2009.05.16 19:00 - Seeing with the Heart

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Pema Pera. The comments are by Pema Pera.

    Adams Rubble: Hello Pema-san
    Pema Pera: Hi there Adams!
    Adams Rubble: Very nice to see you :)
    Pema Pera: same here, it has been a while!
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Pema Pera: I'm sorry I haven't been able to find the time to read your blog on a daily basis
    Pema Pera: is there anything in particular that you'd like to summarize or report?
    Adams Rubble: That's OK, I haven;t written as much :)
    Adams Rubble: I didn;t blog at all today
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble: No, I have pretty much been going along as usual
    Adams Rubble: Hello Eos and Sophia :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Eos and hi Sophia!
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi all!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: HI all :))
    Adams Rubble: How is the appreciation meditation coming along?
    Pema Pera: I'm really enjoying it :)
    Pema Pera: and it's fun to mix the 9-sec capsules with 20-minutes sitting periods
    Adams and I were referring to my commitment to sit 20 minutes each day for the hundred days leading up to the PaB retreat in RL during August 24-28.
    Adams Rubble: Your experience will bring along some us following you I am sure :)
    Adams Rubble: Right now some of us are scratching our heads as usual
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: can you tell me where it itches? :-)
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Adams Rubble: not quite sure yet :)
    Pema Pera: perhaps it is most helpful if I just describe what happened this morning when I sat for a while with this short sentence
    Pema Pera: "appreciate the presence of appearance"
    Pema Pera: At first I was a bit distracted, with many thoughts popping up, as usual:
    Pema Pera: things I did recently, things I should do but may not have time for, concerns, all that
    Pema Pera: but then I reminded myself a few times to look more directly at the raw appearances of all that popped up
    Pema Pera: while dropping or at least deemphasizing the judgments that come with it and all the bleeding-on associations that follow in their wake
    Pema Pera: that was step one: to crack the nuts of appearances and focus on the inside, the raw givenness of the appearances, their presence
    Pema Pera: and then the second step is to appreciate all that
    Pema Pera: both those raw presences AND the ongoing tendency to fall back on the judgments and trains of associations, which of course in themselves are also appearances
    Pema Pera: And then, to balance that whole thing, I enjoyed trying to hold that appreciation more and more lightly
    Pema Pera: not so much as an act but more an attitude, a very light ongoing gesture
    Pema Pera: it then went to a kind of feeling friendship with appearances,
    Pema Pera: holding them all in my heart
    Pema Pera: a kind of switch from seeing with my eyes to seeing with the eyes of the heart
    Pema Pera: Does that make some sense?
    Adams Rubble: Wow, what a wonderful description :)
    Adams Rubble: Holding the appearances lightly is a new thought to me
    Steve arrived, and took his time to rez.
    Adams Rubble: Hello Steve :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: HI Steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello.waiting to rezz to avoid embarrisment
    Adams Rubble: I think I understand seeing with the heart now
    Adams Rubble: that is a bit like Love
    Pema Pera: more than a bit :-)
    Adams Rubble: letting it flow
    Adams Rubble: why holding the experience lightly. Is that simply to allow the Love to flow?
    Adams Rubble: appearance not experience
    Pema Pera: or the appearance of what we normally label experience
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: [19:08] Pema Pera: but then I reminded myself a few times to look more directly at the raw appearances of all that popped up
    Eos Amaterasu: CAn you say more about looking directly?
    Pema Pera: the first step is to notice the usual ongoing tendency to be distracted
    Pema Pera: to be scattered all over the place
    Pema Pera: and when that becomes almost painfully obvious, even for a brief period
    Pema Pera: there are a couple ways, at least, to "improve" that situation, very lightly speaking:
    Pema Pera: one way is for the distractions to largely fall away, as shy children that have been caught in mischief
    Pema Pera: and another is for the distractions just to stay there, but in turn to be seen as only just so many other appearances, and already okay that way as fuel for appreciation
    Pema Pera: I bet you're familiar with both, Eos :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: ^_^
    How nice it was to share these sentiments and experiences with friends!
    stevenaia Michinaga: lightly is a very good approach to many things, it allow for many things to move through you... eases your "grip" on much
    Pema Pera: yes, the "play" dimension of exploration!
    stevenaia Michinaga: like the wind
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: and when the wind keeps blowing through you, you might find that the you it was blowing through was blown away by chance :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: it offers much openness to change by not trying to "catch" the wind
    Adams Rubble: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: and much peace
    Pema Pera: yes, allowing the wind to catch you . . . and then to let you go, set you free
    Adams Rubble: whoops
    Eos Amaterasu: hmm!
    Pema Pera: "stevenaia Michinaga is Offline" -- I guess the wind caught Steve!
