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  • @lobster indeed it is. There are times I recall that I carry Refuge with me always that it gives me goose bumps. It is a gift and blessing indeed.
  • It's unfortunate how much it varies by states. Our state has really good programs for low to lower-middle class people, from free to sliding scale. They are administered now through the ACA application process, but at least there are options for peo…
    in Trump Comment by karasti 12:26AM
  • It does not help that in young people's lives, that is how they are directed to communicate. Some is choice, but my kids at least actually speak on the phone quite often (more than i do, actually) with their friends rather than just text. But in sch…
  • Oh man I love cauliflower! Even my husband likes that. We use it for "pizza" crust, and in place of baked potatoes, and all sorts of other things.
  • @Kerome have you looked if you can get the HBo stuff separately? They do it here online now, you can get it through amazon video I believe, or HBO Go (I think that is right). So you only pay for HBO and not a whole package of movie channels. That is…
  • I mostly use a laptop. I have a smartphone because my kids when they aren't home primarily text and texting with the old school keyboard is ridiculously frustrating for me, lol. I don't use it much for social media and even less for general internet…
  • Indeed, knowing how to make tea is so important! For so long I made green tea like herbal teas. No go, it was so bitter and I couldn't understand why everyone loved it. Turned out the water cannot be boiling. My tea experience improved vastly when I…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 24
  • Indeed, what @federica says. Dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol are not actually linked at all really. Your body produces cholesterol on its own, and often in response to the damage that high carb diets do to the vascular system. So …
  • you can get netflix and amazon video without cable, they aren't connected to cable or satellite tv at all. They are their own services that you can subscribe and unsubscribe to whenever you want, no contracts or anything. You can watch right on a co…
  • it is possible your body just doesn't have the weight to lose. I'm a bit unclear on it but there is increasing evidence that our bodies have a set-point weight that they prefer to stick it. over time, this can be adjusted, but I believe it takes a m…
  • A friend of ours who runs a coffee shop makes matcha lemonade in the summer. It is a gift from the gods! So amazing. @Hozan there are a million good tea companies out there. I like Heavenly Teas (online) and they have a huge variety. I don't know …
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 23
  • @dhammachick @federica it is strange, isn't it? That people born in a country feel drawn to attack it? Assuming the man is Muslim or a sympathizer, it seems that they attach more to their beliefs and/or ethnicity than their country. ISIS and other g…
  • I joined as well. Now what
  • Everyone is different with regards to everything we put in our bodies. Some people are sensitive to caffeine others are not. And once you build up a tolerance it's like any other drug-it will cease to impact you (give you an energy boost) yet you st…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 22
  • @Tosh and for me, I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone gets off on those effects! I enjoy a smooth tasting drink but as soon as I can feel it ick. I am done. I will dump it down the drain rather than feel the effects of alcohol. I find …
  • They may not panic but I'm sure it'd be a major adjustment to give up the huge multi-million dollar homes and all the cars and motorcycle toys that they love so much. Plus, unless we see the downfall of all of civilization, lol, they will both alway…
  • Though, you'll notice the people who say money doesn't matter mostly never have to worry about money. It's different when you are digging in the couch cushions to find change for milk. Most people need money to achieve the stability that allows one …
  • We like to use both religion and war! I think most of what is in the article (it was an interesting read) is known by most of the people who already believe it and care to know. The others simply choose to live in fear, and I think some of that ch…
  • I always thought it would be nice to be able to work with our small community and send up funds to help people. Our school could use a pile of money. Our buildings are 80 years old and always need major updates that the budget doesn't allow for. Lot…
  • Honestly, I am not sure! My teacher runs a group there. i think there are some people here who are friends on Insight, hopefully they will chime in and you can connect.
