2011.04.01 19:00 - Poetry and early PaB

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Sylectra Darwin. The comments are by Sylectra Darwin.


    I arrived to find more Play as Being birthday decorations had been placed in the pavilion where we meet - a large multi-tiered birthday cake, balloons and a tray with champagne glasses. This was day 1 of celebrations - an entire weekend of events was scheduled for the third anniversary of the group.


    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Sylectra
    Sylectra Darwin: Good evening
    Eos Amaterasu: Happy PaB day!
    Sylectra Darwin: i was waiting for a while and sort of appeared to be nodding off.
    Sylectra Darwin: Happy PaB Day!
    Eos Amaterasu: Was there going to be a poetry session here?
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, but people would seem to be busy at the moment. :) It's okay.
    Sylectra Darwin: Have you joined in the events earlier today?
    Eos Amaterasu: I went to the first event, with "founders" and a tour by balloon to the Tea House and first pavilion
    Sylectra Darwin: Oh, nice! How did that go?
    Eos Amaterasu: Fine... until I was booted from SL (as apparently many others were as well)
    Sylectra Darwin: sim got too full?
    We could see a teddy bear-shaped avatar in the wings, and I called out to it. Sylectra Darwin: Observerm, hi!
    Eos Amaterasu: There were up to 27 people here this morning
    Sylectra Darwin: Feel free to join us if you wish...these pillows make comfy sitting spots.
    Eos Amaterasu: without Observerm we might not exist
    Sylectra Darwin: Hey, that's a great crowd. :)
    Sylectra Darwin: grins
    Sylectra Darwin: love that name
    observerm Resident: hello
    Eos Amaterasu: And then I got into one balloon, to ride to the teahouse
    Eos Amaterasu: hello oberverm!
    Eos Amaterasu: made the mistake of standing up
    Sylectra Darwin: uh ohhhh.....
    Eos Amaterasu: but luckily fell into a second balloon ride
    Sylectra Darwin: did you get thrown to the ground?
    Sylectra Darwin: Hey Stevie! Come and sit!
    Sylectra Darwin: We were trying to get Observerm to join us too.
    Sylectra Darwin: Wow, you're a nimbus.
    stevenaia Michinaga: rezzing, had to trash my cache to rezz myself properly
    Sylectra Darwin: Is that the best you can do, on PaB's third anniversary?
    Sylectra Darwin: LOL
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    Sylectra Darwin: With the amazing advances we've made lately in mobile phones and tablets, you'd think we could rezz faster in SL.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I only see observem
    Eos Amaterasu: you are a gaseous nubula, stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: I see me jsut fine, I do have sparklers for the celebration
    Eos Amaterasu: or should I say, that's the appearance you have
    Sylectra Darwin: the appearance of being gaseous.
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, much more accurate....
    stevenaia Michinaga: I do feel a bit gassous tonight
    Sylectra Darwin: Observerm, have you been to a PaB meeting before?
    stevenaia Michinaga: he/she appears nw and then , jsut to oserve
    Eos Amaterasu: observerm did say "hello" just now....
    Sylectra Darwin: Are you okay with us incuding you in our chat log on the wiki?
    observerm Resident nods
    stevenaia Michinaga: :0
    Sylectra Darwin: coolio, thanks
    Eos Amaterasu must read observerm's profile:
    Eos Amaterasu: "I'm in this virtual world as an experiment, and I'll try to observe mostly."
    Sylectra Darwin: So, does anyone have something interesting to share about meditating or the mindfulness state?
    Eos Amaterasu could say that about himself
    Sylectra Darwin: nods
    stevenaia Michinaga: the cake finally rezzes :)
    Sylectra Darwin: It's a lovely cake!
    Eos Amaterasu finds himself in this virtual world
    stevenaia Michinaga: a nice party this morning too
    Eos Amaterasu: quite a sparkly show!
