2011.05.26 01:00 - I Can't Tell You Why

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Zen Arado. The comments are by Zen Arado. Present were Alk Kelberry, oO0Oo Resident and myself

    Coping with building work :

    oO0Oo Resident: :) Zen
    Zen Arado: Morning Sam :)
    Zen Arado: How are you?
    oO0Oo Resident: relaxed.. ty Zen..
    Zen Arado: hmmm...I've hardly woken up yet :)
    oO0Oo Resident nods.. take your time
    Zen Arado: builders are hammering outside
    Zen Arado: wish they were finished
    oO0Oo Resident: what is the estimated time to complete the job Zen?
    Zen Arado: well....maybe a couple more weeks
    Zen Arado: but it is an apartment block so I don't have much individual say in the matter
    Zen Arado: there have been problems with water ingress from the start
    Zen Arado: thisblock is very exposed to wind because it faces the sea
    Zen Arado: I am beside a marina
    oO0Oo Resident: what is the nature of the work being done? Will it be beneficial when done? If done properly?
    Zen Arado: they are putting in new cavity drain trays or something
    oO0Oo Resident: lol.. sounds like dentistry
    Zen Arado: remedial work repairing thngs that were left out in the first place
    oO0Oo Resident: perhaps feels like they are pulling teeth when you are trying to sleep?!
    Zen Arado: it's difficult to do my morning meditation with all the noise
    Zen Arado: but I sit and just notice that
    Zen Arado: good practice I guess
    oO0Oo Resident: mmm, I did think of the Lojong slogan.. about practicing when distracted
    Zen Arado: ah yes
    Zen Arado: good one
    oO0Oo Resident: Nevertheless, an inconvenience
    Zen Arado: must look that up
    Zen Arado: yeh but staying with what is....so important
    oO0Oo Resident nods.. turtles all the way through and through
    oO0Oo Resident: not pulling head into shell ;)
    Zen Arado: yeh and not having resentment
    Zen Arado: when things don't go the way I want
    oO0Oo Resident: or having it and noticing ;) lol
    Zen Arado: yeh awareness so important
    Zen Arado: such a gap between knowing these things and actually practicing them ...sigh
    oO0Oo Resident: Here's a slogan and commentary by Pema Chodron If You can Practice Even When Distracted, You are Well Trained http://www.lojongmindtraining.com/Co...r=3&proverb=20
    Zen Arado: it's quite a short commentary for her...
    Zen Arado: ty by the way
    oO0Oo Resident: do you drink coffee or tea in the mornings Zen?
    oO0Oo Resident: yw :)
    Zen Arado: I have a cup of Rooibos tea usually
    Zen Arado: I only have one cup of coffee per day

    N.Ireland plug :)

    oO0Oo Resident imagines Zen with cup of tea near giant's causeway
    Zen Arado: that's about 60 miles away though :)
    Zen Arado: I live in a small town called Carrickfergus
    Zen Arado: if you have done the tourist attractions the buses usually call in to see the castle we have
    Zen Arado: it is a Norman castle
    Zen Arado: built in 1180
    oO0Oo Resident: O.O cool (that's old)
    Zen Arado: Americans like old castles
    Zen Arado: (big generalization)
    Zen Arado: sorry
    oO0Oo Resident: np... remember giants causeway when I was 9 years old.. made a big impression for me, along with other amazing spots in Ireland.
    oO0Oo Resident: good memories
    Zen Arado: I was there last October
    Zen Arado: before that...maybe 30 years
    Zen Arado: I had a friend over from Vancouver
    Zen Arado: I knew him when we both lived in Sydney Australia in the 60's
    Zen Arado: he thought the north Antrim coast was...pretty
    Zen Arado: there is a coast road that hugs the coastline
    Zen Arado: limestone cliffs with basalt on top
    Zen Arado: and you can see Scotland on a clear day

    Alf arrives and rezzes his friend Woly's picture for company:

    Alfred Kelberry: hi :)
    Zen Arado: Hi Alf :)
    Alfred Kelberry: sam with hair :)
    Alfred Kelberry: neat
    Alfred Kelberry: um, let's bring woly to join us...
    Zen Arado: sure
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: now you feel more at home Alf :)
    Alfred Kelberry: indeed :)
    Zen Arado: your pin up girl :)
    oO0Oo Resident: :) boxy
    Alfred Kelberry: she was a cloud yesterday and no one could see her. so she made a picture and i made a poster :)
    Zen Arado: ah I see
    oO0Oo Resident: it's monumental and idylic!
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: she has such great fashion sense
    Alfred Kelberry: *nods*
    Zen Arado: and great outfits
    Alfred Kelberry: sexy too :)
    Zen Arado: did you see her Flickr page ?
    Alfred Kelberry: um... not sure i have
    oO0Oo Resident: intelligent, creative, funny, wise... ::sighs::
    Zen Arado: well ask her and she will show you
    Alfred Kelberry: *wonders if woly can feel us talking about her* :)
    Alfred Kelberry: will do
    Zen Arado: we have good qualities too Sam
    oO0Oo Resident imagines Wol poised on the giant's causway.. in a leather suit.. gazing out to sea

