2016.11.24 13:00 - Heart Sutra: Mantras & Meditation, Discipline & Effortlessness

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Bruce Mowbray, who also gave a wonderful special presentation on mantra (further below). 
    Eliza posted this session. :)


    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Bruce :) I still have lots of people crammed into tiny apartment...
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh my!
    Eliza Madrigal: but it is winding down. Son's birthday also, along with Thanksgiving
    Bruce Mowbray: Are they all Pabbers?
    Eliza Madrigal: hah... not.
    Eliza Madrigal: we've been watching a dog show all day....
    Eliza Madrigal: coordinated dog dancing
    Eliza Madrigal: hilarious
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Raffi :)
    Bruce Mowbray: ahh!
    Eliza Madrigal: I'll be back as soon as possible... but I've got the log, for now
    Bruce Mowbray: kk, np.
    Raffila Millgrove: Hi
    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, Raffi.


    --BELL--

     

    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, Tura.
    Tura Brezoianu: hi all
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm sort of waiting for Mick... and others.
    Raffila Millgrove: Hello Tura. Hi all
    Bruce Mowbray: @ Raffi -- I like to sit off the pillows, so I can move around a bit more.
    Bruce Mowbray: You too?
    Raffila Millgrove: yeah well i should have noticed i had no underwear Before I showed everyone the bare butt.. which luckily no one seem to notice.
    Bruce Mowbray: Heya, Zen.
    Zen Arado: Hi everybody
    Bruce Mowbray: np, raffi.
    Zen Arado: with an alpha layer we show people our emptiness :)
    Bruce Mowbray: Ahhh!
    Raffila Millgrove: I have already broken the kitchen faucet and set fire to the turkey (for real.. flames.. ) so mooning Pab seems par for the course of today.
    Bruce Mowbray: Pardon me, but your emptiness is showing.....ma'am.
    Bruce Mowbray: Too much liquer on the turkey, Raffi?
    Raffila Millgrove: no... problems with the paper bag.
    Bruce Mowbray: ha ha!
    Tura Brezoianu: say it isn't a fire, it's flambé
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm waiting for Mick because he waid he'd be here... but perhaps we should get started.
    Raffila Millgrove: that's how i broke the faucet trying to spray off all the charred paper from the turkey
    Bruce Mowbray: Yikes!
    Bruce Mowbray: Ahhhhh. The paper bag caught fire!
    Raffila Millgrove: yep a first in 50 yrs of doing this.
    Bruce Mowbray: WOw. This is TOO good.... sounds like a movie plot.
    Raffila Millgrove: didn't know you really could set it afire. but i accomplished it.
    Bruce Mowbray: Mick!!!
    Bruce Mowbray: Now we can get started.
    Mickorod Renard: hiyaaaaa...soz late
    Zen Arado: Hi Mick
    Bruce Mowbray: Heya, Mick and AGGERS!!!!
    Mickorod Renard: yay guys
    Agatha Macbeth: Whapp'n dudes
    Zen Arado: Hi Aggers
    Mickorod Renard: wahhhhhh..agers
    Raffila Millgrove: Hi agatha. Hi mick.
    Agatha Macbeth: You still ain't grown any hair Mick! :p
    Bruce Mowbray: [my typist's bowl of pretzels just fell on the floor.]
    Mickorod Renard: I keep rubbing it but it doesnt work
    Agatha Macbeth: The squirrels will love em
    Bruce Mowbray: Sooooo.....
    Zen Arado: I shave my head in RL now
    Zen Arado: shoul be bald in here too I guess
    Raffila Millgrove: oh gosh no. you look great here.
    Bruce Mowbray: :)


    Bruce Mowbray: Did you wish to begin this session, Mick?
    Zen Arado: proper Zen Buddhist look
    Mickorod Renard: me?
    Raffila Millgrove: Zen. he's an sl hottie.
    Bruce Mowbray: Well, I thought this was your session...
    Mickorod Renard: I have to admit I havnt done anything..i thought you were doing it Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, I am ready to begin....
    Mickorod Renard: wasnt it the mantra?
    Mickorod Renard: great,,take it away Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: I've just installed Firestorm and have not yet got my setting right,
    Bruce Mowbray: but...
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh my
    Bruce Mowbray: Here I go....

     

    Beginning


    Bruce Mowbray: I will describe the mantra meditation technique that I’m currently using.
    Mickorod Renard: no panic Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: I’m sure that any of you who have tried different meditation techniques will find both similarities and differences - maybe even some radical differences - between your experience and mine.
    Bruce Mowbray: That is great. I’m only sharing my experience; I am not an instructor nor am I making any judgment about which meditation technique might be superior to any other.

