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What are your favorite quotes, aphorisms or sayings?

I went through a major year-long depression when I was 20, caused by the sudden loss of a close friend who inexplicably rolled his jeep on a routine drive home from work. My resulting tailspin was characterized by isolation, intense guilt over unexpressed feelings and an unwarranted but nonetheless crushing sense of responsibility for his death. The steady drumbeat of self-recriminatory thoughts had my stomach tied up in knots, and I kept steadily losing weight until co-workers started nervously remarking that whatever diet I was on, I could stop now, ok?

To paraphrase Anne Lamott, it was as if the inside of my mind had become a viciously unforgiving place; a treacherous dark alley I wouldn't send my worst enemy into.

I finally came to understand that I was the source of my own suffering, and that my very own mind was actually causing my unrelenting stomach pain. I realize how basic this might sound to you, but I was 20. I hadn't been taught a single useful thing from my family or my teachers or from anything I'd ever read about coping with overwhelming emotions. I didn't know the effect they could have in the body. So far as I could tell my body was just a fleshy protuberance designed to transport my brain from place to place.

What followed this epiphany was a self-education about the body-mind connection, the fight or flight response, and the effect of the sympathetic nervous system on the gut. A lengthy learning curve ensued where I gradually acquired coping skills like meditation and self-hypnosis that calmed my stomach down enough so I could eat. It took a year to gain back just 5 pounds. I hope reincarnation isn't true, because I would hate to have to go through being 20 and figuring this all out again.

During that time I collected the following quotes that I typed up and hung over my desk. That list of quotes has followed me ever since, and still hangs on the wall by my computer. I laugh now at how it's the collected wisdom of a bunch of old dead white guys, but reading and re-reading them always calms me and reminds me:

Don't believe everything you think!
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epictetus
Men are not worried about things,
but by their ideas about things.  
When we meet with difficulties,
become anxious or troubled,
let us not blame others, but rather ourselves,
that is, our ideas about things.



--- Epictetus
spinoza
I saw that all things I feared,
and which feared me,
had nothing good or bad in them
save insofar as the mind was affected by them.



--- Spinoza
marcus aurelius



If you are pained by an external thing,
it is not this thing that disturbs you,
but your own judgment about it.
And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.



--- Marcus Aurelius
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Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

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Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

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Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Saturday, July 20th

Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Rush Street
9546 Washington/Culver Boulevard • Culver City

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Shockwave
3. jakedog42
4. joemarkowitz
5. susans
6. otoelbc
7. 714day
8. BruinKid
9. otoelbc's brother
10. poopdogcomedy
11. gmats
Maybees:
pico
Latest diary: LA Kossacks, July 20 Meetup: Culver City, Here We Come - Reminder!
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Houston Area Kossacks banner
Saturday, July 20th

Houston Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Pasha Restaurant
2325 University Boulevard • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. doraphasia
3. mister mustardhead
4. suesue
5. Mr. suesue
6. Bree Davis
7. jmbar2
8. MarciaJ720
9. Libby Shaw
10. Mary
11. Alan

Maybees:
Mr. Libby Shaw

Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, July 20!
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Saturday, July 20th

Motor City Kossacks Meet-up to welcome tgypsy

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Brighton Bar and Grill
400 W. Main St. • Brighton

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2. tgypsy
3. mideedah
4. Provoking Meaning
5. gregsullmich
Maybees:
dkmich
BFSkinner
dov12348
christinebarry
GwenM
sydneyluv
Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks Meet-up Sat 7/20, Brighton Bar & Grill, 12-3 PM (plus teaser for next one)
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Saturday, July 20th

Southern California Inland Empire
Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 11:00 AM (Tour museum then lunch there)
LOCATION: Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail • Palm Springs

ORGANIZER: Send SoCaliana a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. SoCaliana
2.
3.
Maybees:
Susan from 29
Latest diary: SCIEK: Summer Meetup Location
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Saturday, July 20th

SFKossacks Welcome angelajean & Family to Elkhorn Slough, there will be otters!

TIME: 10:00 AM at the visitors center
LOCATION: Elkhorn Slough
[map] • Moss Landing

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. angelajean
3. Glen The Plumber
4. remembrance
5. TLO™
Maybees:
Laughing Planet
D Bunn
D Bunn's friend
KenBee
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, July 20th

Dkos Asheville, North Carolina Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Randallt
2. Gordon20024
3. davehouck
4. Joieau
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. Captain Sham
8. Smiley7
9. DawnN
10.
11. LamontCranston
12. Christian Dem in NC
13. gulfgal98
14.

Maybees:
eeff
Audri
PearlJamSteelworker
Amy
marshstars

Latest diary: DKos Asheville Open Thread 5/18/13: Frogs and tomatoes and snakes, oh my!
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Sunday, July, 21st

Northern Arizona Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano
Tlaquepaque Village
336 State Route 179 • Sedona

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. savano66
3. MissLove (navajo's daughter)
4. sed (navajo's SIL)
5. Nick (navajo's grandguy)
6. Sequoia (navajo's grandguy)
7. mangolind (navajo's daughter)
8. Shaun (mangolind's BF)
9.
Maybees:
 
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Sunday, August 4th

SFKossacks Meet BeadLady and the Okiciyap Quilt!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine)  • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BeadLady
2. navajo
3. Catilinus
4. dharmasyd
5. norm
Maybees:
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Sunday, August 4th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. joanbrooker
2. mconvente
3. belinda ridgewood
4. Yasuragi
5. sidnora
6. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
7. blue jersey mom
8. kathny
9. ask
10. rubyr
11. plf515
12. thankgodforairamerica
13. No Exit
14. gchaucer2
15. MBNYC
16. andgarden

Maybees:
Ollie Garkey
Ian Reifowitz
wader
nyceve
aoeu

Latest diary: NYC Meetup 8/4: Beat the Dog Days!
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket

Maybees:
Glen The Plumber
remembrance
TLO™

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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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