2008.09.07 01:00 – Beginning PaB exercises

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    Gaya stepped in for Moon at this session. Please add comments if willing.

    Gaya Ethaniel: Hi Artemisia.
    Artemisia Svoboda: Hi, Gaya
    Artemisia Svoboda: nice to meet you
    Gaya Ethaniel: Same here. Have you been here before?
    Artemisia Svoboda: yes, I have been here twice
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles. Ah, lovely


    Artemisia Svoboda: on Friday, several people told me about their experiences with the 9/second exercise
    Gaya Ethaniel listens
    Artemisia Svoboda: and I started experimenting with it too
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Gaya Ethaniel: Could you say a bit about how you have found it so far?
    Artemisia Svoboda: sure
    Artemisia Svoboda: I found the tip really helpful to set a timer that sounds a bell
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Artemisia Svoboda: without it, I am not able to remember
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I use it too


    Artemisia Svoboda: I had various emotional responses to the exercise
    Artemisia Svoboda: I did it for about two hours
    Artemisia Svoboda: at the beginning I was excited
    Artemisia Svoboda: and I was relieved every time the timer told me to take a short break
    Gaya Ethaniel: So about 8 pauses then?
    Artemisia Svoboda: approximately
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Artemisia Svoboda: But toward the end I got annoyed
    Gaya Ethaniel: Ah
    Artemisia Svoboda: every time the timer interrupted me
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well... that's when it's time to do something else or stop
    Artemisia Svoboda: maybe
    Gaya Ethaniel: Forcing is not a good idea...
    Artemisia Svoboda: sure
    Artemisia Svoboda: but a tiny bit of force, or let's say discipline, is probably necessary to even get started
    Gaya Ethaniel nods. Yes
    Artemisia Svoboda: it won't do to just do the exercise at times when I feel like it would be a lovely thing to do
    Gaya Ethaniel: Like one feels resistance to bow... needs to be flexible
    Artemisia Svoboda: yes


    Artemisia Svoboda: so have you been practicing for a long time?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well it took a while before I started practising PaB exercises sincerely. I'd say from around middle of July.
    Artemisia Svoboda: so that's about six or seven weeks
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes
    Artemisia Svoboda: how was the beginning for you, and has it changed since?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Like you I enjoyed having breaks and it has been changing. My overall pattern seems to be going forward and backward but less steps going backwards as I do more.
    Artemisia Svoboda: ok
    Artemisia Svoboda: and do you do it every day?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes as much as possible when I'm around my computer.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Also when I'm not, I ring my internal bell to do a break whenever necessary.
    Gaya Ethaniel: When talking to people in some situations, I also do a kind of 9 sec before replying/speaking
    Artemisia Svoboda: yeah, somebody else talked about that too
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Artemisia Svoboda: does it change the way the conversation goes noticeably, for you?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes. Often it enables me to step aside and ponder in order to make more meaningful contribution
    Artemisia Svoboda: That sounds like it's really worth trying
    Artemisia Svoboda: and put aside my fear that people could be annoyed
    Artemisia Svoboda: if I slow down the rhythm
    Gaya Ethaniel ponders first
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes it has been useful to me. I'm not so caught up in myself with emotions running in the background. Also as you mentioned, it does slow the interaction down, giving all parties useful pauses

    Then we stayed on a little, discussing generalities about SL, including interesting places visit.

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