    Bruce Mowbray: I begin by settling down in a comfortable space, and by bringing my attention to my intention. I intend for the next 20 minutes to practice mantra meditation in this space.
    Bruce Mowbray: Once I am centered in intention and comfortably seated, I take three, slow, abdominal breaths; then I begin the mantra – Ah-Hum.
    Bruce Mowbray: If I were saying the mantra outloud, which I am not, it might sound like ahhh-HOOM, with a slight accent on the second syllable.

    Bruce Mowbray: Transcendental Meditation (which I no longer use) instructors assign a one or two-syllable meaningless sound to be used as mantras.
    Bruce Mowbray: You may prefer a simple word or phrase, or perhaps one of the commonly used mantras from any number of spiritual traditions.

    Bruce Mowbray: With eyes closed and arms and hands relaxed however they are most comfortable, I begin repeating the mantra sub-vocally.
    Bruce Mowbray: The mantra seems to find its own central position in my mind and stays there throughout the entire meditation without any effort or willing on my part.
    Bruce Mowbray: “No effort” is probably the most important aspect of mantra meditation: no intensity of concentration on the mantra - just allowing it to quietly pulse, at its own rate or perhaps in rhythm with your breathing, which ever happens, without effort.

    --BELL--

    Bruce Mowbray: Often the mantra itself changes form - so that there is sometimes a visual item along with the sub-vocal mantra, decreasing in intensity and repeatedly pulsing at its own pace. If the visual appears, I let it take its own form, color, size, transparency, etc..

    Bruce Mowbray: My experience is that the mantra is sometimes accompanied by a translucent sphere about the size of a large marble. Your experience, of course, could be entirely different.
    Bruce Mowbray: I simply repeat the quietly pulsing mantra as things (thoughts, feelings, sensations) come and go.

    Bruce Mowbray: My mantra meditations intentionally create a 20-minute welcoming space that simply allows whatever "wants" to come and go to do so in whatever forms of thought or sensibility they may take.
    Bruce Mowbray: At some point in every meditation I become aware that my mind is wandering. I understand this as an indicator that stress is being released and that the meditation is going perfectly.

    Bruce Mowbray: When the mind wanders off the mantra, I very gently bring my intention/attention back to the sub-vocal, quietly pulsing, “ah-Hum.”
    Bruce Mowbray: Because I’ve been using 1 Giant Mind’s cell phone app [ http://www.1giantmind.org/ ] as a 20-minute meditation timer, I can choose either of two recorded audio tracks that are each conducive to relaxation and focus, or simply meditate in silence, which is generally my preference (unless I’m unusually jittery).
    Bruce Mowbray: The cell phone app begins and ends each meditation period with a light tap of a bell.
    Bruce Mowbray: Over and over I recall the importance of “no effort.” Recalling the Zen concept of “Don’t know mind” is often useful when my mind wanders into habitual problem-solving mode. Again, no effort.

    Bruce Mowbray: From time to time, I may become aware of muscle tension (stress) or actual physical pain. If so, I allow that area to relax (or quietly change my posture to relieve the pain) as the mantra pulses, breathing continues at its own pace, and thoughts of all sorts arrive and leave on their own. No effort. No resistance.


    Agatha Macbeth: Hola Xira :)
    Zen Arado: Hi Xiri :)
    Bruce Mowbray: Hi, Xir.
    Mickorod Renard: hi Xir
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm almost finished...
    Bruce Mowbray: I will give you an IM of what I've said...
    Agatha Macbeth: me listens


    Bruce Mowbray: For me, mantra meditation is a sort of container whose structure consists of a comfortable, upright, seated posture, the mantra, whatever thoughts and visual forms may (or may not) come, and passive breathing through the nose.
    Bruce Mowbray: Each meditation is unique. So: no expectations, no controlling, no effort.
    Xirana Oximoxi: hello everyone...sorry if I disturb...I am in my laptop and not easy to move :)
    Bruce Mowbray: [done]

    Mickorod Renard: very nice BRUCE..THANKYOU
    Agatha Macbeth claps
    Zen Arado: thanks Bruce
    Tura Brezoianu: thank you
     

    Questions


    Mickorod Renard: I would love to ask a question or two
    Zen Arado: you don;t have to focus on saying the mantra then?
    Bruce Mowbray: The less concentration on the mantra, or on anything, the better.
    Mickorod Renard: I always thought the mantra's were assosiated with a particular thing ..but it appears it can be the opening for all meditation?
    Zen Arado: I probably still fall asleep :(
    Bruce Mowbray: I would say so, Mick.
    Zen Arado: would
    Mickorod Renard: but, should you want to focus on any particular thing you can chose a specific mantra?
    Bruce Mowbray: You can choose and mantra you like.
    Bruce Mowbray: The important thing is that you let it pulse, with ever less intensity...
    Bruce Mowbray: That's why some traditions use a one-word mantra...

