2011.05.07 19:00 - Easy Enough

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

    Hokon Cazalet: hi pema & machete
    Machete Cardalines: hi Hokon ^^
    Hokon Cazalet: Weeee! ^.^
    Pema Pera: hi Hokon!
    Hokon Cazalet: =)
    Pema Pera: and hi Machete!
    Machete Cardalines: howdy Pema :)
    Pema Pera: Machete, have you been here before?
    Machete Cardalines: no, first time, saw it come up on search and it sounded interesting, is there a discussion about to start?
    Pema Pera: yes, this is one of the four times a day that we gather here
    Pema Pera: very informal
    Pema Pera: please join us!
    Machete Cardalines: thank you :) what's the discussion about?
    Pema Pera: we get together a few times a day to chat about the nature of reality, and everything else, and we have a wiki http://wiki.playasbeing.org/ -- We record our conversations there. Do you mind being included in our blogs?
    Pema Pera: hi Paradise!
    Machete Cardalines: don't mind at all :)
    Pema Pera: the wiki is quite large, but here is a link that is more like an introduction: http://wiki.playasbeing.org/About_PlayAsBeing/Basic_Ideas
    Paradise Tennant: smiles hello Pema , Hokon , Machete :)
    Pema Pera: thanks!

    Mischievously, I sprung the question on the other two guardians present. :-)

    Pema Pera: Well, Hokon and Paradise, would you like to tell Machete what we normally talk about here? :-)
    Hokon Cazalet: sorry, my pc was lagging up
    Pema Pera: wb, Hokon! Machete asked us what we talk about, she is here for the first time
    Hokon Cazalet: seems to be a wide variety of topics, not sure how to explain it
    Hokon Cazalet: oh cool =)
    Paradise Tennant: mostly life the experience .. what it consists of . .the nature of awareness :) and everything under the sun :) and moon
    Hokon Cazalet: yup
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Machete Cardalines: nice!
    Pema Pera: we all have very different backgrounds, but what connects us is that we like to pause regularly to look around and see what life is bringing us, rather than just rushing ahead
    Pema Pera: so here in SL we pause for 90 seconds, every fifteen minutes
    Pema Pera: (when the pond gets fuzzy, and the bell rings)
    Machete Cardalines: the mental pond?
    Pema Pera: no, the pond in front of you :)
    Pema Pera: but you can let your mind grow more still too
    Pema Pera: (or fuzzy, as the case may be :-)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles a visual clue to center :) and take a few seconds to enjoy stillness;)
    Machete Cardalines: I like that idea :)
    Pema Pera: and in RL we play with "stopping" for 9 seconds, every fifteen minutes, whenever we have time and feel like doing so
    Pema Pera: doesn't take much time, and can make a big difference in life
    Machete Cardalines: sort of like mini meditations?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes
    Pema Pera: micro mediations even :)
    Pema Pera: hi Susan!
    iwandertoo Resident: waves :)
    Hokon Cazalet: hi susan =)
    Pema Pera: Meet Machete, who is joining us for the first time
    Paradise Tennant: smiles hiya susan :)
    iwandertoo Resident: welcome, Machete
    Machete Cardalines: thank you Susan :)
    Pema Pera: we're just talking about stopping for a few seconds to smell the roses -- as the basis for Play as Being
    iwandertoo Resident: yes...sounds very much what Play as Being is about
    iwandertoo Resident: (for me)

    I had to laugh about Machete's sense of humor in her reply; she did seem to fit right in. :-)

    Machete Cardalines: many times I'm too tired from daily life to smell the roses, sometimes it seems that when I stop it seems like stopping to smell the dirty socks before moving onto something else!
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Pema Pera: Susan, if I may ask, do you sometimes get around to take 9-seconds (or so) breaks, in RL?
    iwandertoo Resident: not consistently
    Pema Pera: that's fine!
    iwandertoo Resident: but there are random moments when i catch myself
    iwandertoo Resident: and do the 9 seconds...
    iwandertoo Resident: (i bought a watch to ding every 15 minutes but somehow have it set for every 5 mins..)
    Pema Pera: wow, turbo Play as Being :-)
    Pema Pera: when I'm away from my computer, I also do it at random times
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe
    Machete Cardalines: what does one think about during these 9 second or so moments?
    iwandertoo Resident: broader question...yes, i am stopping to smell the roses and take a non-judgmental self-temperature :) which has been very healthy for me
    iwandertoo Resident: i tend to over think everything, machete. a microscope of sorts - the 9 seconds brings me to a "let it be" state
    iwandertoo Resident: breathe, embrace, be
    Machete Cardalines: I overthink things too, and many times in tiems of stress and fatigue probably not as objectively as could be done, 9 seconds of a let it be state sound refreshing :)
    Hokon Cazalet: rb potty
    Hokon Cazalet: brb
    iwandertoo Resident: machete, yes i think so.
    Machete Cardalines: how do you keep your mind during those 9 second breaks from wandering into negative or draining thoughts?
    Machete Cardalines: like worry, stress and such
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at machete .. started by just exhaling a breath just feeling the air go out slowly that can take 20 seconds just an emptying
    iwandertoo Resident: 9 seconds for me = 3 deep breaths. following my breathing if fully consuming in those 9 seconds...if there is stress or anxiety or negativity it doesnt appear to be part of those breaths
    iwandertoo Resident: nods to Paradise

