2008.06.06 19:00 - Modding your Life

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    That evening, when I walked into the tea house, there were already four visitors sitting inside. However, even after a while, I couldn’t really see them well, since everything took even longer to rez than had now unfortunately become the norm. I could only see from the name tags who were there: Doug, Rajah, Divine, and Erix.

    Pema Pera: Hi there, grey beings with round grey cushions on your laps :-) . . . . sloooowly rezzzzzzing . . . . .
    doug Sosa: this grey period is rather shocking. amazing how we see these.
    Pema Pera: it didn’t use to be like this, a few months ago — I wondered what happened
    Pema Pera: Hi everybody, I’m beginning to see color, finally!
    Pema Pera: Hi Divine!
    Divine Magic: hello
    Pema Pera: Hi Erix
    doug Sosa: process of getting fully in seems slower. Looks like software enhancements are more new features than speed.
    Erix Ireland: Hello
    Pema Pera: Hi Doug and Rajah!
    doug Sosa: hello!
    Pema Pera: yes, doug, that may be the problem, who knows, or something in general about the infrastructure of SL.
    doug Sosa: in SL there is the unknown they, so diembodied it is not quite even a “them”. But there is a presence of the larger owner.

    Dakini walked in.

    Pema Pera: Divine and Erix, have you been here before?
    Divine Magic: no
    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: HI :-)
    Pema Pera: Divine and Erix, we get together here four times a day, believe it of not :)
    Pema Pera: 1 am 7 am 1 pm 7 pm
    Divine Magic: nice
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ has the information
    Pema Pera: we mostly chat
    Pema Pera: fun informal group
    Pema Pera: but what ties us together
    Pema Pera: is a type of micro-meditation
    Pema Pera: for a full 9 seconds at a time
    Pema Pera: and then four times an hour
    Pema Pera: may sound crazy
    Pema Pera: but actually a lot of people seem to enjoy it :)
    Divine Magic: it’s very peaceful here
    Pema Pera: Dakini built this tea house
    Pema Pera: and part of the surroundings
    Divine Magic: it’s very beautiful Dakini
    Pema Pera: she has a daily zazen group at 6 pm SL time
    Divine Magic: do you sell this?
    Dakini Rhode: ty Divine
    doug Sosa: we are very grateful.
    Dakini Rhode: I’m flattered.. but no, i don’ t sell it
    Divine Magic: smiles
    Erix Ireland: too bad

    The talk went to the tea pot, hanging over the fire.

    Dakini Rhode: still fiddling with it….
    Dakini Rhode: ty :-)
    Divine Magic: it looks good to me…
    doug Sosa: I would love it if the tea pot could slow down, change direction…
    Dakini Rhode: or stop?
    Pema Pera: I guess that should not be too hard, to change the script?
    Dakini Rhode: poor thing must get dizzy
    Dakini Rhode: i did not make that teapot, cannot change the script
    Divine Magic: I actually like it.
    Pema Pera: changing directions would be nicer than stopping altogether
    Dakini Rhode: its’ no mod
    Pema Pera: impossible to change the script, Dakini?
    Pema Pera: Ah, pity
    Pema Pera: the movement is certainly nice
    Dakini Rhode: same with the talking tea, Pema
    doug Sosa: Interesting to look at our lives as “scripts” that can be changed.
    Dakini Rhode: i am unable to change that
    doug Sosa: “scripts”
    Pema Pera: fine, Dakini :-)
    Pema Pera: yes, we are “mod” fortunately, Doug :)
    doug Sosa: more than we know.

    Rowan stopped by as well.

    Pema Pera: Divine and Erix, what have you been exploring so far, in SL?
    Divine Magic: here, some gardens
    Dakini Rhode: hi Rowan !
    Divine Magic: other things
    Pema Pera: Hi Rowan!
    Rowan Masala: Hi Dakini :)
    Rowan Masala: Hello, all
    Erix Ireland: hello
    Pema Pera: Have you seen our forest, Divine? With water falls, etc., in Magoja, North of here
    Divine Magic: no I haven’t
    Pema Pera: we are creating a large forest, over parts of more than a dozen sims
    Divine Magic: nice
    Pema Pera: with space for little retreat huts for participants in this group
    Pema Pera: our core activitiy is these 9-second explorations of reality, but in addition we are also doing — not only talking and seeing :-)
    doug Sosa: love it. can we see it sometime soon?
    Divine Magic: do you have a landmark for this forest?
    Pema Pera: we can walk over in 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: we have a guaranteed time here from the hour till half an hour past
    Pema Pera: after that we can go where we want :)
    doug Sosa: wonderful. so many nine seconds in the meanwhile.
    Dakini Rhode: in this time, we talk about being / Being but often get off topic…

    We talked briefly about being.

