2011.06.14 19:00 - Where every step I take is my home


    The Guardian for this meeting was Eos Amaterasu. The comments are by Eos Amaterasu.


    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Eos, Susan
    Eos Amaterasu: HI stevenaia, Susan
    iwandertoo Resident: waves


    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Samúð
    oO0Oo Resident waters
    Eos Amaterasu: hi Samúð
    oO0Oo Resident: hello everybody
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Lila
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Lila
    Lila Darkmatter: Hi Eos, Stevie, Susan, oO0Oo :)
    Eos Amaterasu: dark matter is at play in the universe
    Lila Darkmatter grins
    Lila Darkmatter: Nice to see everyone
    oO0Oo Resident: nice to se you too
    Lila Darkmatter: ^.^
    oO0Oo Resident: *see
    Eos Amaterasu: good to be here
    Lila Darkmatter: Hi Storm :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hello :)
    oO0Oo Resident: Storm :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Storm
    oO0Oo Resident: strange since 1970 something ;)
    Lila Darkmatter: :))
    oO0Oo Resident: :))
    oO0Oo Resident: strange to be healthy ;)
    oO0Oo Resident: bb
    oO0Oo Resident: afk
    Eos Amaterasu: So Thursday early am is next excursion into the Molecule Theater?
    Lila Darkmatter: Great shirt, Storm
    oO0Oo Resident: back
    iwandertoo Resident: wb
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you Lila! Bleu made it for me!
    Eos Amaterasu: a molecule t-shirt
    Storm Nordwind: And yes - early Thursday ... although there's a self-guided tour available now, so anyone can go see
    Eos Amaterasu: another performance is in the works?
    stevenaia Michinaga: I fnd it helpful to have a personal shopper in SL (or clothesmaker)
    Lila Darkmatter: :))
    Eos Amaterasu: in RL only the wealthy can afford personal shoppers
    Storm Nordwind: At the moment, we'll concentrate on helping anyone who has ideas for the next Art as Being. Although there have been requests for a second performance of the existing show.
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Storm Nordwind: And I'll run a workshop on set design and rezzing this coming Sunday
    Eos Amaterasu: what time?
    Storm Nordwind: 11am SLT
    Storm Nordwind: Just for half an hour
    Storm Nordwind: Plenty of time for a break after the guardian meeting and coffee before the Art History Workshop
    stevenaia Michinaga: is the schedule up for July's next group performances?
    Lila Darkmatter: what a perfect fit, a theater for players as Being
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Roger
    Lila Darkmatter: Hi Roger :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Roger
    Storm Nordwind smiles at Lila
    Roger Ormenthal: Hello
    Eos Amaterasu: who's zoomin' who... :-)
    Lila Darkmatter: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Storm Nordwind: Do you mean for people who want to do the Art as Being performances on July 31st Steve? No i don't think so yet
    stevenaia Michinaga: thx
    Storm Nordwind: Thinking of doing something?
    stevenaia Michinaga: everything begin with a deadline :)
    Storm Nordwind: haha!
    stevenaia Michinaga: or more correctly ends
    oO0Oo Resident: brb
    oO0Oo Resident: afk
    Eos Amaterasu: the end time precedes the beginning :-)
    Lila Darkmatter: bow then enter
    Storm Nordwind: "Life as a performance of Being" ... which for Steve means working backwards!
    Eos Amaterasu bows
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    Lila Darkmatter: :)
    Storm Nordwind 's pens sucks the ink back off the signed autographs as he walks backwards to the stage door


    Eos Amaterasu: Tonight's theme, from an email exchange on the PaB list (and originally from Mingyur Rinpoche as he was about to enter retreat):

    Keep this teaching at the heart of your practice. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, pause from time to time and relax your mind. You don't have to change anything about your experience. You can let thoughts and feelings come and go freely, and leave your senses wide open. Make friends with your experience and see if you can notice the spacious awareness that is with you all the time. Everything you ever wanted is right here in this present moment of awareness.

    Eos Amaterasu: To which Alfred responded:

    What you describe is being in the moment, which is, yes, a useful practice. But "everything you ever wanted is right here in this present moment of awareness" is taking it to an absolute, in presence of which, one should remain alert and skeptical :)

    Eos Amaterasu: to which Eos replied

    I think alert and skeptical is a great state of mind! That invites experimentation with "this present moment" as a laboratory :-) Here's one framing for a 9 or 90 second excursion: "how big is this present moment of awareness?" Or of alertness.

    Lila Darkmatter: Hi Sharon :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi everyone
    SophiaSharon Larnia: sorry to come in so late
    Eos Amaterasu: and Bruce responded:

    To Eos' "alert," and "skeptical" -- I would add "un-preferentially receptive."