    Sylectra Darwin: I'm jealous. I meant to log in but I had meetings most of the day.
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, we must have overloaded something, people were crashing in droves
    Sylectra Darwin: I heard that from Eos too.
    Eos Amaterasu: dropping in droves
    Eos Amaterasu: Sylectra, can you comment on your own question (re meditative state)?
    Sylectra Darwin: Sure
    Sylectra Darwin: I've been zoning out - not quite sure you can call it meditation, but definitely more than 30 secs at a time.
    Sylectra Darwin: ...while on the train to work.
    Sylectra Darwin: A couple times I have listened to my Zencast podcast, with Gil Fronsdal, I think that's how you spell his name.
    Sylectra Darwin: Stevenaia, guess what he was talking about this last time?
    stevenaia Michinaga: dishes
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Sylectra Darwin: Okay, you didn't even need the hint.
    Sylectra Darwin: How funny!
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, he was talking about the mental state that you can practice any time whether you are officially "at a retreat" or not.
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems to have an unusual place with you Sylectra
    Eos Amaterasu: a portable hole
    Sylectra Darwin: He talked about how he could be mindful washing dishes and get the same benefit that he did in the monestery doing simple chores.
    stevenaia Michinaga: hehe
    Eos Amaterasu: the medium tends to become the message
    Sylectra Darwin: It's like the dishes analogy is following me around....
    stevenaia Michinaga: it does have give you a nice sence of doing anything
    stevenaia Michinaga: even the things you do not "like" can be educational and informative, like asking, "why don;t I like this"
    stevenaia Michinaga: something usually lies deep within you
    stevenaia Michinaga: to be found
    Eos Amaterasu: Since this is a poetry session, let Keats speak:
    Eos Amaterasu: And in the midst of this wide quietness A rosy sanctuary will I dress With the wreath'd trellis of a working brain, With buds, and bells, and stars without a name, With all the gardener Fancy e'er could feign22, Who breeding glowers, will never breed the same:
    stevenaia Michinaga: poetry like many things, I am discovering here in new ways
    Sylectra Darwin: That one sounds classic - how old is it?
    Eos Amaterasu: (that was from Keats' "Psyche" poem, 18th century?
    stevenaia Michinaga: less classic then you think, never "hung" with those interesed in poetry until PaB
    stevenaia Michinaga: oh, you meant the Poaem, Sylectra
    stevenaia Michinaga: giggles
    stevenaia Michinaga: *poam
    stevenaia Michinaga: Poem
    Eos Amaterasu: ¿
    Eos Amaterasu: you can have your cake and drop it too
    Eos Amaterasu: where is that cake, btw?
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol
    Eos Amaterasu: Sylectra, are you from the early pioneering days of PaB here?
    stevenaia Michinaga: you were at the first fall retreat, Sylectra
    Sylectra Darwin: I sort of am ,yes.
    Sylectra Darwin: Stevenaia invited me andI think I started going in May 2008
    Sylectra Darwin: Stevie, do you remember when?
    stevenaia Michinaga: that;s right, we knew each other before PaB
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think
    Eos Amaterasu: do you still have burning unanswered questions?
    Sylectra Darwin: always.
    stevenaia Michinaga: a rough time for you
    Sylectra Darwin: yeah it was.
    Sylectra Darwin: I was coming off a whole lot of grief and wanting to make big changes.
    Sylectra Darwin: Hi Paradise!
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Para!
    Sylectra Darwin: It was great timing for me to find PaB, a wonderful group of people.
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Paradise
    Sylectra Darwin: How are you Miss P?
    Paradise Tennant: hiya eos .. gtsy .. stev .. sylectra :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: I've been thinking about my perceptions of all this and why I am still here......
