2008.11.13 19:00 - The Evolving Journal Purpose

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    The guardian for this meeting was Sylectra Darwin.
    The comments are from Sylectra Darwin's.

    The evening was quiet and restful at the new pavilion. Stevenaia and Magdalena were seated when I arrived.

    stevenaia Michinaga: Hey Sylectra
    Magdalena Colclough: hello
    Sylectra Darwin: how is everyone tonight?
    Magdalena Colclough: I'm good
    Magdalena Colclough: how are you?
    Sylectra Darwin: very good!
    stevenaia Michinaga: doing good, been an interesting day, feeling good now
    stevenaia Michinaga: now
    Sylectra Darwin: Enjoying my new home in nj
    Magdalena Colclough: oh?
    Magdalena Colclough: did you move recently?
    stevenaia Michinaga: you may be the only one who can say that
    Sylectra Darwin: from Tulsa, yes
    Magdalena Colclough: that's quite a change, I'll bet
    Sylectra Darwin: looking for a new job market
    stevenaia Michinaga: harder to find cowboy bars I bet
    Magdalena Colclough: what do you do for a living, Sylectra (if I may ask)?

    I was distracted and didn't notice Maggie's question until later, much to my regret. Maggie, if you read this, I am a Web content manager. Sorry for the late response!

    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm, strange... I introduced you both to PaB, an interesting chain, from Dharma to Pema to me to you, we need a "family" tree on the wiki, how we all got here
    Sylectra Darwin: All roads lead back to Steven, hee hee
    Magdalena Colclough: six degrees of PaB
    stevenaia Michinaga: ...smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: what a lovely vortex I lead
    Magdalena Colclough: ?
    Sylectra Darwin: Magdalena, I don't think we've met.
    Magdalena Colclough: I think you're right
    Magdalena Colclough: I've just read your stuff on the wiki
    Magdalena Colclough: I haven't been to PaB in a while
    Magdalena Colclough: until last night
    Magdalena Colclough: it's good to meet you
    stevenaia Michinaga: oh I should have introduced you
    Magdalena Colclough: not a problem, Steven
    Magdalena Colclough: I didn't realize we hadn't met either
    Sylectra Darwin: Good to meet you too Maggie!
    stevenaia Michinaga: so in all your time betwen job interviews, have you had any time to meditate
    stevenaia Michinaga: or start a dream book
    Magdalena Colclough: I'm sorry--I have to go
    Magdalena Colclough: good to meet you
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Maggie
    Sylectra Darwin: Maggie, take care
    stevenaia Michinaga: what do you know about the coffee maker? it doesn't serve coffee
    Sylectra Darwin: I don't know about the coffee maker.
    stevenaia Michinaga: can;t say it works there
    stevenaia Michinaga: functionally and visually

    Steven's question made me realize that in the frantic activity of the move, I had let go of all activities that are of a more contemplative nature, including meditating, reading, and writing. This made me sad.

    Sylectra Darwin: Steven, i have not had time to do any writing.
    Sylectra Darwin: Unfortunately.
    Sylectra Darwin: I've been too worried about finding a job and dealing with boxes.
    stevenaia Michinaga: oh don;t worry
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: write instead of worrying
    Sylectra Darwin: that's a good point my friend
    stevenaia Michinaga: nothing to lose, everything to distract
    Sylectra Darwin: I need to do some of that. I find that my adult is too active.
    stevenaia Michinaga: start my book...smile
    stevenaia Michinaga: start your book
    stevenaia Michinaga: you have a gift

    Shaza had dropped in for a visit but was strangely silent and showed only as a glowing ball.

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Shaza
    Sylectra Darwin: Hello Shaza
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmm, an away cloud
    Sylectra Darwin: Now that's interesting.
    Sylectra Darwin: But you bring up a good point, Steven.
    stevenaia Michinaga: Shaza, we record our conversations here at this discussion group, may we have your permission to do that..unless you don't say anything, of course
    stevenaia Michinaga: aww, it;s your second day here
    Sylectra Darwin: Well, perhaps when Shaza returns we can ask again
    stevenaia Michinaga: to much pressure, I suppose
    Sylectra Darwin: I've had this incredible opportunity to write, with all this free time, and all I can do is think about getting job opportunities started.
    Sylectra Darwin: It might be good discipline to do some writing every day.
    stevenaia Michinaga: so..write about that between your 9 secs
    Sylectra Darwin: I've also stopped reading and watching TV.
    Sylectra Darwin: Indeed, good time to do that.
    stevenaia Michinaga: have you seen Dharma's Blog?
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, does she have something interesting that is new?
    stevenaia Michinaga: no, just a general question, she does have some gem entries
    stevenaia Michinaga: but she is consistent
    Sylectra Darwin: She's quite good, yes.
    Sylectra Darwin: What would you say the general theme is?
    stevenaia Michinaga: life, Buddism
    stevenaia Michinaga: observatiosn, experiences
    Sylectra Darwin: She's got a good theme, then.
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Sylectra Darwin: When we journal, is it better to keep the topic general or specific?
    stevenaia Michinaga: I don't know, I don;t journal
    Sylectra Darwin: And should we have an intended purpose for journaling?
    stevenaia Michinaga: or.. you could just journal
    stevenaia Michinaga: like those sketches
    stevenaia Michinaga: whatever comes out
    Sylectra Darwin: Natalie Goldberg, I think it was, said that you should just write whatever comes up.
    stevenaia Michinaga: the theme may evolve with time

    I like the idea of jump starting creativity by writing with no initial stated purpose. I'll give this some thought and try it out.

    stevenaia Michinaga: don't know of her
    Sylectra Darwin: She wrote in her book, Writing Down the Bones, that we should just put pen to paper and not let up for any reason for 10 minutes or so.
    Sylectra Darwin: I like that thought - the theme may evolve with time.
    Sylectra Darwin: that's good for life too!
    Sylectra Darwin: brb
    stevenaia Michinaga: ok
    Sylectra Darwin: back
    Sylectra Darwin: Well I tell you what.
    Sylectra Darwin: We have a full house tonight.
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: shall we call it a night?
    Sylectra Darwin: I guess we could. I am sorry that I haven't been more inspiring this evening.
    Sylectra Darwin: I'll work on your journaling idea and report back to you.
    stevenaia Michinaga: just post them on your (secret) blog
    stevenaia Michinaga: certainly don't do them for me
    stevenaia Michinaga: now Hannah is a writing critic....hehe
    Sylectra Darwin: I understand. :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Hello Ultra.
    Sylectra Darwin: welcome. :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: you know we are adjacent to a welcome center to the south
    Sylectra Darwin: aha
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems we get quite a few flyovers
    stevenaia Michinaga: fly
    Sylectra Darwin: I like to think we instill a few good vibes on the way.
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Sylectra Darwin: Are you with us yet, Ultra?
    Sylectra Darwin: well, I guess that sort of finishes out the evening.

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