2008.07.04 19:00 - A Second Home

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    That evening, I met Doug in the pavillon. For a while no one else came, rather unusual given that the evening sessions are often the most well attended.

    Pema Pera: Hi Doug!
    doug Sosa: looks like yes
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you again here!
    doug Sosa: long time…
    doug Sosa: do you read francois jullien?
    Pema Pera: no?
    doug Sosa: interesting books on not doing..
    Pema Pera: ah!
    doug Sosa: but just a book.
    Pema Pera: very rich topic, yes.
    doug Sosa: yes.
    doug Sosa: what is short history of this place?
    Pema Pera: you mean the new pavilion we are in now?
    doug Sosa: yes, beautiful.
    doug Sosa: i miss the fire
    Pema Pera: Dakini built it, like the previous place
    doug Sosa: amazing. will i ever take the time to do that?
    Pema Pera: up to you, Doug :)
    doug Sosa: no, circumstances will decide for me..
    Pema Pera: :-)
    doug Sosa: i just need to be ready to lean into it, and lean away from it.
    Pema Pera: in what way?
    doug Sosa: well, if circumstanes speak to a deaf ear, nothing. readiness is all.
    Pema Pera: sure
    Pema Pera: yet we do sometimes feel that we are placed for a choice . . .
    doug Sosa: no need to tell me but what are alll the other buildings? Is it ok to explore sometime?

    First I thought that the first part of Doug’s last sentence was a reply to me, in a somewhat uncharacteristic way, but then I understood that it refered to what he then wrote in the next part of the sentence, given that his next line below would be the real reply. Texting can be confusing sometimes :-).

    Pema Pera: of course!
    Pema Pera: You are free to go wherever you like
    Pema Pera: it is a very rich area
    doug Sosa: “placed for a choice”? wonderfully ambiguous. are we the subject or object of that sentence?
    Pema Pera: well, I was just using every-day language, nothing philosophical intended :)
    doug Sosa: the water moving to your left and behind is somewhat like the fire. one wonders where it comes from, where it is going.
    Pema Pera: that, too, can be explored!
    Pema Pera: I can’t leave this place now, since I’m the guardian during this session
    Pema Pera: otherwise I could walk with you along the rivers that Storm created
    Pema Pera: various rivers
    doug Sosa: no, not now. i’ll stay till dinner calls in a shot while.
    Pema Pera: connecting this place with neigboring sims
    doug Sosa: ah, that would be fun to follow.
    Pema Pera: there are some roads in SL, but they are rarily used — people generally teleport
    doug Sosa: Since I live on the edge of a river, with alsmot the same bird sounds as here..
    Pema Pera: as an alternative, we use riversa nd forests to connect
    doug Sosa: people.
    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Pema Pera: Hi Sigmund!
    doug Sosa: hello both.
    Sigmund Schwarz: Hi, Pema, … Doug.
    Dakini Rhode: good evening!

    Dakini and Sigmund joined us.

    Pema Pera: I told Doug you have built this place too
    Pema Pera: He hadn’t seen much of it yet
    doug Sosa: and i bow in humble gratitude
    Dakini Rhode: thank you, doug
    Dakini Rhode: and Pema
    doug Sosa: blush.
    Dakini Rhode: i’m the one blushing here
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: also the only one building us place to gather in regularly, so far!
    Dakini Rhode: this was fun
    doug Sosa: still bowing, i can’t dont dare look.
    Dakini Rhode: especially once i knew you wanted a coffee shop
    Dakini Rhode: doug?
    doug Sosa: yes?
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Dakini Rhode: it’s not THAT grand
    doug Sosa: oh?
    Dakini Rhode: but i’m happy it’s appreciated
    doug Sosa: I just heard a bell..
    Dakini Rhode: our PaB bell
    Dakini Rhode: it chimes every 15 minutes
    doug Sosa: thanks!
    Dakini Rhode: the mindfulness bell
    Dakini Rhode: an invitation to mindfulness
    doug Sosa: i put it on my computer, lovely, but lost it when i , well, another computer story.
    Dakini Rhode: i have lots of those stories too
    Dakini Rhode: I tried to use voice today, but it took me a long time to get it working…
    Dakini Rhode: now i don’t know what button i pushed

    Back to rivers and fires.