    Paradise Tennant: smiles and listens
    Sylectra Darwin: It's because you want to hear more about washing dishes mindfully.
    stevenaia Michinaga: there is a very interestesting fundimental thinking that goes on here that does not rely on an earlier knowledge
    stevenaia Michinaga: just your own experience
    Eos Amaterasu: "fundimental thinking that goes on here that does not rely on an earlier knowledge" - like that!
    stevenaia Michinaga: so there is no ladder to climb... to begin the journey
    Eos Amaterasu: aha - so you start at the end!
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, really nicely articulated, Steven
    stevenaia Michinaga: you ahve all you need
    stevenaia Michinaga: \
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: the tools are within
    Eos Amaterasu: /applause
    stevenaia Michinaga: which is the case with many thing
    Sylectra Darwin: You make it look easy my dear.
    Eos Amaterasu: all this is alread in the midst of this vast quietness
    Eos Amaterasu: *already
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, it;s try all the answers are from within
    stevenaia Michinaga: ( bad but extreme example) the alchoholic discovering the bottom in order to stop, and reverse, the bottom was always there, jsut needed to be found
    stevenaia Michinaga: not one else can show them that
    stevenaia Michinaga: PaB maracas, Paradise?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Interesting example
    Sylectra Darwin: Mindful maracas.
    Sylectra Darwin: Mindful maracas make contemplative fracas.
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Sylectra Darwin: all, I am afraid I must walk the dog, so I am going to let you carry on without me for tonight.
    Eos Amaterasu: contemplative fracas!
    stevenaia Michinaga: night sylectra, say hi to sophie
    Paradise Tennant: smiles happy doggie stroll :))
    Sylectra Darwin: grin
    Sylectra Darwin: sure thing
    Sylectra Darwin: Enjoy your night!
    Eos Amaterasu: happy maracas, contemplative fracas
    Eos Amaterasu: (next line is your turn, Paradise!)
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: oooo
    Paradise Tennant: togetheratlast :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: birthdaycake, music and friends
    Eos Amaterasu: heh heh, that was great!
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Eos Amaterasu: okay, how about a jumping off point for the upcoming 90 secs?
    Eos Amaterasu: hi luci
    stevenaia Michinaga: listens
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Luci
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi she whispers...
    stevenaia Michinaga: what are we jumping off to?
    Paradise Tennant: hiya lucinda we are a poeming :)
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: "listen....hi Luci"
    Eos Amaterasu: that felt like jumping into a vast unknown
    Paradise Tennant: smiles how are you luci :)
    Lucinda Lavender: well...quiet, peaceful, full of Indian food, and not rushed somehow.
    stevenaia Michinaga: :) there is always something to find in the vast unknown
    Paradise Tennant: nice combination full tummies and the vast unknown :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Indian food is suddenly a great find! yum!
    Lucinda Lavender: :)))
    Lucinda Lavender: certainly is...new to me...Star India.
    Paradise Tennant: hmm love it too naan .. rich curries
    Lucinda Lavender: Is the star in india a special thing?
    Lucinda Lavender: daal and naan and navaratan korma
    Eos Amaterasu can feel tastes in those words
    Lucinda Lavender: nodding...
    Eos Amaterasu: there's quality of different lines of richnesses telling a story
    Lucinda Lavender: love the sound of crickets tonight
    Paradise Tennant: always nice sitting here and getting little wafts of everyone else's day ..moment :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Eos Amaterasu: it was full 3D weather day here, with snow and rain and ice pellets (dagger shooting from the sky), and now calm
    Paradise Tennant: wow
    stevenaia Michinaga: we too shared in that
    Lucinda Lavender: many forms of water
    Eos Amaterasu: just another day in the maritime life :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: perhaps not as extreme
    Lucinda Lavender: we are in the midst of much fine rain
    Calvino Rabeni: Or heavy coarse droplets, like a steady shower
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi cal
    Paradise Tennant: smiles soft spring mist here :)
    Paradise Tennant: hiya cal gtsy
    stevenaia Michinaga: your are but accessories
    Lucinda Lavender: invisical!
