2011.06.06 19:00 - A Meeting

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    The Guardian for this meeting was SophiaSharon Larnia. The comments are by SophiaSharon Larnia. This session was attended by Stevenaia, Storm, Samúð, and later Bleu. I didn't mean to take up the entire session talking about my recent experience but am grateful to the others for listening.

    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi Storm, Hi Stevenaia :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Sophia
    stevenaia Michinaga: ho Storm
    stevenaia Michinaga: Storm


    Storm Nordwind: Hi there both :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Nice to see you both descend on the pvilion at the same time :D
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: smiles at STorm's shirt "ask me about June 12th"
    Storm Nordwind: And Bleu's instruction for me to refer all questions to her!
    stevenaia Michinaga: but what more can you than wait and see
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i know, I read that in the logs, so much in the logs makes me laugh or smile
    stevenaia Michinaga: be there or be square
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i may be square then :/
    Storm Nordwind: Indeed Steve - though I expect that idiom is "square" too ;)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hehe
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i still say it
    Storm Nordwind: What is this? An old fogies' get together? ;)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hey :) I'm just square, not necessarily an old fogie
    stevenaia Michinaga: comforting to know we know
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Storm Nordwind: Yes Sharon we can look up to Steve in seniority :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: laughs
    stevenaia Michinaga: what determines senioroiy?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: (I suspect just an old fogie knows what an old fogie is? ) :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: notches on your tunk
    stevenaia Michinaga: trunk
    Storm Nordwind: I was going to ask what a "tunk" was! Sounded interesting :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: heh
    SophiaSharon Larnia: nice, thanks for whoever changed it to grass
    stevenaia Michinaga: was thinking somewhere around one's midsection
    Storm Nordwind: So simple, and yet so relaxing
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes

    SophiaSharon Larnia: I do have something to share, and I'm a little embarrassed to say this after all this time
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, great job, Storm
    stevenaia Michinaga: ...listens
    Storm Nordwind: Oh! Sharon please do if you feel comfortable
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I finally went to my first RL buddhist gathering, very close to my house
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I finally got out of the car :/
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i know it sounds silly to say it
    stevenaia Michinaga: not silly at all
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I was so frightened to go for so long
    Storm Nordwind has heard nothing silly so far!
    stevenaia Michinaga: fear of what?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: things that make no sense
    SophiaSharon Larnia: afraid of being so fidgetity I would disturb other people, for starters
    SophiaSharon Larnia: was my main concern
    stevenaia Michinaga: more Buddists there than you can shake a stick at
    stevenaia Michinaga: looks at Storm
    Storm Nordwind: There are so many different flavors of Buddhism, you can always go away and not come back if you don't like it - or try another
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes
    Storm Nordwind: And at least with Buddhism they're not trying to convert you or instill the fear of something nasty. So you can take what you want and leave the rest :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: smiles
    Storm Nordwind: And were you fidgetity? :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: and all this time Ive been meditating in a chair, preferably the rocking chair on my porch
    stevenaia Michinaga: would love to hear about your experience
    Storm Nordwind: Nice - a rocking chair - that sounds wonderful!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes I love to sit in the morning and evening and listen to the birds
    SophiaSharon Larnia: preferably sunrise, sunset is nice too
    stevenaia Michinaga: the birds torment my cat
    Storm Nordwind: It's their role in creation
    Storm Nordwind: They didn't dare with my skogkatt!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: well, it was an opening ritual, a reading, a 25 min meditation, a 10 min (ended up longer) walking meditation, and then sit for 10 more mins, then a dharma discussion (which reminded me of a quaker style sharing)


