2009.09.11 19:00 - There is joy to be had in almost every moment

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    Dakini Rhode: hi Paradise :-)

    Paradise Tennant: hiya dakini :)

    Dakini Rhode: your green tea announced your arrival :)

    Paradise Tennant: lol

    Paradise Tennant: one sec .. was just making a cup in rl

    Dakini Rhode: haha so am i :-)

    Paradise Tennant: back:)

    Paradise Tennant: how are you tonight :)

    Dakini Rhode: i was enjoying the tour of SL in your picks

    Paradise Tennant: thank you :)) I have not been exploring like I use to there are some amazingly creative places in sl :)

    Dakini Rhode: the creativity is one of the things that drew me into SL... in addition to the people I've met here

    Paradise Tennant: yes same here and the music .. for much of my sl I have focused on the concerts there is an amazing wealth of talent here :)


    Paradise Tennant: :)

    Dakini Rhode: taking a deep breath...

    Paradise Tennant: :) always a good idea

    Dakini Rhode: glad you mentioned the music, the first concerts i tried seemed to challenge my computer or my connection... and I havent retried

    Dakini Rhode: ty :)

    Dakini Rhode: sipping my RL tea, too :)

    Paradise Tennant: there are some great musicians here .. frogg and jaycatt are playing right now .. if you see montian gilruth listed or grace mcdunnough oh there is a very long list ..komuso if you like blues.. hathead if new age jazz and piano is more to your taste :)

    Paradise Tennant: hmm me too lemon mint

    Dakini Rhode: saving this list :)

    Paradise Tennant: just have to make sure your preferences are set up right and have a reasonable set of head phones

    Dakini Rhode: reading my teabag... "the purpose of life is to enjoy every moment"

    Paradise Tennant: well frogg and jaycatt play to 9 pm .. after this session .. I can tp you there if you like for a bit :)

    Paradise Tennant: wonderful sentence

    Paradise Tennant: and to be in every moment .. really the challenge .. stepping back from our distractions

    Dakini Rhode: my desire to hear the music is competing with my desire for rest...

    Paradise Tennant: preoccupations which often are nonsense

    Paradise Tennant: well .. could do just a couple of minutes then you wll know if you like them or not

    Paradise Tennant: always good to know a few musicians you like . gives you more options

    Paradise Tennant: you are a meditator ?

    Dakini Rhode: oh yes, i am :) you?

    Paradise Tennant: nods been working on it now for about six years ..in a long distance learning program with sogyal rinpoche's rigpa group

    Dakini Rhode: interesting! i'm studying with tibetans, too

    Paradise Tennant: finding it easier am part of a long term study with u ot t .. which is tracking experienced meditators trying to duplicate an american study which suggests it is good for memory delays the onset of tissue age related damage

    Paradise Tennant: hiya steve

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello

    Dakini Rhode: ooh that age related damage strikes close to home

    Dakini Rhode: hi Steve!

    Paradise Tennant: :) eat your blueberries !

    Dakini Rhode: :)

    Dakini Rhode: i'm caring for aging parents right now... what a wakeup call!

    Paradise Tennant: hmm a real challenge but also great opportunity to truly share the bond of love

    Dakini Rhode: it's good practice... i said i wanted to devote the rest of my life to service, they say you need to be careful what you wish for :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: dealing with dificult situations is a learning experience if you overcome the emotinal stresses

    Paradise Tennant: hmm yes and there is a physical element to it too .. and be physically really trying ..l

    Dakini Rhode: o yes, i'm feeling that after today :)

    Paradise Tennant: but an excellent opportunity to build merit and to really get close to your parents as people ..

    Dakini Rhode: it seems such a good reminder though to stay present

    stevenaia Michinaga: I am six weeks into caring for a broken ankle here

    Paradise Tennant: yes because it spins by so fast

    Paradise Tennant: how is your wife doing steve

    stevenaia Michinaga: we will know next monday

    Paradise Tennant: the cast comes off ?


    stevenaia Michinaga: if she (or I ) survive

    stevenaia Michinaga: no cast, jsut lots of velcro, comes off every night now

    Paradise Tennant: that must be more comfortable

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes

    stevenaia Michinaga: for both is us, she had two broken wrists one summer, that was much more intersting, they were hard casts

    Paradise Tennant: yowser

    Dakini Rhode: ouch!

    stevenaia Michinaga: it had its enjoyable moments between being beaned on the head inadvertently

