2008.09.01 07:00 - Rest and Be Well

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    I (Pema) was the guardian that morning, but I would not stay long, since it was late at night for me in Japan, and I was let off the hook by the others present. Adelene then took over chat logging and commenting.

    When I entered the pavilion, I met Adelene, Fael, and Gaya.

    Adelene Dawner: (I just woke up, by the way, so my brain’s not completely operational yet.)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods ‘ok’
    Gaya Ethaniel: How are you Fael?
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Fael Illyar: I’m good, I’ve been walking and visiting my mother today. :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: Hi Adelene, Fael, Gaya!
    Fael Illyar: Hi Pema :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: How are you Pema?
    Adelene Dawner: Hi, Pem :)
    Pema Pera: oh, I’m fine, but my internet connection is veeerrrryyyy slooooww
    Pema Pera: I’m in Tokyo again for one night, and hotel connections are not always what I would wish them to be
    Gaya Ethaniel: aww…
    Fael Illyar: Yes, sounds like those leave something to be hoped for quite often.
    Pema Pera: everything is still grey for me . . . is SL slow today or is it just my connections?
    Fael Illyar: I had no problem.
    Gaya Ethaniel: not me either
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: well, must me my side then
    Pema Pera: And how are you all?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well thank you Pema
    Adelene Dawner: Good, if a bit scatterbrained.
    Pema Pera: well, I woke up too, after a little nap; it’s 11 pm this evening here :-)
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Gaya Ethaniel: 11:10… rather late
    Adelene Dawner: Part of it in my case is lingering shakyness from yesterday - work stuff.
    Fael Illyar: work can be rough sometimes, yes.
    Pema Pera: what happened Adelene?
    Fael Illyar: Hi Dakini :)
    Dakini Rhode: hi ! :)))
    Pema Pera: Hi there, Dakini!
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Dakini Rhode: good to see you :)

    Dakini joined us, and so there were five of us.

    Adelene Dawner: We had an event for the residents, and the staffing was lousy, so I wound up running around trying to serve ice cream to 20 residents practically by myself as quickly as possible plus handle all the residents’ other requests. I *can* do that, the adrenaline kicks in and it’s fine, but the aftereffects aren’t pleasant.
    Fael Illyar: I might be imagining things but Dakini looks a bit different today :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Indeed Dakini. Been a while.
    Dakini Rhode: indeed :) always changing…
    Pema Pera: sounds like you had a tough day, Adelene!
    Adelene Dawner shrugs. “Not really.”
    Adelene Dawner: Demanding, but nothing I can’t handle, and nothing frustrating or upsetting.
    Gaya Ethaniel: But still unpleasant… somewhat
    Faenik: ah :)
    Dakini Rhode: Gaya do you practice in these moments?
    Gaya Ethaniel: During PaB?
    Dakini Rhode: during work :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah… yes more or less all day long
    Fael Illyar: Do you mean Adelene?
    Dakini Rhode: oh yes, I meant Adelene but thank you for answering, Gaya :)
    Adelene Dawner: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Sorry oops
    Faenik loves wells!
    Dakini Rhode: lol my mistake :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Adelene Dawner: I guess technically I do… the whole trick to the nines is to drop stuff, and when I’m moving that fast, if I tried to think about anything except what’s in front of me, it just wouldn’t work.
    Fael Illyar: That counts I … maybe … although, lately, I’ve been doing things without thinking at all. just letting my body do it.
    Pema Pera: (I realize that I’m still half asleep, after an initial nap, here at 11:20 pm, having slept only 3 hours the previous night — would you all mind if I would go back to sleep, and have someone else post the chatlog, or send it to me/)
    Pema Pera: (sorry about that . . . . :-)

    After I received kind advice to turn in again and go back to bed, I happily followed that advice :-).

    Dakini Rhode: Pema please sleep :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: np Pema. Good rest
    Adelene Dawner: go ahead. I’ll take the log.
    Pema Pera: thank you :>) — have to give a talk too, tomorrow morning, at a conference, taking someone else’s place at the last moment
    Pema Pera: Thanks a lot, Adelene!
    Pema Pera: I have to talk about virtual worlds
    Adelene Dawner: no problem ^.^
    Pema Pera: It would be very fitting if I would fall asleep during my own talk
    Fael Illyar: Yes, please sleep Pema :)
    Pema Pera: as an tribute to how virtual worlds give you a lack of sleep L-)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Dakini Rhode: haha too much time in them, yes :)
    Pema Pera: well, thank you all, and see you soon again, in better shape, I hope!
    Pema Pera: Be well
    Dakini Rhode: rest and be well :)

    Pema went for some much-needed sleep. Comments from this point forward are Adelene’sAdelene’s.

    Fael Illyar: Good night Pema :)
    Dakini Rhode: i myself felt the need to limit my time inworld
    Dakini Rhode: my apartment was a shambles :P
    Fael Illyar: Ah, that would make it a necessity, yes. Is it ok now?
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Dakini Rhode: well not quite but getting there, as is my fitness routine :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah… I’ve noticed that for a few days now Dakini. Sun is getting lower
    Faenik: could be
    Fael Illyar: Sun getting lower?
    Dakini Rhode: yes days are getting shorter… and not to be morbid but life is passing
    Fael Illyar: Ah, that :)
    Dakini Rhode: these chats are very worthwhile, however :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Morbid? Why Dakini?