    Machete's response provided the title for this session:

    Machete Cardalines: that sounds easy enough, even I could probably manage that even if tired and cranky :)
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    iwandertoo Resident: Pema, how did you come upon this...
    iwandertoo Resident: the effectiveness of it?
    Pema Pera: well, it was a long and winding road . . . .
    iwandertoo Resident: 7 words or less....
    Pema Pera: after having explored many different kinds of meditation practice
    Hokon Cazalet: back
    Pema Pera: I just found that stopping briefly was the most effective way to integrate meditation and daily life (sorry, more than 7 words :-)
    iwandertoo Resident: wb
    Hokon Cazalet: ty =)
    Pema Pera: hi Arch!
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    iwandertoo Resident: waves
    Pema Pera: and it's so much more fun to share with others :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: Is the exercise to express oneself in 7 words at this session?
    iwandertoo Resident: (thank you for sharing it)
    Pema Pera: yw :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at arch
    Paradise Tennant: It could be a challenge of sorts :))
    Machete Cardalines: 1 glad 2 to 3 have 4 found 5 this 6 group 7 today :)
    Hokon Cazalet: =)
    Pema Pera: :>)
    iwandertoo Resident: rock on, Machete!
    Archmage Atlantis: *sorta grin*
    Machete Cardalines: thank you thank you xD hehe
    Pema Pera: you can find us here every day, at 1 and 7 am and at 1 and 7 pm SLT
    Machete Cardalines: landmarking the place right now :)
    Pema Pera: what other activities do you enjoy most in SL, Machete?
    Archmage Atlantis: Ah, Machete.....did not realize you
    Archmage Atlantis: Welcom

    Machete told us about her interest in SL

    Machete Cardalines: I like exploring some of the more other wordly sims, the sims that are so pretty or unique that you probably couldn't see something like them in RL :) I love seeing the wonderful creations people make in SL
    Machete Cardalines: thanks Arch :)
    Hokon Cazalet: i love that stuff alot also machete =)
    Machete Cardalines: :)
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    Archmage Atlantis: I love some sims more.....Hirkari, Perfect Paradise, Hirkaru......and PaB, tho the name is not so prosaic
    Machete Cardalines: don't think I've heard of PaB, what is that one about?
    Pema Pera: short for "Play as Being", the name of our group
    Archmage Atlantis: Um, thanks Pem
    Machete Cardalines: *facepalm* oh yes! hehe
    Pema Pera: :)
    Machete Cardalines: also some of the meditation groups in SL are very nice, though I frequently find myself multitasking during the meditations which sort of defeats the purpose! xD
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe
    Hokon Cazalet: that has happened to me also =P
    Machete Cardalines: sometimes I find myself checking my facebook in the middle of a meditation...doh!
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: It takes a while to accept meditation.....action is a much an element of life
    Hokon Cazalet: yup

    Susan (iwandertoo) came up with a great idea:

    iwandertoo Resident: if you stop and think about the person, what they have meant to you, abstract from there some benevolence...then perhaps the facebooking moment becomes a meditation (stretching here)
    Pema Pera: how nice, Susan!
    Hokon Cazalet: i like that idea, even if it is a strech =)
    Archmage Atlantis: I see that Susan
    Pema Pera: integration is more of a challenge even then meditation, and that's a nice suggestion
    Archmage Atlantis: A backdoor to meditation
    Machete Cardalines: the only time I've been able to quiet my mind quiet enough to be comfortable with meditation was about 5 years ago, ever since my mind is so filled with daily worries and distractions that it's hard to do... Susan I love your facebook meditation technique, very 21st century! xD
    Archmage Atlantis: A larger part of the structure of this group's meeting is is the silent meditation at regular small intervals
    Archmage Atlantis: An even larger part is that that structure allows for all to find it's flow
    Machete Cardalines: I like that, seems like practicing the mini meditation times, before going off and continuing to do the meditations when not in SL
    Archmage Atlantis: That there is no right or wrong to meditation
    Archmage Atlantis: I like it also

    and I threw in another idea:

