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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • My first attempt with an Apple Pencil... thought I would follow in @lobster’s footsteps
  • @federica said: Well @kerome, imagine that you have been told you have a week to live. look at all your possessions. Look at everything you own, and then ask yourself, what will happen to it? And whose task will it be to dispose or contend with e…
  • I’ve found it really difficult to let go of notions of security and survival. Wanting enough money to live on, a secure place to keep stuff in, a roof over one’s head. It’s been by far the hardest thing to get used to, considerably harder than death.
  • Katrina Spade on human composting...
  • Thich Nhat Hanh on mindful walking...
  • @Kundo said: Even though I have a regular practise and have achieved some degree of control over my monkey mind, all I could think was "please don't let me die like this". It sounds like quite an experience, @kundo. Often the experience o…
    in Break Through Comment by Kerome May 17
  • I tend to define natural as anything untouched by the human mind. I think we humans have a particular problem in that our natural state gets polluted quite quickly by the ideas passed down by others from different points in our history. We come into…
  • Not bad. Does that mean we should all convert to being Kantian Humanists with Faith in Humanity? Perhaps people are fundamentally good, but they can acquire desires, drives and motivations which are not. The process of growing from a baby into an…
  • Break throughs are useful, but not something to be attached to or looked forward to. Anticipation and searching for the next breakthrough are likely to confuse the effect of just sitting. It puts me in mind of a person I know from another forum, …
    in Break Through Comment by Kerome May 16
  • Oh dear. I hope it wasn’t anything I said.
  • Cleaning out old cupboards today... lots of old notebooks, old ideas... old computer books which I’m never planning to read again. So I’m letting go of things.
  • @Gardener said: This is wrong. about this knowledge not being useful, I am sorry if it offends. We are dealing with young people who go to school. Are loved by people in the community. The community struggles with the school, with the governme…
  • Well, if I review all the history, geography, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and literature I studied when I was young, very little of it was of any use later in life. University was more useful it has to be said — some parts of my engine…
  • GCSE’s, I remember they brought them in just as I was doing o-levels. It’s actually pretty silly, having to absorb all this knowledge which in later life is very little use whatsoever. But I’m a big fan of learning at least a second language.
  • @Straight_Man said: I would go with a MacBook Pro, and MacOS Mohave. My computers are also almost all Macs. Its a very hassle-free environment, for the most part you can just get on with doing what you need to do rather than spending time…
  • It’s good to know someone is paying attention to what we teach kids and that it’s actually useful. Although perhaps what an adult thinks is a good life lesson and what a child thinks is useful might be quite different things.
  • A retreat... not a bad idea, though I have some current commitments to take care of first. I will look into it.
  • But can you be related to the Buddha if he did not have children? I suppose you might be related to the buddha’s father or mother, and so to the Buddha, depending on if the clan progressed from there... or to the buddha’s ancestors and other relatio…
  • It’s tempting to see all these things as tools that we can use, isn’t it, but in fact many monks do without all of that. They just have a body and a brain, and access to a teacher. We e-Sangha practitioners perhaps have more of some forms of resourc…
    in Tools Comment by Kerome May 9
  • @techie said: @Kerome said: @techie said: There are many Buddhists even today (in places like Burma and Bhutan) who live very simple lives, survive by asking for alms, never accept donations or luxuries of any ki…
  • @Fosdick said: Yes indeed, and I posit that would be the primordial slime, the progenitor of every living thing - the progenitor, not just of humans, but of US. We're all family here on this earth. Including the penguins and the killer …
  • Beautiful voice, she was discovered as a small girl on Norway Has Talent and is now a teen...
