25-27 breathes in strength, breathes out gratitude

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    • In a different sense of appreciate than is used in Pema's musings...I appreciate the community of Play as Being. I've been taking a break from it, for about a month, and coming back to meetings in the last few days.  I realize a little better in those meetings and in reading these logs what it is that I am getting from the conversations.  It IS important to me to sit in them..even if I have nothing to say, and even if sometimes the topics are now familiar.  It is always new..and it keeps me grounded and focused, this sitting together, our typed words, the community of Play as Being.  -Corvi

    Pema Pera: what is great about virtual worlds, like Second Life, is that for the first time in history we can combine monastic and lay practice: having a job and family while getting together with the community several times a day which is something only monastic people could do throughout the history of humankind

    Eos Amaterasu: Yes, this is an incredible opportunity... a truly worldwide community

    Pema Pera: so yes, lowering the walls: between sacred and secular, between monastic and lay practice, If SL is about anything, it is about lowering walls, boundaries

    Eos Amaterasu: and allowing building of spaces that are meaningful(thinking of the details of the design of this Pavilion)

    Eos Amaterasu: This convening of meetings 4 times a day, and the process around that, is an emerging form. The logs can be quite moving.  Sometimes it's the interactions of people, how they support each other, the genuiness of the questioning, inquiry

    Pema Pera: yes . . . a real sense of sangha, of community, of exploring together with deep respect and trust

    So many thoughts here..I am pulling out Sophia's as one of many important thoughts..but it reminded me  that one of the things I am doing in the nine seconds is appreciating that I am present...in a very material world that includes my body.  I wonder if that is what she and Pila were talking about too?  Of course..once I find it...I am onto something else about it in my busy mind...questions like..what does material mean?  What is "present" and what is this body now that I know it is here?  Then I move back to just experiencing it as it is, as it appears to be.

    SophiaSharon Larnia: at work I do not have a body; so you can see the problem
    Pila Mulligan: maybe the stone dropping to the water is part of your finding your body


    2009.07.27 01:00 - Quiet Gaya sat alone

    Vajra Radikal: and are you an architect?

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes :)

    Vajra Radikal: have you translated your new found spirituality into your work ?

    stevenaia Michinaga: I;m not sure I can say that, but what I have found is that certain philosophies seem to be more in alignment with how I view my work and life

    stevenaia Michinaga: so I am understanding my self more, in that sense

    Vajra Radikal: the thing is that i have always perceived architecture as an art

    Vajra Radikal: thus it can help you express a whole cosmo vision

    stevenaia Michinaga: a large part of it is

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, it can reflect much of the universe

    stevenaia Michinaga: and ideally it does

    stevenaia Michinaga: it's the nature of the process


    2009.07.26 13:00 - the beauty in everyday life


    Nymf Hathaway: the human body is a piece of art by itself
    SophiaSharon Larnia: maybe by portraying the human form, you look closer at the human being
    Nymf Hathaway: well for example the pic I just showed...it tells so much about the human sitting there...she seems vulnerable for example
    SophiaSharon Larnia: its easy to see desire in abstract principles, but harder to see what looks back for some
    Eliza Madrigal: I love to see work by an artist who is able to key in on a certain feature or aspect which maybe you've never thought of
    Eliza Madrigal: yes she does seem vulnerable, and yet... exposure takes strength
    SophiaSharon Larnia: wouldnt take much strength for me, if I looked like that
    Eliza Madrigal shakes head. I think that may be the difference between putting oneself in the hands/trust of an artist rather than just a person taking a picture
    Gaya Ethaniel: Why do you think it's strength Eliza?
    Eliza Madrigal: Gaya, I'm thinking that it takes inner strength for a model to not cover up. She has to let go of control to the artist

    This is such a good idea I think we should commission it!!!!  Moon?  Adelene?  Fael?  I hereby commision it for mmm...2000 lindens and many many hugs.  It ain't much for the work, but it's all I got.
    Eliza Madrigal: Maybe SL could add a little clock in people's profiles. "For "Eos it is 9:02AM" :D 
     Pema Pera: so while awareness and appreciation are different notions, we can learn to appreciate the very fact of the presence of awareness
    Pema Pera: before judging and labeling
    Pema Pera: and that ties in with spontaneity
    Pema Pera: judging and labeling smothers spontaneity
    Pema Pera: but hearing it is one thing, getting acquainted with it quite another, really beginning to taste it again quite something else, and so on
    Eliza Madrigal: 'Experience first' is exactly that....I think there are many ways in which I've been right in there, understanding at whatever capacity allowed that moment...
    Pema Pera: as I tried to express at the end of the session you refered to, by now I often feel that when I look back a few months, or a month, or even just a week, I shake my head seeing how limited my understanding was then, and how much deeper I now "get" what the same words were trying to point to
    Eliza Madrigal: yes! It honestly is a wonderous thing
    Pema Pera: yes, and that is the other side of the coin: often when we fall into a really deep experience, we realize we felt/saw something very similar way back when, but we couldn't integrate it then and we seemingly lost it again
    Pema Pera: it is very non-linear, not a steady progress
    2009.07.25 13:00 - Presence in beinghere-ness
    Eos Amaterasu: I do do appreciation / recognition practices, both separately and in daily world
    Eos Amaterasu: little sensory bombs exploding the nature of the cosmic mirror back to you :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: Also, little reminders of that in the environment, home, not separate from that

    SophiaSharon Larnia: but phenomena to me has meant things that are observable with my senses, and i wonder how other experiences fit into this
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I had often refered to myself as a mirror, usally in a derogatory way, this is a new interpretation for me
    SophiaSharon Larnia: and will have to think about it a bit
    SophiaSharon Larnia: what do you mean by little reminders?

    Eos Amaterasu: reminders of that state of mind, or of that kind of perceptual openness;
    Eos Amaterasu: how form and space, objects and space, play together
    sophia Placebo: i trace where thoughts arise from
    sophia Placebo: i was itching so my mind was focused on toucing , i discarded it
    sophia Placebo: i heard the fan and discard what ever thought may arise from there
    sophia Placebo: i adjust to the invironment and closed my eyes
    sophia Placebo: i saw a sea
    sophia Placebo: then i was thinking how this image arise
    sophia Placebo: i open my eyes and closed them again and saw a green field with a lonly tree

    Eos Amaterasu: things arise, attention goes to them, from them; high alert; recharge

    sophia Placebo: then i thought islamic meditation
    sophia Placebo: then i the sentence how things work pop up
    sophia Placebo: and finally i was thinking should i report that im not sure if i was astonished about my thoughts cause thats how i would feel if i saw something for the first time :) end

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    Originally written on 18:33, 09 Aug 2009
    Thank you Corvi and what a wonderful title!
    Posted 19:04, 9 Apr 2010
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