2008.06.26 19:00 - A 1% Angle

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    Pia was the guardian that evening. Here is her log, with her comments. The last picture and the title are hers too; the other pictures are provided by Sylectra.

    Pavilion was empty when I got there. How unusual!
    I walked around, and checked out the view, noticing some changes: Moon’s PaB logo is on one side of wall and Dakini’s teleportation hub is by the entrance… More than 10 mins passed, maybe I can try swimming in the moat?? At this time, Syl Imed me and asked for tp. She arrived with a friend, and many butterflies around her. Thor walked in shortly.

    Sylectra Darwin: Hi Pia, this is my good friend Devon
    Devon Infinity: Hi Pia.
    Pia Iger: Hi, Devon. Welcome
    Devon Infinity: Thank you.
    Pia Iger: would you like to sit?
    Devon Infinity: Sure.
    Pia Iger: Syl, do you bring all the butterflies?
    Sylectra Darwin: Dakini says she will be along shortly
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes! You like?
    Sylectra Darwin: If it’s distracting I can turn off.
    Pia Iger: delightful.
    Sylectra Darwin: thanks!
    Sylectra Darwin: So how are you Pia?
    Pia Iger: feel weird.
    Sylectra Darwin: weird?
    Pia Iger: first time only myself here
    Devon Infinity: Is it often crowded?
    Sylectra Darwin: Often at least 5 people
    Pia Iger: yes.
    Sylectra Darwin: there’s thorberg
    Sylectra Darwin: Hi Thorberg
    Pia Iger: I saw him pass by, but he did not see me, seems.
    Sylectra Darwin: He is having trouble connecting to this world, hehe
    Sylectra Darwin: can I ever relate
    Devon Infinity: There he is.
    Sylectra Darwin: Today a very well respected programmer at my work quit suddenly.

    Quit suddenly… That’s something interesting to talk about! But I felt I have to do the guardian duty first, and as conversation flows, I got no chance to go back to this ‘quit’ topic again tonight.

    Pia Iger: Does Devon know about PaB?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’m stumbling around like a newbie
    Devon Infinity: Hi Thorberg
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe
    Thorberg Nordlicht: hello, everyone
    Sylectra Darwin: Devon knows a little, but Pia would you
    Devon Infinity: Yes, I do.
    Pia Iger: Hi, Thor
    Sylectra Darwin: be so kind as to talk about the 9-second moment?
    Devon Infinity: Yes, please.
    Sylectra Darwin: good to see you Thor
    Pia Iger: We experiment to stop 9 sec every 15min.
    Pia Iger: in the 9 sec. we drop all we do normally, just breathe and see if anything come up, then we try to take note
    Devon Infinity: I see.
    Sylectra Darwin: many people journal about it.
    Devon Infinity: I’d like to learn more.
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles
    Pia Iger: Yes, people wrote blogs that links to our main blog
    Pia Iger: Devon, are you interested in meditation?
    Devon Infinity: Yes.
    Pia Iger: some people call 9-sec a micro-meditation.
    Devon Infinity: Makes sense. I would like to try.
    Pia Iger: the more important part is to do it frequently, every 15 min once.

    Steven dropped in and took a slow rezzing, while I continued the introduction of PaB.

    Sylectra Darwin: incoming
    Sylectra Darwin: Steven
    Devon Infinity: Nice landing.
    Pia Iger: of cause , time is not strict at all for us.
    Pia Iger: just a rough idea.
    Sylectra Darwin: Hi Steven! This is my good friend Devon.
    stevenaia Michinaga: :), thanks
    stevenaia Michinaga: I see no one, rezzing
    Sylectra Darwin: NP
    Devon Infinity: Hi Steven
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Devon
    Devon Infinity: Plenty of seats.
    Sylectra Darwin: I really like the flexibility of the method.
    stevenaia Michinaga: people still appearing, one moment
    Devon Infinity: Have you been practicing every 15 minutes, Syl?
    Sylectra Darwin: I must admit no.
    Sylectra Darwin: I would like to devote a whole weekend to it and see what happens.
    Devon Infinity: Good idea.

