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  • I stay involved and "in the know" where I can, because I do believe having a big picture outlook is important. But my focus is right now, today. It is too easy to have lofty goals of how to save the world and completely miss that there are things yo…
  • @Jason this has happened in our state as well. Our largest insurer, BCBS no less, has a huge pile of money in reserves, way more than recommended, and yet they raised premiums for people to beyond what the average person could ever afford to pay. It…
  • Corporate wealth mostly seems to focus on doing whatever they can to turn the largest profit for investors and then bailing, leaving everyone who is barely hanging by a thread with nothing left to hang to. Case in point, the recent shuttering of Toy…
  • But how much do the wealthy likewise hold back advances because they are making money on the current state? Why can't we meaningfully move past fossil fuels in the US? Or make progress towards it? Why are doctors now changing their mindsets from wor…
  • For me, joy and thus deeper pleasure comes from contentment and in giving up making comparisons. I enjoy happiness, but to me it is different from joy. Happiness is apart from everything else. I am happy sitting in the spring sunshine, for example. …
  • current politics largely seem incompatible with a remotely peaceful life or the solving of meaningful problems. They are just as self-serving as the people we wish they would better regulate. I don't think we want them telling people how to live or …
  • @Kerome no matter how much time you spend in the sun in the winter, the sun isn't high enough in the sky in certain locations to make vitamin D. For the most ideal production, you need to spend time in the sun (exposing much of your skin) when it is…
  • I believe TNH's "Walk With Me" is on Netflix now.
  • Yep, enjoyment without attachment. In meditation and other practices you will learn how to observe what your mind is doing. How it sees the world, how it brings you to feel, react and act to different situations, including how you feel watching spor…
  • Ken Wilbur has a book on the so-called "5th turning of the wheel" which is what is to become of Western Buddhism. I don't think we will see Eastern Buddhism take over the west, the cultures are just too different. Even if we were to shift to a cultu…
  • To me it comes down to the attachment. I don't think hope or desire are all bad. But our attachment to them and their outcomes is generally not good. I think it can be hard to find the line, but you can feel it if you pay attention. For us to truly …
  • It's all impermanent and you will be amazed how fast and how suddenly it changes. I swear just yesterday my 2 year old dumped a bottle of baby shampoo on the floor in the store, and then threw his happy meal on the floor at lunch. Just yesterday. Ex…
  • I have had the same experience, @Tosh. I have a buffer zone where I can eat more carbs and maintain my weight but it doesn't take much for me to start gaining. I still need to lose, so that is where I am right now. It's been really interesting to ob…
  • I tend to prefer doing yoga to bashing pillows on the floor before meditation. The idea is the same though, yoga is recommended prior to meditation to get the energy out of the body which allows the mind to calm better and also allow better connecti…
  • It is odd to make a comparison to others but I suppose how you view what others do is easier to test on or perhaps to be honest on than trying to judge yourself. We often excuse ourselves and give reasons for a lot of things but do not offer the sam…
  • I think being mindful of the fact you are aware it is happening is a big step alone. Just knowing our habit tendencies are there before we react is monumental for most people. I talk through them in my mind, usually. Recognizing and naming them help…
  • Dreams are odd things. When I was a teenager, I dreamed for years about my parents trying to kill each other, and me running away and being chased down by a black suv and being unable to run. They were recurring themes over many years, but as I work…
  • I grow basil, dill, chives, lavender, thyme, mint...a few others I will have to look at my notebook. Some we use fresh but we also dry them in the dehydrator. The lavender I use for a lot of things, baking, smoothies, tea. Dill we do pickling so we …
  • I have an instant pot so last week I picked up an ip keto book by an Indian woman named Urvashi pitre. Her recipes are so amazing. She does Indian but also other ethnic foods. I have been feeling for some more complex flavors, and cooking creativity…
  • I hope you are not leaving, @dhammachick. We do not always agree, either, but I always appreciate your input and your perspective. It is inevitable that our experiences in life lead to us feeling poked and poking others, even if unintentional. Wh…
  • Not that it would be remotely skillful but some days I think the feds should legalize it and then the whole country can settle the hell down already. We could use a good decade to just chill out for once
  • forgive yourself. There is nothing wrong with working through the past, but if you are not making progress and just beat yourself up then some things, we simply never get answers to as far as why or how. We can let it go and forgive ourselves. If so…
