Disclaimer

I started writing  Pennsylvania Echoes  because I wanted to improve my grammar.  I chose meditation, mindfulness and how they apply to my daily life, as the blog’s subject matter.  Writing about Mental Health Management has received the most appreciation.
My world- view will not cure mental disorder. but I cannot separate my world view entirely from management or my great concerns for Mental Health.  So I must present my thoughts, and tips on “Mental Wellness” in my own way and from my own experience–  if I am to be honest.
Any information you find is meaningful is presented as is.  There is no Warranty. Too bad I can’t cure my bad grammar.
Enjoy.
–Chris

Understanding Others for Career Choices

After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/carreer.jpg?w=351&h=264

Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself1-pennsylvania-echoes.jpg

Understanding yourself: for Careers

 

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Outline Form:

 

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself-freeplace-pennsylvania.jpg

Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices

White Cloud, Blue Mountain, and Zen

from Shunryu Suzuki {Zen Mind, Beginners mind} — forward & still ~

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“The blue mountain is the father of the white cloud. The white cloud is the son of the blue mountain. All day long they depend on each other, without becoming dependent on each other. The white cloud is always the white cloud. The blue mountain is always the blue mountain.”

Tozan, translated by Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginners mind.)

While Western thinkers debated through the centuries about  free will and determinism. the Zen mind found in him self  a fluid process, a relatively self autonomous being yet still interconnected to and affect by the otherness around him, embedded in his present circumstance. Always influencing and being influenced by ‘otherness” of  his world  still He is He.
A subject is a subject and his/her otherness is otherness, Yet they interconnected while being neither completely independent or dependent.

The organism and the field
breather and air
the teacher and the student
The…

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On Save A Robin Chick

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Sometimes young healthy baby birds are blown out of their nests by weather before. they have learn how to fly.
Typical of most bird species, the parents will continue to feed the youngster until it can be coached back to the nest —
As long as the parental bird feels safe her/him self.
 
Stranded on the ground, A young chick is exposed to weather, fatigue, and predators.
He can be safely moved to shelter — a make shift nest – elevated from where the neighbourhood cats play.
 

  • Simply Spot a bush or a shrub nearby where the grounded youngster is located.
  • Shredded newspapers is surprisingly good insulation for a makeshift shelter.
  • Garden gloves are preferred when handling a young chick, for its safety as well as its own.
  • As long as the baby bird and the parents are healthy, The parents will continue to feed, until the refugeed youngster can coached back to the next.

 
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this rescue had a happy ending. After rest and food he returned to his nest in two days.
I ask for nothing in return for my efforts.

If You Understand… from Tao Te Ching

Tao te Ching chapter 33 — Lau Tzu

Pennsylvania Echoes

If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor you have will
If you do not lose your objectives
you can be long-lasting


If you die without loss you are eternal.


-from the Tao te Ching chapter 33
translation: Charles Muller.

The Tao te Ching  or (the classic of the  Way and its virtue)
is a collection of verse  for  Taosim. Taoism is an ancient Chinese Philosophy that encourages following the natural way things happen in life and the physical forces of the world around us.

Typical to our Western thinking, our response to a poem is to interperate it, break it down, and dissect it .. in our attempt to understand the
poems meaning(s).

In…

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Wisdom Quotes for Easter (a repost)

some quotes for Easter from this friendly pragmatic Zennist–

Pennsylvania Echoes

Its nearly Easter here in Pennsylvania. Easter is the Christian holiday that often focuses on the themes of Redemption, Peace, Meaning, Sacrifice, and Compassion.
I’m not Christian, but I shall list some quotes of wisdom that also pertain to those themes of the holiday. (This is a Repost from Easter 2009 with a couple new quotes)

Compassion

Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.
(Christina Bawdwin)
an excellent observation. forgiveness also shows are willingness to stay in the here & now, when we can let go of the past with forgiveness.

Sacrifice

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually
(Steven R Covey)
I would add that patience, discipline, and sacrifice are intertwined.

Meaning

He who has a ‘Why’ to live for…

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Intersubjectivity and Interpersonal Brighter Side

Thoughts on Alphie Kohn’s —
“The Brighter Side of Human Nature”

Pennsylvania Echoes

Look upon other people and see that we are all  humans.  We  roughly appear to have the same forms and physics, the same sets of uniquely  human behaviors ( such as use of language). Upon deeper inspection, by biologists  who study DNA, There are traits and characteristics that are universally Homo Sapien or  human.
Meet and talk with other people and discover that people have cognitive differences of each person; Travel and note the cultural  differences of people.
If  you are one who has used medications and therapies for serious health problems, you will quickly learn the unwritten rule : “what works for one may not work for another, everyone is different“. One can infer each Homo Sapien is  biologically different from the next, Same  goes for their sum total of subjective  experiences. The individual  has characteristics that are unique.

I am  pretty sure  that a universal model…

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Beisser: Flying Without Wings

Arnold Biesser is the Author “Paradoxical Theory of change”
one of my favourite essays.

Briefly stated, it is this: that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not

http://www.gestalt.org/arnie.htm

Paradoxical Theory of Change on PDF

Earlier post on Paradoxical Theory of change.

 

 

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