    Adams Rubble: It blew Steve away
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Eos Amaterasu: Pema, how do you integrate the 9 secs in the 20 mins?
    Adams Rubble: wb Steve
    Pema Pera: via the road of the rest of my life :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: sorry, big storm ironically blowing by
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: while walking, talking, doing whatever I'm doing
    SophiaSharon Larnia: here too Steve :)
    Pema Pera: yes, Steve, that was great timing there!
    stevenaia Michinaga: hard to even resist the strorm's wind too
    stevenaia Michinaga: so why bother... the metaphor continues
    Eos Amaterasu: seems like the way of the wandering poet or warrior
    I was a bit slow in answering Eos' earlier question.
    Pema Pera: I mean, Eos, the 9-sec acts as a kind of yeast, leavening the rest of the time around it, and then when sitting for 20 minutes, everything gets more distilled -- to use another yeast metaphor, from bread to wine :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes, the little gap practice....
    Pema Pera: Yes, Steve: you lived the zen story of http://whatistime.wik.is/Time_in_Art...Rinzai_Said%3a
    Adams Rubble: Ah Paradise is here
    Adams Rubble: Hello Paradise :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Paradise!
    Paradise Tennant: hi everyone :))
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Paradise
    Pema Pera: what a great summary of our convesation so far, Adams! "Ah Paradise is here"!
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Pema Pera: we're having a ball, Paradise :-)
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    Paradise Tennant: what is the topic?
    Pema Pera: appreciating the presence of all that appears . . . .
    Adams Rubble: including Paradise :)
    Paradise Tennant: lovely choice :))
    Pema Pera: :)
    Paradise Tennant: surrender to the moment
    Paradise Tennant: to what is
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: seeing with the eyes of the heart
    Paradise Tennant: powerful phrase
    Pema Pera: it can be such a nice experiment, to just walk on the street for a few minutes, or while waiting for a bus, to switch your sense of seeing from being "done" by your eyes to being "done" by your heart
    stevenaia Michinaga: it is the heart that appreciates, not that eyes, after all
    Pema Pera: very concrete shift will happen immediately, guaranteed :)
    The nice thing is: you can always do it, under all circumstances.
    Pema Pera: we can do it right now
    Paradise Tennant: you get bigger in a way when you are that open
    Pema Pera: yes, and more empty too :)
    Paradise Tennant: it releases you ..
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    Pema Pera: Steve got completely released a few minutes ago!
    stevenaia Michinaga: release? thrown out of SL?
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    Adams Rubble: Maybe it was for our benefit Steve as an example of the wind :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Adams Rubble: You privided the audio visual
    Adams Rubble: whooooosh
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eos Amaterasu: presence as warmth of the heart
    stevenaia Michinaga: like a "play" within a description
    stevenaia Michinaga: Appreciation in there acts
    stevenaia Michinaga: three
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: there must be a playright in the group!!!... remember the thught early on of making animations of what we do here... never qite got off the ground
    Adams Rubble: We are all players
    Pema Pera: you did a good job with you AO of being blown away, Steve :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes the ease of timing and life
    Eos Amaterasu: I think we're coming up with the Shakespeaean language: the play's the thing, wherwith we'll catch the presence of appearing
    Pema Pera: that's wonderful, Eos!
    Eos Amaterasu: :-) "Presence" also can be experienced as not not-presence....
    Eos Amaterasu: It's like the difference between being/not-being is a as big now as it (was)(is) at the time of the "big bang"
    Pema Pera: can you say more about not-not-presence, Eos?
    Eos Amaterasu: It's like "I can't believe I'm alive" or "that 's so amazing"
    Pema Pera: ah yes, nice angle, always good to reverse point of view!!
    Eos Amaterasu: It's also approachable thru the famous question "why after al should there be something rather than nothing?"
    Paradise brought up the notion of wonder.
    Paradise Tennant: there is wonder .. everywhere really :)) if you can step out of the daily preoccupations :))
    Eos Amaterasu: that's a scary question
    Pema Pera: yes, wonder and appreciation are very close
    Eos Amaterasu: the little 9-secs is interesting: it punctuates the ongoing seeming solidity
    Pema Pera: a kind of sabotage . . .
    Eos Amaterasu: when done enough you sometimes find that stuff is emerging from it
    Pema Pera: YES !!
    Paradise Tennant: hmm in rl we are mostly space too .. so sl is an interesting metaphor but one quite close to true
    Eos Amaterasu: and that it is more fundamental that stuff
    Eos Amaterasu: appearances are a toast to presence :-)
    Pema Pera: cheers!
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: talking of which, it is getting close to lunch time here in Kyoto . . .
    Paradise Tennant: 9 secs ?
