2011.11.13 19:00 - Force of Habit

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Cal
    stevenaia Michinaga: this is my new friend Amr
    stevenaia Michinaga: I jsut gave him a notecard
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Steve and Amr ... how is it going?
    AmrSamra Resident: hello
    stevenaia Michinaga: he is new to SL
    stevenaia Michinaga: sit on a pillow
    AmrSamra Resident: where r u stevenaia ?
    Calvino Rabeni: Ah ... welcome
    stevenaia Michinaga: behinf you
    Calvino Rabeni: he is behind you
    stevenaia Michinaga: behind you
    AmrSamra Resident: i can`t see u
    Calvino Rabeni: Steve, did you mention about PlayAsBeing and the session logger?
    stevenaia Michinaga: prefer gender neutral designation Cal :)
    AmrSamra Resident: yes, now good
    stevenaia Michinaga: not yet
    stevenaia Michinaga: we record our conversations Amr
    AmrSamra Resident: ok
    stevenaia Michinaga: is that ok to include your comments
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: we post them to the groups WIki
    stevenaia Michinaga: thanks
    AmrSamra Resident: mhmm ok
    stevenaia Michinaga: we do a 90 second meditation at the 1/4 houre, explore the nature of reality
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: I'll try to notice something about reality in 2 minutes from now :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: there will be a bell

    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: nice how sometimes clearing the mind makes room for so much
    stevenaia Michinaga: the random thoughts reorder themselves
    AmrSamra Resident: yes , so good
    Calvino Rabeni: mmm yes it makes room for a kind of massage of the subtle body from whatever happens to be happening
    stevenaia Michinaga: quiet and emptyness, do you meditate in RL Amr?
    AmrSamra Resident: yes, sometimes
    stevenaia Michinaga: I can;t say I did in any formal way prior to coming here
    stevenaia Michinaga: (a few years ago)
    stevenaia Michinaga: now it't usually daily
    stevenaia Michinaga: it's
    stevenaia Michinaga: even just totake a moment to...slow down
    Calvino Rabeni: (long pause ...yes)
    AmrSamra Resident: :) good word
    AmrSamra Resident: long pause
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometimes my work was my meditation and still can be at times
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometimes cleaning the dishes or standing in line somewhere is all it takes
    Calvino Rabeni nods
    Calvino Rabeni: it seems, the activity one is doing makes no difference at all really
    stevenaia Michinaga: most people have little patience for lines
    Calvino Rabeni: and independent of that, the experience has qualities
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: like it might be "fresh" one day and "stale" another day
    AmrSamra Resident: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: Amr is from Egypt. a very interesting part of the world
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes that must be very true
    AmrSamra Resident: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: not sure the same would be true last year, what a difference
    Calvino Rabeni: Something can change in a year, but some things don't seem to change, some kind of feeling about what should be possible
    Calvino Rabeni: Not necessarily what IS possible, but what is expected
    Calvino Rabeni: then when the world changes there might be a tension between
    Calvino Rabeni: expectations and habits versus what is now being suggested by reality
    Calvino Rabeni: perhaps in a way
    Calvino Rabeni: the chains and walls are also carried inside?
    stevenaia Michinaga: both need to be in balance
    Calvino Rabeni nods
    AmrSamra Resident: i think habits push more than expections
    stevenaia Michinaga: what would change if that were the case?
    Calvino Rabeni: I am not sure quite what you meant ... though I tend to think of habits as things that hold one still rather than pushing, and expectations as something that wants movemennt
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods

    AmrSamra Resident: the only thing had changed is the head
    AmrSamra Resident: people not changed because the habits
    Calvino Rabeni: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: I was thinking about the social habit of whether one may "speak out" or not
    Calvino Rabeni: a friend of mine grew up in a country next to the Soviet Union
    Calvino Rabeni: they had relations with them
    Calvino Rabeni: and he one a contest
    Calvino Rabeni: (he was 11 years old)
    Calvino Rabeni: the prize was a Bear Cub
    Calvino Rabeni: and they gave him the chain to the bear cub
    Calvino Rabeni: to take it somewhere (zoo or something?)
    Calvino Rabeni: and he was proud
    Calvino Rabeni: but when he told the story to his mother and father
    Calvino Rabeni: they were very worried
    Calvino Rabeni: and they told him, don't do anything like this again!
    Calvino Rabeni: Because it makes you visible, we don't want to be seen
    Calvino Rabeni: better not to be seen
    Calvino Rabeni: because you never know
    Calvino Rabeni: and so that was an education
    Calvino Rabeni: and it became a habit
    Calvino Rabeni: now it's expressed in things like
    Calvino Rabeni: "do you want to write a Blog"
    Calvino Rabeni: or author a book
    Calvino Rabeni: and the answer is more likely to be NO
    Calvino Rabeni: But it causes tension
    stevenaia Michinaga: bed time for me, night Cal, Amr has dissappeared
    Calvino Rabeni: in America now there's a growing custom to use the media
    Calvino Rabeni: have a blog
    Calvino Rabeni smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: thanks
    stevenaia Michinaga: gtsy
    Calvino Rabeni: I hope we didn't scare him off :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Take care Stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: no perhaps he will be back :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Quiet session...
    Calvino Rabeni: On the other end of that custom
    Calvino Rabeni: according to Morris Berman
    Calvino Rabeni: according to Chris Rock
    Calvino Rabeni: in the United States, when you're talking to someone
    Calvino Rabeni: you're not really talking to that person
    Calvino Rabeni: you're talking to their Agent
    Calvino Rabeni: hmmm
    Calvino Rabeni: that sounds individualist
    Calvino Rabeni: but also I think there's collective versions of it
    Calvino Rabeni: when writing a blog, you're talking to everyone and no one
    Calvino Rabeni: writing in a place like this Pavilion
    Calvino Rabeni: is writing + talking, if someone is here
    Calvino Rabeni: if no one is here it automatically becomes more blog-like
    Calvino Rabeni: Not exactly the same though, since for the main part blogs represent the voice of an individual
    Calvino Rabeni: Group blogs are much less common and by some reckoning, harder to do effectively
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