2012.11.27 19:00 - Give yourself a day

    all smunched together in a hug

    mirror neurons lifted by accepting


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


    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Aph
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hiya Eos
    Aphrodite Macbain: Must be about 11 your time
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes, just before the witching hoiur
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: sitting by your lonesome, thinking lonesome toughts
    Aphrodite Macbain: also thoughts
    Eos Amaterasu: .... Hank Williams echoes through the mind.... [Jill Barber cover]
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes, perfect back drop
    Eos Amaterasu: "I'm so lonesome I could cry..."
    Aphrodite Macbain: sniff
    Eos Amaterasu: How is your be-ing, aph?
    Aphrodite Macbain: not great right now thanks Eos
    Eos Amaterasu: or your be-witching? :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: which is that?
    Eos Amaterasu: ohh, (( ))
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)

    Aphrodite Macbain: Hi Eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Aph, Eos
    Aphrodite Macbain: You too are up late
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi E!iza
    Eliza Madrigal: not for long but thought I'd peek in :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: I feel better with you both on either side of me
    Eliza Madrigal: aw...
    Eliza Madrigal: (((EosAphEliza))))))
    Eos Amaterasu: beams......
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-) nice. all smunched together in a hug
    Aphrodite Macbain: maybe it's the weather.
    Eliza Madrigal: the moon...
    Aphrodite Macbain: I need to find some SAD light bulbs
    Aphrodite Macbain: also breaking up is hard to dooooo
    Eos Amaterasu: ah, songs in the key of blue
    Aphrodite Macbain: Paradise is trying really hard to come on line
    Eliza Madrigal: internet weather
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- more than any other colour
    Eos Amaterasu hopes paradise comes to earth
    Aphrodite Macbain: blue dominates the airwaves
    Eos Amaterasu: touching and going
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- we need some paradisal pleasures
    Eliza Madrigal: buddha fields...
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes:-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: catchig a paradisal wave
    Aphrodite Macbain: catching
    Eliza Madrigal: well, where three are gathered... so seems we are okay
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: or is it just two or more :) wow, I'm loosing my bible verses...
    Eos Amaterasu: this moment is the oven and the bread and the eating
    Aphrodite Macbain: Two or more
    Eos Amaterasu: (or bewitching coven)
    Eliza Madrigal: stirring beneath the full moon
    Aphrodite Macbain: the place, the object and the action Eos?
    Eos Amaterasu: saw last night, tonight obscured
    Eos Amaterasu: this situation, the three of us, this feeling
    Aphrodite Macbain: double double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble
    Eos Amaterasu: of Paradise impending :p)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: :D
    Eliza Madrigal: and has arrived!
    Eos Amaterasu: hi Para
    Aphrodite Macbain: yayy- Para has landed
    Eliza Madrigal: Greetings Paradise :)


    Paradise Tennant: smiles and waves all round
    Aphrodite Macbain: Now we are four and I'm getting happier by the moment
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hpw are you Paradise? Any chance of a visit to the west coast?
    Paradise Tennant: I am very well thank you :) a little sleepy a busy day
    Paradise Tennant: will likely be on the west coast some time this year :)
    Paradise Tennant: how are you aph
    Aphrodite Macbain: a little blue
    Paradise Tennant: oh no
    Aphrodite Macbain: in need of diversion
    Eos Amaterasu: the current hue
    Aphrodite Macbain: RL doesn't hold any promises
    Eos Amaterasu wonders if he knows the feeling
    Aphrodite Macbain: though I am investigating the possibility of going on a retreat at the Zen centre here
    Eos Amaterasu: "who does it feel / to be on your own / with no direction home ?
    Eos Amaterasu: how
    Eos Amaterasu: who
    Aphrodite Macbain: Not sure how long I should go for. Not sure if I can be in silence, with no diversion for a week
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Excellent, Aph!
    Aphrodite Macbain: like a rollin stone
    Aphrodite Macbain: I may try a long weekend first
    Eliza Madrigal: seems sensible..
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at aph and thinks of an optimum number of days of still .. to the point of happy again
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes
    Eos Amaterasu: it's the best possible thing, to be alone with your mind for days on end :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: ha ha
    Eliza Madrigal: hehehe
    Eliza Madrigal: just me and my shadows...
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm afraid I'd bore myself
    Aphrodite Macbain: I gather the 2nd day is the worst
    Eos Amaterasu: I think even a short solitary silent retreat can be amazing!
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes?
    Eos Amaterasu: and seem so precious!

    Eos Amaterasu: when have you given yourself a day?

