2010.01.16 13:00 - Thoughts like Light

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    The Guardian for this meeting was SophiaSharon Larnia. The comments are by SophiaSharon Larnia.

    This was a short session between Storm and I, with two brief visitors.


    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Storm :)
    Storm Nordwind: Hi there :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: how are you?
    Storm Nordwind: I'm well thank you. And you?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: good :) It's finally warming up here in PA
    Storm Nordwind: It's 62 outside here - heatwave!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: (brb)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: sorry back
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i figured out where the solidity feels the strongest for me at work, its kind of strange, tryin the 9 sec at work
    Storm Nordwind: Oh? Please go on. :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it is in rooms where there is dim light and bright light..not to sound 'boring' but it seems almost neurological
    Storm Nordwind: So in places where there is high contrast?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes
    Storm Nordwind: Kind of like Chiaroscuro
    SophiaSharon Larnia: especially if I am in motion
    SophiaSharon Larnia: hmm googling that.... I tried that in painting once
    SophiaSharon Larnia: but in paint you can not turn on the full bright feature ;p
    Storm Nordwind: Haha! True :) It's really good if well done. Most striking. But can easily be cliched if not well done.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: that was the level of my lack of skill :) bright sploches
    Storm Nordwind: hehe!
    Storm Nordwind: I think I have given up on doing painting. I prefer to attempt to paint with words nowadays.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: lovely
    Storm Nordwind: But I am digressing from your word experience - sorry, please continue if there's more to tell
    Storm Nordwind: *work
    Storm Nordwind: /me's word paints are scratchy today!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: the contrast between light must not be as marked out in the environment, is the only thing ive thought of but still tryin to figure out what i mean by it, in words
    Storm Nordwind: No rush... It's very interesting and I appreciate the update. More food for thought. I'm sure you'll accumulate more clues as you go along.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: in a real sense, our perception of light and dark determines how we see, like internal thoughts being different strengths of 'importance' 'prominence' or light-like
    Storm Nordwind: I once knew someone - an old headmaster - who could only see in light and dark. Completely color blind. I wonder how he would have reacted.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: thinking about that :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: what is the difference between that and seeing in shades of gray?
    Storm Nordwind: Hmm... I don't know. Perhaps none. Of course we can get what we think are clues by converting a picture from color to grayscale, but in his case I'll never know - he has longed passed on.
    Storm Nordwind: But isn't amazing how a "small exercise" like the 9 seconds can make you see the world so afresh!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :) yes
    SophiaSharon Larnia: the most ive linked it to yet is seeing thoughts as different shades of light like clouds on a sky, have been thinking a lot of sky mind lately :)
    Storm Nordwind: I suspect this is not what you mean, but it reminds me of Synesthesia
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i had a touch of that when i was young, but feel that ive lost that
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i remember trying to explain it
    Storm Nordwind: I had it quite markedly, but now it's pretty much restricted to traffic lights each having different sounds!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes interesting! and quite useful!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: lol
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    SophiaSharon Larnia: mine was visual, letter being associated with a color, but im not sure if that was influenced by the way children were taught to read when i was young
    Storm Nordwind: Yes the same for me too. All words had colors, and sounds had shapes.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes! sounds with shapes
    Storm Nordwind: Do you ever try any other meditation-related practices at work, besides the 9 seconds?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: no, other than just trying to relax on my breaks, any ideas?

              Storm shares a breathing technique, which can read about more here.

    Storm Nordwind: It depends on what you're looking for and what works for you. I learned a technique waaaay back in the 70s - in fact I was telling Eden about it recently - that I found I could do continually: at work, at home, while eating, talking... anything. The fact that I could draw on it at any moment at all I found very useful.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: seeing thoughts in the fountain, like a bright spot that fades off into a mist :)
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    SophiaSharon Larnia: oh?
    Storm Nordwind: It's one of many I'm sure, but I found it useful. It involved being aware of and focussing on the energy that was behind the breath, moving it, so to speak. It feels like a wave coursing through you... just as I'm typing now.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes i read a log with such in it, I think I put it in my scribe :) I feel warmer just thinking of it
    Storm Nordwind: I found it useful because we have these associations that we can do one thing or the other, meditate or work, meditate or speak etc., but never the two together. It felt very holistic to find that they need not be separate!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes.. I have compartmentalized my working and 'real' life to such a severe extent that to rememeber this and be mindful of it, raises a sort of fear or resistance, for some reason
    Storm Nordwind: I can understand that
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it wasnt always this way :)
    Storm Nordwind: Perhaps these are the pressures of modern work. We always feel we are being evaluated and we cannot relax from putting our all into it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: very true :)
    Storm Nordwind: I had a boss once (who hadn't had anyone working for him before) that chose to focus on my work output. He said I could do even more than I was doing if I stopped being nice to people, and making them feel good about the work they were doing, and instead just get on with my own work! :)
    Storm Nordwind: His ideal workplace must be very dreary and people by robots!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: he seems shortsighted, missing that by doing that, you are helping others do their work
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes quite
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi syros
    Storm Nordwind: You and I know that, and a little kindness goes a very long way. It's not as though I felt I needed to be liked by all those people. But I knew the difference even small words of kindness made.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes, it definitely makes it easy to work in a relaxed atmosphere like that, then as drones
    Storm Nordwind: My father taught me decades ago, "Courtesy costs nothing." I think I have extended that as a matter of course to acts and words of kindness.
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :) It is missing in many interactions in the us...I dont know about other parts of the world
    Storm Nordwind: I am still learning about my new home country! :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :))
    SophiaSharon Larnia: HI *Name*
    SophiaSharon Larnia: bye syros :)
    *Name*: Hi Sophia :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: welcome to SL 4 days old :)
    Storm Nordwind suspects that that well dressed av of *Name* is an alt ;)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: oh? smiles
    *Name*: Thank you
    *Name* winks
    SophiaSharon Larnia: *Name*, this is the pavilion for the play as being group, theres a note card on the post there, or i can send you one
    *Name*: thanks I would love one....this place seems interesting
    Storm Nordwind: You're welcome to come join us too, though I must admit I need to be going in a few moments
    *Name*: thank you storm, I am attending an event soon...but wanted to just drop in for a minute first
    SophiaSharon Larnia: me too, actually :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i sent you a card
    Storm Nordwind: Ah... cool. We have many events at our 'sister place' in the Kira Cafe in the adjacent sim
    *Name*: thanks sophia I got it
    Storm Nordwind: They're workshops and discussion groups and stuff - not many dances though!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :) lol
    *Name*: discussions aand workshops are interesting me a lot...non dancing uses of sl :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: maybe there could be ?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: laughs
    Storm Nordwind: please check out http://www.kira.org then when you have the time
    *Name*: thanks so much storm I will and im sure ill see you both around here sometime :)
    Storm Nordwind: And there's always someone here every 6 hours too
    *Name*: really interesting place
    Storm Nordwind: You're most welcome
    Storm Nordwind: Please excuse me both... it's nearly the hour and I must leave for RL
    SophiaSharon Larnia: me too, i must leave to go to work
    SophiaSharon Larnia: take care Storm!
    Storm Nordwind: You too
    *Name*: have a great day both of you..love and light
    Storm Nordwind: And nice to see you *Name*
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    Storm Nordwind: Blessings!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: *Name*, just so you know, the play as being sessions are logged and posted on the play as being wiki
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I'll leave you out of the log, if you wish :)
    *Name*: i would love that
    SophiaSharon Larnia: the address is in the card
    SophiaSharon Larnia: bye *Name* :)
    *Name*: bye :)
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