    Tura Brezoianu: is the marble something you see in front of you, or in your mind's eye?
    Bruce Mowbray: You're only using the mantra as a vehicle,
    Zen Arado: I suppose that you wouldn't need to think about it after a while///would become automatic
    Bruce Mowbray: unless, of course, you're praying with it, or singing...
    Bruce Mowbray: etc.
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, it becomes automatic after a while.
    Bruce Mowbray: I also use a mantra with Tonglen practice...
    Mickorod Renard: do you tend to look down the length of your nose..in posture? for vision focal point?....btw..Tura asked about the marble
    Bruce Mowbray: but I'm not sure whether that's recommended.
    Agatha Macbeth: Is tonglen the same as tongren?
    Bruce Mowbray: My only concerns with posture are that I sit upright (less tendency to fall asleep that way) and that I am comfortable.
    Mickorod Renard: ty, the only formal technique I have tried is that of the golden flower
    Bruce Mowbray: No, aggers, dear. Tonglen is breathing in and out - also called taking and sending. It is a sort of prayer, actually.
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah Ty

    --BELL--

    Bruce Mowbray: Pema Chodren has some excellent videos on Tonglen, if you'd care to Google that.
    Bruce Mowbray: yw.
    Agatha Macbeth: Righto
    Bruce Mowbray: So, anyone else care to share their meditation experience with us during this "casual" session?
    Bruce Mowbray listens.
    Xirana Oximoxi: I will explore 'Tonglen' too..later :)
    Bruce Mowbray: Please do that Xir.
    Xirana Oximoxi: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: It is a life-safer for me.
    Agatha Macbeth: Glad it works then!

    Xirana Oximoxi: last summer I stated a Mindfulness course.... and breathing slowly and being aware was also a good help for me
    Bruce Mowbray: It is the core of lo jong practice.

    Bruce Mowbray: gong?
    Bruce Mowbray: Help me, Zen!
    Mickorod Renard: I tend to do no practice,,especially meditation or mantra..but i feel I ought to
    Zen Arado: lojong I think
    Bruce Mowbray: lojong.. TY!
    Zen Arado: mind training in Tibetan Buddhism
    Bruce Mowbray nods.

    Bruce Mowbray: It does require a bit of elf-discipline...
    Zen Arado: some good practices there
    Bruce Mowbray: so easy to let the days go by without meditating.
    Mickorod Renard: yes, I am a naughty elf
    Bruce Mowbray: I have a timer set up on my computer that reminds me of meditation in SL every morning at 7 a.m. slt.
    Bruce Mowbray: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: I think that once you begin to feel the effects of meditation, you want to do it more and more.
    Bruce Mowbray: Even go to meditation retreats.
    Mickorod Renard: I tried to do a quick 2 minute meditation between class changes when I was at work
    Bruce Mowbray: spend wole days meditating.
    Bruce Mowbray listens to Mick.
    Zen Arado: still go to that place in SL Bruce?it was the middle of the afternoon for me - not a good time
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi all, here, listening :)
    Bruce Mowbray: WB Eliza,
    Mickorod Renard: well, its just that i need some sort of set point during the day to remind me of it
    Zen Arado: wb Eliza
    Xirana Oximoxi: hi Eliza :)
    Eliza Madrigal: waves happily
    Mickorod Renard: helloooo


    SL Meditations


    Bruce Mowbray: There are many meditation sessions in SL if that would help you, Mick.
    Agatha Macbeth waves happily back
    Zen Arado: good to have a set time
    Eliza Madrigal: ^^
    Zen Arado: and seems easier and better to meditate with others
    Eliza Madrigal: I used to like and facilitate an evening one at zen retreat... not sure if they still do that, but it helped me so much
    Bruce Mowbray: Cherry Blossom Zendo, Eliza?
    Mickorod Renard: when i smoked it was useful to stand outside somewhere and contemplate..but i dont smoke now
    Eliza Madrigal nods Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: ahhh!

