2012.01.26 07:00 - Rest. Trust. Vision. Play.

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Storm Nordwind. The comments are by Storm Nordwind.

    Spring grass.

    Storm Nordwind: Good morning Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: Good morning Storm :))
    Storm Nordwind: See how optimistic I am? The spring grass is already poking through the pavilion. :)
    Eliza Madrigal grins
    Eliza Madrigal: Nice to see ::::let's spring fragrances waft through her imagination::::
    Storm Nordwind: Good morning Pema!
    Eliza Madrigal: Morning, Pema :)
    Pema Pera: hi Storm and Eliza
    Pema Pera: keep running into you two these days :-)
    Pema Pera: (still the same day in Japan!)
    Eliza Madrigal: we do seem to frequent the same circles
    Storm Nordwind: Oh! I'll try to be more elusive if you prefer. ;)
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera: nice to be back again in New York City.
    Pema Pera: may be easier to attend some more PaB sessions from here
    Storm Nordwind: That will be great!
    Eliza Madrigal: yes it would

    Spring sky.

    chpark-2012-01-26.jpgStorm Nordwind: Brilliant deep blue mountain sky here this morning - waking me up nicely
    Pema Pera: grey cozy clouds above Central Park, good with jet lag :)
    Eliza Madrigal: robins egg blue with wispy clouds in Miami... beautiful...
    Eliza Madrigal: and last night one of the nicest nights to walk in all year
    Eliza Madrigal: where would you be without jet lag Pema?
    Eliza Madrigal: seem to work with it well
    Storm Nordwind checks the local webcam at http://apcd.state.co.us/live_image/chpark.jpg
    Pema Pera: :-)

    Shifting PaB.

    Pema Pera: btw, I have a strong intuition that a lot is shifting in PaB these days . . . .
    Storm Nordwind: Please tell us more!
    Pema Pera: hmmm, . . .
    Pema Pera: various strands of conversations are one aspect
    Pema Pera: from retreat overhaul to discussions about not having quite enough guardians to populate enough sessions
    Eliza Madrigal waves Hello to observerm
    Pema Pera: to aspects of my own practice of the last week or so
    Pema Pera: Hi observerm!
    Pema Pera: As for my own practice, I've been caught by a koan
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Pema Pera: let catching a flu,
    Pema Pera: of how to practice without practicing
    Pema Pera: and part of my symptoms are that even the 9 sec feels like too much :)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)

    Talk about the 9 seconds.

    Pema Pera: ah, yes, that was one other strand of conversation this last week and a bit:
    Pema Pera: that there has been so very little talk about the 9 sec, the last couple years
    Storm Nordwind agrees
    Pema Pera: one approach would be to rekindle such talk

    Buddhahood in the bathtub.

    Pema Pera: another option would be to become even more radically playful
    Storm Nordwind: oh?
    Pema Pera: "Buddhahood without Meditation" is a book title that just now pops in my head
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Pema Pera: not that I want to toss out the 9 secs practice
    Storm Nordwind: Currently next to my bathtub!
    Pema Pera: but more as a parallel track, no practice as all, no attempt at improving anything
    Pema Pera: wow!
    Pema Pera: the visions of the next to last Dudjom Rinpoche
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Storm Nordwind nods and smiles

    Rest. Trust. Vision. Play.

    Pema Pera: so a parallel track could be to fully rely on play, on visionary play if you want
    Pema Pera: surrender to Time, to the Universe, to Being, whatever labels we want to use
    Eliza Madrigal: bathtub seems a good place to read that book... relaxing, release, rest
    Pema Pera: "the depth of the bathtub is the height of the moon" -- free after Dogen :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)) would love to hear more about visionary play
    Pema Pera: Rest as the basis
    Pema Pera: Trust as the attitude
    Pema Pera: Vision as what comes naturally
    Pema Pera: Play as what goes out then, equally naturally
    Eliza Madrigal: basic rest, trustful stance, natural insight, joy

    Storm Nordwind: I like that

    Deeper, directer, simpler.