    Aphrodite Macbain: what happens? Do you become more and more peaceful? and does that peace last?
    Eos Amaterasu: ha ha - peace?
    Aphrodite Macbain: no peae?
    Eos Amaterasu: just whatever comes up
    Aphrodite Macbain: ce
    Eos Amaterasu: which seems to be a lot, the mind being pretty productive :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: perhaps clarity
    Eos Amaterasu: war and peace
    Eos Amaterasu: blue and red
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'll be thinking of groceries to buy and appointments to make
    Eos Amaterasu: yes, more clearly
    Eos Amaterasu: so maybe more bitingly
    Eliza Madrigal: (the book arrived today... what I hear from wol is the best translation)
    Eos Amaterasu: or more tenderly
    Eos Amaterasu: the book?
    Eliza Madrigal: war and peace :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: war and peace?
    Eos Amaterasu: don't you have enough already?
    Aphrodite Macbain: It's on my book clubs reading list. That will take at least 2 months to read
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: followed by Ulysses!
    Eliza Madrigal: fun to see the lists come up and not add to them
    Eliza Madrigal: ohhh
    Eos Amaterasu highly highly recommends Life of ∏
    Eos Amaterasu: 11 our of 10
    Eos Amaterasu: finally a filmic story
    Eos Amaterasu: in 3D
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes- good book. It's in movie form right now
    Eliza Madrigal: looking very forward :))
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Eos Amaterasu: a true PaB movie!
    Eliza Madrigal: Liked one review "doesn't choose between reality and unreality"
    Aphrodite Macbain: good. makes a not- another cheerer upper
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles !
    Aphrodite Macbain: I saw Searching for Sugarman last night. Have a look for it- it's beautiful
    Eliza Madrigal: there were no films out that seemed interesting... then suddenly 10
    Aphrodite Macbain: 10?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes ..cloud atlas is good too
    Eliza Madrigal: well, many :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: listens intently with pen poised
    Eliza Madrigal: agree, Para!
    Paradise Tennant: the master :)
    Eos Amaterasu: non Cylon
    Aphrodite Macbain: ?
    Paradise Tennant: sunny mondays
    Eliza Madrigal: also a good review from a friend for "Sessions"
    Paradise Tennant: searching for sugar man :)) very very good
    Eos Amaterasu: (whups - that was a thought about Life of Pi being a very _human_ movie: it doesn't feel like lots of effects - it's warm, rounded, personal
    Eliza Madrigal: ty for the unpacking Eos :)
    Eos Amaterasu: and is a true inception
    Aphrodite Macbain: warm and rounded :-)
    Paradise Tennant: waltzing with retzike
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Eos Amaterasu: it leaves something behind in your mind
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Ewan
    Paradise Tennant: medal of honour
    Eliza Madrigal: Evening, Ewan
    Paradise Tennant: smiles we have been on film fest :)
    Paradise Tennant: hiya ewan
    Aphrodite Macbain: medal of honour for what?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hello Ewan
    Ewan Bonham: Hi folks..
    Eos Amaterasu: the quality of being here
    Eos Amaterasu: as reflected, sometimes, in movies
    Eos Amaterasu: and in our art projects? Being clarity?
    Eliza Madrigal: life projects
    Eos Amaterasu: hmm, yes
    Eos Amaterasu: the true dance


    Eliza Madrigal: am always amazed when you follow an artist, visual or musician, writer, etc... they are compelled to change... the work moves...
    Eliza Madrigal: even if what they are doing is well received, successful, etc.
    Eos Amaterasu: ... leads in the dance....
    Eliza Madrigal: Zen made a comment recently that acceptance and appreciation may be the same thing
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes !
    Aphrodite Macbain: makes sense
    Eos Amaterasu: kind of like in Japanese art an object is given a space to be
    Eos Amaterasu: which creates tremendous appreciation
    Eliza Madrigal: ahhh, yes thats it
    Eos Amaterasu: I think appreciation has a bit of play quality to it too
    Aphrodite Macbain: nice metaphor
    Eos Amaterasu: like our mirror neurons are lifted by accepting the being of that thing
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Eos Amaterasu: and we enjoy and celebrate
    Paradise Tennant: sorry getting sleepy :)) going to have to sneak off to bed :) namaste my firends :))
    Eliza Madrigal: namaste paradise, nice to see you for a bit
    Eos Amaterasu: _/ \_
    Aphrodite Macbain: namaste
    Eliza Madrigal: that's what a retreat would be Aph... space around....
    Aphrodite Macbain: smiles
    Eos Amaterasu: hmm, nice
    Aphrodite Macbain: In some ways I have lots of spae around - I live alone
    Aphrodite Macbain: but it's not the space I need
    Eliza Madrigal nods
    Eliza Madrigal: understand that :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: I like the idea of sharing that space with others
    Aphrodite Macbain: but with others who are sitting silently but supportively
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: peer pressure but hm... spacious and loving
    Aphrodite Macbain: peer support, like a sangha
    Eos Amaterasu: yeah, the air gets elevated, the pressure lifts you up
    Aphrodite Macbain: nice thought
    Eliza Madrigal: yes