    Zen Arado: I didn't like all the helloing at the start and end
    Agatha Macbeth: 'Live in peace with your pipe'
    Zen Arado: in Zen it is all sient
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, all silent in Zen meditation.
    Zen Arado: just silent bows
    Bruce Mowbray: I'd be happy to share the location of our morning meditation - 7 a.m. at the Inner Peace Garden, if anyone requests that.
    Bruce Mowbray: a fine way to begin the day


    Mickorod Renard: I wonder what time that is in the uk
    Bruce Mowbray: five hours later.
    Zen Arado: 3pm Mick
    Xirana Oximoxi: 1pm
    Mickorod Renard: ty
    Zen Arado: oh yes
    Xirana Oximoxi: lol :) not sure now :)
    Zen Arado: it must have changed
    Eliza Madrigal: there are a few things going on at the same time, also some chanting and some days, PaB
    Bruce Mowbray: no - 8 hurs later.
    Xirana Oximoxi: no Zen...I think you are right
    Zen Arado: no 8 hours later
    Mickorod Renard: 1pm is 9pm here
    Agatha Macbeth: Berti stopped his :(
    Zen Arado: we are 8 hours behind slt
    Bruce Mowbray: [difficult to translate between SLT and then also add for Europe time... sigh]
    Agatha Macbeth: 8 hours in front Zenny :p
    Zen Arado: so 3pm
    Zen Arado: I used to go to that meeting with Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, dear aggers. and I add just 3 hours.
    Agatha Macbeth nods
    Mickorod Renard: erk,,my brain has fused
    Bruce Mowbray also nods.
    Agatha Macbeth: With?
    Xirana Oximoxi: 9 hours for CET I think (Central European Time)
    Bruce Mowbray: What's the problem, Mick.
    Bruce Mowbray listens.
    Agatha Macbeth: You need to get yer pipe out again Mick
    Mickorod Renard: dont worry Bruce,,I will be ok
    Zen Arado: usually about 5 people there when I went
    Bruce Mowbray: We have a fine group every morning.
    Bruce Mowbray: Does anyone know how to share an LM?
    Agatha Macbeth: In FS, just r-click on it and share
    Xirana Oximoxi: just send it into the IM window
    Mickorod Renard: I might try and find it Bruce,,a good time for me as I usually take a lunch break aroud then
     

    LM for morning meditation


    Bruce Mowbray: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlif...mond/160/18/26
    Zen Arado: you are still at the mercy of the phone though
    Bruce Mowbray: There it is!
    Zen Arado: best to get away somewhere
    Agatha Macbeth looks on the map
    Mickorod Renard: thank you
    Bruce Mowbray: We meet every morning at 7 slt.
    Bruce Mowbray: and you all would be most welcome.
    Bruce Mowbray: It is NOT a guided meditation.
    Mickorod Renard: Zen,,u mean away from home?
    Zen Arado: yes
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh that's up on the north isles
    Zen Arado: no distractions then
    Agatha Macbeth: Garden of peace
    Mickorod Renard: mmm,,during the day I am usually alone
    Bruce Mowbray: My typist is a hermit and is always sort of "away" -- if you get my meaning.
    Agatha Macbeth: You have the squirrels Brucie
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh yes, those.
    Agatha Macbeth: And their cute tails


    Bruce Mowbray: Eliza, would you care to share your meditation experience? Or anyone else?


    --BELL--


    Eliza Madrigal: re disciplines?
    Agatha Macbeth: Yeh, go Liz
    Bruce Mowbray: sure, anything you like.
    Eliza Madrigal: It changes continually... streaming along, but lately I've been doing something I really like...
    Mickorod Renard: thinks of eliza and disciplining
    Agatha Macbeth listens
    Eliza Madrigal: which started off as a "10 day actors challenge" [link posted in comments below]
    Eliza Madrigal: what I like about it, is that you have an expectation of doing a meditation, a writing afterward, something that is 'giving' and something that is 'artistic expression'
    Eliza Madrigal: after doing it 10 days, I have kept going with it in my own way
    Agatha Macbeth: You have time for all that?
    Eliza Madrigal: well, I think all those things are often in the day anyway
    Mickorod Renard: could it be like writing a poem?
    Agatha Macbeth: Hm
    Bruce Mowbray listens for more.
    Eliza Madrigal: but and the writing might be 5 minutes or what have you...
    Agatha Macbeth: A précis?
    Eliza Madrigal: could be anything, and I don't always do each one, but it has helped me to develop a discipline again, when I'd sort of gotten sloppy
    Agatha Macbeth ponders a sloppy Liz
    Bruce Mowbray: ( 1-Giant-Mind app also gives an opportunity for journaling after each meditation session...)
    Mickorod Renard: me too Ags
    Eliza Madrigal: I like the 'action' part especially... easily translates into political expression if one likes, etc


