It was not a criticism of anyone….. but a suggestion of how to overcome negative thinking… relax….
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I am somewhat surprised that someone the age over 60 ask why medical issues happen to them…
No one ever told me through example or words, that life would be easy….. but I did see through example of many that the body wears with usage and age…
I meditate and do Tai Chi when the body allows and this has taught me a powerful point….
Acceptance of the what is…. This does not mean to go quietly into the night as Dylan Thomas states so well;
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
My suggestion would be to work on overriding negative thinking with stronger positive ones…
For what it's worth, I practice Tai Chi everyday that I am physically capable of doing so….. I find that this movement meditation is a gift that keeps giving to myself….. The benefits are well known for anyone who actually spends the time to learn these simple movements…. the great part is that only in the doing, will you learn this…. You must row this boat yourself….
Thank you so much, for in between all the words I am taking in, I am getting a clearer picture of what this all entails and like they say knowledge is power…. I am not the type either to be overweight or unhealthy…. hell I have not eaten red meat of pork in the last 48 years and have always maintained a boxers build, I fought at the ‘Boys Club” my father and his father were Irish Boxers, my grandfather a fisticuff fighter…. these were tough men, all the way around….
The meat deal was for no significant reason other than a girl who took a liking to me and was an awesome ‘Vegan’ cook in her own right and long after she was gone I never went back to eating red meat or pork. I am 64 and look pretty much like the guy in the picture you see on my profile. I have been muscular from starting working out to fight at 12 years old…. So that is not an issue… I have a feeling that I shall be mentally prepared for what may happen, without looking for it…..
Thank you for your kind words and I again sit here in gratitude which i have an overabundance of since I chose to look at this experience as a blessing…. Now as to the future one is a tad apprehensive because of the diagnosis ‘Mixed’ Connective Tissue Disease which strongly implies as does my readings on this site, that this has possibilities to hit me in different ways at consecutive times during this process…. The overlap clearly reads that way…. So if one can maintain keeping this at bay for years I would be truly blessed; I just do not know…
I cannot speak to what the ‘Author’ of that quote thought. However taken the question in good faith that this is not a ‘Gotcha’, my uneducated guess here, since I quit school in 7th grade, (although I took a few years of college while working at NAU as a research scientist I figured out how to stop bark beetles from killing trees in a lab the university provided me for 6 years) another story for another day; is this…..
‘Spinoza was unique in that he incorporated the influence of such divergent sources as Stoicism, Jewish Rationalism, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, and a variety of religious thinkers of his day.’ Quote not mine, but I saw this in his writings, that ability to reach beyond his own thinking. This impressed me to read more…. As for ‘reason’ some say he was hard to categorize because of these many sources of inspiration…. I think that he proceeded so many Enlightened Thinkers of his time and Spinoza’s Ethical teachings took God out of the picture which really ties him in many ways to Kant’s ‘High Morality, where one learns to do the right thing because its the right thing to do and for no other reward or goal…. Heaven… Hell and the like, Spinoza under great pressure to conform to heterodoxy, the views of the church, stood fast in his belief’s, to where he was persecuted and ostracized and had to relocate…. He was a genius, of that I have no doubt…..
Now if you wish to discuss philosophy that I adhere to and live by I suggest you read up on Jiddu Krishnamurti To me the greatest teacher who walked this planet and his teachings, plus, Taoism, Buddhism and contact me off this discussion group where this discussion really does not belong.