2008.10.15 01:00 - Stepping Out of Sync

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    That night, at 1 am SLT, I first spent ten minutes by myself at the pavilion. After that, Corvi arrived.

    Pema Pera: Hi Corvi!
    Pema Pera: Good to see you again
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Good to see you..I'm bringing a friend this time.
    Pema Pera: Always nice to meet friends of friends!
    Pema Pera: Hi Augustus!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles.
    Augustus Trefoil: greets, Pema
    Pema Pera: Did Corvi tell you about our group, August?
    Augustus Trefoil: very litle....a group of mediators
    Corvuscorva Nightfire snorts.
    Pema Pera: in a way, you could say, though some more than others
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: yes..that's all I said, isn't it..brave of you to come.
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Augustus Trefoil: sorry for typos...my laptop likes smaller hands
    Pema Pera: light-weight version?
    Augustus Trefoil: nah
    Augustus Trefoil: fat fingers )
    Pema Pera: :)

    A brief summary of PaB

    Pema Pera: what we do here is talk about a kind of exploration that we mostly carry out in RL
    Pema Pera: the idea being to spend a few hours every day in which we stop for nine seconds, several times an hour
    Pema Pera: so in total perhaps ten or twenty times a day or so
    Pema Pera: or altogether a couple minutes a day, if you add it all up
    Pema Pera: you could call it micro-meditations
    Pema Pera: or just explorations of what happens when you stepp off the beaten path
    Pema Pera: the bell you just heard rings every fifteen minutes
    Augustus Trefoil listens
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: or if you are like me, you do it once in a while...and get what goody you can out of it.
    Pema Pera: some people like to set a kind of bell on their computere, to ring every 15 minutes, to remind them to stop for 9 seconds at the sound of the bell
    Pema Pera: it's a kind of pun: 15 minutes had 900 seconds
    Pema Pera: and 9 seconds is like a 1% time tax
    Pema Pera: 99% for that what keeps you so very busy during your day
    Augustus Trefoil: hmm...a "stepping out of sync" in a way......zen in a way....either form or substance
    Pema Pera: and 1% to stop and smell the roses
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles...
    Pema Pera: like zen yes, and like many other things
    Pema Pera: some of us have no particular interest in any tradition, see this more as a kind of personal or scientific or curiosit-driven exploration
    Pema Pera: *curiosity
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wik.is/ is our web site
    Augustus Trefoil: this is very deep for 9 seonds at a slice :)
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire points to the chat logs...
    Pema Pera: it turns out that regularity is more important than exactly what you do during the regular ways of coming back to what you do

    Umbriel joins us.

    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi, Umbriel!
    Pema Pera: btw, we record what we are talking about and put the conversation on the web
    Pema Pera: is that okay with you?
    Pema Pera: hi Umbriel!
    Augustus Trefoil: yes...just perused a few logs
    Pema Pera: thanks!
    Umbriel Levenque: Peace and Love
    Faenik: why not?
    Augustus Trefoil: Hiya Umbriel
    Pema Pera: Hi Vertigo, good seeing you again!
    Umbriel Levenque: Peace and Love
    Vertigo Ethaniel: namaste
    Augustus Trefoil is listening to the rhythm of the ibirds in sl and the birds in the yard,,,juxtaposition
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hello, Vertigo.
    Pema Pera: How have you been Vertigo?
    Augustus Trefoil: Namaste, Vertigo
    Vertigo Ethaniel: good to see you guys again
    Vertigo Ethaniel: busy, stressed, working..
    Vertigo Ethaniel: you?
    Pema Pera: busy, not so stressed, working :-)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: :)
    Umbriel Levenque: not too bad thanks
    Pema Pera: Umbriel and Vertigo, you probably haven't met Augustus yet?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: hello augustus, nice to meet you
    Augustus Trefoil: stressed, busy, loved
    Augustus Trefoil: and you
    Umbriel Levenque: Nice meeting you Augustus
    Vertigo Ethaniel: so.. what is the topic tonight?
    Pema Pera: I have just summarized the 9-sec exploration idea for Augustus
    Vertigo Ethaniel nods
    Pema Pera: have you gotten some change to play with that, Vertigo, even while being busy?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: unfortunately no.. works keeping me on the strait and narrow

    A poem!

    Augustus Trefoil: In nine seconds | two deep breaths | does one also pair | 9 with 900?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: however, when i can, i am trying to learn tai chi at night.. that helps
    Umbriel Levenque: :-)
    Pema Pera: tai chi is a great way to balance stress, for sure
    Pema Pera: Nice poetic 9-sec, Augustus !
    Pema Pera: Isn't it interesting, Vertigo, that we all then to think we don't have time for 9 seconds, when we are busy . . . .
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: though in fact even ten times 9 seconds is only one and a half minutes
    Augustus Trefoil: Pema, I was thining of it as a koan
    Pema Pera: I love koans!
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yes, i really should take the time
    Vertigo Ethaniel: i get carried away at times
    Umbriel Levenque: ah... 'should'
    Pema Pera: I find that, when I am extremely busy, it helps a lot to keep a piece of paper or electronic file and write a couple words at each 9-sec
    Pema Pera: just to keep a trace
    Pema Pera: to remind me that I've done it
    Pema Pera: or not
    Umbriel Levenque: well if tai chi suits you Vertigo that's what you need...
    Pema Pera: adn then to look at the parttern of doing and forgetting-to-do
    Vertigo Ethaniel: mm
    Augustus Trefoil: sa-zen?
    Umbriel Levenque: I found 9 sec most effective when I don't 'remember' to do it
    Vertigo Ethaniel: i find that my strength isnt what it should be for the forms, and sometimes i move too abruptly and fast, and feel really gumby. then stop. something to work on.
    Faenik: ah :)
    Umbriel Levenque: the forms, you mean tai chi?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yes
    Vertigo Ethaniel: 6 form taic hi
    Umbriel Levenque: I see
    Pema Pera: Nice to meet you all here! I'm taking off, back to bed in RL -- it's 4:30 am here, and I'll try to get a couple more hours of sleep. Looking forward to seeing you again, Augustus, and all of you!
    Umbriel Levenque: good night Pema
    Augustus Trefoil: reminds me of the kung-fu forms....5+1 elements
    Augustus Trefoil: gnight, pema
    Pema Pera: Umbriel, perhaps you could email me the rest of the chat log, or put it up on the wiki?
    Umbriel Levenque: I will Pema
    Vertigo Ethaniel: oh ok
    Vertigo Ethaniel: goodnight pema
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: gnight Pema
    Pema Pera: bye everyone!
    Pema Pera: thanks, Umbriel!
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