    in Guilt Comment by karasti March 18
  • Everyone is just so different. I have not had a drop to drink since NYE. I have been keeping a journal to note any differences, and quite honestly and noticed none as far as the effects on my understanding, my practices, my meditation, my yoga etc. …
  • It is kind of hard to comment on the context of a post from another board and a user who is not here. Often when you hang out on a board you get a sense, as you have, of the direction of the posts because of the other things they have talked about. …
    in Anatta Comment by karasti March 17
  • I hate crowds so large parades are definitely not for me! I am not Irish whatsoever, but my husband is about half Irish, so we recognize the day. We stopped drinking 3 months ago though and he hates cabbage and potatoes. We do love brisket but we u…
  • I think we would have more of those types of people if we were more free ourselves though. Complete self love and freedom opens the world to us in a way we cannot comprehend otherwise and cooperation becomes second nature, and even joyful. When I ha…
  • @Kerome I am not sure. I do think about that sometimes, what if it is the last. But most of the time we do not know that it is, we only know something was the last when we look back at it. I imagine as we approach death it is different, in the case …
  • I think it is possible. I try to practice it, but it is kind of hard to know where the line of enjoyment versus attachment is. If I observe that I feel sad, disappointed etc when the moment passes, that seems the best way for me to realize I was att…
  • @person might it be that our insistence that people are not mature enough turns into a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy though? If you look back to 130 years ago or whatever, people who were in their teens held jobs, got married, raised families et…
  • It is really interesting to see information of all kinds come out as ground breaking only to realize how very much they are related to Buddhas teachings. It is nice to see you around, @Jason! I always appreciate your contributions. (excuse the ty…
  • I think if you look at countries who are closer to where a lot of us would rather be, they do not really seem to suffer a lack of innovation. Netherlands is responsible for quite a few medical companies used widely in the US (novo nordisk for exampl…
  • I understand what you mean overall @person I was only referring to this statement with my reply, sorry if I was unclear, I should have quoted by my keyboard is being a pain (replacement on the way, some keys only work 10% of the time, lol) "If pe…
  • Benefits are more valuable to us than wages, @person. While we will be fine downsizing even more, especially with kids leaving home, our health benefits are tied to our jobs for so many of us. That would have to be part of a major shift, too. While…
  • @Snakeskin My day started with my pet ferret pooping into my shirt pocket, which got all over my phone and then down my pants leg. Let's just say it hasn't gotten better since then, so implosions seem like a good idea
  • I think this would be great, honestly. And I think a lot of people are game. Corporations not as much but tough noogies Dark Sky groups have had luck with shutting down lights in various areas to let the night sky actually be visible. I think peopl…
  • What would happen in the world if everyone were able to employ their talents and strengths? You know how the saying goes, no one grows up dreaming to be a tax collector/whatever. But if all jobs paid the same (perhaps pay in having needs met versus …
  • Sometimes it's ok to just let things be. We don't have to have have or expect an immediate understanding of events. You may never be clear on why you have certain experiences, or find an acceptable reason for how/why they happen. Sometimes it's best…
  • It seems the entire western world as a whole is already a slave to money. There are always outliers and exceptions but the systems themselves and the society that supports them. I really know very very few folks whose lives don't revolve mostly arou…
  • While I practice Tibetan Buddhism, the HHDL doesn't represent all of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the head of one school, that is all. But he is revered and respected as a wise teacher for good reason, I think. He's a human, and he's not perfect, but I'v…
  • I use whatever seems right in the moment, I guess. I mostly don't prefer guided meditations at all because all the talking does not help me focus. But I did a forgiveness meditation with my yoga teacher that was amazing, and I do that one when I fee…
  • Indeed, it's not something I spend a lot of time worrying or even thinking about. Too busy living, generally, just the curiosity came to mind while dealing with death. It has before in the same circumstance I suppose. I guess it turned into more of …
  • @Shoshin Yes, indeed I can understand that. My point more so is, if we focus so much on the fact that we need to shed so much of the mind, go beyond it, that what the mind does is meant to be surpassed (eventually) why should the mind suddenly be ta…
  • @person interesting, I had not heard that "throwing karma" term before. I'll have to look into that! @Jeffrey Indeed, I'm sure people do. I always wonder if it's something that most people plan for, or if it comes to them as their lives start t…