2012.05.06 19:00 - Poised, Brisk, and Buoyant

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

    Storm Nordwind: Good evening Cal :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Storm :)
    Storm Nordwind: How are you today?
    Calvino Rabeni: Well, thanks
    Calvino Rabeni: I just got a phone call from the bank, though ... stuck in the phone tree
    Storm Nordwind: Oh dear, how maddening
    Calvino Rabeni: humf yes
    Calvino Rabeni: now in the hold queue for a while
    Storm Nordwind: And if you hang up, you know you'll have to do it all over again :-/
    Calvino Rabeni: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: right, that's a test of character
    Storm Nordwind: It seems that even a bank's telephone system can sometimes be a teacher.
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Paradise!
    Paradise Tennant: hiya storm cal :)
    Calvino Rabeni: yes
    Paradise Tennant: smiles and listens
    Storm Nordwind: We are keeping Cal company as his patience is stretched by a bank's telephone system. :-/

    Calvino Rabeni returns from phone limbo
    Paradise Tennant: hiya stev
    stevenaia Michinaga: evening
    Calvino Rabeni: Helooo over there :)
    Storm Nordwind: So... Ms. Michinaga... what makes you feel suited for this particular post you're applying for. ;-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: post?, location?
    stevenaia Michinaga: what am I applying for?
    Storm Nordwind: No idea. We're all just sitting as though it were a job interview. :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: felt like an appropriate place to balance the circle
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Peace :)
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: Did anyonw attend this afternoon's theme session?
    Calvino Rabeni: No, were there rumours?
    stevenaia Michinaga: no, it hasn;t been posted yet
    Storm Nordwind: I did attend. But my memory of it is dim for some reason. :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: :not unexpected for a topic of stillness
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: funny felt still this weekend .. was glorious weather .. just kind let it wash over
    Calvino Rabeni: feeling fresher ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: so sad the moon was covered by clouds
    Calvino Rabeni: it's cloudless here - how unusual -
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: perhaps the moon will be "super" tonight
    Paradise Tennant: and looks for the moon
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Tess
    stevenaia Michinaga: gtsy
    Paradise Tennant: hiya tess
    Tess Aristocrat: hello :D
    Storm Nordwind: hi!

    Tess Aristocrat: ㋡
    Tess Aristocrat: so good to see you all..long time
    stevenaia Michinaga: how have you been, seems it's been a while
    Paradise Tennant: how have you been:)
    Tess Aristocrat: I've been well, just working and getting with Spring ㋡
    Paradise Tennant: gardening ?
    Tess Aristocrat: not so much as just watering and mowing :P
    Paradise Tennant: smiles I count that as gardening :)
    Tess Aristocrat: yea :D
    Tess Aristocrat: How are you all?
    Storm Nordwind considers, and comes up with "fat but fit" :)
    Tess Aristocrat: happy ㋡
    Storm Nordwind nods and smiles :))
    Tess Aristocrat: What about Stevie ㋡
    stevenaia Michinaga: Nice storm, it fit me fat too well
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have been enjoying a busy time, with I eenjoy trmendously
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: we are all well here :) was a great weekend :)
    Tess Aristocrat: hahaha..I have an exercise machine that stares at me accusingly whenever I go upstairs, but I've just been spending a lot of time outside too..so lovely here
    Paradise Tennant: I know it has to be part of your daily routine something you do with out thinking about ..then it is really easy
    stevenaia Michinaga: spring is nearly upon us, jsut wheeled the tree outside (assumes no more frost) we have had for over 32 years
    Paradise Tennant: ahh nice
    stevenaia Michinaga: it takes 2 of us now
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, the lemon trees are now living outdoors here too
    Paradise Tennant: trees grow in 32 years
    Tess Aristocrat: ㋡
    stevenaia Michinaga: so we invite someone over for a meal and causually mention the tree moving and no dessert until it;s moved
    Tess Aristocrat: lollll
    Paradise Tennant: sigh now I am thoroughly jealous no lemon trees here
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Tess Aristocrat: I hear you!
    Tess Aristocrat: I have a pencil cactus that is that way
    stevenaia Michinaga: Chocolate silk pie can move mountains
    Storm Nordwind: Spring comes that late where you are Steve?
    stevenaia Michinaga: there was frost warnings last week
    Paradise Tennant: smiles :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: +were
    Storm Nordwind: wow
    Paradise Tennant: nor chocolate silk pie !
    Paradise Tennant: very tricky but effective :)
    Tess Aristocrat: It's been the most wonderful Spring weather I can remember in the last few years
    stevenaia Michinaga: love when it's cilly with a breeze but warm in the sun when the wind stops
    Tess Aristocrat: I gathered some caterpillars and some already in cocoons for a butterfly garden..I guess that's a nostalgic childish thing..but i loved it
    Paradise Tennant: a butterfly garden :)
    Paradise Tennant: watch a monarch today
    Tess Aristocrat: They are so amazing
    Paradise Tennant: in the park
    Paradise Tennant: was telling the dog how far it had likely flown so impressive really
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi San
    Tess Aristocrat: nods, smiling
    Storm Nordwind: I am still learning the new seasons here. It seems that Spring brings thunderstorms, hail, the odd tornado and - hopefully - lots of rain.
    Paradise Tennant: hiya san :)
    Santoshima Resident: hello
    Tess Aristocrat: Santos! ㋡
    Storm Nordwind: Hi San - welcome back!
    Santoshima Resident: thanks!

