About

echopen-ing

If there was a noise called the “Big Bang” then we (and everything else )are echoes if it.
this blog is my pen, my tool to communicate and write better. I echopen from Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania Echoes” home is https://echopen.wordpress.com/

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About Pennsylvania Echoes Blog:

this blog is about my meditation , self therapy and thoughts on what I think is important.It overlaps my daily experiences too. All thoughts and ideas of your own meditation, exercise, prayer are welcome.I am always receptive to new perspectives.

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About Me— Chris.

I am a self- proclaimed “agnostic”. I’ve read through the Existential Philosophers and early post modern philosophers. Struggled through Buddhist and Taoist translations.
I am Empirical Thinker who is holistic, but I see rationalism as important tool in life.

But I’ve learned its not what you read …its what experience.

I’ve had  successes and  failures.
I have been healthy and unhealthy.
I’ve made positive decisions, made mistakes.
I had enemies and cherished friends.
I’ve paid consequences and have been rewarded.
These all lead up to me… in the here & now.

So I am not much different then anybody else.

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Who -I Am- Being

*Who I am being — a poem from another blog.

All things are shaped by friction
Growth by by erosion,
the crash of objects against environment
water against rock, man against circumstance,
two crashing into one and other
I am no different,
except for the engine within that propels me
forward, fueled with past experience
with the gift of mind, sensation, and memory
and the awareness of the sparks
created between me,
and the who and the what
that I crash into.

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a brief outline

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I started this “meditation log” for the purpose of learning to write better.  Like every other “Weblog” its meant to communicate. If it is to be as honest as I can make it… Then it should include my thoughts and experiences on:
meditation,   personal philosophies,  health and mental health and science , learning
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The Almighty Disclaimer

Pennsylvania Echoes is for thoughts, views experiences and for communicating them,  No cures, No Professional advice,
No thoughts on the absolute right way you should think..
only that you should explore  ideas for yourself.
Any advertisements seen on Pennsylvania Echoes are the property of WordPress and/or Google.

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25 Responses to About

  1. Several pieces of research have indicated that consciousness may be a ‘side effect’ of the brain activity i.e. consequential rather than causal. Some very recent research using fMRI scans has been used retrospectively to demonstrate that a decision can be ‘seen’ before the subject reports having made it. Is the purpose of meditation to free the brain of this aberrant derivative activity we call consciousness?

  2. chris says:

    I think it would be more accurate to say bringing consciousness closer to sensing instead of full cognition.
    what ever reason our full cognition came about, it can inhibit one as individual, as much as it has made us a successful species.

    Zen and mindful meditation, as a therapy, focus awareness more on our present time sensing,( a more direct interaction with our outside world). and away from the excessiveness of our “higher reasoning thinking”… which at time can be extremely intrusive in our lives.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. timethief says:

    Please excuse me for posting here. You posted to the forum about sploggers and what to do about them. I have such a step-by-step post istructional post on my blog that’s very popular Splog Off! Dealing with content theft.

    ……
    chris’s reply: your always welcome to advise here timethief. I read where social netting has dropped of in the last year. the number 1 reason sited: spam and splogs that steal content. The more I read about the subject, the more i realize that the problem get much worse than an intrusion in the future.
    The solution to me, is that all bloggers do there part to making splogging not worth the time, to these web abusers.

  4. wellsphere says:

    Great posts, thanks for sharing it! Would love to feature you on Wellsphere.com, a site that helps people to live healthier. Can’t find a contact form so thought I’d comment; look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Larisa

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    Chris’s Reply: Thanks wellsphere! I looked at the some discussions at wellsphere.com
    Its definitely something that would interest me. I will get in touch with you guys soon!

  5. Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to join Exposing Sploggers: Bloggers United Against Splogs And Blog Scrapers.

    The link you submitted to us is to a WordPress blog, if you ever feel that a WordPress.com member is stealing your content, or the content of other blogs, there’s a drop down menu on your dashboard called “Blog Info” (top right-hand corner of your screen while you’re logged into WP). From there you can let WordPress know the site is a Spam Blog.

    If you’d prefer to leave it to us please let us know what content you believe is being stolen, and your ideas as to where it is being stolen from so we can make the report.

    Just to let you know, the link in Time Thief’s comment above is broken. Thanks again Chris, we appreciate your support.

  6. My name is Alexandra Snyder; I am the Content Editor at HealthCare.com. I’ve been reading your blog, Pennsylvania Echoes, and was really impressed by the content. I would like to invite you to feed your blog to our blog community.

    We have a growing community of bloggers, health care seekers and care providers, and are one of the top online health destinations in the U.S. We currently receive millions of visitors each month! By feeding your blog to our site you will expose your posts and work to the millions of users in our network since each post is featured on our homepage. This is a great way to increase traffic for your existing blog or website and gain notoriety.

    Best of all, it’s simple, no need to write a separate blog or leave your current blog site. You would simply create an account at http://blogs.healthcare.com and feed your content. Please feel free to contact me if you need help setting up your blog feed, I will be glad to help you.