    Dakini Rhode: so what were you talking about when we arrived?
    doug Sosa: following the rivers
    doug Sosa: that i live in rl on a beaitiful river with the same bird sounds
    Dakini Rhode: lucky!
    Sigmund Schwarz: really.
    doug Sosa: yes.
    Dakini Rhode: when i hear the sounds here i can pretend i live on a river
    Dakini Rhode: but in fact i live in a highrise
    doug Sosa: surrounded by rivers of life and traffic
    Dakini Rhode: we do have nice grounds with walking paths and a golf course
    Dakini Rhode: a pond, and wildlife
    doug Sosa: I would rather a hut by a river than a penthouse on Central park.
    Dakini Rhode: it’s interesting, many folks don’t have the option, and yet they must become content too
    doug Sosa: we heat with wood, vegetables from the garden, and once a week i go to stanford to see the rest of the (affluent) world.
    Dakini Rhode: this helps me understand…

    Dakini remembers a very serious fire . . .

    Dakini Rhode: and oh! my apartment burned down a few years back…
    Dakini Rhode: that really helped me understand
    doug Sosa: but this is beautiful too and sometimes in my mind the two environments are on a par with each other, bit delightful.
    doug Sosa: “but delightful”
    Pema Pera: what happened, Dakini?
    Dakini Rhode: i met renters who had lost apartments more than once
    Dakini Rhode: neighbors cooking with oil
    Pema Pera: did you lose a lot of irreplaceable stuff?
    Dakini Rhode: yes
    doug Sosa: fires have such appetites.
    Dakini Rhode: pretty much a total loss
    doug Sosa: I am so sorry.
    Pema Pera: must have been hard to deal with
    Dakini Rhode: i’ll tell you: going to live in a cave at that point seemed pretty attractive
    Dakini Rhode: but yes, “dealing” with insurances, and replacing “stuff”, was hard
    doug Sosa: did having stuff on the net make it any easier?
    Dakini Rhode: they give you 6 months to replace everything
    Dakini Rhode: yes it did, doug
    Dakini Rhode: it gave me insight…

    . . . and the oil spill that Isen witnessed.

    Dakini Rhode: like Isen’s issues with the oil spill
    Dakini Rhode: Living in a beautiful town in Alaska, like your place on the river maybe…
    Dakini Rhode: and then Exxon Valdez destroys everything…
    doug Sosa: hm.
    Dakini Rhode: one learns a lot from things like this…
    Dakini Rhode: wow am i a wet blanket or what?
    doug Sosa: At one point my mother had to put lots of stuff in storage, and the wharehouse burned down.
    Sigmund Schwarz: just a mirror …,
    doug Sosa: “warehouse”
    Dakini Rhode: ouch
    Dakini Rhode: we like to think we have some control, but in fact these things show us how little we do have
    Dakini Rhode: now i need to try and relate this to play as being…
    Pema Pera: impermanence says it all . . . .
    Dakini Rhode: well that takes care of the “having” part pretty well…
    Pema Pera: Hi Gen!
    Dakini Rhode: Hi Gen :)
    Pema Pera: haha, Dakini, yes!
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi!
    Sigmund Schwarz: Hello, Genesis.
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Sig

    Genesis walked in, and Doug had to leave.

    doug Sosa: I must apologize for my first life dinner is ready! Bye.
    Pema Pera: We were talking about water and fire; beautiful rivers and homes burning down
    Sigmund Schwarz: go well and eat well.
    Dakini Rhode: bye doug!
    Pema Pera: too quick to greet :)
    Dakini Rhode: Gen, you look like a princess!
    genesis Zhangsun: Thank you!
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: You look like a Bond girl!
    genesis Zhangsun: Thats a compliment by the way
    Dakini Rhode: haha i hadn’t considered that
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    genesis Zhangsun: I like :)
    Dakini Rhode: ty :)
    Dakini Rhode: you made me laugh!
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: so nice to be here!
    Pema Pera: yes, it’s great seeing you here again!
    Dakini Rhode: nice you showed up!
    Pema Pera: I normally miss your guardian sessions
    Pema Pera: since I’m asleep then
    Dakini Rhode: Genesis, have you met Sigmund?
    genesis Zhangsun: why no I haven’t!
    Dakini Rhode: well, please meet!
    genesis Zhangsun: a pleasure Sigmund
    Sigmund Schwarz: Likewise, genesis.

