Hi! I am Aaron G. and I am a member of Anxiety Peptide Addicts Anonymous.
Dog days of summer . . .
In regard to baseball, if the season is a marathon — and many within the game refer to it as just that — the dog days are Mile 18. The end seems nowhere in sight . . .
For Padres third baseman, Chase Headley, . . . the preparation for the dog days begins in the offseason . . .
Headley, who leads the big leagues in games played this season, is a firm believer that proactive treatment . . . . are what best allows players to avoid being ground down late in the season.
“The guys that do a better job with that generally have more success with being able to stay on the field and being able to maintain in August and September . . .
But the dog days eventually come to an end. For Pirates catcher Rod Barajas, the key was never to let them start.
“These games are just as important as the games at the end of September,” Barajas said. “These games count just the same. We’ve been trying to play playoff baseball from the get-go.”
But it’s not always that easy, and Barajas acknowledged that energy has the potential to dip in late July and early August if players don’t keep their focus . . .
Wow! This one hit me square between the eyes. Even before the MKE/MKMMA, I see that I’ve fallen victim to the “dog days of summer” syndrome regularly. Whether its been college or graduate school, practicing music, exercise, or projects at work, I now plainly see that the cycle. First, there’s the initial engagement – planning, deciding, creating and the first round of being in action. It’s an interesting time and a time of possibility and challenge. Second, the “dog days” – now the endeavor is well underway but seems tedious. The excitement of newness has worn off. It has the feeling of simply going through the motions towards a conclusion. Third, the end is approaching – here’s where the addiction to anxiety is served. Now it has to get done – there’s an exam, a paper, a performance, or a deadline. The anxiety peptides are released. Focus and concentration are totally in play. It’s about survival.
It’s about Will. Exercising Will. That’s the “persistent, continuous” action from the blueprint builder. Desire fades in the face of the tedium. It’s the heat of the Desire that must be maintained and the clarity of the image of the Definite Purpose. (Hannel: All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.)
Hannel (Week 11):
Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind, by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all. We see people in every civilized country on the globe, securing results by some process which they do not seem to understand themselves, and to which they usually attach more or less mystery. Our reason is given to us for the purpose of ascertaining the law by which these results are accomplished.
The operation of this thought process is seen in those fortunate natures that possess everything that others must acquire by toil, who never have a struggle with conscience because they always act correctly, and can never conduct themselves otherwise than with tact, learn everything easily, complete everything they begin with a happy knack, live in eternal harmony with themselves, without ever reflecting much what they do, or ever experiencing difficulty or toil.
The fruit of this thought is, as it were, a gift of the gods, but a gift which few as yet realize, appreciate, or understand. The recognition of the marvelous power which is possessed by the mind under proper conditions and the fact that this power can be utilized, directed, and made available for the solution of every human problem is of transcendental importance.
Hannel (Week 17)
Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.
The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under control.
Chapter 11 describes the ideal: those fortunate natures that possess everything that others must acquire by toil, who never have a struggle with conscience because they always act correctly, and can never conduct themselves otherwise than with tact, learn everything easily, complete everything they begin with a happy knack, live in eternal harmony with themselves . . .
It appears to me that the heat of the Desire of those fortunate natures must be burning “white hot” and with the Sun-like brilliance of the image they hold of their Definite Purpose.
Thus, faithfulness to the disciplines of the MKE is the way through the “dog days of summer” syndrome (Week 17) – fueling my Desire with emotions and enthusiasm; and focusing the image of my Definite Purpose with repetition.
I concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions help me to forget all else.
Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.
(Y)ou should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.
The ability to concentrate has two dimensions for me.
I am able to concentrate on the challenge of the moment and all else does fall away. However, my concentration is like a fire-hose held by a fireman. It’s directed to the center of the hottest fire (even now, I’m finishing this because it’s overdue and immediately upon its conclusion I must return to putting out a fire at work). My anxiety peptide addiction is still beings served.
However, the “continuous concentration . . . a result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system” is the dimension of concentration that I can improve. It’s the concentration as a marathon – or, as we are developing, a progression. Or as Og said, “Always I take another step. If that is of no avail, I take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.”
I persist until I succeed.