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  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful morning...


    Cold and rainy afternoon/evening...

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ah, what a wonderful place! I would swim every day!

    lobsterBunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    On my jolk this morning this quote popped into my head when I saw the mist covering the pathway onto a property at Owhanake Bay....

    "Great Faith and Great Doubt are two ends of a spiritual walking stick.(used on our spiritual journey along the Path) We grip one end with the grasp given to us by our Great Determination. We poke into the underbrush in the dark on our spiritual journey. This act is real spiritual practice -- gripping the Faith end and poking ahead with the Doubt end of the stick. If we have no Faith, we have no Doubt. If we have no Determination, we never pick up the stick in the first place."

    lobsterBunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    It was a beautiful winter's day sunny and warm, so I decided to test my new phone holder...First headed into the village to do a bit of op shopping...The village was quite busy...Sunny day means many day trippers...

    Then a quick stop at my favourite lookout point...

    ..before calling into a friend's for a cuppa and a chat...

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Did you know that 68% of Americans believe that Satan exists?

    Bunkslobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited July 24

    iPhone Photography Awards 2021… worth seeing what makes a great photograph taken with an iPhone

    https://www.ippawards.com/2021-winning-photographers/

    lobster
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    Did you know that 68% of Americans believe that Satan exists?

    I wonder how many Buddhists believe Mara exists?

    Shoshin1
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    Stephen Batchelor's book - Living With The Devil - has some good insights on the nature of the devil, though not addressing the question of how many believers there are.

    That 68% believe that Satan exists may not tell us very much unless we break it down a little further. Does Satan exist for them as an independent being, or as a mind product, a metaphorical personification of the cause of our own inexplicably perverse behaviors?

    I myself believe in the devil, or I don't, depending on what is meant by "devil".

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    I myself believe in the devil, or I don't, depending on what is meant by "devil".

    The Devil is in the detail...

    ...so to speak..

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    It's a new dawn, it's anew day, it's a new life for me...

    ..and I'm feeling good...

    Bunkslobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Fosdick said:
    That 68% believe that Satan exists may not tell us very much unless we break it down a little further. Does Satan exist for them as an independent being, or as a mind product, a metaphorical personification of the cause of our own inexplicably perverse behaviors?

    I believe the text, it’s from Sam Harris’ book Waking Up, specified as a real life existing being.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Did you know that 68% of Americans believe that Satan exists?

    Luckily the 100% of devils that don't exist, don't use statistics

    Here is the official Natas (Satan backwards) website
    https://theemmys.tv/

    and now back to the useless fun …

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Wet and windy morning, no beach to jolk along 'high tide',

    ..so took a scenic route close to home, taking in the views..

    well looking out at nothingness ...the ocean was out there somewhere...

    It was an exhilarating jolk in the rain and wind , no other walker or joggers around....I'm sure people driving past in their nice warm cars were thinking "What's that crazy lady doing out in this weather"

    BunkslobsterFosdick
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Well this morning exhilarating jolking in the wet and windy weather and this afternoon humiliating well almost...

    The day turned out to be warm and sunny when I arrived at work...

    Even got to watch a lone surfer catch a wave from the office window...

    Then this happened...

    A storm arrived with thunder and heavy downpours...
    After work I was on my way to the shop to buy some corn to pop and there was a big puddle on the footpath so I went to step up the grass verge onto the road, and whamo I slipped on the muddy grass and down I went, got covered in mud, luckily there was no one around to see me fall in the mud, but my pants and jacket got muddy...
    If I was watching myself slip I would have cracked up 😁

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Glad you're ok @Shoshin1 - I saw an old lady go down hard yesterday near the supermarket. Thank god she landed on the grass! Would have broken bones if it was the concrete.

    Not saying that you're old of course mate :p

    Shoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Found this 60 year old news footage on YouTube. Shows how insular the world used to be. How could some of them not know what language we speak in Australia haha

    Shoshin1Jeroen
  • What does "promote" mean? :open_mouth: In NB I mean..

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited August 1

    @コチシカ said:
    What does "promote" mean? :open_mouth: In NB I mean..

    You get a merit pay rise ;);)

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Sunrise from my bathroom window this morning....

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    In all honesty @コチシカ I have no idea what it means, but you must be doing something right <3

    Bunksコチシカ
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @コチシカ said:
    What does "promote" mean? :open_mouth: In NB I mean..

    It means the mod team like you today ;)

    Bunksコチシカhow
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited August 2

    @コチシカ said:
    What does "promote" mean? :open_mouth: In NB I mean..

    It means that if you read a comment so profound, life-changing. significant and noteworthy that you feel it merits being singled out as notable and important, you can click "promote" and it stands out from the remainder of the thread. AFAIK. So I believe... I should double-check with @Linc, to see if I'm correct...

    コチシカ
  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    Took my Mimi Me for a ride over the hills to the ocean. Ah, the fresh sea breeze and refreshing ocean air and marvelously soothing view! The ride was good too. =)<3

    Peace to all

    Shoshin1lobsterBunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    My new desk… with my new iMac on top of it…

    lobsterBunksShoshin1コチシカ
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Just after this morning's cushion time....Crescent moon...

    Signs of a beautiful day to come....

    Bunkslobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    47 spammers removed thus far since Monday... No new applicants.
    Build it, and they might not come anyway.

    BunkslobsterJeroen
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    It was a four seasons in one day kinda day...Stormy windy cool one moment, then sunny and warm the next...
    But worth the beautiful rainbow this afternoon when walking with a friend along the beach after work...

    Bunkslobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran


    Just about to meditate after yoga. Crunch! Weight of rain brought down tree branch. No one hurt. Next doors gate completely blocked.

    Morning 'tree clearance meditation …'

    BunksShoshin1yagr
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    False acacia, I believe. They, like Silver birches, are known to drop a branch just for the helluv it....

    lobsteryagr
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    I love my new computer... I have whatsapp desktop installed, have got my music library together on an old computer disk, have accounts for MLB.tv and my cable provider, who does a very nice tv streaming service, so while I am chatting I can watch YouTube or baseball or just regular tv

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    I love my new computer... I have whatsapp desktop installed, have got my music library together on an old computer disk, have accounts for MLB.tv and my cable provider, who does a very nice tv streaming service, so while I am chatting I can watch YouTube or baseball or just regular tv

    Nice, who do you follow in the Major Leagues @Kerome?

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    The Red Sox... I lived in Boston for a while when I was young, and its something me and my dad share

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Now all I need is a Netflix account and I'm sorted

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    edited August 8

    @Kerome said:
    The Red Sox... I lived in Boston for a while when I was young, and its something me and my dad share

    Ah yes, good team.

    I follow the Colorado Rockies. I was living in Denver when we made the World Series in 2007 against you guys but lost 4-zip 😔

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited August 8

    Yeah! That was great... oh... I mean terrible ;)

    It's no surprise that the moment that I get an MLB.tv subscription that the Sox start slumping, 2-8 in the last 10.

    Bunks
  • yagryagr Veteran

    Was sent a writing prompt this morning...though it's likely more appropriately shared here rather than there.

    "Share a memory of noise..."

    Submitting to the symphonic stillness surrounding and embracing me, that which separated us receded until I became aware that I was stillness. There I remained until, from eternity’s periphery, cacophonous susurrations swarmed, laying siege to reality. With a fierce softness, primordial whispers surreptitiously penetrate the sublime silence. I sit, marveling in mourning, as the music is overcome by noise.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Very sibilant... and poetically expressive.

    yagr
  • yagryagr Veteran

    @federica said:
    Very sibilant...

    Heh, and they said I was alliterate... ;)

    Bunksfederica
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @yagr said:
    … I sit, marveling in mourning, as the music is overcome by noise.

    yagr
  • Well I was checking the recycling bin outside the office at work this afternoon when I spied a tiny indigenous recycler as I lifted the lid...A native cockroach

    It's a sunny winter's day insects are out and about...

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin1 - he’s kinda cute for a cockroach

    Shoshin1
  • start of rant

    I'm leaving Germany and I want to move to Canada. VISA paperwork sucks. Ahhhh!

    end of rant

    JeroenlobsterBunksShoshin1
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @コチシカ said:
    I'm leaving Germany and I want to move to Canada. VISA paperwork sucks. Ahhhh!

    What made you decide to leave Germany?

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @コチシカ said:
    start of rant

    I'm leaving Germany and I want to move to Canada. VISA paperwork sucks. Ahhhh!

    end of rant

    Ooooh! Will we see you on "Border Security - Canada's Front Line"...?!

    コチシカBunks
  • @federica "Definitively officer, those Zen books filled with heaps of cannabis are not mine!!!!!!!" Right now I'm thinking on a 12 month work / holiday VISA.
    @Kerome
    1. Work was getting a bit difficult unless your German is superb (C1-C2) or you have an IT / Engineer background. If not you are limited to Customer Service.

    1. Germans are not particularly warm and open.. perhaps I'm not being fair to them because I'm using my "Spanish standards" to compare... I made great acquiantances and friends in the last years here... and they were mostly foreigners. Only 1 was actually German and from Berlin...

    2. Berlin was fun when I was a bit younger and wilder, all this meditation has made me fond of solitude, reading and small gatherings. I blame NB and How for this (Haha).

    3. Rent was getting crazy expensive. I mean, I left Madrid because it was crazy expensive and now I get the same but with worse much more expensive groceries and harsher, colder weather. Nein danke!

    I will miss their forests though and all the friends I made here :( Sorry if it was too long.

    JeroenBunksShoshin1
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Canada is nice too, although I understand the rent in Vancouver is not much different from the rent in Berlin. Wishing you the best of luck on your travels!

    コチシカBunks
  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited August 12

    I have always been amazed that Victoria, as the governing center for British Columbia, has wide open empty streets by 8 o'clock at night. You can often stand on the centerline of a main street and not see another car for miles in either direction. The night life was at it's busiest last night at a local star watching park (no light pollution) where folks went to stand in silence & awe of a yearly meteoroid shower. Communal oohhs and auuhhhs were the only sounds to be heard in the darkness as each new flash of light streaked across the clear starry skies.

    @コチシカ
    While I wouldn't expect Victoria to be a very interesting place for the young at heart, my daughter, who has traveled the world pretty extensively, says that this stuffy British outpost while expensive, is one of the nicest places she's found to come home to.
    Of course, how we relate to the externals of where any of us call home are often more about how accepting we are of ourselves at any moment.

    コチシカBunksShoshin1
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @コチシカ, My step-son lives and works in Germany. He has exemplary qualifications in IT, and is actually sought after. He was head-hunted for his current position.
    I won't say much, but his temperament is ideally suited for Life in Germany. He fits in well. His Girlfriend is Ukranian. Let's just say I think he's punching above his weight. But he's attracted to powerful, successful intelligent women with an independent streak. Someone who can match his earning power.
    They'll go far, those two....

    Bunkslobster
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