    Storm Nordwind wonders how much of that we are already doing
    Eliza Madrigal: mmm
    Pema Pera: quite a bit perhaps, certainly we have the right direction
    Pema Pera: but purely for myself, I feel I'm continuing ways to go deeper, directer, simpler
    Pema Pera: and I also sense something similar around me
    Eliza Madrigal: feel this very much too
    Pema Pera: though I'd be hard put to separate my own practice experience from what I sense around me :-)
    Pema Pera: all so connected and mutually inspiring
    Eliza Madrigal: nods
    Storm Nordwind: Perhaps that is what tends to happen naturally through a process of continual dropping that happens without even trying once the attitude is there.
    Pema Pera nods
    Eliza Madrigal: props dissolving
    Storm Nordwind: Less and less habitual clinging
    Pema Pera: rest

    Natural and unforced.

    Storm Nordwind: Sometimes it is hard to consider 'just being' as a practice, it is so natural and unforced
    Pema Pera: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: there's a sense of, not needing to do anything, just leave the usual defaults alone... then further, not even leaving defaults alone... so odd to articulate
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: hi Lucinda!
    Eliza Madrigal: and it IS fascinating how the whole community seems to hm shift or flow at once, though still with unique individual waves and rhythms
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Lucinda :)

    A favor for Lucinda.

    Lucinda Lavender: Hi everyone..came to ask a favour for tomorrow morning...with my van out of commission I need to start my session late if someone could gather the first few minutes...I will be getting on at a cafe...
    Eliza Madrigal: OK Luci
    Pema Pera: I will try to be here at 7 am SLT, Luci
    Pema Pera: should be possible
    Pema Pera: shall I just claim the log?
    Eliza Madrigal: actually I claim the morning log so it can just stay attached even if I have to leave
    Eliza Madrigal: after Maxine's session
    Lucinda Lavender: I thought probably so Eliza:)
    Pema Pera: ah yes
    Lucinda Lavender: so if I come on at 7:15 and claim then with that work?
    Pema Pera hits head, forgot about Maxine's session
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Eliza Madrigal: not a great idea because then you'll get the whole thing...
    Pema Pera: Eliza and I can compete in a round of log claiming :)
    Eliza Madrigal: better if I just send it :)
    Eliza Madrigal laughs
    Eliza Madrigal: OR yes, Pema can take it then you claim
    Eliza Madrigal sits on hands and lets the universe decide

    Throwing logs.

    Pema Pera: log throwing is a Scottish pastime, isn't it? what do they call it again . . . Storm must know . . .
    Lucinda Lavender: Luci smiles and takes deep breath...thinking...whatever is best
    Eliza Madrigal: hahah
    Storm Nordwind: "Tossing the caber"
    Eliza Madrigal feels muscular
    Lucinda Lavender: is that the caber toss
    Pema Pera: ah yes
    Pema Pera: Toss the log, mate
    Lucinda Lavender: last week my log was kind of connected to Maxines
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, because I had to leave early... so didn't "stop it"
    Lucinda Lavender: does there need to be a special closing out and starting for mine?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    Lucinda Lavender: so needs chopping
    Eliza Madrigal: for the early session I start and stop it and then usually it is fine by 7am
    Lucinda Lavender: gets out her axe
    Eliza Madrigal giggles
    Eliza Madrigal: we're hearty today
    Lucinda Lavender: will arrive tomorrow with tools in hand

    Unopened mail.