    Zen Arado: I stop and start journalling
    Bruce Mowbray listens for more.
    Eliza Madrigal: journaling is powerful
    Agatha Macbeth: When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    Eliza Madrigal: similar to unpacking dreams... unpacking what may have come up in meditation especially
    Agatha Macbeth: And the white knight's talking backwards
    Bruce Mowbray nods, wonderful.
    Eliza Madrigal: can be surprising
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Zen Arado: i use voice recog but they say wrting longhand is best
    Eliza Madrigal: but over the years I've done things I miss, like wall-gazing meditation
    Eliza Madrigal: and tibetan rituals etc


    Bruce Mowbray: You say that every session is unique, Eliza?
    Zen Arado: I miss the retreats
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, too unique. I'm forever wanting to conform but can't seem to
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: miss retreats too Zen
    Bruce Mowbray feels exactly the same.
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh never do that, it's so boring
    Mickorod Renard: disciplined non conforming
    Zen Arado: the silence is powerful
    Eliza Madrigal: I'm amazed when I'm able to stick with something consistently... feels soo good... like a long drive
    Eliza Madrigal: but I usually take some side road out of restlessness
    Eliza Madrigal: :)

     

    Funny that it isn't boring...


    Zen Arado: funny that it isn't boring
    Bruce Mowbray wishes his typist were closer to some Zen monastery, or something, where he could have retreats.
    Zen Arado: logically it should be
    Eliza Madrigal nods
    Eliza Madrigal: nothing nearby Bruce?
    Agatha Macbeth: You could start your own Brucie
    Bruce Mowbray: Meditation is anything BUT boring for me.
    Eliza Madrigal: do Quakers have retreats?
    Bruce Mowbray: I think they do, yes.
    Agatha Macbeth: And oats
    Bruce Mowbray: But I'm not affiliated with them anymore.
    Eliza Madrigal giggles
    Eliza Madrigal: ah, I see
    Bruce Mowbray: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: They have LOTS and LOTS of oats, though
    Eliza Madrigal: I like prayer too, along with meditation
    Eliza Madrigal: fuzzy lines there
    Bruce Mowbray: Prayer is wonderful.
    Agatha Macbeth: Fuzzy logic
    Eliza Madrigal: and doing things with intention of meditation/prayer... suppose that is mindfulness?


    Bruce Mowbray: I use Tonglen as a form of prayer.
    Mickorod Renard: there is a buddhist centre near here but I looked in one day and they seemed an angry bunch so I didnt feel welcome
    Eliza Madrigal: when I came in Xiri said something about tonglen?
    Bruce Mowbray: It is very important to be comfortable, Mick.
    Agatha Macbeth: Angry Buddhists?
    Mickorod Renard: yes
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh my
    Bruce Mowbray: (I have felt the same way about some meditation groups.)
    Xirana Oximoxi: I've said I will google it :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Seems somewhat self defeating
    Eliza Madrigal: oh :)
    Eliza Madrigal: may want to look into types of buddhist gathering Mick


    Bruce Mowbray: My typist counts it as a good sign whenever he gets kicked out of a meditation group.
    Agatha Macbeth: HA!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Love it
    Bruce Mowbray dies from laughing....
    Eliza Madrigal: I was intimidated by the 'rules' i read about a zen center once...
    Agatha Macbeth dies from laughing....
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh yes, Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: so I didn't go... but I think now I'd be a little more assertive
    Bruce Mowbray: same here.
    Agatha Macbeth: Kick ass Liz!
    Eliza Madrigal: even though I still wouldn't know the rules
    Zen Arado: yes Zenies are very fussy about their rituals
    Eliza Madrigal nods... to, even on a website, insist on ways you must walk...
    Eliza Madrigal rolls eyes
    Zen Arado: one thing I didn't like about Zen
    Bruce Mowbray: Best to meditate where you can be completely relaxed and not so worried about formalities.
    Zen Arado: bowing as you enter the zendo
    Eliza Madrigal: then again, everything is going to be intimidating at first
    Zen Arado: bowing to your cushion, to the room
    Xirana Oximoxi: that sound good Bruce
    Bruce Mowbray: No effort, No resistance.
    Bruce Mowbray nods.
    Eliza Madrigal: to even walk into some of the Tibetan gatherings is awfully strange at first...
    Zen Arado: but I got to like the chanting
    Eliza Madrigal: but I've found them mostly quite welcoming


    Agatha Macbeth: I loved Eden's chanting
    Zen Arado: Tibetan seemed more laid back to me
    Eliza Madrigal: yes!

