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
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Rain, Shine, Catastrophization

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Catastrophizing—expecting or concluding only the worst possible outcome.
We often catastophize are circumstances present, past and future.
However,
Bad Things are usually never as terrible as they seem. Our defenses often overplay and distort circumstances that scare us.


posted by  alefernandeschaves at youtube.

Beatles: “Rain” from 1966

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead.
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.

When the sun shines they slip into the shade
And sip their lemonade.
When the sun shines,
when the sun shines.

Rain, I don’t mind.
Shine, the weather’s fine.

Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines,
It’s just a state of mind
Can you hear me, can you hear me?

Full Lyrics of Rain

*Catastrophizing is a form of thinking where one leaps to the worsed possible out come..
examples….

  • “My son is out…

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garage and musak -Kurt Cobain


Canadian Interview

Cobain spoken of his artistic profession, and the non-artistic hassles of entertainment business, and clears some misinformations of inspirations ans such. From my fan readings of art guilds, its appears to be still relevant. Social observations of “coercions” such as alleged forced “trolling” forced stalking from fans, slander, pirating is a problem that goes on today.
Musicians, actors, and soon “INTERNET celebrities react by seeking protections of including lawyers and security.

Today more people understand the street theater and “mobbing” consciousness – perhaps Cobain was a victim of it, as it is alleged about the music business (put a finger on that ). plausible scenarios:

  • the musician faces harassment, the harassment COULD have been provoked, this is not the musicians problem directly, but the reaction is to hire lawyers, security, etc.
    The emotional and social pressure can affect the artists art and personal life and health.

word-music interwoven

Kurt Conbains and Nirvanas releases stand as integraded woven Gestalts, neither the music or the lyrics stand alone as half the quality of the whole of any song. thats my estimation.
Cobains influences include early folk-blues Woodie Guthrie and LeadBelly, as he cited in his interviews; Early REM, Leonard Cohen, and amplified deconstructions of Sonic Youth and the Raincoats.
Some of my Favorite Nirvana Hymns as

  • ” In Bloom ” -the lyrics remain as fresh and topical as when written
  • ” Come as You are” – disarming friendship song
  • ” Mollys Lips” – crisp cover of the Vaselines
  • ” Aneurysm ” – long time ago my alarm clock was set to wake up to this song, Daily
  • ” Sliver ” – child frustration at grandmas house

The “Priest” They Called Him – collaboration between Curt Cobain And William S. Burroughs, spoken of in the interview can be found at https://is.gd/ul7DK6

This Machine – Apologetic Angst. “Rape me”

The lead singer and songwriter of the music band NIRVANA, spoke of releasing rape me do his own desire to clarify earlier masterpiece as “Polly” Cobain felt his art is out of context and that he is misunderstood. All though this was true of casual fans, his most loyal fans understood the his work completely. perhaps fans of T.S Eliot “Waste Land” understood its narrative style.
(“Polly” is a daring peace of art, where the musician perspective-takes , the detached emotions and reality of victimizing, and very probably mental ill psychopath.)

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Nirvana formed circa 1987 and is best known as a trio,that included Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl
Album hi-lites, my opinion, Bleach, Nevermind , Incesticide , In Utero
and the Live Cuts: “MTV Unplugged in New York” , “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah” , and “Live at Reading”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_discography
video and outline of interview (on youtube page)
by WatchMojo.com http://goo.gl/SivjcX

fanning the “Big Game” victory

Philadelphia Eagles played with a style of football that the “old school” football fan loves.
they line up, they dont mind “telling” what they are doing. – ” gwa’an  ahead stop us.
on and off the field the same swagger. Dictate the Game.
the coaches implement simplified play structures(relatively) the focus on exploiting the talent and synergy of the athletes. You would expect that Doug Petersons staff spends more time scrutinizing his Own athletes on film, then next weeks Opponent.

the Offense

last year the Eagles adapted the “zone blocking” scheme, as a scrutinizing fan, i believed they abandoned it because of the costly “holding penalties” on the line.  But, they kept the base “spread formation” (a style demands an excellent Center,) and keeps the play in front of the entire offense, lineman, QB, Backs and receivers.

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/super-bowl-zoot-suit.jpg?w=503&h=377

the Defense

As with some remarkable NFL Defenses in the past, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay – the Eagles base is a cover-2 “one gap ” Defense. Again: the Defensive style keeps the play in front of the Defense, demanding the athletes to make plays. In passing situations, they spread the Dline formation. a line with exceptional talent, and force the oppositions QB to throw into high percentage interception lanes. in Fact, if the Defense caught their many dropped interceptions, they would have led the league in take aways. – room for improvement.
Getting ready for another successful year.

meanwhile

THANK YOU, Philadelphia Eagles for ANOTHER great Football season. it doesnt get any better than this one.