    Eos Amaterasu: Hi SophiaSharon
    oO0Oo Resident: back
    Lila Darkmatter: :) wb
    Eos Amaterasu: alert, skeptical, un-preferentially receptive
    Lila Darkmatter: this alert moment
    Storm Nordwind: I noticed that attention got drawn to the very last part of the quote (everything is right here etc). Which - while true - seems a shame. Because it misses the wonderful point immediately before it: "notice the spacious awareness that is with you all the time"!
    Roger Ormenthal: Oops sorry, door, bye all.
    Lila Darkmatter: :)
    Lila Darkmatter considers 'how to notice'...
    oO0Oo Resident: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: how to notice, take 1: be startled!
    Storm Nordwind: perhaps we get so busy looking down at our work, that we simply forget to look up!
    Lila Darkmatter: coming up for air?
    Storm Nordwind: See everything fresh for the first time... which as I get older, and memory being what it is, seems to get easier and easier! ;)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    Lila Darkmatter: forget... as one gets older maybe afraid to forget anything too long... may want it back?
    Storm Nordwind: Nah... the freshness and wonder more than compensates for whatever I let go
    Eos Amaterasu: our lifetime gets a quality of dream being forgotten
    Lila Darkmatter nods
    Storm Nordwind: And I can notice by remembering the story of "Inch time foot gem" :)
    Lila Darkmatter: ?
    Storm Nordwind: An old Zen story...
    Storm Nordwind:

    A lord asked Takuan, a Zen Teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others. Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:
    Not twice this day
    Inch time foot gem.
    This day will not come again.
    Each minute is worth a priceless gem.

    stevenaia Michinaga: ...listens
    Lila Darkmatter: Very Nice
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Lila Darkmatter: 'just this' :)


    Storm Nordwind: I think some people sometimes get up on the "just" bit of just this. It's as though they feel they have to put up with things, just be satisfied with their lot. Not realizing the ecstasy of being there as part of 'just this'.
    Lila Darkmatter: interesting
    Eos Amaterasu: THat may have been part of Alfred's concern
    Eos Amaterasu: how spacious is the "just" part of "just this"?
    Storm Nordwind: yes I wondered that. The text could be read in at least two ways
    Eos Amaterasu: Re linear time 'this moment' is just a slice
    Eos Amaterasu: but "this spacious awareness/alertness" is the whole enchilada
    Lila Darkmatter: each time as every time?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: smiles at the whole enchilada
    stevenaia Michinaga: wonders is this moment the head of a pin or all that surrounds us
    Eos Amaterasu: ha ha
    Eos Amaterasu: each moment an acupuncture point into ...
    Storm Nordwind has no wings so cannot dance on the head of a pin
    Eos Amaterasu: or it comes at us
    Lila Darkmatter: alive
    Eos Amaterasu: each perception an opening, with its own language
    Eos Amaterasu: I think one aspect of questioning "this moment" is regarding how you plan or act across "moments"
    Eos Amaterasu: but I think that's seeing moments as slices
    Eos Amaterasu: maybe they are more like drops of honey
    Eos Amaterasu: (The Tao of Pooh)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: heh
    Lila Darkmatter smiles
    Lila Darkmatter: honey in every moment, but sometimes one has to dig and be natural not to alert the bees
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Paradise
    Lila Darkmatter: Hi Paradise :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hi Paradise
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: smiles hello :) lila eos sophia stev O :)
    oO0Oo Resident: Hi Paradise :).. and a late wave and hello to SSL and Stevenaia :)))
    Lila Darkmatter: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: There's the ongoing wu wei type question, re "You don't have to change anything about your experience."
    Eos Amaterasu: which in effect is: how is this not quietism, or passivity?
    oO0Oo Resident: in this "the best of all possible worlds"
    SophiaSharon Larnia: start where you are?
    oO0Oo Resident: Sharon *
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at sophie :)
    Eos Amaterasu: start where you are, indeed
    Lila Darkmatter: direct, immediate
    Eos Amaterasu: and then experience naturally changes anyway
    Eos Amaterasu: which might provoke alertness
    SophiaSharon Larnia: accepting where you are
    Storm Nordwind: if you start elsewhere, you end up coming back to where you are
    SophiaSharon Larnia: ha
    Lila Darkmatter: that might almost be called a 'test'... to notice, to stop, and see if anything can be 'lost'
    Storm Nordwind: or dropped?
    Lila Darkmatter: :))
    Eos Amaterasu: turns out there's no gravity :-)
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Eos Amaterasu: things stay as they are


    Storm Nordwind: Reminds me of another story... though i don't have this one online
    oO0Oo Resident: you are so attractive Eos
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)!
    Lila Darkmatter: :))
    Lila Darkmatter listens
    Eos Amaterasu pauses
    Lila Darkmatter: (apologizes)
    Eos Amaterasu: (the world continued to unfold in the 90 seconds :-)
    Lila Darkmatter: dance of the honey bees
    Storm Nordwind: The story was this...
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Storm Nordwind:

    Once there was man who carried a costly jewel on a journey. He met up with a thief posing as an honest man. They journeyed together. Every night when the first man was asleep, the thief would get up and search for the jewel in the man's belongings. But he never found anything. At the end of the journey, the second man admitted he was a theif and asked "where do you hide the jewel?" The reply was "Every night, before I slept, I hid it under YOUR pillow.

