2009.05.16 01:00 - Saturday Morning Chill-out

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Scathach Rhiadra. The comments are by Scathach Rhiadra.


    Udge and I had a nice relaxing chat this morning, covering the possibility of a noon sitting at the Zen Retreat, weekend rituals, news of the Phenomenology workshop, countdown to the PaB retreat......

    We finished the session with a mini-meditation, just watching the breath for the last 10 minutes or so.....

    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Udge
    Udge Watanabe: good morning scath
    Scathach Rhiadra: how are you today?
    Udge Watanabe: quite well, thanks! and yourself?
    Scathach Rhiadra: good, had a good night's sleep
    Udge Watanabe smiles
    Udge Watanabe: makes quite a difference, doesn't it?
    Scathach Rhiadra nods:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: oh, I watched a great utube video someone recommended, it was really good!
    Scathach Rhiadra: called validation
    Udge Watanabe smiles. Yes, I loved that too! Such a warm film
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes nice ending
    Scathach Rhiadra: anything particular you want to discuss?
    Udge Watanabe: I've been going back to my roots in SL a little, during my early days I did a lot of exploring in Zen areas, sitting alone in some lovely temples
    Udge Watanabe: I suppose that overlapped with the RL morning meditation I was doing then
    Udge Watanabe: phone
    Udge Watanabe: back,sorry
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Udge Watanabe: so, yes, I was going to say that I have started toing that again. I've been sitting at the Zen Retreat and Kannonji
    Udge Watanabe: (for certain values of "I" :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: ah I go there a lot, both places
    Udge Watanabe: I prefer Zen Retreat, somehow, the open air is nicer than that cabin
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes it is
    Scathach Rhiadra: and do you go for the meditation sessions?
    Udge Watanabe: only at kannonji, I can't make ZR's times.
    Scathach Rhiadra nods
    Udge Watanabe: neither can you probaly :)
    Udge Watanabe: Solo suggested that I could start a 1pm session at ZR
    Scathach Rhiadra: no, only for Americans:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: that would be a good idea:)
    Udge Watanabe: or maybe a noon quarter-hour
    Udge Watanabe: so as not to conflict whith PaB
    Udge Watanabe: my SL is nearly as fully timetabled as my RL
    Scathach Rhiadra nods enthusiastically:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: noon sounds good
    Scathach Rhiadra: I imagine there are quite a few Europeans who would appreciate a noon session
    Udge Watanabe: oh yeah.
    Udge Watanabe: ok, thanks for the encouragement. I'll look into it.
    Scathach Rhiadra: no pressure:)
    Udge Watanabe: (started one of my many weekend rituals during that pause, opened windows and lit incense)
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: I made coffee, only day I drink it
    Udge Watanabe smiles
    Udge Watanabe: I think it's good to make a difference for the weekend, marking a point in the passing of time
    Udge Watanabe: (insofar as time "passes" ... but let's not go there)
    Scathach Rhiadra grins
    Scathach Rhiadra: oh the pheno workshop is probably going to move to a themed PaB session, so Pema can attend
    Udge Watanabe: ah, interesting. I wonder whose? tarmel maybe, since she is moderatrix?
    Scathach Rhiadra: no, her timeslot conflicts with an Astronomy event, they are looking for a session, has to be 7am or 7 pm
    Udge Watanabe: I selfishly hope Adams doesn't volunteer her slot :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: well it will most Europeans cannot attend
    Udge Watanabe: that's a point, it must be a 7am session for Gilles.
    Udge Watanabe: wouldnt be much fun without him
    Scathach Rhiadra: no, for Pema, Gilles doesn't usually go to pheno:)
    Udge Watanabe: oh, I've misunderstood that all these months. I thought Pheno was their weekly wrestling in mud?
    Scathach Rhiadra: no it developed into a workshop exploring phen in our lives
    Scathach Rhiadra: pheno*
    Scathach Rhiadra: Gilles started his own seminar
    Udge Watanabe: aaaaaah.
    Scathach Rhiadra: so it is 100 days to the retreat, or is it 99 now
    Udge Watanabe: or 98? when wasthe announcement? this week has all melded into one day
    Udge Watanabe: it's quite frightening how fast time flies, the year is already 40% over
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes, I was just thinking it is almost June!
    Udge Watanabe: exctly.
    Udge Watanabe: there are things from November on my to-do list still.
    Scathach Rhiadra: haha
    Udge Watanabe grins ruefully
    Udge Watanabe: did you have anything you wanted to talk about, Scath? I seem to have monopolized the morning
    Scathach Rhiadra: no, it has been a nice chilled session:)
    Udge Watanabe smiles and chills
    Scathach Rhiadra: good way to start the weekend:)
    Udge Watanabe: yes :)
    Udge Watanabe: shall we sit and breathe until the bell?

    so we sit and breathe for the last 10 miutes, a very nice way to start the day......

    Scathach Rhiadra: yes:)
    Udge Watanabe: :)
    Udge Watanabe shakes out his shoulders and back, and folds his hands
    Udge Watanabe stretches and smiles. Thank you, Scath, this was a fine start to the weekend
    Scathach Rhiadra: yes thank you too:)
    Udge Watanabe: bye for now, enjoy the day.
    Scathach Rhiadra: you too, see you later, namasté
    Udge Watanabe: namaste

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