How We Do 9 Sec

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    Artemisia Svoboda: how about you others, do you have experience with the 9-sec exercise?
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I do them all day, usually.
    Artemisia Svoboda: all day… does that mean once an hour? once every few minutes? Just curious…
    Fael Illyar: every 15 minutes … well, except when I sleep
    Artemisia Svoboda: so when you started doing it, did you have any tricks to help you remember?
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I still have a bell sound going off every 15 minutes.
    Artemisia Svoboda: wow, what a commitment
    Fael Illyar: I’ve found the 9 seconds to be very useful :)


    • We also do 9-sec together during the meeting

    from: 2008.09.07 19:00 - What's REAL?   


    Rowan Masala: Shall we begin with one, to get things rolling?
    Threedee Shepherd: yes
    Rowan Masala: ok, 9seconds now
    Rowan Masala inhales deeply and smiles
    Rowan Masala: What were your experiences, just now?
    Threedee Shepherd: calmness , tinged with a familiar *edge* of certain work that needs to be done that I am finally energized to do.
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm a blanket-like sensation of layers within
    Rowan Masala: I found myself back in my body--seems I'm too much in my mind and screen and keyboard. I hadn't even noticed until then that my sore throat had gone away
    stevenaia Michinaga: a good thing to notice
    Rowan Masala smiles, nodding. thank goodness for Tylenol
    Adelene Dawner: I'm surprisingly still tense from earlier. I was *livid* at a coworker today, and I'm not now, but my body is still doing stress behaviors.
    Rowan Masala: 3D, when you said you were finally energized for your tasks, where do you think the energy came from?
    Threedee Shepherd: acceptance as opposed to annoyed resistance



    Artemisia Svoboda: and do you do it every day?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes as much as possible when I'm around my computer.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Also when I'm not, I ring my internal bell to do a break whenever necessary.
    Gaya Ethaniel: When talking to people in some situations, I also do a kind of 9 sec before replying/speaking
    Artemisia Svoboda: yeah, somebody else talked about that too
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Artemisia Svoboda: does it change the way the conversation goes noticeably, for you?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes. Often it enables me to step aside and ponder in order to make more meaningful contribution
    Artemisia Svoboda: That sounds like it's really worth trying
    Artemisia Svoboda: and put aside my fear that people could be annoyed
    Artemisia Svoboda: if I slow down the rhythm
    Gaya Ethaniel ponders first
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes it has been useful to me. I'm not so caught up in myself with emotions running in the background. Also as you mentioned, it does slow the interaction down, giving all parties useful pauses



    Threedee Shepherd: During the 9-sec I TRY to observe the Being of the now, whatever that turns out to be. I "think about it" later
    Neela Blaisdale: For me, at least right now, it simply feels like a very strong sense of general connection. Also with a greater sense awareness, in that I hear, feel , smell etc more sort of at the same time
    Neela Blaisdale: My sense, no pun intended, from listening to others here, is that what we experince in the 9 sec varies a lot from person to person. No one particular experience
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: It does seem that way. I am relieved to hear it.
    Threedee Shepherd: Thanks Neela, I was just about to say that :)
    Neela Blaisdale: No right or wrong experience, just whatever it is
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^ @ Neela. "Exactly!"




    doug Sosa: I find that being tired, cranky, sleepy, or distracted makes the practice more, not less, worthwhile, because mind is revealed in these moments.

    doug Sosa: I like to do the 9 sec without preparation, and keep doing what i am doing (coasting with the momentum) and letting go of assumptions and seeing and being seen.

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