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My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:16 am

Hi everyone.

Just making this place to spread good karma and have it come back to me.

Feel free to talk about anything and everything happy or sad or just say hi.

Today is looking good so far. I have had a bowl of Alpen which I have not had for a long time and learnt a good lesson from the study group here.

I'm off for coffee with a friend later and then my first class on mindfulness which I am looking forward to.

Till then I am off for a walk to see what the world has to offer me. Maybe something interesting will happen that I can share. I had better keep my eyes and ears open. I think I'll take a notebook with me as well.

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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:08 pm

Well back from my walk. I came across a drawing on the ground of a leaf. Inside it read "In every walk with nature one receives far more then he seeks." by John Muir.

Walking back I was stopped by a homeless man selling the Big Issue. He grasped my hand and called me a good man and asked me for money. I emptied my pockets of everything I had which was very little indeed. He said the problem is he has five children and his rent is about to run out and told me he could prove he had five children if I came home with him.

He then asked if I had a bank card to get money out of the bank. Good Karma played a role here as it turned out I had forgotten my wallet (first time in years).

It struck me as odd.
Why would a man with little money chose to have five children?
If one chooses to have five children then why start calling it a problem?
If it is such a problem why not put them up for adoption so they can lead a better life?
Why think a stranger would give anything more then everything he has on him?
Did he feel that calling me a good man would increase his chances of getting money?
Did he feel that telling me he chose to have five children would increase his chances of getting money?

Perhaps tomorrow I shall go out with a bowl and spend the day begging so as to better understand.

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Re: My happy place

Postby sattva » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:25 pm

Hi! Yesterday after dialysis, I was getting out of my sister's car. I took one step backwards so I could move my oxygen tank out of the way to shut the car door. Stepped on a patch of ice or snow and my foot slipped. Landed hard on my limited padding buttaroo. Head hit the ground next and the oxygen tank fell on my left knee. So, my sister and I got me onto my feet (which wasn't easy), back into the car, and returned to the hospital. This time to the emergency room. I was there over 3 hours and had x-rays and CT scans. Turns out I am alright, just very sore. The goose egg sized lump on my head is already almost gone! So, I have a lot to be thankful for! No broken bones, no concussion and my sister and I between our obvious distress, got a few laughs about it. For instance, if I had waited, like I was suppose to, for her to help me, I would have probably taken us both out. Then, where would we be?!
Happy day to everyone!

ps. The title of your post made me think of this song by the Beatles
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:25 pm

sattva wrote:Hi! Yesterday after dialysis, I was getting out of my sister's car. I took one step backwards so I could move my oxygen tank out of the way to shut the car door. Stepped on a patch of ice or snow and my foot slipped. Landed hard on my limited padding buttaroo. Head hit the ground next and the oxygen tank fell on my left knee. So, my sister and I got me onto my feet (which wasn't easy), back into the car, and returned to the hospital. This time to the emergency room. I was there over 3 hours and had x-rays and CT scans. Turns out I am alright, just very sore. The goose egg sized lump on my head is already almost gone! So, I have a lot to be thankful for! No broken bones, no concussion and my sister and I between our obvious distress, got a few laughs about it. For instance, if I had waited, like I was suppose to, for her to help me, I would have probably taken us both out. Then, where would we be?!
Happy day to everyone!

ps. The title of your post made me think of this song by the Beatles


That sounds so scary! But funny at the same time since you are all right.

Thank you so much for sharing your feeling through song. I love to do that myself. I feel we are walking side by side on the path of life right now and I am happy to see you as a friend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNW809QqF1g

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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:00 am

2.48am. I will not be going begging today as I would wish to dedicate my full day to it and I have friends coming round later.

Today I will be aware of my theory on good karma:

Positive karma is affected by our own actions.
Positive karma is experienced by our perception of it.
A person with positive karma can bring positive karma to others merely through their presence or declaration of their perception of positive karma.
An ideal situation is when two people's perception of positive karma are in unison.
A perfect situation is when a group's perception of positive karma are in unison.
Delusion is when one's perception of karma is greatly different from the perception of those around them.
Tiredness can lead a person to be out of touch with karma.

With this I wish anyone reading this good karma today.

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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:05 am

Had an enjoyable chat with plwk, fig_tree and m0rl0ck on chat/ this morning.

My thoughts on karma were disagreed with but I was given http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/ ... gs/Uji.htm to read.

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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:09 pm

Just came back from hospital visiting a friend who gave me a rune with the marking Gebo on it.

I like this gift as it represents a magical exchange and balance to me.

Am I the only one in a happy place right now?

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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:59 am

Had a lovely chat with an old and a new member to the forums last night.

So far everyone on the forums have been so friendly. :twothumbsup:

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Re: My happy place

Postby sattva » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:14 pm

My 30 year-old nephew, who makes the best chocolate chip cookies, just brought a warm one up to me. I also found he is responsible for the beautiful candle in a homemade wooded holder with fresh pine around it that appeared suddenly in my bedroom. :heart:
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Re: My happy place

Postby chownah » Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:42 am

Taijitu wrote:Just came back from hospital visiting a friend who gave me a rune with the marking Gebo on it.

I like this gift as it represents a magical exchange and balance to me.

Am I the only one in a happy place right now?

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You are the only one in a happy place right now.
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Re: My happy place

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:37 am

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From my teacher, U S.N. Goenka.
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: My happy place

Postby convivium » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:39 am

You are the only one in a happy place right now.

lol
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:04 pm

:hello: :thumbsup:

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Re: My happy place

Postby Barbara » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:52 pm

My happy place?
Here and now :)
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:35 am

Barbara wrote:My happy place?
Here and now :)


I feel we are all walking down the path of life together right now.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:35 am

I feel complete.

Almost no reason to write anything.

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Re: My happy place

Postby ES06 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:03 pm

Talking about being slippery...

Today I had to go out and streets were extremely slippery, almost like an ice rink! I had to watch my every step and concentrate on walking there - right mindfulness in action. It was almost meditative!

Now I am just happy I am at home and I didn't fell at all...
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:57 pm

ES06 wrote:Talking about being slippery...

Today I had to go out and streets were extremely slippery, almost like an ice rink! I had to watch my every step and concentrate on walking there - right mindfulness in action. It was almost meditative!

Now I am just happy I am at home and I didn't fell at all...


Interesting. I am learning what meditation is to others, that is a great example of something similar to it. Even walking on normal terrain is meditative for me!

Happiness as a result also.

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Re: My happy place

Postby sattva » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:07 pm

Doesn't do it justice, but here is a pic of the candle my nephew got me for Christmas.
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Re: My happy place

Postby Taijitu » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:53 pm

What a nice Christmas present!

Well it is my first day without cigarettes. I've got a headache, something I never usually get.

Nice to see it is doing me some good already. :D

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