    Lila Darkmatter: Oh, lovely!
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, smiles
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Lila Darkmatter: sounds like a journey my selves take together 'here you be the thief this time'
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Eos Amaterasu: thieving bees
    Lila Darkmatter: hehe
    Lila Darkmatter: This is the best cure for a cold ever
    Lila Darkmatter: but still time to go to bed :) Thank you so much
    oO0Oo Resident: to believe in the tooth fairy, may well be to believe in our intrinsic goodness
    Paradise Tennant: good nite lila sweet dreams
    SophiaSharon Larnia: goodnight Lila, take care
    oO0Oo Resident: night Lila
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Eos Amaterasu: Good nite, lila darkly
    stevenaia Michinaga: night lila
    Lila Darkmatter: Night Friends :) Pleasant pillows too
    Lila Darkmatter: Thank you again

    stevenaia Michinaga: thinking on the moment......
    stevenaia Michinaga: one of the unique things about "this moment".. for me.. there is never sadness in this moment, sadness relies on the the past and the future, the moment is always for happiness
    stevenaia Michinaga: probably why I smile
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at stev's joy shining through
    oO0Oo Resident: smiles all the way
    Paradise Tennant: maybe that is what it is instead of turtles ...just smiles all the way down ::)))))
    oO0Oo Resident: up, down, all 'round
    stevenaia Michinaga: thanks for the orginal story in your eamil eos, it was also posted in last night's log
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at O
    oO0Oo Resident: snapping turtles
    Storm Nordwind: they're brittle?!
    Eos Amaterasu: that came from someone about to go on a long retreat, stevenaia
    oO0Oo Resident: lol
    SophiaSharon Larnia: eep
    Eos Amaterasu: the world is made of lifetimes
    Eos Amaterasu: there is some kind of sadness in the fact that we come and we go
    Eos Amaterasu: but there is also a more profound joke or smile about that, if we but got it
    oO0Oo Resident nods
    Eos Amaterasu: the two together make for tenderness
    oO0Oo Resident: *


    Paradise Tennant: fragile.. bubble of hope and loss
    oO0Oo Resident: *
    Storm Nordwind: and to some people, it seems there is relief. Or to others only resignation, or even panic.
    stevenaia Michinaga: but in between those is joy
    oO0Oo Resident: *.*
    Storm Nordwind: The joy that never need leave, that is always there, that always just is
    oO0Oo Resident peeks under the pillow
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Paradise Tennant: maybe we are really just radios ..just need to be tuned to the right station to get the programning right :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Another quote that came my way:

    Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
    Without looking for the traces I may have left;
    A cuckoo's song beckons me to return home;
    Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
    Who has told me to turn back;
    But do not ask me where I am going,
    As I travel in this limitless world,
    Where every step I take is my home.

    - Dogen (13th Century Zen master)

    Paradise Tennant: where every step I take is my home :)))))
    Paradise Tennant: love that line
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Eos Amaterasu: deep hmmmm
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: going to have to take a step and go home I am afraid :) falling asleep ... my friends thank you so much for the company the poetry and the conversation :))
    oO0Oo Resident: home is where we start, when home is anywhere
    SophiaSharon Larnia: goodnight Paradise :)
    Storm Nordwind: Bye!
    Eos Amaterasu: good night, para!
    oO0Oo Resident: night Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: namaste :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Paradise
    Eos Amaterasu: This bubble must also poof
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Samúð * :))
    Eos Amaterasu: and head for the pillow :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: Thanks, dear friends!
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Eos
    SophiaSharon Larnia: goodnight Eos
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    oO0Oo Resident: thank you dear Eos
    SophiaSharon Larnia: goodnight Storm
    oO0Oo Resident: night Storm
    oO0Oo Resident: (((*)))
    SophiaSharon Larnia: goodnight Stevenaia and Samúð, take care <3
    SophiaSharon Larnia: off to bed myself :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Sophia
    oO0Oo Resident: night SSL.. :)
    oO0Oo Resident: "and joy in between all those"
    stevenaia Michinaga: now is always in between, probably why I like it so much
    oO0Oo Resident: joy suits you very nicely
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles, yes, people talk.. say that to me
    stevenaia Michinaga: strange
    oO0Oo Resident: the hand that draws, watches the drawer
    stevenaia Michinaga: interesting, my hand moved to see
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: :)


    stevenaia Michinaga: night Samúð
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    oO0Oo Resident smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: jsut walking off your sunshine and lollypops
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: hehehehee yep
    oO0Oo Resident: take care Stevenai.. :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: night night
    oO0Oo Resident giggles
    oO0Oo Resident bows. Gassho _/|\_
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    oO0Oo Resident: bye
    stevenaia Michinaga: sweet dreams

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