    Devon was multitasking…

    Devon Infinity: Oh - brb.
    Sylectra Darwin: I think it would be very powerful,
    Sylectra Darwin: ok
    Sylectra Darwin: but of course I gather the intent is really to keep doing it throughout the day, anytime you think of it.
    Devon Infinity: ok - back. Pacifier emergency.
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe
    Devon Infinity: smiles
    Sylectra Darwin: Devon has a baby
    Devon Infinity: 3 months old today.
    Pia Iger: wow. lovely
    Thorberg Nordlicht: :)
    Devon Infinity: TY
    Sylectra Darwin: So how do the rest of you apply the practice?
    Pia Iger: girl or boy?
    Devon Infinity: boy.
    Devon Infinity: Hugo.
    Pia Iger: good name!
    Devon Infinity: Thanks!
    Pia Iger: Devon, we do record our talks and put on blogs, do you mind?
    Devon Infinity: not at all.
    Pia Iger: syl takes pics too.
    Devon Infinity: I’ve seen.
    stevenaia Michinaga: a very good photographer
    Devon Infinity: Yes she is.
    Sylectra Darwin: thanks Steven!

    Ok, I had all the basic ground covered. Now we could go ahead.

    Pia Iger: Syl, back to your question
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((thinking: i forget; what question?))
    Sylectra Darwin: yes - how do you all apply the 9-second moment?
    Sylectra Darwin: each of you?

    I saw Thor start typing, on a cool silver VAIO labtop!

    Pia Iger: Thor, first,
    Thorberg Nordlicht: when i am disciplined enough to maintain a regular, formal meditation practice, the 9-second moments immediately put me back in touch with my formal practice, but when i’m *not* maintaining my formal practice, the 9-second moment reminds me to resume my formal practice
    Devon Infinity: How long have you been formally practicing meditation?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: off and on for 30 years
    Sylectra Darwin: wow.
    Devon Infinity: That’s impressive.
    Sylectra Darwin: amazing!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: depends on what else is happening in my life
    Thorberg Nordlicht: it’s like physical exercise; for a while i’m very disciplined and exercise every day and really enjoy it but for some reason eventually drift away from it
    Devon Infinity: I hear that!
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles
    Thorberg Nordlicht: same with meditation practice: disciplined for a while to good effect in my life but drift away anyway
    Thorberg Nordlicht: then when i go back to it — exercise *or* meditation — i think “wow, why did i ever drift away from this; it’s so essential to my life
    Devon Infinity: You must find it relatively easy to pick up again, yes?

    Here is Amya, a new comer, who fitted in very quickly.

    Pia Iger: Hi, Amya,
    Pia Iger: join us.
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, i *do* find it easy to pick up again; like waking up in the morning; just pick up where i left off in spite of that strange interruption with the sleeping and the dreams (what’s *that* all about?)
    Devon Infinity: lol!
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe
    Thorberg Nordlicht: welcome
    Amya Bellah: thank you :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Hello Amya!
    Devon Infinity: Hi Amya - I’m Devon. Nice to meet you.
    Amya Bellah: hello Sylectra, Devon, Thorberg, Pia and Yogi :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Pia Iger: Hi, Amya, have you been here before?
    Amya Bellah: No it is my 1st time here
    Pia Iger: We have meeting here 4 times a day.
    Thorberg Nordlicht: most of the folks you meet around here share a common interest in comparative religion, Eastern philosophies, Buddhism and meditation
    Amya Bellah: :) I had the feeling it was that
    Pia Iger: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/hints-for-playing-as-being/
    gives idea of our meetings.
    Devon Infinity: I think it must be someone else’s turn to answer Syl’s question. I’m new too , Amya - learning about the 9-second moment. A sort of micro-meditation.
    Amya Bellah: ….am I disturbing you session though?
    Pia Iger: not at all.
    Thorberg Nordlicht: no, not disturbing us at all; everyone is welcome, here
    Pia Iger: my turn.