    The talk switches to the PaB explorations.

    Pema Pera: Sigmund, have you had a chance to explore the 9-sec practice a bit?
    Sigmund Schwarz: I’ve been mindful of it at times today dispite being busy and have sat with a long breath and expanded awareness from time to time today.
    Pema Pera: Glad to hear that!
    Pema Pera: Have you tried to write down a few words, sometimes?
    Sigmund Schwarz: No, haven’t kept track.
    Pema Pera: it may be fun to try, just for a few hours
    Pema Pera: I know it sounds a bit silly
    Pema Pera: like doing homework
    Pema Pera: but surprisingly, many of us have found it useful
    Pema Pera: I certainly have
    Pema Pera: it seems to form a bridge between realms
    Pema Pera: a doorway
    Pema Pera: between normal state of mind and other ones
    Sigmund Schwarz: I understand it tracks patterns we might not be aware of.
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: patterns that don’t fit in our memory
    Pema Pera: and hence are screened out
    Pema Pera: but paper is more honest :)

    And here is where the title for this session originated.

    Sigmund Schwarz: I have a second home at the in between states.
    Pema Pera: can you say more about that? Sounds fascinating!
    genesis Zhangsun: sounds cozy!
    Sigmund Schwarz: smiling
    Sigmund Schwarz: some of it has to do with language. Using words that speak to what’s apparently happening and also with how they may resonate below the surface.
    Sigmund Schwarz: I mine a lot of information that way plus it leads to a healthy sense of play,.
    Pema Pera: can you say a bit more about how you do that? Or how we could explore that?
    Sigmund Schwarz: Sure. This evening when I first came to the sitting, our friend Dakini was hovering slightly over the grounds to which I responded something about hanging around, making light of things, hanging in there …. I don’t remember precisely.
    Sigmund Schwarz: So, I addressed what was happening in the physical, plus exploring other states of being using language and we connected in an upbeat moment.
    Dakini Rhode: like the young folks say, i was “hanging”
    Sigmund Schwarz: you was.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Dakini Rhode: yeth
    Sigmund Schwarz: chuckling.
    Sigmund Schwarz: I find that using language that way or combining extensions of language can turn up interesting insights, some superficial, some deeper.
    Sigmund Schwarz: extensions - dovetailing off of something I or someone else has said.
    Sigmund Schwarz: essentially in play though not always.
    Dakini Rhode: or would you say extracting some sort of essence from your observation?
    Sigmund Schwarz: That’s one of the deeper pay offs.
    Dakini Rhode: i often do that in my 9-sec practice
    Dakini Rhode: i observe, with curiousity
    Dakini Rhode: then write something
    Dakini Rhode: a haiku maybe
    Sigmund Schwarz: mmh
    Dakini Rhode: marbles?
    Sigmund Schwarz: chuckling. marble cake.
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Sigmund Schwarz: eating it up.
    Sigmund Schwarz: plenty for everyone.

    At this point Kat joined us. It is so nice to just sit there in the pavilion, without any idea what to expect, and to just see new and old friends dropping by!

    Kat Lemieux: HEllo
    Pema Pera: Hi Kat!
    Pema Pera: come join us!
    Dakini Rhode: hi Kat :)
    Sigmund Schwarz: Hello, Kat.
    Kat Lemieux: Thank you!
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Kat!
    Pema Pera: Long time no see here!
    Pema Pera: We’ve moved to a new place as you can see
    Kat Lemieux: Yes, Nice!
    Kat Lemieux: Needed more space?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Dakini Rhode: Indeed they were overflowing the tiny tea hut
    Kat Lemieux: That’s good news
    genesis Zhangsun: Kat are you engaged in the 9 second practice?
    Kat Lemieux: No, I’m too ignorant to even know what that is
    Kat Lemieux: I’ve never formally tried meditation
    genesis Zhangsun: i doubt that :)
    Dakini Rhode: Kat, you’re from the astro world, aren’t you?
    Kat Lemieux: It’s true, but I’d rather be ignorant than stupid. Ignorant I can get over.
    Kat Lemieux: Hmmm, I’ve worked in aerospace, and presently have some feet in that world, yes
    genesis Zhangsun: yes thats a good way to look at it
    Dakini Rhode: I’m trying to recall where we met - was it on mars?
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Kat Lemieux: It was actually here, in this region
    Dakini Rhode: ah

    Actually, we did go to Mars, subsequently, as a little group, to explore. Read on!