     

    Meditation in SL


    Bruce Mowbray: That's one of the reasons I like to meditate on-line, in SL....
    Mickorod Renard: that one near me does Bhavana Dhamma Retreats
    Eliza Madrigal: Eden has an altogether different kind of group she plays with
    Agatha Macbeth: No doubt it's a colourful one
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: :))
    Zen Arado: Tibetan temple in Scotland is really colourful

    Raffila Millgrove: I must say bye as all my guests are starting to arrive. was delightful to share this time with you all.xo
    Zen Arado: all green gold red
    Agatha Macbeth: TC Raff
    Zen Arado: yee Raffi
    Zen Arado: byee
    Bruce Mowbray would love to return to Scotland, alas, and do a retreat there.
    Eliza Madrigal: I don't think I would have been confident to go to the Tibetan center if I hadn't gone to SL meditation groups ... I had sort of rehearsed in private


    Agatha Macbeth: Ah, rastafarian then :p
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, ntsy Raffi
    Bruce Mowbray: bye, Raffi!
    Mickorod Renard: bye raffi
    Zen Arado: and long melodic chanting
    Xirana Oximoxi: bye Raffi :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Praise the Lion of Judah
    Bruce Mowbray: I also need to be going.
    Zen Arado: bye everybody
    Eliza Madrigal: :)


    --BELL--

     

    Eliza Madrigal: bye Zen, Bruce
    Agatha Macbeth: TC guys
    Bruce Mowbray: Hoping to see you all next week at this time.
    Xirana Oximoxi: bye all :)
    Mickorod Renard: bye bruce,,thankyou very much
    Eliza Madrigal: look forward to reading the beginning of session
    Agatha Macbeth: Scrape well Brucie
    Bruce Mowbray: I shall, dear aggers.
    Bruce Mowbray: !
    Eliza Madrigal: thanks Bruce


    Agatha Macbeth: onigokko
    Eliza Madrigal: bye Xiri
    Eliza Madrigal laughs.... sigh, again caught oniless
    Bruce Mowbray: HA HA HA HA !
    Agatha Macbeth: Takes oni to know oni!
    Mickorod Renard: ok,,I must go too...yayyyyyyyyy
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Agatha Macbeth: Aww bye Mick
    Eliza Madrigal: me too... time for post thanksgiving nap
    Eliza Madrigal: puppy waiting :)
    Mickorod Renard: oh yes,,happy thanksgiving everyone
    Agatha Macbeth: Hug him for moi
    Agatha Macbeth: stop
    Eliza Madrigal: I will, good to see you Agatha!!
    Eliza Madrigal: and everyone ((( ))))
    Mickorod Renard: nice to see ya again Ags


    Agatha Macbeth: Wonder if Wol's connection is back yet?
    Eliza Madrigal: doesn't seem so
    Eliza Madrigal: partly fixed only
    Agatha Macbeth: Awww
    Mickorod Renard: wasnt last I heard
    Agatha Macbeth: Vorsprung ohne technik
    Eliza Madrigal: hopefully she'll make nice use of the time
    Agatha Macbeth: Probably sleeping :p
    Eliza Madrigal: she needs that!
    Agatha Macbeth: Indeed
    Eliza Madrigal: :))
    Eliza Madrigal: bfn friends, happy weekend <3
    Agatha Macbeth: Happy turkeys
    Tura Brezoianu: goodnight all!
    Agatha Macbeth: Bye Tura

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    The Actors Challenge is available for free, once every year. Otherwise it is $9.99. It is for professional actors, however an actor friend suggested I do it anyway (took me more like 15 days) and she was spot on.

    There is a guided meditation each day, that asks a question about, at least when I started, 'power'. Meditations are 15 minutes or less, then at first you set a timer for writing, which was up to, I think, 9 minutes to write without stopping or editing. Then there are suggestions for artistic activity, physical activity, and giving. So it has 5 aspects. edited 00:28, 25 Nov 2016
    Posted 00:19, 25 Nov 2016
    Really nice presentation, Bruce! Thank you!
    Posted 01:15, 25 Nov 2016
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