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How are you today?

Postby Viscid » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:14 pm

Hey! How are you?
Good? Bad? Content? Miserable?
What's going on in your life?

I noticed there wasn't a thread for people to talk about their lives casually, so here it is.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Postby Viscid » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:29 pm

Not sure how enthusiastic people are about sharing what's going on in their lives over the Internet, but I imagine there are those who have few avenues of expression.. I invite anyone to share and discuss whatever they feel is important within their lives.. or not.

Myself: I've been trying to integrate meditation back into my routine since the beginning of this year-- a New Year's resolution. It hasn't been easy, as I had become rather disillusioned with the practice-- I sometimes wondered why I bothered. Initially, meditation seemed mysterious, romantic.. a pandora's box of potential benefit upon my life.. now it's.. well just boring ol' meditation. I still admire the practice though, and think it's important for self-control and self-knowledge.. you just have to be truly serious about it.

I'm having issues with motivation.. the job I do is not awful, however, it can be done by any high-school graduate. I went to school for Computer Networking, but got so comfortable with the job I am doing now that I can't get myself to strive for a job in my field. Now I'm sort of stuck, and I'm getting older (approaching 30) so I may be running out of opportunities. But otherwise my life is okay.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: How are you today?

Postby poto » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:02 am

I'm doing alright...

Everyone in my family has come down with that rather nasty flu that seems to be going around. Of course, nobody listens to me... nobody takes my advice of drinking lots of tea, doing yoga, meditation, etc., seriously. So, I alone remain healthy and unaffected by this illness while everyone else suffers from it. I used to get annoyed that people wouldn't listen to me and would continue on the path that lead them to more suffering, but these days I just try to let it go.

I too have had times where I've slacked in my practice. At those times I find myself slipping, I notice my mind isn't as clear, I'm quicker to anger and generally unhappier. The newness of meditation wore off for me a very long time ago, now days I keep it up because it makes me a better person. Still have a lot of improvement to do to that end, but I'm working on it, a bit at a time.

As for jobs... I kind of take a different view on that these days. I've had the chance to work lots of different jobs and slaved away for years, also owned/ran my own small businesses at times. I sacrificed a lot just to make more money over the years. I've come to the conclusion that the extra money sometimes isn't worth it. Living the good life doesn't mean being a millionaire or being super successful. Really, I'd rather work an honest job and have more time for my practice, and try to live a good life rather than strive for money or status. That said, if you're unhappy with your present job it's never too late for a career change.

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Re: How are you today?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:08 am

Greetings,

I'm doing well thanks... I'm actually going on a date with a really lovely person tomorrow, and it's a bit exciting.

:woohoo:

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Postby Viscid » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:46 am

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:12 am

Greetings,

Ha, yeah, thanks. I'll see how it goes. I'll just be myself - that's the only sensible and honest way to do these things...

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Postby Viscid » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:33 am

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: How are you today?

Postby cooran » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:50 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Postby Viscid » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:24 am

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:12 pm

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: How are you today?

Postby daverupa » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:10 pm

I'm on day 17 of a sickness; it began with the flu, and as that died off a cold arose, made worse by the horrible inversion in Salt Lake City of late. This morning sees me coming out of the woods. Maybe I'll get the flu shot next time.

Luckily, given the holidays, the end result is only about three days taken off of work, and since there were ample sick days saved up there shouldn't be any problems... but, the boss and one or two cow-orkers are probably going to be resentful for a while, so the work environment is going to be fairly stressful going forward, for a time at least.

Livelihood is such a bugbear...

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Re: How are you today?

Postby purple planet » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:47 pm

Im ok -

just want to say about the flu : whenever i feel weak or people are sick around me i eat garlic - and lots of it -
at least some of it fresh not cooked - i heared two things are good about it - that it "burns" that germs on the throat (thats why i think some of it should be uncooked) and that it makes the body make more white blood cells
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:32 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How are you today?

Postby Viscid » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:17 pm

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: How are you today?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:52 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How are you today?

Postby perkele » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:03 pm

I have to write my silly math thesis. But my brain is rotten.

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Re: How are you today?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:41 pm

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)


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