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purple planet
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shooing flies

Postby purple planet » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:56 am

One of the first things i do since starting to practice and even before is to resist scratching

that is helpful now a question about fly - i thought about letting them walk all over me and not waving my hand next to them to remove them - does someone here does the same ? do you think they might have diseases ? or maybe lay larva in my skin ?
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Re: shooing flies

Postby Ben » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:33 am

Use repellant. Put up fly screens. Meditate under a mosquito net.
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Re: shooing flies

Postby cooran » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:48 am

Nothing wrong with shooing them away..... you are not harming or killing them.

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Re: shooing flies

Postby purple planet » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:09 am

I know there is nothing wrong - i just would like to add this as something to deal with -

Scratching unlike pain is a great way to learn equanimity , a great way not to react to not develop an aversion (or attachment to the relaxed skin)

So i wonder that maybe not shooing flies can be another way to aid in my practice
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Re: shooing flies

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Re: shooing flies

Postby James the Giant » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:41 pm

I use mosquito attacks to cultivate tolerance during meditation. But I also do everything in my power to stop the little buggers getting in. But once one lands, I take no action and just make it part of the mediation.

Here's a an interesting thing I have seen in real life... This seal is sleeping on a beach. Amazingly, this seal is actually healthy. They can close their nostrils to stop the flies going up their nose too.
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you will put an end to suffering and stress.


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