    Pema Pera: Kat was my first mentor in SL, when I was still a newbe, half a year ago
    Pema Pera: She is also the Director of the ISM, the International Spaceflight Museum
    Kat Lemieux: December, so 6 months just about on the nose
    Kat Lemieux is obviously not a mathematician
    Sigmund Schwarz: neat.
    Pema Pera: Mars is part of the museum :)
    Pema Pera: Venus as well :)
    Kat Lemieux: well, little bits of it
    genesis Zhangsun: ah ok!
    Kat Lemieux: ;-)
    Kat Lemieux: We have a virtual reality room of the Mars surface
    Dakini Rhode: aha!
    Kat Lemieux: In fact, if you want to tour the whole solar system you can do it at the ISM
    Sigmund Schwarz: sounds impressive
    genesis Zhangsun: very!
    Sigmund Schwarz: neat, thank you, Kat.
    Kat Lemieux: YW
    Dakini Rhode: ty :)
    genesis Zhangsun: yes thanks Kat

    Though Kat had visited a few times to chat, I realized we probably never told her what it is that we’re actually doing here :>).

    Pema Pera: What Gen was refering to, Kat, was what we are normally talking about here, those rare times that we are reasonably serious that is
    Pema Pera: in RL we spend a few hours each day
    Pema Pera: during which every fifteen minutes
    Pema Pera: we stop for 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: dropping everything
    Pema Pera: and observing what happens
    Pema Pera: as a kind of 1% time tax
    Kat Lemieux: I’d be happy to learn about it, but don’t think I could devote hours per day to anything
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: one minute
    Pema Pera: or two
    Pema Pera: 9 seconds at a time
    Pema Pera: once every 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: for a total of an hour or a few hours
    Pema Pera: like the time to brush your teeth :)
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: has the background
    Kat Lemieux: Sounds like it would really interrupt thought flow if I was trying to concentrate on something, like programming or writing
    Pema Pera: actually, we had some discussions about that the other day
    Pema Pera: with a professional programmer
    Pema Pera: who was instructed by his boss to do just that
    Pema Pera: to clear the mind
    Pema Pera: and to look up to see whether he wasn’t working himself into a dead end
    Dakini Rhode: actually i’m a professional programmer too
    Dakini Rhode: and i find i need to clear my mind regularly
    Kat Lemieux: Well, it’s something to consider
    Dakini Rhode: stop, drop, and come back and look at things differently
    Kat Lemieux: So what do you do in this 9 seconds?
    Dakini Rhode: but 15-minute intervals might not be optimal if you’re in the flow…
    Pema Pera: anything you like, no precise prescription, though we have several suggestions
    Pema Pera: take a couple breaths
    Pema Pera: or look at what you think you are, to see whether perhaps it is something you have
    Pema Pera: or just look around in appreciation
    Pema Pera: of whatever presents itself
    Pema Pera: both inside and out

    Dakini refered back to the previous session.

    Dakini Rhode: actually at the 1PM session today, we went around the table and discussed what we do in the 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: looking forward to reading it!
    Dakini Rhode: so am i (since i left the session early)
    Kat Lemieux: I read some of the early transcripts, when you were just starting
    genesis Zhangsun: that will be interesting to read
    Pema Pera: there is 300 of them now :)
    Kat Lemieux: wow
    Dakini Rhode: Pema, how do you get to the older ones?
    Pema Pera: through the “digest” button or through the “search” button
    Pema Pera: the search is quite good
    Pema Pera: if you remember a key word it will get you there
    Kat Lemieux: Maybe the archive calendar?
    Kat Lemieux: That’s one of the drawbacks o
    Kat Lemieux: f the blog format — difficult to take things in chronological order from the beginning
    Pema Pera: yes, that is why we are starting a wiki now
    Pema Pera: which hopefully will be much more organized
    Dakini Rhode: some blogs appear to have monthly archives that you can page back to
    Pema Pera: for one thing, the wiki will have more than 20 authors, our whole core group, where the blog is just me . . . .
    Dakini Rhode: yes
    Kat Lemieux: Yes, if you’re using wordpress that’s a standard feature, but it might not be turned on

    Steve dropped by. First he seemed to be seated in mid-air leaning backwards.