    I found by saying that, people can get hint and give me time to type.

    Amya Bellah: thank you :) I like to listen a lot and very open minded too…
    Sylectra Darwin: yes
    Pia Iger: I started to be interested in meditation 2 years ago
    Pia Iger: but always difficult for me to calm down
    Pia Iger: even I was introduced to a very good meditation method
    Pia Iger: and I really wanted to do it every day.
    Pia Iger: but I could not make myself to stick to it
    Pia Iger: 9-sec is easy way for me to start.
    Pia Iger: and now I can say I do it a bit everyday
    Pia Iger: and the impact is quite noticeable.
    Amya Bellah: That is very good!
    Sylectra Darwin: wonderful
    Amya Bellah: They say that just a bit a day if you can do it.. already does a big difference :)
    Pia Iger: right, Amya
    Pia Iger: It is hard to find excuse to not do 9-sec
    Sylectra Darwin: True!
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles
    Amya Bellah: :)….. I do not know the 9-sec… what is it exactly?
    Pia Iger: let me copy what I just said to Devon
    Amya Bellah: ok :)
    Pia Iger: We experiment to stop 9 sec every 15min. in the 9 sec. we drop all we do normally, just breathe and see if anything come up, then we try to take note
    Amya Bellah: Very interesting!
    Pia Iger: people wrote blogs that links to our main blog
    Pia Iger: They share what they ’see’ from the 9-sec practice
    Amya Bellah: I will go take a look :) You do not find it stressfull to ”think” and ”look” for the every 15min to stop?
    Sylectra Darwin: that’s a good question Amy
    Sylectra Darwin: Amya
    Pia Iger: I have a trick
    Pia Iger: just think every 15min you can drop everything, you allow yourself to do nothing, only breathe 9sec
    Pia Iger: like steal a 9-sec break
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe
    Sylectra Darwin: I like
    Amya Bellah: true…… if you ”program” it… it should come easily! I like it too :)

    Steve had to go. From now on, our conversation sped up and got intertwined. I had to read what they said at the same time, could not response to Thor’s observation.

    stevenaia Michinaga: I must leave, nice meeting you Devon and Amya, see you all later
    Pia Iger: bye, Steven
    Sylectra Darwin: Nite Steven
    Devon Infinity: Bye!
    Amya Bellah: Bye :)
    Pia Iger: Even that, Amya, still we might skip sometimes
    Pia Iger: most people do.
    Pia Iger: we are just human, not machine
    Sylectra Darwin: but….question…
    Amya Bellah: Yes that is so true
    Thorberg Nordlicht: seems to me — since all of this is presumably influenced by
    Pia Iger: just do as often as we can.
    Devon Infinity: what’s your question, Syl?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: Buddhist thought — that the real issue is “living mindfully”
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles…thinking of it - how can we remember at 15 minute intervals to do this? Timer?

    Then plus Dakini…

    Sylectra Darwin: Dakini…smile
    Devon Infinity: Hi Dakini.
    Amya Bellah: Hi Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: hi… running VERY late today…
    Sylectra Darwin: Missed you.
    Dakini Rhode: but wanted to say hi anyway
    Sylectra Darwin: Dakini, this pavilion is beautiful. My compliments
    Pia Iger: Dakini, Hello
    Dakini Rhode: i’m so glad you like it!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: hello; glad you could join us
    Amya Bellah: I have to say that everything is really beautiful around here
    Dakini Rhode: it seems this area keeps improving….
    Dakini Rhode: i’m glad people enjoy it

    Syl pursued an answer to timer. Here came a brainstorm.