    Pema Pera: I sometimes use a really simple method to remind myself to pause for a few seconds and be still, when I'm out and about, walking through town
    Pema Pera: I start with a bunch of small coins in my left pocket
    Pema Pera: and each time I pause I put one over in my right pocket
    Pema Pera: and then in the end I can check whether I was really mindful enough to pause a number of times
    Pema Pera: besides, the transfer of the coin is a kind of ritual in itself, a gesture to the universe
    Pema Pera: kind of a thank-you note for being here
    Paradise Tennant: beautiful pema :)
    Machete Cardalines: yes, beautiful :)
    iwandertoo Resident: ....thank you for sharing that Pema
    Machete Cardalines: have you found your psyche to change somewhat over the years by this practice?
    Pema Pera: oh yes
    Pema Pera: but other things happened too :-)
    Pema Pera: so hard to know what causes what (^_^)
    Machete Cardalines: hehe, true! :) but even with the other things that happened, do you think you could attribute any major changes to this practice?
    Pema Pera: yes, I think so. integration is really the main thing
    Pema Pera: it is so easy to read books, go to meditation retreats, and so on, and then to totally forget it all when in the middle of daily hassle
    Pema Pera: so one day I thought: one not put the cart before the horse
    Pema Pera: integration before meditation
    Archmage Atlantis: feelings before thought
    Pema Pera: start with very short breaks, even without knowing what the heck you're doing, just being still, and integrate *that*
    Pema Pera: and take it from there
    Pema Pera: yes, thoughts are late comers
    Pema Pera: and I think it has helped me in many ways
    iwandertoo Resident: (and many others)
    Pema Pera: one being that it led me to start this group, and somehow this technique seems to have attracted an amazingly gentle and open bunch of people :-)
    Hokon Cazalet: =)
    Archmage Atlantis: Hey....I am one bad ass....
    Machete Cardalines: I'd definitely agree with that from this sample! ^^
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    Pema Pera: :-)