William James Quotes

The Function of knowing

 

There is, I mean, no aboriginal stuff or quality of being, contrasted with that of which material objects are made, out of which our thoughts of them are made; but there is a function in experience which thoughts perform, and for the performance of which this quality of being is invoked

–The Meaning of Truth

The Tigers in India – the footnote on stones

A stone in one field may ’fit,’ we say, a hole in another field. But the relation of ’fitting,’ so long as no one carries the stone to the hole and drops it in, is only one name for the fact that such an act may happen.

Similarly with the knowing of the tigers here and now. It is only an anticipatory name for a further associative and terminative process that may occur

–The Meaning of Truth

Ineffability, Enthusiasm and the Mystic

One must have musical ears to know the value of a symphony; one must have been in love one’s self to understand a lover’s state of mind. Lacking the heart or ear, we cannot interpret the musician or the lover justly, and are even likely to consider him weak-minded or absurd. The mystic finds that most of us accord to his experiences an equally incompetent treatment.

The Varieties of Religious Experience

Religous problems of the twice Born

The psychological basis of the twice-born character seems to be a certain discordancy or heterogeneity in the native temparament of the subject, an incompletely unified moral and intellectual constitution

… and his genius or instability is of fascination in contrast

His religion has been made for him by others, communicated to him by tradition, determined to him by fixed forms by imitation, and retained by habit. It would profit us little to study this second-hand religious life.

–The Varieties of Religious Experience

truth-claims in pluralism

For pluralism, all that we are required to admit as the constitution of reality is what we ourselves find empirically realized in every minimum of finite life.

— A Pluralistic Universe
William James
William James
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/james/

Balance of power U.S Fed

My opinion is that: the U.S government should have been or should be greatest functioning government there is — A government concerned for its people. A government that protects the safety of persons, and their legal space, from each other and from the government itself. When in time of peace and health, a government that does not obstruct the creed “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ”

Different opinions are held on how much additional usage and power the federal government has. Their is no debate that the U.S government hasnot always lived up to full protection of its people and space. (eg. Slavery in the early 1800s)

Mexican Shoot Out

So how does the government work and how does it keep it self in check?
U.S. Federal Government has three branches, two that are influence by democratic vote.
Each of the three Branches ( EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE , JUDICIAL ) has checks and balances on the other two

VIDEO

credit —Khan Academy .

yet another liberal-conservative spectrum

at 4 minutes to the end of this sweet and short presentation, an important and historical question is asked.
this is described in certain contexts, especially the Judicial as the Liberal – Conservative argument.
How did the original writers of the constitution, who layed the frame work for the federal, intend the separation and checks of the government
to be carried out.

  1. the so called conservative interpretation, is to stick firmly to the intentions of th constitutional authors.
    This is a challenge because one would have to understand the complete history in zeigeist of the authors, and do so from todays lenses.
  2. The so called liberal perceptive is that the authors of the constitution expected the interpretation of the constitution to change. After All the Constitution is amendable.
    But how flexible should a reinterpretation of the constitutional be? what is the frame work or precess for the flexibility?
    what are the consequences for a quick deviation?

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Clearing my mind with Purging to Paper Journaling

a scrap paper therapy guide

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We all need to vent some times.  We need to get things off our chests.
Our minds maybe filled with thoughts, anxieties and it needs to get out.
Its a stressful world we live in
Perhaps we need a friend to talk to.
But what if we are somewhere where we have no one to talk to?
What if we don’t believe we can talk to someone about what is on our mind?

The form of self therapy I  favor most is writing and journaling…
Journaling can take many forms and
may include meditation, creativity or venting
… it can be done with pen and paper or into a voice recorder, etc.

When  I need to vent and there is no to listen I can always turn to :

Purging to Paper!
Purging to Paper Journaling ” is  basically just venting  out or purging  what is  ones  mind……

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Arthritis Management Chart on Scribd

managing pain

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Since I have taken my health more seriously over the years, I have had less and less symptoms…. and pain and today Arthritis is mostly inconvenience. I do mobility exercises, Tai chi and swimming. I also ,use journaling and meditation to live with pain. I discovered with meditation that my own thoughts of anticipating and dreading pain actually make the pain worse.

The tightening of my body do to stress seems to increase symptoms. I have learned to live with my health problems and not fight them… this is a big part of my wellness management.
I have created a simple chart for Arthritis Management. The idea of charting…..

From my Post:
Pennsylvania Echoes::Arthritis and charting Health Problems.

I have come to believe that managing health conditions such as my Arthritis, in which no fix or cure exists: it is helpful to think Holistically.
That is, paying attention to not…

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