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi, I think relogging will improve my appearance
    stevenaia Michinaga: or rebaking
    Lucinda Lavender: listening to my body's response to what is experienced now ...and yet also getting ready for what comes next.
    Eos Amaterasu: awakeness of cat crouching
    Paradise Tennant: what comes next
    Eos Amaterasu: LEAP! in an instant!
    Lucinda Lavender: :)ears turn toward the sound of birds...
    Calvino Rabeni: Chases anything that moves
    Lucinda Lavender: and rises from the chair in classic at pose
    Lucinda Lavender: cat
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometimes just a cuddle cat in your arms
    Eos Amaterasu: feel the cat thru the mistyped words....
    Lucinda Lavender: 1 cat, 2 cats, old cat new cat
    stevenaia Michinaga: lick cat scratch cat pur cat ... blue cat?
    stevenaia Michinaga: (needs work)
    Lucinda Lavender: attack cat become the washing cat in a spit second...
    Eos Amaterasu: washing?
    Lucinda Lavender: (attacks her sister and then washes her)
    Pema Pera: hi there!
    stevenaia Michinaga: welcome Pema
    Calvino Rabeni: Good evening Pema
    Paradise Tennant: hiya pema
    Eos Amaterasu: (^_^)
    Lucinda Lavender: hi:)
    Pema Pera: (in BART train, from San Francisco airport to Berkeley -- hope it won't go undergrond soon, losing my connection)
    stevenaia Michinaga: nice
    Eos Amaterasu: let's see, have my map of webcams in bay area, zoom in to catch Perma flying by.....
    Pema Pera: y'all had a good time partying, I presume?
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: poem party
    Lucinda Lavender: playing with our words
    stevenaia Michinaga: like a cat
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Pema Pera: (please continue!!)
    Eos Amaterasu: (like a cat)
    stevenaia Michinaga: we ran out of cat rhymes
    Paradise Tennant: soft throaty purrs.. nonchalant limbs stretch and tangle in my hair and my heart hears roars of love :)
    Calvino Rabeni: eyes wide, head swivels left, right, left, right
    stevenaia Michinaga: deafening purrs, furr up my nose
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Pema Pera: then lazily closing one and a half eye again . . . .
    stevenaia Michinaga: but never fully closed... are they
    Eos Amaterasu: the cat presence is ready for anything /
    Eos Amaterasu: couldn't care less about anything
    Calvino Rabeni: ears turn various directions dubiously
    stevenaia Michinaga: must be nice to rule the earth
    Eos Amaterasu: ah, dear old sphynx
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Lucinda Lavender: dreamt once of two large white cats living in my house...very big ones.
    Pema Pera: ah, going underground now . . . .
    Lucinda Lavender: got your flashlight?
    Eos Amaterasu: the tiger is both soft and dangerous
    Eos Amaterasu: very light, just shades and bands
    Calvino Rabeni: steps on handle of maraca .. bolts ... stiff legged, puffed large
    Lucinda Lavender: ready for more instruments...
    Lucinda Lavender: bells, rattles, and anything crinkly
    Calvino Rabeni: mastered the ability to leap onto stuff-covered surfaces
    stevenaia Michinaga: least we forget their two weaknesses... love and catnip
    Eos Amaterasu: (sounds like chocolate)
    stevenaia Michinaga: pets Eos
    Eos Amaterasu wags tail
    Lucinda Lavender: interesting pets Slyvie ..pets Carmen
    Lucinda Lavender: Slyvie,
    Calvino Rabeni: sudden URGE to claw way to top of curtain or window screen
    Calvino Rabeni: ignores self in mirror
    Lucinda Lavender: Sylvie
    Paradise Tennant: then look imploring around for help getting down :)
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: suddenly poof
    Calvino Rabeni: seems immune to questions of existential significance
    Calvino Rabeni: zen-er than dogs
    Paradise Tennant: the existential catified :) in feline form and energy :)
    Paradise Tennant: hmmm dogs ... are heart :) and soul :)
    Lucinda Lavender: :)workers...
