyclical destruction of terrestrial operating systems and mass extinction events (most significantly in 13k year increments) that are triggered by exoplanetary patterns / processes and random celestial events that have collapsed every civilization / culture ever to have appeared here in Earth and that has killed off eight iterations of ‘human’ during just the past 300k years (the most recent just 13k years ago and Neanderthals 40k years ago) leaving just one broken iteration of human animal left that is now pathologically alienated from actuality to the point of literal psychosis and that has forgotten what it is, where it is, how what it is / where it is actually operate and that can no longer grasp what is happening now and what is going to inevitably happen sooner than later (as another cycle of destruction is currently / rapidly ramping up (13k years this side of the most recent science-confirmed global cataclysm / mass extinction event). - - - Q. What is happening now? A. The highest level of life-threatening radiation blasting Earth ever recorded (increasing nearly 20% just since 2015). A rapid disordering of terrestrial operating systems. Deadly climate chaos, soaring temperatures, widespread increasing drought, runaway mass extinction. A very concerning and rapid disordering / weakening of the terrestrial electromagnetic field upon which all biological creatures (including human) depend on for health, sanity, sustenance and life itself. An erratic wandering of the geomagnetic poles in advance of a geomagnetic reversal or excursion. An ongoing and projected displacement of two billion people this century. Plummeting sperm and seed viability and degrading of reproductive / germination processes. A rapid decline in cognitive ability and average IQ. A rapid increase in dementia (now fifth leading cause of death) and cancers. Increasing rates of mental disorder and suicide. Increasing social disorder and violence. [ the last five above, at least in part, related to soaring levels of radiation ] The saturation of biological lifeforms with plastic and toxins (microplastics and nanoplastic particulates are now routinely found in the human gut, blood, organs and even in placenta (which passes them on to the fetus). Infants are being born with rocket / jet fuel and industrial chemicals / pharmaceuticals in their bloodstreams. The harsh reality that Earth’s orbit is at this moment moving Earth into a zone of space that is densely littered with comet debris that includes many very large civilization-ending and species-extincting chunks. - - - The practice of ‘mindfulness’ (in premodern / ancient cultures around the globe) was literally regarded as actual medicine and was not limited to the cushion. The cushion practice was to cultivate off-the-cushion in-the-world mindfulness that results in an acute clarity of just-what-really-is in the mind/body/ecosystem /space continuum which is one space. The medical intent of mindfulness practice (‘sati’ ... recollection / remembering) ... before it was mainstreamed, recontextualized and strategically retooled in the interests of social control and bourgie self-obsession that protect consumer capitalism and profit projections ... was to cultivate a clear sense of the effects of our innate embeddedness in terrestrial and exoterrestrial patterns / processes (that are vastly larger than us and that drive physiological and neurological patterns / processes) which enables a conscious recalibration / balancing of our physiological and neurological systems in order to protect individual / collective health and sanity (to the degree that it is possible in any given state of fluctuating circumstances). It was the prevention of pathological alienation from place, perceptual dissociation, self-obsession and it kept the human animal acutely attuned to what we are, where we are, how where we are / what we are work, what has happened in the past and most importantly what is happening now, now, now and what will inevitability happen. It wasn’t about cultivating a happy ‘self’. It was all about cultivating a sane, healthy, informed group / community / species of human animal in the face of indisputable and perpetual uncertainty that represents a very real and ongoing collective human existential crisis here in Earth. Modern people are in a state of thick amnesia. They have forgotten what is most important and they defend themselves against remembering because remembering very effectively dismantles the rickety illusion of self-existence that the modern human animal so cherishes and clings to ... even mindfulness students and teachers. If the practice of mindfulness is all about an insular hallucination of, and obsession with, a separate ‘self’, then it is actively contributing to a deadly collective amnesia and collective immorality in this age of accelerating uncertainty that is seriously rearranging Earth, collapsing this rickety civilization and very possibly even eliminatIng 90-95% of terrestrial life this century (as has repeatedly happened even in the near distant past). Remembering is a radical act and an urgently needed medicine now that may enable the survival of the only remaining iteration of ‘human’ ... and tick tock, tick tock, tick tock ... it’s long past time to wake up. If we are to be effective teachers of mindfulness, with the mountain of responsibility that accompany the role, then we need to include these foundational questions at the center of our own practice to avoid causing / furthering confusion and suffering in our students / clients and to not waste our own fleetingly brief life lost in a labyrinth of conditioned / received patterns of thought and habitual emotional reactivity. [ note: recent peer-reviewed research is available for the hard-to-believe bits mentioned above ... please ask me if interested ]
  8. Hope is make-believe fiction, craving / grasping for succor, an obscuration to clarity, an emotional indulgence, a flight from actuality and ‘all-about-me’ (even if the hope is for someone else). Elder cultures warned against it. The ruling class conditions us to it and exploits it. I don’t recommend making it a habit. Best to note it when it flares up and not attach to it / enable it / be dragged around by it.