    Dakini Rhode: Hey, Steve
    Pema Pera: yes, I haven’t found that in my blog yet
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    stevenaia Michinaga: fireworks over here
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    genesis Zhangsun: Hey Steve!
    Sigmund Schwarz: Hello, Steve.
    Pema Pera: you’re training for a space flight, Steve?
    stevenaia Michinaga: sea legs

    Then he attempted to sit at the same cushion as Kat. They looked like Siamese twins for a while.

    Pema Pera: a gemini flight?
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Kat Lemieux: HI, aren’t you being a little friendly for someone who hasn’t been introduced yet? ;-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: so much for being done rezzing
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Ket, so sorry
    Kat Lemieux: Nice to meet you, Steve ;-)
    Kat Lemieux: NP
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes it was wasn;t it

    Finally Steve decides to sit at the opposite side of the circle from where we all are seated.

    Pema Pera: safe distance from us all :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: looks open here
    genesis Zhangsun: better safe then sorry
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: so, perhaps you can recap….
    stevenaia Michinaga: just kidding
    stevenaia Michinaga: I didn;t mean to kill the discussion
    Pema Pera: Actually I have to go to luch here in Kyoto pretty soon
    Kat Lemieux: I think I did that before you got here
    Pema Pera: Kat, we start at 1 am 7 am 1 pm 7 pm
    Pema Pera: and we’ve been here for more than an hour now
    Pema Pera: and in five hours we’re reconvene
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol, I feel better now Kat
    Pema Pera: pretty busy schedule :)
    Dakini Rhode: I think i may be chatted out…
    Kat Lemieux: K, I was surprised to see you online, in fact
    Dakini Rhode: getting a little sleepy, here :(
    Kat Lemieux: Steve, Pema was explaining the 9-second method to me
    Sigmund Schwarz: yes, the night is getting longer.
    Kat Lemieux: I’m a noobie at this
    Dakini Rhode: are you on the East coast too, Sig?
    stevenaia Michinaga: aww, welcome I;m sometimes here for the 7:00 meeting
    Kat Lemieux: Thanks!
    Sigmund Schwarz: Yes, Dakini. Just south of Pittsburgh, closer to the West Virginia and Ohio borders.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I;m at the other end of PA, Sig
    Kat Lemieux: I was just transcribing some letters from a cousin in Pittsburgh for my genealogy database
    Pema Pera: Kat is the Director of the ISM, the International Space Flight Museum, which also hosts our astronomy meetings. She has kindly given us space there, in the same way that Dakini has hosted us here in the tea house when we started
    Sigmund Schwarz: Neat, I have family in Philly.

    We talk a bit about MICA.

    Pema Pera: http://www.physics.drexel.edu/mica/
    Pema Pera: is the MICA web site
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I see you;ve been here since 05
    Pema Pera: for our astro gatherings
    Kat Lemieux: Soon to be http://mica-vw.org
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Pema Pera: every day 7:30 am SLT
    Kat Lemieux: As soon as Steve (the other one) gets the nameserver info to me
    Pema Pera: we call our guardians there “barristas” :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I saw that on the website today
    Kat Lemieux: Nice cappuchino machine there, too
    Dakini Rhode: well folks, i hope you excuse me if i bow out…
    Pema Pera: sleep well, Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: ty
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Dakini
    Kat Lemieux: Nice to see you again dakini
    Dakini Rhode: night all :-)
    Sigmund Schwarz: Good seeing you again, Dee. I look forward to more of the same.
    genesis Zhangsun: Bye dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: :)))
    Pema Pera: see you all
    Kat Lemieux: Bye, Pema. See you later
    genesis Zhangsun: Bye Pema
    Pema Pera: thanks for dropping by, Kat, and everyone!
    Kat Lemieux: Thanks!

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