    Divine Magic tilts her head
    Divine Magic: why do you talk about it
    Divine Magic: why not just BE
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Pema Pera: if you can do that, Great :)
    Pema Pera: then no need to talk
    Pema Pera: but I, for one, can use a little help from my friends . . . .
    doug Sosa: what is the difference between be when a sleep and when awake?
    Divine Magic: yes, we all need help sometimes..
    Divine Magic: there is no difference
    Divine Magic: you are always just being
    Pema Pera: Being doesn’t change
    Pema Pera: is beyond opposites
    Pema Pera: beyond duality
    doug Sosa: oh, that “be”!
    Pema Pera: Divine asked about “just BE” :)
    Pema Pera: after Dakini brought up Being
    Pema Pera: as in Play as Being
    Pema Pera: Hi Sky, good seeing you again!
    Dakini Rhode: hi Sky!
    Sky Szimmer: hi all

    Sky stopped by, and so we were with the eight of us, just fitting into the small room.

    Pema Pera: Divine, what is your interest in “Being” if I may ask?
    Divine Magic: I just am.
    Divine Magic: I suppose another way to put it
    Divine Magic: is that I am comfortable inside my own skin.
    Divine Magic: I enjoy peace, and just BEing
    Divine Magic: to put it that way
    Pema Pera: wonderful!
    Divine Magic: smiles
    Pema Pera: Does anyone like to say something about their explorations — or thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
    Rowan Masala: questions?
    Pema Pera: sure
    Rowan Masala: how do you think Being relates to motivation
    Pema Pera: motivation is essential, in some way or another, for any exploration
    Pema Pera: also for looking into Being — a word we use here to point to the most radical way of seeing what is
    doug Sosa: today was a very scrambled day. one phone line went out, battery died in home wireless phone, some surprizing letters, some I expected that did not come. after my 9 sec experiments in recent days, i wonder how today with its scatter was different?
    Pema Pera: though ultimately also motivation can be dropped
    Pema Pera: one way to stte the 9-sec practice is to “stop” every 15 minutes and “drop” everything for 9 seconds or so
    Pema Pera: Well, Doug, how different was it?
    Dakini Rhode: those things like batteries and phone lines, are physical attributes of life… how was your mind during all this?
    doug Sosa: That is the surprise. not that different. very busy, or not so busy, at the be level quite similar.
    doug Sosa: Some days are like checkers, some days like chess, some days like go. But the mind begins to see the all in each.
    Pema Pera: yes, continuity is key — that’s what I like about the many supershort explorations — keeping us engaged

    I did not want to dominate the conversation, so after another pause I remarked about the quietness of our group.

    Pema Pera: you’re all so quiet tonite :-)
    Dakini Rhode: ergh, tired
    Dakini Rhode: also have been a bit sick and i notice that a little illness motivates me to “be” even more…
    doug Sosa: “continuity?”
    Pema Pera: yes, continuity through frequency ; not just once a day meditating/praying/investigation, but carrying it throughout the day, every 15 minutes — that kind of continuity
    Dakini Rhode: or even every breath continuity….
    Pema Pera: yes, the whole 15 minutes, ideally, every minute!
    Pema Pera: but you have to start somewhere :)
    doug Sosa: ah, yes. Tired also is so interesting, like a kind of sleep in itself, when we are not fully active, repair must be going on.
    Dakini Rhode: tired, a little sick, and underneath it all being is the same
    Dakini Rhode: tired and sick are just like the frosting on the cake
    Erix Ireland: mmm…frosting
    Dakini Rhode: or so it seems
    doug Sosa: like the best part?
    Pema Pera: yes, the one taste . . . . :)
    Pema Pera: Shall we walk to the forest? The half hour is up! That will wake us all up :-)
    doug Sosa: yes!
    Dakini Rhode: um maybe not the best part but just sort of sitting on the surface there

    Steve walked in, and I saw that the core time of our session, the first half hour had passed, so we were free to move. I don’t want to abandon the tea house before that time, in case others would be coming to look for us.