    Negative emotions again :

    Zen Arado: I was reading a book called 'Buddhas Brain'
    Zen Arado: yes :)
    oO0Oo Resident: do tell Zen!
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: reveal us the brain of buddha!
    Zen Arado: one of the things the author said was how we latch on to negative things
    oO0Oo Resident confesses a love of negative ions
    Alfred Kelberry: or they latch on us :)
    Zen Arado: so if we receive 5 compliments in a day we neglect those and remember the one insult
    Zen Arado: it's an evolutionary trait apparently
    Alfred Kelberry: ah, true
    oO0Oo Resident: a need to orient to potential threat Zen?
    Zen Arado: the happy go lucky types just shrugged and said we'll be ok when the sabre toothed tigers appeared
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, like "a lion or wind" story
    Zen Arado: but they got eaten
    Zen Arado: whereas the worriers survived and passed on their genes
    oO0Oo Resident spares a thought for the 'happy go lucky ones'..
    Zen Arado: negative things are more important to notice for survival
    Zen Arado: but we don't have those dangers any more
    oO0Oo Resident wonders if worriers taste less appealing to sabre toothe tigers
    Zen Arado: so we need to reprogram ourselves
    Alfred Kelberry: i think "a tiger and wind" is more explanatory in terms of our perception
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: ? boxy
    Zen Arado: go ahead boxy
    Alfred Kelberry: there you're being presented with a choice: is this a tiger or just wind rattling the grass?
    oO0Oo Resident notices observerm... hi
    Alfred Kelberry: our ancestors tended to the former
    Zen Arado: so you jump anyway?
    Zen Arado: yes
    Zen Arado: Hi Observerm :)
    Zen Arado: because they survived
    Zen Arado: same thing
    Zen Arado: the author suggests we dwell on good things that happen to us
    Zen Arado: like how nice it is sitting here chatting to you two
    oO0Oo Resident: :) .. ::dwells::
    Zen Arado: in this beautiful place
    Zen Arado: sharing things
    oO0Oo Resident nods
    oO0Oo Resident: so much to appreciate
    Zen Arado: I am learning to slow down
    Zen Arado: yes
    Zen Arado: always feel so driven
    Zen Arado: want to achieve things

    Electric guitar and musical expression:

    Zen Arado: I bought an electric guitar Alf
    Zen Arado: just for fun
    Alfred Kelberry: oh! cool :)
    Alfred Kelberry: sadly, you missed the music session
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: hopefully next week we can hear it :)
    oO0Oo Resident: happily the music never dies
    Zen Arado: yeh I forgot and arranges somethng else
    Zen Arado: I need a calendar
    Zen Arado: timetable
    Alfred Kelberry: *likes to think that all guitars are being bought just for fun* :)
    Zen Arado: yeh true
    Zen Arado: you mean I'm not going to make the big time ?
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: never do anything that is not play
    Alfred Kelberry: zen, here's your negative clinging :)
    Zen Arado: I know :)
    Alfred Kelberry: hehe
    Alfred Kelberry: it's hard not to...
    Zen Arado: it's so much fun trying different effects even
    Zen Arado: did you get to the meeting Alf?
    Alfred Kelberry: so, what's your first song? :)
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, but i was late
    Zen Arado: I think they walked over
    Alfred Kelberry: sun played sitar :)
    Zen Arado: nice
    Alfred Kelberry: at bleu's place
    Zen Arado: ok
    oO0Oo Resident: can you attach an echo or reverb effect to your woof boxy?
    Zen Arado: near mine
    Zen Arado: he he
    Zen Arado: flanger
    Alfred Kelberry: sam, i'd have to apply one and then upload here
    Alfred Kelberry: wuff!
    oO0Oo Resident: hehe
    Zen Arado: wuff....wuff.....wufff..........
    Alfred Kelberry: woly's here with us :)
    Zen Arado: I was practicing 'I can't tell you why'
    Zen Arado: nice song
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, good song
    Zen Arado: but sad
    oO0Oo Resident: who's it by Zen?
    Alfred Kelberry: eagles
    Zen Arado: the Eagles
    oO0Oo Resident: ah.. ty
    Zen Arado: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17...why-live_music
    oO0Oo Resident: http://www.xguitar.com/guitar-tabs/e...ll_you_why.txt
    oO0Oo Resident: listening
    Zen Arado: ty Sam
    Zen Arado: that's the chord version I am trying
    Zen Arado: though I got it somewhere else
    oO0Oo Resident: I recognise this song.. it is nice to see this video..
    Zen Arado: it's one of those songs that grew on me
    Zen Arado: it's funny how hard it is to mkae ourselves sing in public
    Zen Arado: many of us have reasonable singing voices I think
    Zen Arado: why are we so shy about that?
    oO0Oo Resident: PaB commitments group?
    Zen Arado: same as people being reluctant to use voice in SL maybe
    oO0Oo Resident hums.. "give Ireland back to the Irish..." ;)
    Zen Arado: hmmmm...a rebel song :)
    Alfred Kelberry: zen, fear of failure, i think
    Alfred Kelberry: it's big in our society
    oO0Oo Resident: shy... perhaps our need for expression is sometimes eclipsed by our need for approval? or acceptence?
    Zen Arado: yeh
    Zen Arado: and singing is just natural expression
    Zen Arado: we aren't so shy about talking
    Alfred Kelberry: *imagines the world without this fear*
    oO0Oo Resident: strident spring colours..
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Zen Arado: the media sets up standards maybe
    oO0Oo Resident: our inner educator went to a harsh school
    Zen Arado: you have to be really good or not sing at all
    Zen Arado: yes
    Alfred Kelberry: or you have to be fearless and free :)
    oO0Oo Resident: fretless
    Alfred Kelberry: *wonders what woly thinks*
    oO0Oo Resident: Woly smiles
    Zen Arado: before the days of radio and TV I think people were freeer that way
    Alfred Kelberry: she doesn't say much :)
    Zen Arado: Woly wonders
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: ponders
    Alfred Kelberry: zen, probably
    Zen Arado: reflects
    Zen Arado: it's a reflective pose
    oO0Oo Resident imagines rural pubs on rainy nights.. burning peat in fireplaces.. and local folks singing together
    Zen Arado: head slightly cocked
    Zen Arado: yes
    Zen Arado: happy music sharing
    Zen Arado: happy amateurs
    oO0Oo Resident: ballykissangel.. 42 (40? 49?) shades of green?
    Zen Arado: no professional aspirations
    Zen Arado: just giving each other pleasure
    oO0Oo Resident: amatuer means? love of?
    Zen Arado: yep
    Zen Arado: amo..amas..amat..
    Zen Arado: Latin
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Zen Arado: 40 shades of green
    oO0Oo Resident: aye .. ty