    Paradise Tennant: the book you recommended arrived this week .. yoga for runners it is wonderful thank you very much for the suggestion :)
    Paradise Tennant: san :)
    Santoshima Resident: oh, hope you enjoy
    Santoshima Resident: and that it is useful ...
    Paradise Tennant: yes am finding it very good
    Tess Aristocrat: Is it really yoga? Before stretches?
    Santoshima Resident: more like, a yoga practice for runners
    Paradise Tennant: more like correcting the imbalances just running does
    Santoshima Resident: yes
    Tess Aristocrat: wow..sounds interesting
    Tess Aristocrat: I suppose the same could be applied to walking?
    Tess Aristocrat: <*walks
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Storm Nordwind: Does walking bring imbalance?
    Paradise Tennant: there is a lot of depth to yoga and it explains and builds it up very well
    stevenaia Michinaga: what ate the imbalanes?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Tess Aristocrat: thank you Santos ㋡
    Santoshima Resident: yw
    Tess Aristocrat: Guess I'd better head for bed. It sure was good to see you all. ㋡
    Tess Aristocrat: night
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite tess :) sweet dreams with lots of butterflies
    Calvino Rabeni: Goodnight, Tess :)
    Santoshima Resident: bye tess ~ nice to see you ~
    stevenaia Michinaga: Night Teaa
    stevenaia Michinaga: Tess
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Paradise Tennant: http://butterflywebsite.com/butterflygardening.cfm
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, along weekend for me too, night to you all
    Calvino Rabeni: On the topic of running and body ... especially for older adults: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChiRunning
    Paradise Tennant: sounds lovely .. brings ups such nice images
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite stev :) sweet dreams
    Santoshima Resident: night stevenaia :
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night stevenaia :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: thx cal
    Calvino Rabeni: Older meaning, more than 30:)
    Paradise Tennant: well age is relative isn't it :)