  9. In Classical Chinese Five Element medical philosophy, the seat of anger in the body is identified as the liver. The liver is referred to as the ‘Little General’ or ‘Little Tyrant”. The liver activates in Early Spring ... some of you are experiencing symptoms / expressions of this right now as Spring is rapidly ascending. If we observe other people carefully we see that these aren’t limited to just this specific individual biological organism that modern people regard as a self-existing and exempt from cause / effect natural laws. During this seasonal transition and throughout Spring, if the liver is stagnant (by way of diet and emotional repression or biological inheritance) or if it’s thermo quality runs hot (by way of diet), then there is a greater likelihood of feeling / expressing irritation, anger or rage ... and muscle ache, eye discomfort or irritation, insomnia, diarrhea, throat issues, shortness of breath, obsession with detail / list making, and a driven sense that everything is finally coming together! (which is only a story used to explain a surge of energy that most people have no rational explanation for). This is why irritation and bursts of anger and rage are more prevalent in Spring as the body is exposed to increasing levels of solar particles that stimulate the metabolism. This rushing movement of Spring electromagnetic energy through channels in the body gets stuck / backed up in the liver (because of its physical condition), frustration / irritation is the effect and then it gets released forcefully to the degree that it is stuck, like an exploding conflagration that moves uncontrolled. Modern people, pathologically alienated from the body, ignorant of how the body works in relationship to the patterns and processes of the metaenvironment (terrestrial / exoterrestrial) that they are innately embedded in and at the endless physiological / neurological effect of, and ignorant of the effects of the body on emotion, all in every moment at every level of personal existence, tend to personalize / neuroticize the (cause and effect) event of anger that is rooted in the condition of the liver / dietary habits / cultural conditioning and environmental processes, and that is not just the effect of external social circumstances and the particular emotion itself. Ideally, the human organism, starting around two weeks ago, began to eat lighter, less meat / dairy (especially dairy), more whole grains (with the exception of buckwheat which is contraindicated in Spring for everyone), considerably less spices and more greens (though kale should be eaten in great moderation year round because of its detrimental cooling / weakening effects on the kidneys). Gentle daily breathing exercises (particularly alternating nostril breathing) and moderately brisk (yet relaxed) walking help to unstagnate the liver and get things moving smoothly. All of this becomes vividly apparent if we remember what we are, where we are, and how where we are operates. This remembering (a properly practiced pre-conceptual / pre-verbal ‘mindfulness’), practiced consistently by stilling the mind and ceasing habitual emotional reactivity (no matter how attached we are to to it) and by way of proper breathing practice, clears perceptual space to ‘hear’ / sense the movement of seasonal energies through the electrical pathways of the body and to detect where in the body this stream of electromagnetically-driven metabolic energy gets jammed up causing discomfort / disease and agitated (or dulled) emotions. This practice of remembering enables us to skillfully mediate these dynamic seasonal currents instead of being mindlessly (mindlessness is amnesia) dragged around by them and endlessly / unconsciously reacting to them. This is clarity. It was also the original intent of ‘mindfulness’ before Western consumer culture turned it into a narrow obsession with thoughts / feelies that are dissociated from the actuality of their causes / origins and the processes that regulate / deregulate them.
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  11. “What do you do when you don't feel like meditating?” Then I don’t.
  12. This excerpt from a micro teaching I just fired out summarizes my response to the questions that Gillian asked. - - - The challenge as 2020 passes is to regard it with generous gratitude. It has given humanity the powerful gift of remembering. Remembering is a potentially radical and life-affirming act. Remember or die. The collective human biological organism literally isn’t going to survive, let alone regenerate civilization and the natural world that it depends on for sustenance and survival, if it doesn’t clearly remember what a human being actually is, where it actually exists, how where it exists actually operates and how dependently it exists there. The most important practice for humanity in 2021 and ongoing will be to not look away as fast-moving circumstances shake / wake us up to the naked actuality of our existence in this age of degeneration and uncertainty. To remember, remember, remember, moment-by-moment, and to let the clarity of remembering, no matter how difficult or confusing or anxiety-producing this experience may be, inform and crack open the collective heart like the sun cracks open a buried seed. Forgetting what we are, where we are and how where we are operates is degenerative. Remembering these foundations of healthy perception, kind intention and skillful action is regenerative. This is the way of all flesh here in Earth. - - - 2021 is likely going to be a difficult year. May we all calmly regard it as an opportunity to help others.
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