Sept. 14, 2012
From Mindful In Bedlam by Daniel Labbe (author's profile)


My quest
By: Daniel Labbe
Quote of the day: "The greatest discovery of this generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes." William James
Though of the day: See if this isn't true: The more miserable your day is the more self-centered your thoughts are, Within the experience of a "bad day" or even a "bad year" it seems like self-centered thoughts are natural outcome of our misery. But what if a great deal of our misery is due to our self-centered thinking?
Billy: "Reaching, Behind the Wall" "Bubba........Bubba, are tou there? Come on, I know you're there; pick-up the phone ......Plkease, Pick-up" _Reaching for connection
Pat: "You know, we all choose the difficulties we'll face in life before we're born. I must have chosen to be abanded like this, to be so totally alone." Reaching for sence.
Smitty: " I don't have enough time to read, Danny I'm a lifer, so I spend all my time working on my case. I want to get out of here someday, you know?"
Reaching for hope.
Adam: "Hey...... what's the best way to kill yourself? Loke..... What's the quickest, least painful way to do it?"
-Reaching for release.
In the end, prision is one big communal reaching, and in this reaching we create a vastr, empty gap that could, at any moment, swallow us whole for time beyond knowing. It's a terrifying feeling to hover over that voracious gap. Our usual reaction is to fight, to do whatever we can to keep from falling into that terrible oblivion- for have't we seen the vacant lives of those who have fallen? So if you could just let go of that protective instinct, that automatic reacting grounded in primal fear, and focus instead on stretching your heart as wide as you can, becoming open to the lives of those around you you could create a new space to fall into. Sure, it will still be falling, but it will be a falling through love; a falling in which thew exhileration and beauty of living can still be experienced. It won't be easey, but neither will it be like that other reaching, the kind that tears us apart into a thousand anonymous peises recognized as nothing but flushable refuse.
The quores in this piece I heard from people I know in prisio, The names have been changed gor their protection and privacy.
Feel free to leave a commnet or write at me:
Daniel Labbe EW85867
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Bridgewater, MA. 02324


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StripeySox Posted 11 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
I just wanted to thank you for being the change you want to see inside, and in the world. The energies of love and peace are the most uniting forces humans can create, and you choosing to create this experience for yourself is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah in Colorado

katie.bond21 Posted 11 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.
It was a very nice peice

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