    Pema Pera: hi Steve!
    doug Sosa: ah he frosting that hides the cake.
    Pema Pera: We’re about to go for a trip
    Pema Pera: to the forest
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Pema Pera: not everybody has seen it yet
    stevenaia Michinaga: ok
    Dakini Rhode: hmm maybe i need another analogy doug
    Pema Pera: Wanna join us to visit the forest?
    stevenaia Michinaga: which way to the forest?
    Dakini Rhode: do we want to follow Pema?
    stevenaia Michinaga: says Dorthy
    Pema Pera: this way
    Pema Pera: no yellow brick road yet though . . . .
    stevenaia Michinaga: in time
    Pema Pera: are we catching everyone so far?
    stevenaia Michinaga: a different kind of forest?

    We paused halfway to let everybody catch up.

    Pema Pera: Hi Rowan!
    Rowan Masala: hi :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Rowan
    stevenaia Michinaga: …smiles
    Rowan Masala: forgive my mental absence–IM storm
    Pema Pera: np :)
    doug Sosa: the forest?
    stevenaia Michinaga: <— easilly pleased
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: haha, Steve!
    Rowan Masala: the happiest way to live, I think, Steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, lions and tigers
    stevenaia Michinaga: and bears oh my
    Rowan Masala ponders the Wizard roles for each of the four of them
    Rowan Masala: lets go of the assumption that she’s Dorothy just because she’s female
    stevenaia Michinaga: don;t worry doorthy, the cowardly lion is here for you
    Rowan Masala: reow
    Pema Pera: hehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: so where is this forest?
    stevenaia Michinaga: or did you jsut bring us to the temple to convert us?
    Pema Pera: okay, let’s go
    Rowan Masala: Pema, while we walk, will you tell us about your scarab?
    Pema Pera: but you’ve seen it Steve
    Pema Pera: many times, no?
    stevenaia Michinaga: no
    Pema Pera: You’ve seen this, Doug?
    doug Sosa: not yet. next?
    Pema Pera: well, time to see it Steve!
    Pema Pera: here it is!
    stevenaia Michinaga: what you said implys memory
    Pema Pera: the core of our large forest
    Pema Pera: haha

    In the mean time we had walked through the Hall of Appearance, and into Magoja.

    stevenaia Michinaga: oh this is not a forest
    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s a water feature
    Pema Pera: it’s the beginning
    Pema Pera: the forest will grow around it
    Rowan Masala: I got lost in lag. DId I miss the info about your shirt, Pema?
    stevenaia Michinaga: so we sit and wait for 20 years… I like that
    Pema Pera: a bit faster in SL
    Pema Pera: no speical meaning on my shirt
    Pema Pera: mostly means I’m too busy to go shopping
    stevenaia Michinaga: well a year in SL is much faster
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: and change into new T shirts :)
    Pema Pera: Rowan, have you seen our pub?
    Rowan Masala: pub as in publication?
    Pema Pera: as in beer :)
    Rowan Masala: or pub as in happy beverages
    stevenaia Michinaga: look rowan, yur pose balls are here
    Rowan Masala: oh, no!
    Rowan Masala: I haven’t
    Pema Pera: you don’t have to be shy, Rowan :-)
    Rowan Masala: shy?
    Pema Pera: Steve is obviously inviting you :)
    Rowan Masala: ah, I didn’t realize there were poseballs here
    stevenaia Michinaga: ,,,smile

    It was time for me to go, but first I quickly walked to the pub, to show it to Doug, who hadn’t seen it yet.

    Pema Pera: well, I should go back to RL soon(ish)
    Pema Pera: the pub is just around the corner
    Pema Pera: together with quite a few quite big trees
    stevenaia Michinaga: finallt a place in SL w/o music, jsut the crickets
    Pema Pera: to the west of here
    Rowan Masala: be well, Pema
    You shout: be well, Steve and Rowan!
    doug Sosa: dinner is on, gotta go!
    Pema Pera: another place, another mood!
    Pema Pera: see you Doug!
    Pema Pera: thanks for stopping by

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