  • @adamcrossley said: I was very interested in this, so I did some reading on Access to Insight. From what I’ve found in the Pali suttas, the only continuity between lives is one’s craving. Even consciousness is said to be dependent on having (1) s…
  • @ZenSam said: Logic and wisdom are intertwined, you cannot separate one from another, well you cant separate them using logic. The attempt to define wisdom is useful, it is worth meditating on it. Perhaps it can be found in a good balance…
    in Thinking styles Comment by Kerome May 7
  • Yes, if you look at the generations simply your number of ancestors doubles each time... it becomes a very large number quite quickly. It’s fun to think about, some people go to considerable lengths to find out what they can find out about their anc…
  • @techie said: There are many Buddhists even today (in places like Burma and Bhutan) who live very simple lives, survive by asking for alms, never accept donations or luxuries of any kind. We should derive inspiration from them, wouldn't you agree…
  • I recall reading an article which said they had identified a genetic component to schizophrenia, so some of the symptoms of the illness are going to be just physical. And physical things do dissipate with the body. So I believe that with each lif…
  • In meditation what came up today was “what worldliness”, and on examining this deeper I found that in the past I had been very much minded to be ‘worldly’. I thought there was not much that people did that might shock me, and my tool for exploring t…
    in Thinking styles Comment by Kerome May 5
  • What you expect to see shapes your inner world. It is like the parable of the rope and the snake... one day a man was walking past a temple, it was early in the evening and he spotted a very deadly poisonous snake. He backed away in a panic, went in…
  • One more... A doctor on a cruise liner was called, and found that a man had died in his state room. As was the custom he informed the steward so that the man could be buried at sea. Some time later he was passing by the room and he found that the…
  • I quite enjoy guided meditations when I do them, which is very rarely. It seems to make the initial stage of the meditation a little easier, but then when you get deeper it becomes distracting and it is more of a hindrance. I’ve meditated to natu…
  • Don’t expect love to just happen to you. Love often begins with lust, so if you avoid lust you may also miss out on love. Falling in love means you’ve passed a test of what it means to be human, it is best not to repress what you feel. Experience, a…
  • @person said: This also brought to mind a thread I made last year about the way our rational minds are really mostly just post hoc laywers that make up arguments in support of our much more dominant intuitive sense. It’s an interesting th…
    in Thinking styles Comment by Kerome May 4
  • @misecmisc1 said: Maybe I am a crazy person who is attached to the idea of doing sitting meditation and maybe also its reason can be that something inside me says that doing sitting meditation is the only way for me to achieve my goal. It…
  • Kindness is something that makes both the giver and the receiver feel better. Kindness is doing what your heart tells you. Kindness is thinking about how others feel, and then acting.
  • @Shoshin said: It has come to my attention I no longer give thinking much thought......just going with the flow of the style of thinking which presents itself at the time I reckon women naturally have an easier time of it, since they seem…
    in Thinking styles Comment by Kerome May 4
  • It’s very difficult to meditate by “sitting and just doing nothing”, I’ve in the past found it useful when confronted with many thoughts to label them as “just a thought” and then to return the attention to some sort of anchor like the posture or th…
  • @lobster said: [yawn] wait ... I am sure I never yawned at the wonderfully beautiful ... This is positive reinforcement, fine for a while. However can we meditate whilst surrounded by ugly, ill thinking, selfish me-me demoni…
    in Tools Comment by Kerome May 3
  • Whenever you go chasing happiness or bliss, you are likely to miss the point. Happiness is just something that is, you allow it to happen. If you look deep into existence — trees, plants, animals, rocks — everything is fulfilling its pattern for exi…
  • @techie said: I think we underestimate the karma we've accumulated over many lives. Karmas take time to ripen. We need to bear them patiently. I’m not so sure... karma if it exists seems to manifest through life events, which means that b…
  • Meditation techniques vary by how well they work to relax the mind, while allowing the awareness to stay sharp. For example mantra’s can be a certain self-hypnotisation and can allow awareness to dim, while the breath can give you an object to focus…
    in Tools Comment by Kerome May 3
  • I wanted to share this piece from Douglas Harding’s writings, which you might find entertaining since it is an interesting demonstration of what we are... https://o-meditation.com/category/douglas-harding/
  • Jokes are a great way to encounter the unexpected... Lanahan was visiting his barber and said, the hair growth mixture you recommended hasn’t worked. The barber said, I don’t understand, it is the very best on the market, won’t you try it again? …
  • @federica said: Went to see Avengers: Endgame.... ...Meh.... I have much the same reaction. A lot of the things that used to interest me no longer hold my attention these days, superhero movies seem to have gotten a bit old hat... …
  • Cat and dog pictures and videos...
  • The mind’s creation of destinations in the future makes us into automatons, doing only its bidding and walking with purpose but little awareness from place to place. Instead we should realise we cannot step in the same river twice, or even see the s…
  • I don’t think it is actually meant as a general creed-statement, as it was produced for a World Bank document about faith in conservation, see the citation at the bottom of the page. That also explains the strong emphasis on nature in the piece. …