    Sylectra Darwin: would anyone care to answer about how to remember every 15 minutes?
    Pia Iger: yes
    Pia Iger: we found a timer.
    Pia Iger: you can download and set it to ring every 15min
    Sylectra Darwin: thank you!
    Pia Iger: but if you are not w/ computer, you have to think of othe ways to remind youself
    Pia Iger: any daily events
    Sylectra Darwin: have to get creative.
    Sylectra Darwin: clockwork chime?
    Devon Infinity: Good thought.
    Dakini Rhode: or one thing to do…
    Amya Bellah: I think it is a matter of making it somehow and automatism…. just like brushing your teeth everymorning around the same time…..
    Dakini Rhode: is to pause everytime you transition from one thing to another
    Sylectra Darwin: Oh, that’s nice, very organic
    Dakini Rhode: I did something very like this with another group, the school of practical philosophy
    Dakini Rhode: one many used his furnace starting up…
    Sylectra Darwin: I like the name! lol
    Dakini Rhode: everytime he heard the furnace start up, he took a pause
    Sylectra Darwin: At home, I could use the intervals at which my pets pester me.
    Dakini Rhode: or when the phone rings… pause before picking it up
    Dakini Rhode: yes!
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Dakini Rhode: lots of things like that
    Devon Infinity: That’s got to be more often than 15 minutes.
    Dakini Rhode: traffic light…
    Sylectra Darwin: yes
    Sylectra Darwin: lol
    Amya Bellah: could be anything actually….. listening to everything around you basically….
    Dakini Rhode: yes!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, doesn’t have to be a regular interval; even a random even can bring us back to mindfullness
    Sylectra Darwin: how about every time someone in a meeting at work makes a silly comment?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: *event
    Amya Bellah: oh my!!!!
    Devon Infinity: too often again.
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Amya Bellah: that would be all the time!! lol
    Sylectra Darwin: smile
    Pia Iger: haha
    Sylectra Darwin: true
    Amya Bellah: smile
    Dakini Rhode: everytime certain people clear their throats…
    Sylectra Darwin: I’ve been thinking of that for a while
    Sylectra Darwin: haha
    Dakini Rhode: can be very creative with it
    Amya Bellah: makes us smile even more that is for sure ;))
    Sylectra Darwin: Or a certain type of bird sings in the yard - for me it’s a mockingbird
    Thorberg Nordlicht: this relates to the Buddhist notion of “mindfullness”
    Devon Infinity: I like the idea of every time you go from one task to another, going from sitting to standing…
    Dakini Rhode: wow yes!
    Dakini Rhode: i like that for a few reasons…
    Dakini Rhode: it is nice to take a break and “finish” one task before rushing into the next
    Thorberg Nordlicht: “closure”
    Devon Infinity: Like a mind cleansing.
    Devon Infinity: To be mindful on each task.
    Dakini Rhode: it changed the quality of my life i think
    Dakini Rhode: it seems subtle, but it made a big difference to me
    Sylectra Darwin: I read somewhere that mindfulness can consist of as simple an action as watching yourself turn a doorknob.
    Amya Bellah: anything subtle can make a difference…..
    Sylectra Darwin: I ran into fewer doorknobs after that
    Devon Infinity: LOL!
    Amya Bellah: hehehehe
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))

    Amya thinks in 1% too! I wanted to mention our 1% time tax idea, but I could not break in during the heated discussion. Got to learn typing faster!

    Amya Bellah: I have learn than changing your thinking from 1% can make a huge difference in your life
    Sylectra Darwin: Amya, what do you mean?
    Amya Bellah: hmmmm well let’s see it as angles
    Amya Bellah: if you change 1% of your action… your perspective can change from an angle of 1% ….
    Amya Bellah: If you draw it… it is more obvious
    Amya Bellah: not sure if I am explaining myself correctly
    Sylectra Darwin: I think I know
    Devon Infinity: If you deviate your path by 1%, after not very long, you’ll be on a different path.
    Dakini Rhode: i’m seeing it as a little wedge…
    Dakini Rhode: yes…
    Amya Bellah: yes exactly :)
    Pia Iger: right, Devon
    Dakini Rhode: like a lever, applying a little force but having a big effect
    Sylectra Darwin: or a starship changing direction
    Amya Bellah: yes…. and if you are not satistfied about something in your life but you keep repeating the exact same things… nothing will change…. that 1% could already make a difference….
    Dakini Rhode: thank you Amya, i like that analogy…
    Amya Bellah: yw…..still learning a lot!
    Amya Bellah: always will ;)
    Dakini Rhode: this is good :-)
    Sylectra Darwin: yes

    Syl cooled down our talk and asked about Pema.