    Have a great day!
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    Chris’s reply:
    my new blog at healthcare.com is
    http://blogs.healthcare.com/zenpen/
    :)

  7. Teck says:

    Hello Chris,

    I replied back to your question
    on my site so i’m dropping by to
    let you know… YOU have A Great
    site!!! Kep up the great work… :)

    Link » Comment track back

  8. I’ve seen you so much on the forums that I thought I’d drop by! I’m such a doofus, I thought you were a woman. Don’t know why, just did! You may’ve seen me on the forums by the pen name, “diamondfisterny.” Anyhow, I like what you’re doing on this site. I’ll be back another time.

    Chris’s reply: I would be one ugly woman!

  9. ….. I am not sure how these matters work but I do know you are sending some web traffic my way and for this I thank you….

    Rod Smith

  10. martha y. says:

    I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner at a Community Mental Health center in Michigan. I have seen your poster of famous people with mental illness and would love to get a poster of it to frame and put in our lobby. Are you selling them?
    Thank you!
    Martha

  11. martha y. says:

    Martha here again-I forgot to mention that you need to change the spelling of ‘your’ to you’re (you are contraction) in the phrase on your poster-“If you think you’re ……..

  12. chris says:

    Well I’m glad you caught that, Martha! I totally missed that typo…

    For now you can goto:
    https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

    and you can download the poster. Then, your on your own.
    Remember to observe copyright: no mass distribution, and no profit may be made from the download .

    (The simple mood chart PDF may be downloaded as many times as one would like, for personal use)
    I’ll fix the image type soon.
    Thanks for catching that Martha.

  13. Svasti says:

    Hi Chris, thanks heaps for adding me to your blogroll… you’re in my RSS and when I get a moment I’ll return the blogroll favour.

    Only thing – would you mind correcting the spelling of my name in your blogroll from “Svanti” to “Svasti”?
    And if you haven’t already, you should check out my friend’s blog:
    http://yogaforcynics.blogspot.com/
    He happens to be a neighbour of yours in PA and I think you might enjoy his stuff too. :)

    Chris Replies: I’m glad to know we are mutual readers Svasti, I fixed the typo and I will check out Yoga for cynics soon.

  14. douglaskev says:

    interesting site ^_^

    where in PA are you? I live in Philly

    Chris Replies: Lets just say the only reason I didn’t get to the recent big parade was because I couldn’t even get in to Philly. Thanks for stopping by, Douglaskev.

  15. donmcybertect says:

    Chris,
    I am interested on where you got your Gravatar and would like to see a larger version. I created something very similar even though I had never seen your image.
    Have you ever considered the possibility that, maybe, consciousness creates matter? It’s something I have been working on for years and am always looking for feedback, even if it might prove my hypothesis wrong.

    Chris Replies: Hi donmcybertect. You should be able to click on the same picture on the bar and a larger browser image will show up.
    You can see the backround image and other cool images of the cosmos at

    hubblesite.org:gallery/album/galaxy_collection/

  16. Marty says:

    You have just joined my blog a d I apologize for responding after just reading about you, but I am impressed and your mind travels a path not known to most minds.

    if meditation is your bag, I have explored the breath in such depth that my practice presented me with a simpler model for focus.

    having complex PTSD from a unpleasant childhood turned my nervous system upside down. At my worst I had agoraphobia and spent six months during the day in my dark garage shaking and fearing what key come through the roof at any second.

    I spent five years following my breath for at least four hours a day minimal.. I joined a soto Zen Buddhist center and never counted my breaths without hyperventilating.

    After reading Rick Hanson’s game changing book called Buddha’s Brain, I finally understood the mechanism and the way to program the brain. The only obstacle, how to help PTSD suffers who never meditated. it was impossible for me to convey meditation online to anyone a novice.

    I sat and gave intention, until kne day an model appeared complete, rough but a model with transitions. I always got lost at the transitions or the breath. So I developed a model where the breath had a track, that was symmetric and had a slow even pace to it.

    The mind I have found craves a laser like concrete, three dimensional and every other specific detail you can add to it. Abstract ideas and events in the future do nothing for the miracle of the mind. When I was at the Zen center individuals weremlooking to be awakened or enlightened but in the distant future. When I would asked them what enlightenment or awe king were they had no answer. The brain gives this a second and on to something else.

    So an independent thinker like you is perfect to evaluate this simple model for meditation.

    Please think of how difficult it is to sit quietly for most people. How few people meditate at this moment in this country. if you could streamline the focus for them maybe more would try.

  17. chris says:

    Thanks for your thoughts Marty. I came across your blog while I was researching PTSD treatment . (I will have a short post on PTSD and American veterans of War, soon)

    Today I like to keep my meditation period between a half hour to 45 minutes daily.
    For a long period, I used breathing exercises at every moment I was not working, doing a task, or sleeping, while intensively managing Bipolar Disorder
    It takes time for the nervous system to change, however I’m glad I stayed with exercises and meditation and it has helped me gain perspective in other aspects of my life.

    Thank you for the link.

  18. yasniger says:

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too.
    I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable.
    Be safe.

  19. anna mosca says:

    Hi Chris, I wanted to thank you for the follow!
    My blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers ;-)
    Keep up the good work.
    Anna

  20. chris says:

    No problems… I think poetry transcends languages in ideas.
    Thanks for commenting!

  21. eriscowan says:

    Nice to meet you. I am from Pennsylvania originally. :) Beautiful place.

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