    Eliza Madrigal: sometimes when I'm not working on what I need to at the house, I go to a cafe because looking focused helps me to get focused :)

    Aphrodite Macbain: It is an amazing feeling, I gather, eating quietly together
    Aphrodite Macbain: like whistling in the dark Eliza?
    Eliza Madrigal: heheh
    Eos Amaterasu: Eliza, yes, that big family room kind of feeling
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    Eos Amaterasu: Aph, yes, eating formally in total silence, yes
    Aphrodite Macbain: grins
    Aphrodite Macbain: I wonder whether you would hear all the slups and gnashing of teeth
    Eliza Madrigal: preschoolers play like this, happily alongside not necessarily playing with the same thing
    Eliza Madrigal giggles Aph
    Eos Amaterasu: Heh heh, six days, you said?
    Aphrodite Macbain: just "being" togethr withut a need to make conversation. That sounds so nice
    Eliza Madrigal: in disciplined zen settings there are quiet rituals around meals also?
    Eliza Madrigal: so maybe no slurping :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Functional slurping
    Eliza Madrigal: hehhee
    Eliza Madrigal: then I remember that in Japan, slurping soup is a sign of appreciation ^.^
    Eos Amaterasu: Oryoki style meals
    Eliza Madrigal: have you shared meals that way before Eos?
    Aphrodite Macbain: I thought that was burping
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes, I did various retreats (like da-thuns = moon periods, 28 days), where meals were done in formal oryoki style


    Eos Amaterasu: if your life project is filled with space, acceptance, and appreciation, it is always on retreat
    Eliza Madrigal smiles - amen :)
    Eos Amaterasu: could we but play our lives that way :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: can taste the edges of that deep play - compartmentalized retreat bursting its banks
    Aphrodite Macbain: chews gratefully
    Eos Amaterasu: (deep animal lineage of what chewing means (echo of Life of Pi, btw.... it keeps happening :-) )
    Aphrodite Macbain: I really must see that movie
    Aphrodite Macbain: and I really must eat dinner - all this talk of food..
    Eliza Madrigal: great therapy Aph... getting absorbed
    Eos Amaterasu: (in a way it's the best movie since "Groundhog Day" :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: oh, wow
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Stevie :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Stevie!
    stevenaia Michinaga: which was the best movie since Groundhog Day?
    Eos Amaterasu thinks of Life of Pi that way
    stevenaia Michinaga: awww, must see it
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: did you see it in 3D Eos?
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes- getting absorbed - is really a form of diversion.
    Eos Amaterasu: It's wonderful, great music, yummy
    Eliza Madrigal: *yummy*
    Eos Amaterasu: (I better stop!)
    Aphrodite Macbain: It helps pass the time until I begin to fee l better
    Eos Amaterasu: eat well, Aph!
    Eliza Madrigal: Night Aph
    Eliza Madrigal: take care
    Aphrodite Macbain: nite
    Eliza Madrigal: I'll say goodnight after the hour bell - was lovely to be here
    Eliza Madrigal: and thanks stevenaia for picking up my session last night
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: "it's wonderful to be here, it's certainly a thrill"
    Eliza Madrigal: :) :) :)
    Eliza Madrigal: rather fitting for the session
    Eliza Madrigal: that song
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: followed by A Day in the Life (speaking of Life Projects :-)
    Ewan Bonham: Well, folks, thank you... very nice to see you all...:)
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: nice to see you too Ewan, quite quiet tonight :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Nice to be here with you, Ewan
    stevenaia Michinaga: just stopped in to end my evening
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems to have worked for everyone
    Eliza Madrigal: :) ritual of evening's end
    Eos Amaterasu: mostly appreciating being here :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods, truely a ritual


    stevenaia Michinaga: night Eliza
    stevenaia Michinaga: NIGHT EOS
    Eliza Madrigal: night friends, sweet dreams
    stevenaia Michinaga: Night Stevie
    Eos Amaterasu: thank yoiu Eliza, Stevenaia, good night

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