    Paradise Tennant: just moving really any kind of moving makes you feel good
    Paradise Tennant: we were meant to move
    Calvino Rabeni: and we're constantly doing that
    Storm Nordwind is reminded to contact the Tai Chi school he'd researched last week
    Paradise Tennant: yes I have not tai chi except for a few basic classes a while ago but it looks really interesting
    Storm Nordwind: I always feel great poise after a class
    Calvino Rabeni: It boils down to standing, stepping, reaching, and looking (not necessarily in that order)
    Calvino Rabeni: Then they add style :)
    Paradise Tennant: thanks san
    Storm Nordwind: Someone once described it to me as martial art when done quickly, a dance when done a little slower, and a meditation when done slowly.
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you San :)
    Santoshima Resident: nice description
    Calvino Rabeni: "Poise" is a great word :)
    Paradise Tennant: yes a wonderful word
    Santoshima Resident: equipoise ~
    Calvino Rabeni: Nods ... though tai chi cautions one not to be "double weighted"
    Paradise Tennant: what is double weighted ?
    Calvino Rabeni: basically, weight on both feet
    Calvino Rabeni: the preference is one foot yang, one yin
    Paradise Tennant: so always alternating between yin and yang ?
    Santoshima Resident: oh, ... no movement possible if double-weighted
    Calvino Rabeni: because that's a posture of dynamic balance and freedom to move
    Santoshima Resident: ah
    Calvino Rabeni: right, double-weighted means stuck
    Storm Nordwind: To move at all, you must first lose double weightedness. Thus Tai Chi can start that way.
    Calvino Rabeni: yes right
    Calvino Rabeni: and then any movement starts with falling
    Paradise Tennant: smiles going to think about that quite a lot I suspect :)
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: "ground" for experiment, I think
    Storm Nordwind: Even my old gym teacher at school, years ago, cautioned against being what he called "flat footed".
    Paradise Tennant: smiles and looks at her feet
    Storm Nordwind: haha!
    Paradise Tennant: always find when I am top shape .. there is bounce to when you move
    Paradise Tennant: you feel lighter on your feet
    Paradise Tennant: kind of buoyant
    Paradise Tennant: like the energy is moving through you briskly
    Paradise Tennant: more alive
    Calvino Rabeni: brisk, yes, adaptive .. I notice part of that is a whole body shift in feeling tone that happens quickly
    Calvino Rabeni: A dandelion that's created its seed sphere is poised for a puff of wind coming from any direction

    Calvino Rabeni: Good evening Ewan :)
    Ewan Bonham: hi Folks..
    Paradise Tennant: hiya ewan
    Ewan Bonham: Hi Para..
    Santoshima Resident: hello Ewen
    Paradise Tennant: we are being dandelions :)
    Ewan Bonham: You mean soaking in the sun?
    Paradise Tennant: poised for movement in any direction :)
    Ewan Bonham: Hello San
    Ewan Bonham: Depending on the wind?
    Calvino Rabeni: The dandelion holds onto the seed - not too tight, not too loose
    Calvino Rabeni: too tight, and the seeds don't fly
    Calvino Rabeni: too loose, and on the ground they lie
    Calvino Rabeni: We might hold ourselves that way too :)
    Calvino Rabeni: or our "ideas" ?
    Ewan Bonham: Nice reflection..

    Paradise Tennant: you when I was out walking today with the dog I was thinking of someone I know who died on her birthday 8 years ago now .we put up a little stone in the park and Blue and I often go to say hello to her. Such dramatic evidence that everything passes and all the things you hold tightly to ..even the you doing the holding .. so temporary .. being anything but fluid in the face of that .. just brings wasted effort to bear ..
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes
    Calvino Rabeni: effort that if not wasted could go .. ?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles that is the ?
    Calvino Rabeni: I was thinking like, toward a different quality of being
    Paradise Tennant: that would be a good one :)
    Santoshima Resident: yes and yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Gratitude and respect, as the Yin and Yang of an effective relationship to reality
    Ewan Bonham: Why do these memories come up?
    Calvino Rabeni: I guess the memories come bearing messages
    Ewan Bonham: I think so...and for the present as well..
    Calvino Rabeni: the messages' meanings are in the present, when fully appreciated?
    Paradise Tennant: actually it still makes me mad at the fates .. no one should die on their birthday
    Ewan Bonham: Well, thank you all...getting kinda sleepy...night..:)
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite ewan
    Paradise Tennant: sigh I should go too . pup still needs a walk and I have a few chores left ;)
    Paradise Tennant: thank you :)
    Santoshima Resident: please excuse me ... two dear cats have come in bearing the message that it's night, and time to rest ~ peaceful evening
    Storm Nordwind: me too I'm afraid.
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you :)
    Santoshima Resident: thank you
    Storm Nordwind: Goodnight friends :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night Santo and Storm
    Paradise Tennant: namaste my friends :)
    Calvino Rabeni: And Para :)


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