    Storm Nordwind: Wow that sounds quite involved for your first time!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: some singing and mantra, not as much as I thought there'd be
    stevenaia Michinaga: dharma discussion?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes, that is what they called it, but in practice was silence and then sharing something that moved you during the week
    SophiaSharon Larnia: people speaking if they wanted to
    Storm Nordwind: Hmmm - yes, very Quakeresque
    SophiaSharon Larnia: (sorry bell ;/)
    Storm Nordwind: The bell tells me that it forgives you :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I always think people wont like me and think I dont belong
    stevenaia Michinaga: :0
    SophiaSharon Larnia: but that is personal stuff that has no place in the logs, really :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: heh, doubtful
    SophiaSharon Larnia: but may have to learn how to sit on the floor!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: giggles
    stevenaia Michinaga: pillows?
    Storm Nordwind: No!!!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: although some used chairs
    SophiaSharon Larnia: pillows, yes, on the floor :D
    Storm Nordwind never sits on the floor at Buddhist meetings :|-)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i have no excuse not to, may as well do it
    oO0Oo Resident: hi Stevenaia, SSL, Storm :))
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi Samúð :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Sam!
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Samúð
    Storm Nordwind fishes out his eths
    SophiaSharon Larnia: but I can tell you this, although it will sound weird
    oO0Oo Resident: ;) hehe thanks Storm
    stevenaia Michinaga: so Sophia, what made it "Buddhist
    SophiaSharon Larnia: seeing how people meditate in rl, is sort of like seeing in what order they wash in the shower  (comment to explain this a little furthur: I meant that this felt to me like a very, very personal thing, and the fact that it sounds uncomfortable to others to compare it to that conveys my level of 'personal' about it)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: laughs
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hold on
    Storm Nordwind tries not imagine too much about the shower
    SophiaSharon Larnia: ((website))
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, that's a show stoper
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I know Storm, but it popped in my head
    Storm Nordwind: hehe
    Storm Nordwind: Ah Thich Nhat Hanh
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes
    Storm Nordwind: (Buddhists immediately seek out the lineages I guess!)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes and although I do understand in part why that is, it does seem strange to me at times
    SophiaSharon Larnia: you want an pure dharma perhaps?

    SophiaSharon Larnia: hello *** (Gun-toting avatar)
    Storm Nordwind: Different lineages emphasize different things. They cater for different cultures or approaches. For example, one will be more scholarly and another may be for yogis
    ***: I think I'm at the wrong place
    SophiaSharon Larnia: this is a group called play as being *** :)
    Storm Nordwind: What were you looking for?
    ***: Really, I'm just explorin'
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes STorm, I am aware of that, although I didn't include that
    SophiaSharon Larnia: there is an information card about our group here in the stand with an I over it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: ***
    Storm Nordwind: Lots of meditation stuff around here *** - you know temples, discussion groups etc. and some art displays. Plenty of that in these sims. Not much else sorry!
    ***: Ok, I'll be on my way then. Carry on....
    Storm Nordwind waves
    SophiaSharon Larnia: bye
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you for your polite company :)
    oO0Oo Resident: thanks for the site link SSL..
    oO0Oo Resident: tc ***
    SophiaSharon Larnia: ok, he really was in the wrong place
    SophiaSharon Larnia: giggles
    oO0Oo Resident: ya never know
    Storm Nordwind: But courteous :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: youre right, but the gun would need to be chancked at the door i think
    SophiaSharon Larnia: checked*
    oO0Oo Resident: seeds are being planted all the time
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods
    Storm Nordwind had the stop scripts checkbox under the mouse pointer :) Just in case
    SophiaSharon Larnia: ah
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi observerm
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves at Observerm
    oO0Oo Resident: hello observerm
    observerm Resident waves


    SophiaSharon Larnia: observerm, we were talking about me going to rl buddhist meeting, but perhaps the topic has changed :)
    Storm Nordwind was waiting patiently and listening further
    oO0Oo Resident: just enjoying the image gallery from the site
    stevenaia Michinaga: picture many apprehensive attendees circling the meeting every week
    SophiaSharon Larnia: well, as steps go, its a baby step, but I am content that at least i can take them
    oO0Oo Resident: baby steps remind me of baby giggles.. all about them ;)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: maybe just me Steve, I passed it many times
    SophiaSharon Larnia giggles  ~~baby giggles~~
    oO0Oo Resident giggles         ~~baby giggles~~
    Storm Nordwind: How many people arrive at this pavilion, I wonder, with their hearts similarly in their mouths?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes indeed
    oO0Oo Resident: true.. so true
    SophiaSharon Larnia: (and I almost tripped over a little alter in my nervousness)