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Lucinda Lavender: what if we all fell asleep?
    Lucinda Lavender: just pondering...
    stevenaia Michinaga: smles, I'm there... night al
    Lucinda Lavender: night steve:)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles nite nite stev sweet dreams :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: thx
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Paradise Tennant: shall we apoem so more .. :) play a word game .. dream .. or sit :)
    Lucinda Lavender: hmmm
    Calvino Rabeni: hmmmmmm
    Lucinda Lavender: what would you like apradise?
    Lucinda Lavender: oops
    Lucinda Lavender: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: smiles I am open :)
    Lucinda Lavender: me too
    Lucinda Lavender: I have sitting berside me the dictionary of phrase and Fable...
    Paradise Tennant: oooooooooooo
    Lucinda Lavender: Our Phrase is Dead as a doonail...
    Lucinda Lavender: Our phrase can be Dead as a doornail...
    Lucinda Lavender: think I may be about to poof
    Paradise Tennant: smiles nite nite luci :)
    Paradise Tennant: sweet dreams my friend :)
    Paradise Tennant: well cal shall we wind it down or do you have prose still awaiting to be born :)
    Calvino Rabeni: a stitch in time saves nine
    Calvino Rabeni: many hands make light the work
    Lucinda Lavender: dad as a doornail
    Lucinda Lavender: dead
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: wb luci !
    Lucinda Lavender: Like as two eggs
    Calvino Rabeni: peas in a pod
    Lucinda Lavender: for crying out loud
    Paradise Tennant: for mercy's sake :)
    Calvino Rabeni: makes hay while the sun shines
    Calvino Rabeni: heavens to murgatroid
    Paradise Tennant: what is murgatroid
    Calvino Rabeni: ... "it's a deep mystery .. nobody knows"
    Calvino Rabeni: like the uncle who says nonsensical things and the kids pick it up because it sounds cool
    Paradise Tennant: smiles .. .. deep mystery .. always sounds cool
    Calvino Rabeni: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4qFxTTi8q0
    Lucinda Lavender: :)))
    Paradise Tennant: oooooooooo :))))))
    Lucinda Lavender: a little bird told me so...
    Paradise Tennant: still love cartoons :)
    Calvino Rabeni: "the food was abdominable"
    Calvino Rabeni: but your malapropisms were delicious
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: ah... found a commercial gospel version
    Calvino Rabeni: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=symGu9SjxSE
    Lucinda Lavender: bact to the cat
    Lucinda Lavender: back
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes !
    Paradise Tennant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IytNBm8WA1c
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: likes the magic trick of cat under door
    Calvino Rabeni: and scared of self in mirror
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Calvino Rabeni dies from laughing....
    Calvino Rabeni: I KNEW the internet would be good for something :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: yes ! to share visual history .. little bits of life :)
    Calvino Rabeni: yes!
    Paradise Tennant: we keep losing luci :) .. must be a storm there ?
    Calvino Rabeni: no storm ... not sure why .. it's a radio connection not cable
    Paradise Tennant: ahh ok
    Calvino Rabeni: inner city has cable ... suburbs have radio
    Paradise Tennant: ahh
    Paradise Tennant: not as fast .. radio ?
    Calvino Rabeni: yes slower
    Paradise Tennant: smiles .. :) starting to get sleepy.. think I am going to have to say good nite and wish you sweet dreams :) of ballerina kittys :)
    Calvino Rabeni: so much talent :)
    Paradise Tennant: namaste my friend :)
    Calvino Rabeni: thanks
    Calvino Rabeni: _/!\_
    Calvino Rabeni: sleep well
    Paradise Tennant: yes .. springy legs .. grace on four paws
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: and poofs :)
    Calvino Rabeni: waves

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