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    I realized that Paradise had not yet realized what our base exploration is, in Play as Being.
    Adams Rubble thinks about lunch
    Pema Pera: ah, http://playasbeing.wik.is/
    Pema Pera: is our wiki
    SophiaSharon Larnia: so nice to hear you Pema, thank you
    Paradise Tennant: enjoy your day pema :))
    Pema Pera: it describes our approach to stopping for 9 sec every 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: thank you, Sophia!
    Paradise Tennant: ahh kk
    Pema Pera: it's a bit like traditional mediation practice
    Pema Pera: but then trading frequency for duration
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    Pema Pera: if you do anything ten or more times a day, it will get under your skin :-)
    Pema Pera: even if the total time you do it is similar to what you spend on brushing your teeth
    Paradise Tennant: and into your heart :)
    Adams Rubble: bye everyone :)
    Pema Pera: yes ! ! !
    Paradise Tennant: good night adams :))
    Pema Pera: bye Adams,
    Eos Amaterasu: Bye!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes i must go too, bye everyone, thank you all :))
    Pema Pera: and bye everyone!
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Pema
    Pema Pera: great sharing so much fun with y'all !
    I took off at that point, so I won't comment on the rest of the log.
    Paradise Tennant: good night pema :))
    Paradise Tennant: good night sophia :))
    Eos Amaterasu: Midnight here... :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Eos
    Paradise Tennant: nite eos :)) nice to see you again
    Eos Amaterasu: bye steven adn Paradise
    stevenaia Michinaga: sounds like Eastern Canada
    Paradise Tennant: :)) i live in toronto :))
    Paradise Tennant: only 11 here
    stevenaia Michinaga: was thinking Eos being an hour later
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: 11 here too
    Paradise Tennant: interesting group .. great ideas ;)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I love looking back and seeing how one word or thought begins an entire evening of dscussion
    Paradise Tennant: like music .. or a tapestry starts with a note or a thread :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometime it takes 45 minutes before things start
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: a thread, then a pattern
    Paradise Tennant: and interlinking of perception..
    Paradise Tennant: :) with ideas .. imagination, experience .. mental concepts and perhaps something more fundamental
    Paradise Tennant: a shared picture ..
    stevenaia Michinaga: more fundamental?
    Paradise Tennant: hmm trying to put into words
    Paradise Tennant: words numbers .. fairly recent constructs to our brains
    Paradise Tennant: earlier there was still communications .. cognition
    Paradise Tennant: but maybe in pciturs
    Paradise Tennant: picturs
    Paradise Tennant: lol pictures
    stevenaia Michinaga: I commumicate in pictures all day long
    Paradise Tennant: lucky you
    stevenaia Michinaga: it leads me to meditation through the act of drawing if that makes sence... since it;s non-verble
    Paradise Tennant: hmm
    Paradise Tennant: nice
    Paradise Tennant: practise can take many forms
    Paradise Tennant: but always there is an ease to it
    stevenaia Michinaga: rooms always get quiet when drawing
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: there is focus flow absorption
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, quite calming
    Paradise Tennant: oten when there is creativity it seems to suspend time somehow ..
    Paradise Tennant: or at least the perception of time
    Paradise Tennant: you are lost in your work
    Paradise Tennant: time is funny stuff really
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, nicely put, more that time doesn;t matter
    Paradise Tennant: you kind of step out of it
    Paradise Tennant: was listening to a radio show where a "time" scientist described it more like a geography ..
    Paradise Tennant: so a moment in time did not fade it was not linear
    Paradise Tennant: it continues to exist
    Paradise Tennant: so if you view a minute as a hill that is still there .. you just do not see it any more .. it would be more accurate
    Paradise Tennant: makes you blink
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm, have you been to Storm's time discussions?
    Paradise Tennant: no
    Paradise Tennant: who is storm
    stevenaia Michinaga: Sorm built this pavaillian and is on the Kira Board
    stevenaia Michinaga: Storm
    Paradise Tennant: nice build
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, he also built the Kira Cafe
    stevenaia Michinaga: if you go there you can get the times they meet
    Paradise Tennant: cool thank you
    stevenaia Michinaga: do you have the Kira Cafe Landmark?
    Paradise Tennant: no but I can search it easily enough :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: now you do, they have many events there, PaB is part of it
    Paradise Tennant: thanks kindly
    stevenaia Michinaga: you can join the group and receive notices inworld
    stevenaia Michinaga: I am off to friends house, would you care to join us, Adams is there now
    Paradise Tennant: thank you kindly but I think I will log.. alittle sleepy :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods, see you soon
    Paradise Tennant: have a good night steve :)) thanks for the landmark and the chat ..see you soon
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