    Zen Arado: the US president visited Ireland this week
    Zen Arado: Barack O'Bama
    Zen Arado: funny how all the US presidents have Irish ancestry
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: ;)
    Zen Arado: I find it so difficult to sit quietly
    Zen Arado: such a need to fill the silence
    oO0Oo Resident: looking into reality with appreciation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0lIdr5TsaU
    Alfred Kelberry: wuff!
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, folks. i gotta go.
    Alfred Kelberry: i'm going to take woly with me, if you don't mind :)
    Zen Arado: ok boxy
    oO0Oo Resident: bye wuff :)
    Zen Arado: ty for coming :)
    oO0Oo Resident: awww
    oO0Oo Resident: boxy+woly=<3
    Alfred Kelberry: thank you for the company :)
    Zen Arado: nice song Sam TY
    Zen Arado: bye Woly too :)
    oO0Oo Resident: bye woly :)
    Zen Arado: lovely lyrics
    oO0Oo Resident: I appreciate the call to song in that movie.. 'Once'
    Zen Arado: I didn't see that
    Zen Arado: but beautiful song
    oO0Oo Resident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6xIF92OUos
    Zen Arado: looks like a nice love story
    oO0Oo Resident: the leads are not actors, but musicians.. so took a leap to be in this movie
    oO0Oo Resident: low budget
    oO0Oo Resident: heart
    Zen Arado: and it worked?
    Zen Arado: yes
    oO0Oo Resident: mmm yes! i think it did :)
    Zen Arado: msu look out for the video
    oO0Oo Resident: I'm sure you won't have to look far ;)
    oO0Oo Resident: songs lie in us.. like spring waits..
    oO0Oo Resident: play songs us into being
    oO0Oo Resident: we be strummed by breath
    Zen Arado: strumming our heartstrings
    oO0Oo Resident: what tulip thought ever.. not good enough?
    oO0Oo Resident: just sang
    oO0Oo Resident: into the sky
    Zen Arado: yes
    Zen Arado: or tiny bird
    oO0Oo Resident: when the bubble of this life bursts off the foam upon the wave
    oO0Oo Resident: let it carry some song
    oO0Oo Resident: to the happy go lucky
    oO0Oo Resident: those who can hear
    Zen Arado: uncontrolled spontaneity
    Zen Arado: from depths of being
    Zen Arado: not from the worrying anxious fretting mind
    Zen Arado: but it tells me I have to go now :(
    Zen Arado: lovely talking to you Sam :)
    Zen Arado: you too
    Zen Arado: see you soon :)
    Zen Arado: bye

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