    after the first hour, time for me to move on

    Pema Pera: I have to get going -- lunch time here in Kyoto. Thank you all for a great conversation!
    Paradise Tennant: smiles enjoy your lunch pema namaste :)
    Machete Cardalines: thank you Pema :)
    Archmage Atlantis: No frock tonight, Stevie?
    Pema Pera: thanks!
    Pema Pera: and hello and goodbye Steve!
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles, never a frock
    Paradise Tennant: hiya stev :) gtsy :)
    Archmage Atlantis: The moving finger writes, and having writ moves one
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves
    iwandertoo Resident: :) waves
    Machete Cardalines: hiya :)
    Archmage Atlantis: Well, I have to find a line dance at a country joint, so ......blessings and namaste
    stevenaia Michinaga: interesting topic this evening?
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    iwandertoo Resident: waves
    stevenaia Michinaga: enjoy Arch
    Machete Cardalines: waves :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: ??
    stevenaia Michinaga: busy night?
    Machete Cardalines: we talked a bit about PaB's 90sec meditation technique
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Paradise Tennant: namaste arch
    Machete Cardalines: hokon, is does your avie have a bit of a scifi twist? the boots look so fun with the rotating bits :)
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe =)
    Hokon Cazalet: yup, suppossed to be a post-apocolyptic future hehe
    Hokon Cazalet: rocket boots!
    Machete Cardalines: rocket boots, an upside of a post apocalyptic future...hihi :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: is there a post-apocolyptic future
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe =)
    Machete Cardalines: good point Stevenaia!
    Machete Cardalines: xD
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe nope, cuz the future isnt here yet :Þ
    Machete Cardalines: hehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: or is there a post-apocolypse anything
    Machete Cardalines: well, there would be a post-apocalyptic future, but it probably wouldn't include humans!
    Hokon Cazalet: dunno, the threat of nuclear war is gone since the 1980s, so
    Hokon Cazalet: lol probably machete
    Hokon Cazalet: bugs take over =)
    Machete Cardalines: pesky cockroaches....
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Druth
    iwandertoo Resident: waves
    Hokon Cazalet: hiya druth
    Paradise Tennant: hiys druth :)
    druth Vlodovic: hi :)
    Machete Cardalines: hiya druth
    iwandertoo Resident: nite all
    iwandertoo Resident: best to everyone
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite susan :)
    Paradise Tennant: sweet dreams
    stevenaia Michinaga: night susan
    druth Vlodovic: 'night sue
    Machete Cardalines: night susan, have a great night
    iwandertoo Resident: :)
    Hokon Cazalet: ug im trying to post a link, but my web browser froze
    Machete Cardalines: pesky computers...also another cause of a postapocalyptic future xD
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    Hokon Cazalet: http://amorphia-apparel.com/design/roach/
    Machete Cardalines: that's both gross and hilarious xD
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe =)
    stevenaia Michinaga: was looking all over for that very thing
    Hokon Cazalet: =)
    Machete Cardalines: brb, laundry load change time!
    Machete Cardalines: pesky laundry, roaches don't need to do laundry and that's why they'll outlive us....grumbles...
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe
    druth Vlodovic: the real appocalypse is we all lose the will to live right in the middle of chores
    Hokon Cazalet: aw
    Paradise Tennant: hmm housework can be a meditation :)
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe thats what my mom does with the dishes, i cant copy it though =P
    Paradise Tennant: viewed in the right light
    Paradise Tennant: plus you get a nice clean room
    Hokon Cazalet: =)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, really, just about anything can
    Paradise Tennant: smiles well getting heavy eyes so think I will say good nite :) thank you for company and the conversation :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: night PAradsie
    Hokon Cazalet: byebye paradise =)
    druth Vlodovic: 'night para
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite druth ..hokon stev . machete :) sweet dreams all :)
    Machete Cardalines: night night paradise :)
    Machete Cardalines: oh she's gone already, doh!
    stevenaia Michinaga: time to prepare for motther's day.... doo they have that holiday in canada or Mexico?
    Machete Cardalines: Mother's day in Mexico is always on May 10th
    Hokon Cazalet: thats interesting
    Hokon Cazalet wonders why . . .
    Machete Cardalines: so I got a few extra days to prepare since I'm such a procrastinator! xD
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    stevenaia Michinaga: lol
    Hokon Cazalet: me too :Þ
    stevenaia Michinaga: night all
    Hokon Cazalet: although its not my fault this time! i only got my car yesterday hehe
    Hokon Cazalet: byebye stevenaia
    Machete Cardalines: bye Stevenaia :)
    druth Vlodovic: :) the late great machete
    Machete Cardalines: again? doh!
    Machete Cardalines: haha
    Machete Cardalines: hey Druth, were you at the drum circle earlier, think I remember seeing you there :)
    druth Vlodovic: I was for a bit
    druth Vlodovic: somehow I didn't recognize your name but I remember seeing your av before
    druth Vlodovic: do they do it often?
    Machete Cardalines: was my first time there tonight, usually had been there when Isis Pleides does guided meditations
    Machete Cardalines: love her voice, it's so relaxing
    Machete Cardalines: and I can always use something relaxing to listen to! xD
    druth Vlodovic: why, are you pretty high strung?
    Machete Cardalines: not so much high strung, more like sleep deprived from crazy work hour shifts
    Hokon Cazalet: eek
    Hokon Cazalet: i know what that's like =(
    druth Vlodovic: I know the feeling :)
    druth Vlodovic: ah, we have the makings of a mutual sympathetic society here :)
    Machete Cardalines: hehe, yes we do :)
    Machete Cardalines: I am very impressed by the feel of this place, my first time at play as being, and very empathetic and nice people it seems just form this small sample
    Machete Cardalines: hard to find
    Hokon Cazalet: yup i agree
    Hokon Cazalet: i keep being drawn back here =)
    druth Vlodovic: it has unique qualities
    Machete Cardalines: I keep being drawn here for the single time I've been here, no wait, is that possible? hehe xD
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe
    Machete Cardalines: I forgot his name, but the avie that led the discussion earlier, did he found this place?
    Hokon Cazalet: you'll starve to death here cuz you cant even go afk for a few minutes :Þ
    druth Vlodovic: Pema, yes,
    Machete Cardalines: I could do some starving to get my hot summer bikini bod xD maybe I need to come here often!
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    Machete Cardalines: it's great Pema made this place, very nice of him
    druth Vlodovic: the secret is to never look in a mirror and just ask your bf if you look all right
    Hokon Cazalet: hehe
    Hokon Cazalet: yup i agree machete
    Machete Cardalines: bf's know what to say to preserve the peace at home xD...."do I look fat?" hehe
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    druth Vlodovic: there is truth to be found everywhere if you know how to listen ;->
    Machete Cardalines: I think I'm a little hard of hearing! maybe that's why I'm so stressed so often XD
    Hokon Cazalet: awww hehe
    Machete Cardalines: all those years of loud music.....dang consequences....
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    Machete Cardalines: I need post apocalyptic roach ear implants...ewwww minus the roach...never mind...
    druth Vlodovic: soft hearing
    Hokon Cazalet: lol
    Machete Cardalines: I need one of those bells at home!
    druth Vlodovic: I have to sleep, but I think I'll head to your gallery first
    druth Vlodovic: 'night guys
    Machete Cardalines: gallery?
    Machete Cardalines: night druth :)
    druth Vlodovic: you havew it listed in your profile
    Hokon Cazalet: byeee
    druth Vlodovic: XIV
    Machete Cardalines: oh yes, XIV is gorgeous!
    druth Vlodovic: have fun :)
    Machete Cardalines: sweet dreams druth

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