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karasti · Breathing · Veteran


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  • Re: Crumbling Dam in CA

    It seems like the govt never listens to outside groups, especially environmental groups. The govt. couldn't ever possibly be wrong!

    @Fosdick indeed, people like their gargantuan projects to "cement" our place in the memory of the world. Ugh.

    We have a lot of beavers here, they are fascinating. I love to watch them. Though sometimes they flood out the roads, lol.

  • Re: Seeking 2nd opinion about hugging dogs.

    Our boxer has never seemed to have any skill to know when not to eat, lol. Unless she is feeling sick, she will eat whatever and however much you give her. We don't let her free-feed as a result. She eats around 50% dog food and 50% "people" food but she doesn't beg much at least. She loves yogurt, beets, raspberries, bananas, meat of course, eggs, spinach. Really she will eat anything except grapes and carrots (she will actually eat around them in something like stew, lol). We don't give her chickpeas and other legumes because the gas will kill us all. Both of her parents died of cancer by the time they were 6 years old, and she's 100% healthy at almost 8 years. I'm convinced it's, in part, due to her diet. She eats a lot of vegetables for a dog! And wild game.

    We have started looking into a service dog for our youngest. It's not time yet, they do not place diabetic dogs in homes with other dogs, at least the place nearest us that trains them. But in the future it's likely. I look forward to someone else keeping watch at night so I might get more than 2-3 hours of sleep at a time!

  • Re: To whackedly view things

    I think it's an overall good attitude to have. To look at things another way rather than to get sucked into and wallow in the fear and negativity. Though I'm a bit perplexed about his comment about cheaper funerals in a plane crash. Here at least, they would still hold the funeral, casket and all, if that is what their tradition does. So I'm not sure that a plane crash would impact the cost all that much except the preparation of the body. But I'm sure different cultures would handle it differently.

    Sometimes it's easy to get sucked into our fears, and if you can instead flip them around then they aren't so scary. Aside from that, another perspective is good in almost any case. We tend to believe there is a correct emotion, or set of emotion, for particular experiences which just isn't true. When bad things happen, looking at the good parts, even if they are small, helps your attitude about the whole mess a lot, and makes it overall easier to deal with.

    When I was a teenager, I was with a boyfriend and another friend at night and his snowmobile ran out of gas. We were miles from town and it was late, around 11pm. It could have been a panic-inducing moment. Instead, the friend walked out to find a ride to get gas and we laid in the snow looking at the stars singing songs together. It's one of my favorite memories. We made a choice to not be scared and panicked and instead look at the blessings that were offered. It works out quite nicely.

  • Re: Seeking 2nd opinion about hugging dogs.

    Agree. We have a boxer who sometimes loves a hug and cuddle. Other times she will box you in the head if you try, LOL. Respect their space the same as anyone else.

  • Re: The Basics of Buddhism

    Whenever I start to break down even the simplest basis of Buddhist philosophy or terms, I always arrive back at kindness, particularly for ourselves which is necessary to truly extend it to others. It's no wonder HHDL so often has quotes such as "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." It seems to me that the basis of Buddhism is a lot of learning how to be kind to ourselves and then to extend it out. And to be openly, vulnerably, raw-ly kind and loving to ourselves, there is a whole lot of work we have to do in the process and that is what practice is.