    SophiaSharon Larnia: I asked for the 'program' so I could find and learn all the songs, and someone gave me a whole book
    Storm Nordwind: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: aw
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I know, just walking off the street and loaning me an at least 40$ book
    SophiaSharon Larnia: now I have to go back! frins
    SophiaSharon Larnia: grins*
    Storm Nordwind remembers first reading about Thich Nhat Hanh in that excellent book "Buddhism for Dummies" :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: sensing as i do your priceless nature maybe
    SophiaSharon Larnia: as is yours! everyone is priceless :D
    SophiaSharon Larnia: and just your statement alone created at least a week work of topics to talk about, arise
    Storm Nordwind: How did they know you were not a buddha in disguise? Of course they gave you the book! :)
    oO0Oo Resident: :)!
    stevenaia Michinaga: laughs
    SophiaSharon Larnia: weeks worth, but work too

    SophiaSharon Larnia: when I first started going to folk festivals years ago
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I sort of expected the people to be as nice there, as they were in that meeting
    SophiaSharon Larnia: and that is something strange to try to explain
    Storm Nordwind: Ah yes... hmmm... I remember those expectations from around 1970!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi Bleu
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it wasnt 1970, but it was over 20 yrs ago
    oO0Oo Resident: hi Bleu :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hi very blue Bleu!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    Bleu Oleander: haha :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: the topic Bleu was that I went to a rl buddhist meeting, and have been talking about it for a while, sorry to take the whole time
    Bleu Oleander: ah nice ... i'll read the log
    Storm Nordwind has found it fascinating - and is so grateful you are sharing it :)
    Bleu Oleander: i look forward to reading about it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it took place in the most beautiful old barn/building you ever saw
    oO0Oo Resident: likewise.. glad to hear about and also see the site
    Bleu Oleander: where?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I havent seen a building that was used like that around here
    SophiaSharon Larnia: near my home


    SophiaSharon Larnia: :) got quiet
    Bleu Oleander ⊱ smiles ⊰
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi Malinson
    Malinson Bloobury: hello all
    oO0Oo Resident: hi Malinson
    Malinson Bloobury: may I sit before your fountain?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: sure :) anytime Malinson
    SophiaSharon Larnia: we've been quiet for a while now Malinson, topic-wise


    Malinson Bloobury: one must re-frame from random irresponsible speak if this excersise is to have any meaning.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I do have an early day tomorrow, and have a few things to do before bed :)
    Storm Nordwind must depart too. Thank you for your company!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: thank you so much for listening
    Bleu Oleander: bye Storm
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Bleu Oleander: bye Sharon
    stevenaia Michinaga: night friends
    SophiaSharon Larnia: bye Storm, and everyone!! take care
    Bleu Oleander: nite all
    Bleu Oleander: take care
    Malinson Bloobury: nite
    oO0Oo Resident: bye SSL, Storm
    oO0Oo Resident: and Bleu.. tc Bleu
    stevenaia Michinaga: night dear ones
    oO0Oo Resident smiles.. night dear
    Malinson Bloobury: it is just us I see
    oO0Oo Resident looks openly at Malinson
    Malinson Bloobury: have we spoken in the past?
    oO0Oo Resident: we have been at the pavilion together before. I don't recall us talking too much to each other
    Malinson Bloobury: In this realm it is very difficult to remeber people places and events so crowed with all things happing to me.
    oO0Oo Resident nods


    Malinson Bloobury: How long have you been involved with this project?
    oO0Oo Resident: a few months.. I don't remember exactly
    Malinson Bloobury: Did you join SL for the first time this year?
    oO0Oo Resident: It was in Nov, or Dec of last year that I joined
    Malinson Bloobury: Okay, well I wont grill you with questions about it.
    oO0Oo Resident: It is understandable to be curious, and I ask the same questions to others too
    Malinson Bloobury: I question not for curiosity sake, but to spark conversations of insightful reflection.
    Malinson Bloobury: My IM's are getting crouded.
    Malinson Bloobury: I am afraid I will have to depart
    oO0Oo Resident: ok Malinson.. ntsy
    Malinson Bloobury: until another time...good nite
    oO0Oo Resident: good nite :)

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