  • I hate dealing with financial crap. My mother in law is an accountant, and my mom is huge no investments. I feel like I am getting lectured from every side about setting up all sorts of accounts to ensure I have at least a million dollars in retirem…
  • Yes and yes. I use that and Buddhify. Insight lets you do whatever you want to do. you can just set a timer and go you can participate with a group, friend or a specific teacher. You can do guided meditations or meditation to various nature sounds e…
  • Man in the High Castle is produced by Amazon so it seems unlikely they will make it available on competing platforms. I thought last year Amazon put out a monthly video fee for people who just wanted the video services and didn't want Prime? Prime i…
  • Well, where there are no external interruptions, we create our own. Twitches, itches, yawns, coughs. I actually have an easier time tuning into a bit of external distraction rather than my self-made ones. Some things pull me out of my meditation lik…
  • We have pictographs on many of the rocks where I live, and if you know how to find it, Native American history is alive and well in the woods yet. Many graves (sadly many which were discovered by people who robbed and destroyed them). These are on N…
    in ye olde book Comment by karasti March 20
  • That's awesome @Fosdick . I find the same. My grandfather was an amazing wood carver. I don't have his inherent talent, but I do love to do it. We have a lot of willow in our area, so it lends itself to diamond willow when you have time to hunt it d…
  • tea is a good option. the problem with no calorie/no sugar artificially sweetened drinks is that your body starts the complex process of digestion as soon as it realizes what you are about to take in. When it senses sweet, and sweet hits the tongu…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 20
  • I guess I worry more about the hoards of followers he has that feel brave in the face of his election. And what we are going to do about them. And, what the next election will be. If the "other side" doesn't get their poop in a group, he's going to …
    in Trump Comment by karasti March 20
  • I think it does matter. Even my teacher tells us frequently that we (here, where I live) have no idea how good we have it for meditation because it is so quiet and nature-filled here. He lives in downtown Minneapolis, so there is always noise. And y…
  • @Razor You don't know the people in this forum at all. Lobster wasn't rude. You simple do not know Lobster. If you read for a while before you posted, you would understand personalities better of people who have been in this forum for 5 years and ev…
  • @Razor this thread is 6 years old. Why are you being so rude? Or perhaps pushy is the better word. In any case, we don't re-open threads that are more than a year old on this board. You are always free to start a new topic and reference the old one …
  • everyone has to do what is right for them. I live 250 miles from the nearest Buddhist center (including my teacher) and am lucky if I get to see him more than once a year. Buddhism is a personal journey. Some do well with a guide. Some prefer to go …
  • I bought mine years ago, I'm not sure what site I used anymore. I specifically wanted a lapis lazuli mala, so that is what I searched by. Some want wooden beads or Bodhi seed beads etc. I'd look at what you want and start looking from there. i also …
  • You can usually find them at any spiritual shop. I got mine online because I live in a really small town with no such shops and wanted a particular type. I read a lot about them and talked to people who had them to help find what I thought would wor…
  • Everyone I know has raved about The Man in the High Castle and the House of Cards. Have not seen them yet but they're on the list. Have quite enjoyed this season of This Is Us, which is a network show (NBC). It is a good replacement for Parenthood, …
  • There isn't really a right or wrong way as long as it is meaningful to you. I take my vows every day as a reminder in front of a small statue of Buddha, a picture of my teacher (obviously not necessary if you don't have one) and with my mala. You ma…
  • I will take a look! Sounds fascinating!
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 17
  • @federica I wish that were the case here! Here, calorie/carb free sweetened drinks are recommended by doctors so they don't feel "left out." Even though our son was 2 when he was diagnosed, they suggested crystal lite and Mio to add to his water. I …
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 17
  • Indeed. I was thinking more so diet soda. I don't add sugar to my coffee so on the rare occasion I have pop it's always diet. I can't even stand the syrupy sweetness of regular soda anymore. But diet soda most definitely has its evils, and depending…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 17
  • Just an interesting note, when my caffeine comes from coffee, I don't have the same problem decreasing or stopping it as I do when it comes from soda. I think much of the time in addition to the caffeine we are dealing with going off all the other c…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by karasti March 17
  • @dhammachick It is an interesting thing to do. I cannot go entirely offline, as all of my kids' school and activity news is done via email. But I have taken a month or more off social media. It's funny how all the people who send "I will miss you!!"…
    in Twitter Comment by karasti March 17
  • For me, part of the benefit of Buddhism has been an increased connection with everyone else. HHDL does this amazingly well, with how he interacts with every person in front of him as if they are the most important person in the world. I don't think …
  • @eggsavior couldn't you just make a page for your classes alone and not a personal page? We have lots of community class pages here that are not personal, then can just post what you need when you need and leave it be.
    in Twitter Comment by karasti March 16