    Paradise Tennant: lol

    Paradise Tennant: actually there is joy to be had in almost every moment .. really .. if you are open to it

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes

    Dakini Rhode: sometimes afterwards rather than in the moment, it seems :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: but that;s also a life view

    Paradise Tennant: sometimes in transit .. I ponder just that

    Paradise Tennant: when I was hurt as a kid .. i would always get a kiss on the injury .. every night before bed ..seemed to heal better .. :)

    Paradise Tennant: never did an empiral analysis but was just my general impression :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: whatever makes you smile is usually healing in some way

    Paradise Tennant: :) yes

    Paradise Tennant: they say if you smile ..you can change your mood even if you are sort of forcing it .. our brains and smiles are interlinki ..hard wired :)

    Dakini Rhode: smiling also keeps you from gagging

    Paradise Tennant: lol

    Dakini Rhode: in case you need that bit of information

    Dakini Rhode: :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: I've crossed paths with people who are sad or not happy, and after talking and smiling, thier mood would be changed

    Paradise Tennant: helpful gag easily :))

    Dakini Rhode: just the sight of some people can change my mood :)

    Paradise Tennant: whenever I am faced with a problem I have a practice where I take a few minutes and just smile at it. .. funny how it makes it easier ..

    stevenaia Michinaga: shows how easy it can be to let go of such feeings and let joy fill you


    Paradise Tennant: :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) yes!

    stevenaia Michinaga: hugs work too

    Dakini Rhode: my daughter and i went to a buddhist teaching tonight, and the teacher's very presence was palpable

    Dakini Rhode: my daughter said she noticed it as soon as he started talking

    Paradise Tennant: yes .. any body contact really .. holding someones hand for a bit .. I went to a funeral this afternoon of a friend's father .. I sat with his mother for a good long time afterwards and just held her hand .. made us both feel better i think ..

    Paradise Tennant: amazing how someone in grace has that

    Dakini Rhode: so if you work with your mind, meditate and such, your presence alone cane be uplifting

    Dakini Rhode: yes

    Paradise Tennant: a bigness to them that fills up the room and connects

    Dakini Rhode: i touched foreheads with him the last time i saw him, and i was blissed out afterwards

    Dakini Rhode: o yes

    Paradise Tennant: :)

    Dakini Rhode: that's what happened when i met my refuge lama, i felt his mind filled the whole room

    Dakini Rhode: i wanted a mind like that

    stevenaia Michinaga: :)

    Paradise Tennant: ;)

    Paradise Tennant: after awhile .. I do not think it is work .. as a way of being .. but oh so hard at first

    Dakini Rhode: ah the difficulties are just because of our habits

    Paradise Tennant: yes .. are confused .. identifications .. distractions

    Paradise Tennant: apparently plato .. compared life to sitting in a cave - strapped in a chair and watching the reflection of shadows on the wall in from of us .. while the reality was being played out in the light behind us :))

    Paradise Tennant: *true

    Dakini Rhode: :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: sounds familiar

    Paradise Tennant: captures it nicely .. we have to be able to do a 180 degree shift

    Paradise Tennant: to really see

    stevenaia Michinaga: or a 9 second peek

    Paradise Tennant: your refuge lama left you with ...

    Paradise Tennant: :)

    Dakini Rhode: well, enough that i could point to it and say "that's what i need"

    Dakini Rhode: and recollect it

    Paradise Tennant: recognition


    Paradise Tennant: :)

    Paradise Tennant: a valuable gift

    Paradise Tennant: well I am going to excuse myself and catch the last half of the frogg and jaycatt concert ..

    Dakini Rhode: speaking of, i have two more days of teachings ahead of me...

    Paradise Tennant: wow

    stevenaia Michinaga: enjoy yourselves, both of you

    Paradise Tennant: cool

    Dakini Rhode: ah, then two more weeks of teachings

    Paradise Tennant: wow you will be focused

    stevenaia Michinaga: then a life of learning

    Dakini Rhode: but for now, excusing myself as well to get some sleep

    Paradise Tennant: kk

    Paradise Tennant: good nite all :))

    Paradise Tennant: be well

    stevenaia Michinaga: night

    Paradise Tennant: :))

    Dakini Rhode: be well :)

    Paradise Tennant: big wave from toronto :)

    Dakini Rhode: waving from the other side :)

    Dakini Rhode: thank you for the chat

    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Dakini

    stevenaia Michinaga: or we can stay :)

    Dakini Rhode: haha

    Dakini Rhode: take care :)

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