    At this point someone dropped by, but after some brief conversation he decided to leave again, looking to make some money somewhere in SL.

    Dakini Rhode: i’m surprised we’re not using the beautiful new pavilion yet
    Dakini Rhode: what’s up with that, do you know?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Not sure…
    Fael Illyar: Ah, we’re waiting on autorecording system which I’ve been planning to finish but haven’t got around to yet.
    Dakini Rhode: to return to practicing at work for a moment… even though it’s not always possible to do a formal 9-sec practice every 15 minutes while working, depending on what work you do, do you find your practice at other times bleeds through into the rest of your life?
    Faenik: ah :)
    Dakini Rhode: including those times when practice is difficult?
    Adelene Dawner: mmhmm
    Dakini Rhode: can you say more, Adelene?
    Adelene Dawner: Well, just in general… I’ve always been decent at focusing on the task at hand, but I find that I’ve been more engaged, recently, even when there’s not something
    that needs to be done.
    Faenik: why not?
    Dakini Rhode: that’s interesting - more engaged with your real life?
    Adelene Dawner: …it’s all real life. This is just as real as any other part of it. Different, not less than.
    Dakini Rhode: could you explain what you’re more engaged with?
    Dakini Rhode: they wings are wonderful with typing :)
    Dakini Rhode: like a prayerful dance :)
    Adelene Dawner: Whatever’s going on around me. I’ve noticed it on bus rides a lot - I don’t drive - I usually spend my travel time reading, or zoned out listening to music, but I find
    myself watching the people around me more… not quite getting into conversations or stuff, but definitely paying more attention.
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah…
    Gaya Ethaniel: Wonder how you feel during those engaged moments
    Dakini Rhode: thanks for explaining… it helps me understand… i get the feeling you’re more “present” and even curious, maybe, than previously, perhaps
    Adelene Dawner: that’s a good description, yes.
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I’ve noticed similar changes in what I do.
    Adelene Dawner: I still like reading, but it’s a lower priority now… I’m less bored with people. Less bored in general, actually.
    Fael Illyar: I pay attention on my surroundings instead of submerging into myself.
    Fael Illyar: boredom is becoming very rare :)
    Fael Illyar: although I did have some of that today :P
    Gaya Ethaniel: Care to say what bored you?
    Faenik loves wells!
    Fael Illyar: I was waiting for my mother to decide what files to backup from their computer since it’s going to be reinstalled soon and answering whatever questions she had about it.
    Fael Illyar: so, I was just waiting on her a lot of the time.
    Dakini Rhode: a practice like ours can transform waiting into opportunity :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I did end up meditating once I noticed I was bored.
    Dakini Rhode: :)
    Adelene Dawner: hmm
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah…
    Adelene Dawner wonders if the meditating wold count as a form of distraction in that case…
    Dakini Rhode: i’ve spent a lot of time with my mother in a nursing home recently
    Gaya Ethaniel: That depends on what one tries to do when meditating Adele
    Dakini Rhode: i guess it depends on what type of meditation (jinx)
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Gaya Ethaniel: If I try to ‘escape’ then yes… but if trying to be more mindful… then no
    Faenik loves wells!
    Dakini Rhode: if your practice is to be present, to make the space for whatever arises (including uncomfortable feelings) the its not an escape (jinx again)
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Dakini Rhode: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: At times, it’s good to meditate to feel calmer certainly
    Gaya Ethaniel: Meditation is wonderful… it can help me to do many things
    Fael Illyar: Yes, I’ve found it very useful as well :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Dakini Rhode: yes - being mindful is allowing whatever arises to be there, and looking at it directly (boredom, even)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Dakini Rhode: the opposite of an escape, but the effect is to free the mind
    Fael Illyar: rather interesting, really that while escape has no chance to work, going head on does what you’d expect from escaping and more :)
    Dakini Rhode: very well said, Fael :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods ‘and at times takes courage to do so’
    Dakini Rhode: very much so :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Faenik: ah :)
    Dakini Rhode: i’m being invited to tai chi and feel i would like to go.. if anyone would like to come with me, i’ll give you a LM
    Fael Illyar: I’ll join you :)
    Dakini Rhode: oh actually i see it’s a meditation session
    Gaya Ethaniel: Perhaps next time but pls do give me LM
    Dakini Rhode: not tai chi
    Dakini Rhode: i’ll post the IM anyway :)
    Faenik: could be
    Dakini Rhode: Vivienne Cassavetes: Please join us at the Peacemaker Zendo for 8am Meditation session. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Commonwealth%203/244/243/22
    Fael Illyar: Well, meditation works too :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ty
    Fael Illyar: thank you :)
    Dakini Rhode: vivie was my inspiration for beginning the zazen :)
    Fael Illyar: Ok, if you’re not coming there, see you later :)
    Dakini Rhode: her times didn’t work for me ordinarily :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy both of you. Good day.
    Fael Illyar: Thank you, you too :)
    Dakini Rhode: have a very good day, and be well :)
    Adelene Dawner: see you

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