    Sylectra Darwin: Should be a really nice blog for tonight, don’t you think?
    Pia Iger: yes. i thought I would be alone here at the beginning
    Amya Bellah: :)
    Pia Iger: things change fast in SL
    Dakini Rhode: i’m glad i caught the end of it, i look forward to reading the beginning!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, it seems like time passes more quickly in SL
    Amya Bellah: :) when something is interesting…time always flies… SL or RL!
    Sylectra Darwin: true
    Sylectra Darwin: Where is Pema today?
    Pia Iger: take a break, maybe
    Amya Bellah: ….do you come all here everyday?
    Sylectra Darwin: He works pretty hard.
    Pia Iger: Yes, 4 times a day
    Dakini Rhode: the group meets 4x a day, different people
    Amya Bellah: all different times or all settled or just going with the flow?
    Pia Iger: 1am, 7am, 1 pam, 7 pm SLT
    Pia Iger: people of different time zone can come
    Amya Bellah: I hope so…. cause I am from a different time zone than SL hehehehe
    Pia Iger: this time usually Americans
    Amya Bellah: or Canadians ;)
    Amya Bellah: thanks :)
    Pia Iger: right
    Pia Iger: European can go to 1 am 7am meetings
    Pia Iger: or Asian
    Amya Bellah: very true
    Amya Bellah: And I guess it lasts until whenever :)
    Dakini Rhode: well at first…
    Pia Iger: normally we do an hour
    Dakini Rhode: we though t they would be 10 minute meetings
    Dakini Rhode: LOL!!!
    Sylectra Darwin: Unless of course we pull out the toys and the particles.
    Pia Iger: haha
    Amya Bellah: lol!!

    We can’t forget playing!

    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((thinking: toys?))
    Dakini Rhode: do you have toys?
    Sylectra Darwin: Oh Thor, I guess you weren’t there that night. What a blast. Everyone had toys to share.
    Dakini Rhode loves toys…
    Sylectra Darwin: I had BAM clubs.
    Amya Bellah: …not sure I follow… cause toys can really mean many things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dakini Rhode: heehee
    Sylectra Darwin: Dakini, didn’t you have pans?
    Dakini Rhode: yes i have the frying pan
    Pia Iger: The hour passed, we can play now.
    Dakini Rhode: heehee
    Pia Iger: Amya, before you go,
    Pia Iger: I want to ask you if you mind us to use your name in our blog
    Pia Iger: cause we post all our talks on our blog
    Dakini Rhode gave you Frying pan.
    Amya Bellah: No you can go ahead!
    Pia Iger: thanks.
    Amya Bellah: yw
    Pia Iger: Ok, may I say, meeting is over!
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))
    Amya Bellah: It was really nice meeting all of you
    Devon Infinity: Go ahead w/ my name too. Great meeting!
    Pia Iger: please come back. Devon and Amya
    Amya Bellah: Looking forward to meet some more next time :)
    Dakini Rhode: nice meeting you Amya and Devon :-)
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, Amya, do come back, even if it’s a different time slot
    Devon Infinity: Thank you for having me.
    Pia Iger: bye, Thor
    Amya Bellah: Will do :)
    Thorberg Nordlicht: nice to meet you, Devon
    Thorberg Nordlicht: bye, Pia
    Pia Iger: and You will meet very interesting pple here
    Amya Bellah: You all have a wonderful evening !!
    Devon Infinity: Good to meet you, Thor.
    Dakini Rhode: ty u 2!
    Devon Infinity: nice meeting you all.
    Pia Iger: bye, Dakini
    Pia Iger: and Syl!
    Devon Infinity: Bye.
    Dakini Rhode: nite…
    Sylectra Darwin: night, everyone!
    Amya Bellah: bye bye :))
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ok, in case i missed anybody: good bye, everyone! good night John Boy
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Sylectra Darwin: hehe

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