    Pema Pera: btw, I'd better go -- two months of unopened mail is staring me in the face from behind my computer screen . . . .
    Storm Nordwind: Oh!!!
    Eliza Madrigal: :) okay... thank you Pema and Luci too
    Pema Pera: just came home yesterday after two months . . .
    Eliza Madrigal: take it to the bath tub
    Lucinda Lavender: have a great opening then Pema
    Storm Nordwind: Wonderful to see you Pema :)
    Pema Pera: let it (dis)solve itself . . .
    Eliza Madrigal: mhm
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: :))
    Pema Pera sharpening his letter opener
    Lucinda Lavender: must go for now too:)
    Eliza Madrigal: no need to use an axe for that
    Pema Pera: will open up to my heart's content, Luci!
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Lucinda Lavender: very good:)
    Pema Pera: though those amazon.com packages can be tough at times . . . .
    Lucinda Lavender: yes!
    Pema Pera: half a dozen of them waiting too . . .
    Pema Pera: c u !
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Lucinda Lavender: sounds really fun!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: ha ha
    Lucinda Lavender: well...on to work...see you all soon...
    Eliza Madrigal waves
    Storm Nordwind: Bye for now!

    Enthuse and infuse.

    Eliza Madrigal: when Pema shares his (no) practice everything sort of infuses with his enthusiasm... so nice
    Storm Nordwind: Yes. And he is speaking my language it seems.


    Eliza Madrigal: do you see this in the group as a whole as well? things sort of lightening ?
    Storm Nordwind: I hadn't thought to widen it. But I sense that there is often a yen for simplicity, at least for some.
    Eliza Madrigal: simplicity, yes
    Storm Nordwind: With simplicity comes accessibility. The 9 seconds practice is simple and accessible, for sure, but what Pema touches on seems more so.
    Eliza Madrigal: maybe in part, it is that the practice is there and doesn't need help or promotion...
    Eliza Madrigal: when we're in sessions there is the taste of it
    Eliza Madrigal: and plenty to follow up on should someone want to
    Eliza Madrigal: so there is a hm, rippling out
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Storm Nordwind: On the other hand, I know some people do crave structure and seem bereft without it.
    Eliza Madrigal: I relate to that in some ways at some times
    Eliza Madrigal: it isn't easy to learn to trust
    Eliza Madrigal: and one must have a taste for what they are trusting
    Storm Nordwind: Indeed. Especially if one's trust has ever been misplaced.
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: ah, indeed... have yet to meet anyone who fits opposite criteria


    Alfred Kelberry: hi :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Boxy :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Boxy!
    Alfred Kelberry: time shoes :)
    Alfred Kelberry: aww, the trees are gone :(
    Storm Nordwind: You are checking out Eliza's latest gear ;)
    Eliza Madrigal: :::kick your knees up step in time:::
    Eliza Madrigal: ( you may not know that one Boxy since you don't care for musicals) :)
    Alfred Kelberry: except grease
    Eliza Madrigal: hah
    Eliza Madrigal: did you see Sam's PARTY suggestion for meets retreats? cute...
    Alfred Kelberry: creative :)
    Storm Nordwind: hehe - yes... although I have to say the acronym didn't stick in my mind!
    Eliza Madrigal: all these angles have a similar spirit in a way...
    Eliza Madrigal: playful, easy, explorative
    Eliza Madrigal: like Pema earlier in the session :)
    Storm Nordwind: Yes :)


    Eliza Madrigal had better go... such a pleasure, this morning
    Eliza Madrigal: thank you Storm
    Alfred Kelberry: name is important, but not as much as the actual form of the meeting
    Eliza Madrigal: true Boxy
    Storm Nordwind: You're always welcome dear Eliza
    Alfred Kelberry: yet no one commented on that
    Eliza Madrigal: but maybe misunderstandings can be avoided with a simple name
    Eliza Madrigal: so it is a good place to start
    Alfred Kelberry: i wonder if there's really an issue
    Eliza Madrigal: nah, seems less and less of one
    Eliza Madrigal: :))
    Storm Nordwind will go too. Vacation week
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, nice
    Alfred Kelberry: bye :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Storm on holiday
    Alfred Kelberry: vacation away from sl?
    Storm Nordwind: More my wife on holiday!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)) same thing
    Eliza Madrigal: love to M
    Eliza Madrigal: Namaste'
    Storm Nordwind: :)))
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste

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