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  • Thanks for all the input. I have just discovered that a Vipassana center has opened in my city. Might be a good opportunity.
  • My aunt lives in Asheville. It's a beautiful area, with great landscapes and architecture. However, my aunt has been complaining lately that it's become too "touristy". Last time I looked there was a plethora of Buddhist centers in Asheville (it'…
  • @person I’ve been trying to get out to some game nights. The hard part is that I work a rotating shift, so some weeks I can attend and others I can’t. @Kerome Like @person said dealing with others professionally is OK, it’s when things get person…
  • Thanks for the comments. While I was speaking of risk in general, one area I’m thinking of in particular is social risk. I’m a hardcore introvert, and find groups of more than three or four people overwhelming. I’m not sure how much of this is fear …
  • Like @ScottPen I'm also apparently not a Garden Manager. I'll take the job if the salary is right...
  • If you're looking for boring, I've got you covered. I'm an ISTJ.
  • That is awesome. I love Ajahn Brahm's Youtube videos. One of them turned around my practice...
  • And in today's presentation, Morrissey explains why I don't watch the news any more...
  • Since someone posted Talking Heads a page or two ago, it seems only natural to post David Byrne's latest.
  • @Vastmind said: I’m getting ‘website not secure’ in bold red letters? ETA: From what my research finds....it’s a recent google/chrome flag. The website is NOT secure. @Linc is there any chance of adding SSL to the site? Myself …
  • @silver I watch a lot of Youtube as well. A good bit of it is fluff, like music videos or videos of people playing games. Some of it is tutorials. For example, I followed a video on how to repair my Macbook. (Yes, my laptop surgery was successful.) …
  • @Glow I remember reading in a book on anger by Thich Naht Hanh that said (I'm paraphasing) that you had to treat your rage like a little baby with care and compassion. At the time, this seemed like a very strange concept. Wouldn't sending love at it…
  • @lobster said: @nakazcid said: ... Of course we prefer physical calm, at ease, sensations of physical well being. That may well be our initial goal/side effect of practicing sitting, standing, moving meditation What…
  • @genkaku Thanks for the really thoughtful reply. This fear of mine goes back to middle and high school. I was physically small and socially inept, and was in constant fear of being hassled, ridiculed and beaten up. The most effective way I found to …
  • Interesting. I will very occasionally get what we in the States call a "Charlie Horse" - a really, really bad leg cramp in the middle of the night. By ACV I assume you mean apple cider vinegar, and yes I've heard of that as a cure for cramps. Not fo…
  • Oh, wow, how did you cure yourself? Inquiring minds want to know... I was diagnosed I guess around 1980. At the time it was a very cutting edge diagnosis, but my mother refused to have me medicated. I've tried various medications since, but they…
  • Because it was that very same unpleasant sensation that caused me to not pay attention in class. If I didn't move, fidget or engage with something interesting it just got worse. It kind of reminds me of restless leg syndrome, in that moving makes th…
  • No @federica it's not poor circulation. I'm very familiar with this sensation, and it can strike whether I'm standing, sitting or lying down. It may have something to do with the fact that I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder when I was a…
  • So boredom struck back hard during this evening's sitting. It began after 45 minutes as an unpleasant, crawling sensation in my derriere. I've felt this many times before and felt myself tensing up. But instead of resisting it, I tried to relax into…
  • To me boredom means "lack of stimulation." When I was a teenager and young adult, it was A Fate Worse Than Death (TM.) That POV has diminished, but I still find it an unpleasant sensation that I feel an aversion to. So I guess I'll "tighten up" m…
  • Everyone thanks for all the great advice. Last night I sat for much longer than usual. For some reason, perhaps because I was on edge about facing boredom, it took an hour for my mind to settle. The boredom did surface, though not as badly as it som…
  • @genkaku said: At some point all of us have to decide to do just one thing. Just one. No fidgeting ... just do one thing. @genkaku Is your real name Jack Palance? I'm about to try sitting again. I'm going to try and deal with the bor…
  • @lobster said: If I was using Ms Widows, I recently saw an ad on Craigslist for "Widows 95". And, no, it wasn't a personal.
  • @karasti said: Boredom is a choice. It's the sense most people in the western world deal with that you have to be busy, productive, accomplishing something every second of the day. Great point about boredom. I often feel as if I have to a…
  • Avast Free is OK, but all the popups can be annoying. Microsoft Security Essentials isn't the greatest, but it's free and doesn't nag you. If you're using Windows just for games, the Microsoft antivirus might be enough.
  • My resolution is the same this year as it is every year. It is to not have a resolution. I always succeed brilliantly.
  • For a long time, video games were one of my chief coping mechanisms. When life became too overwhelming, or my social life too underwhelming, I would retreat into a video game. And it worked...sort of. For the time I was playing, I was utterly engros…
  • * Certain methods I've found to be an effective antidote for depression * Feeling much more relaxed and peaceful/stress reduction * A more balanced perspective on life * Good for feeling less overwhelmed by life
  • @mindatrisk That's a really good point about realizing that everyone is suffering, and that most people try to pretend that everything's perfect in their life. Things are actually a little different on this job. Despite the overtly conservative POV,…
  • I thought I'd post a follow up to this topic. Fortunately, things are looking up. I'm out of training and flying solo nights and weekends (rotating shift, ugh.) Obviously, if there's no one around, no awkward topics come up. But even when people are…
  • What stops me from going digital are the prices. E-books frequently cost more than the very same paperback. Really chaps my hide...
  • Despite the stress, I do enjoy most RPGs and strategy games, but I stopped playing shooters years ago. Thought I played them for a while, games like Doom and Quake just turned my stomach into knots... @karasti Interesting thing is, I find puzzles…
  • I know this discussion is more or less dead, but I noticed one other thing while playing Skyrim. Playing this game (and I suspect most others) makes me feel pretty tense. It's not that I don't enjoy the game, but it doesn't seem to have a soothing e…
  • @Kerome said: The course looks great, I would really enjoy it I think. Is it free? But Buddhism is not only a middle finger to evolution, it also is an even bigger one to capitalism and materialism. It’s a different way of looking at t…
  • The book referenced in the article was the outcome of Robert Wright teaching this course: https://online.princeton.edu/course/buddhism-and-modern-psychology I took it a while a back, and it was a fascinating discussion about how Buddhism is a big …
  • Bonnie Raitt is an old favorite...
  • @karasti said: It's kind of funny because based on what you read, you assume the US has a huge gun loving culture. But it's not really true, it's just how vocal they and the gun lobby are and how much they own our politicians. Depending on the fa…
  • I consciously chose to remain childless not to prevent world hunger, but because I had a hereditary disease. I couldn't stand to think of inflicting the misery I've suffered onto my own progeny. Statistically speaking, there's only a 10% - 15% perce…