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karasti · Breathing · Veteran


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  • Re: To whackedly view things

    Indeed, being averse to suffering is just as bad as being attached to pleasure. For me, it brings balance. I am a worrier and deal with anxiety in some situations, so for me it pulls me out of obsessing with the worst possible outcomes and keeps me focused on moving forward. Otherwise my worry can paralyze me into doing nothing but being stuck in a cycle of the negative parts of any situation. When I switch focus to the good parts, it brings balance rather than simply ignoring the negative/suffering aspects.

  • Re: Crumbling Dam in CA

    It's interesting to think about how our desires to become more comfortable and efficient have really caused a lot of problems all around. For the environment, for our health (far less movement, way too much consumption of easy and convenient foods). The more we remove ourselves from all of those processes that keep us alive, the worst off we, and our planet, get. It used to be that we spent most of our entire day finding food and water and shelter. Now we take all of that for granted, and for what? Are we really better off? We live longer, but do we truly live better? Comfort and ease always comes with a cost. As usual, who has benefited the most from all those changes to how we maintain our very lives?

  • Re: Crumbling Dam in CA

    A lot of it isn't just to control nature, but to provide water. I don't agree with it, but at this point in humanity it would mean moving many millions of people which just isn't feasible. A lot of areas of Cali, and even CO are actually desert that people have turned into more livable habitat...but at what costs? CO deals with wildfires and drought all the time, and then floods because of the damage the wildfires cause. The more we change nature to suit us, the more severe the consequences are, including to us. The drought much of CA had been dealing with for so long then causes a lot of structural problems. Things like dams, levees, etc crack under the sun with no moisture, and then when exposed suddenly to an onslaught of rain and melting snow, their integrity has been greatly impacted. When we moved into this house, it had been 2 years since anyone lived here. It's my mom's house, she did maintain it well. But she didn't shower here and so on. And when we moved, the grout in the shower had cracked, and when we used the shower, it caused a waterfall of water into our basement, through the cracks in the grout. The same thing happens with dams, dikes and levees.

    But it's another good reminder about climate change, too. The extreme levels of everything will continue to increase, from drought to storms to flooding to blizzards etc. We won't be able to adapt fast enough and make changes to our infrastructure fast enough to accommodate it. Especially with a government that thinks it's a hoax! At this point all of us are going to have to individually assess our risks and determine steps to take to survive the storms, figuratively and literally.

    Edit to add: Obviously when we dam things up it's an effort to control nature, lol. I meant a difference in intention between an attempt to divert a river that might be in the way versus a way to preserve water for drinking and electricity. I think the lake that this dam is holding back is entirely man-made, which has a whole host of extra risks when you build a lake high above living establishments, where nature obviously "decided" not to put a lake.

  • 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.

  • Re: Hypothetical question

    It might become more of a consideration or regularly occurring thought but I'm not sure how much it would change my behavior. I just am not good at long term goals, lol. I prefer to work on right now, whether we are talking my Buddhist practice, my yoga, my running, or whatever than to look 50 years down the road. Of course I hope my work now pays off then, too, but I can't even comprehend that far away! I think I would get drawn into to wanting to know past lives, as @Kerome mentioned, but I think for me that wouldn't be a good thing. I thin I would lose my focus drastically. I'm not sure knowing the truth of that would help me as a result.