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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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Re: How are you today?

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.
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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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Re: How are you today?

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

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,
:woohoo:


Good luck!
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Re: How are you today?

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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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: How are you today?

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

retrofuturist wrote: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...


I don't know you very well, but judging from your Facebook and posts on here, I can't imagine anyone finding much fault in you. You look like a great guy, a great father, and I'm sure you'll have no problem finding the right partner.
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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---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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Re: How are you today?

Postby mettafuture » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:07 am

:hello:

I'm doing fine. Been studying a lot of math and trying to read the Samyutta Nikaya in its entirety.

retrofuturist wrote:I'm actually going on a date with a really lovely person tomorrow, and it's a bit exciting.

:woohoo:

I hope it goes better than the last date I had. My experiences with people have made renunciation much easier to practice. Thank god for Buddhism.
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Re: How are you today?

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

"What holds attention determines action." - William James
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Re: How are you today?

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

mettafuture wrote::hello:

I'm doing fine. Been studying a lot of math and trying to read the Samyutta Nikaya in its entirety.

retrofuturist wrote:I'm actually going on a date with a really lovely person tomorrow, and it's a bit exciting.

:woohoo:

I hope it goes better than the last date I had. My experiences with people have made renunciation much easier to practice. Thank god for Buddhism.


Are you majoring in mathematics? :)

I'm doing fine. Pretty good, actualy, but I can't give details.
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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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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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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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Re: How are you today?

Postby mettafuture » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:18 pm

Modus.Ponens wrote:Are you majoring in mathematics? :)

I wish. :) I'm just involved in some machine learning research projects, and I have to brush up on a lot of math to read and implement the algorithms.
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Re: How are you today?

Postby SDC » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:30 pm

daverupa wrote: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.


Sorry about your illness, Dave.

SLC, huh? Great skiing just up the road from you. I'm very jealous.
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Re: How are you today?

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

Viscid wrote: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.

I am very well thank-you!
I would of replied yesterday but it was somewhat far from a good day for myself.
I am relaxing at the moment, my shifts have changed and having a catch up on some of the things I have been meaning to write on, edit....
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Re: How are you today?

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

Cittasanto wrote:I would of replied yesterday but it was somewhat far from a good day for myself.

All the more reason to post about it. :console:
Cittasanto wrote:I am relaxing at the moment, my shifts have changed and having a catch up on some of the things I have been meaning to write on, edit....

What sort of stuff do you write/edit?
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Re: How are you today?

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

Viscid wrote:
Cittasanto wrote:I would of replied yesterday but it was somewhat far from a good day for myself.

All the more reason to post about it. :console:

it would of only been a rant. and I do not find ranting of use.

Cittasanto wrote:I am relaxing at the moment, my shifts have changed and having a catch up on some of the things I have been meaning to write on, edit....

What sort of stuff do you write/edit?[/quote]
see the links in my signature. there is another link to another page I post on on the links page.
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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

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


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