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by goldenbirdies
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you think Eckhart Tolle will react if...
Replies: 13
Views: 415

Re: How do you think Eckhart Tolle will react if...

Yes, the thing is that when you defend yourself, you cannot just block the hits with your hands and stay there, you still get hurt, proper defence includes and requires attack, . Are there not some martial arts that are purely defensive, letting the aggressor burn themselves out by deflecting their...
by goldenbirdies
Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bad Day...
Replies: 14
Views: 484

Re: Bad Day...

Don't fight the negativity, accept it and live it!

I remember reading a book on watercolour painting in which I remember the line "if your painting is a failure, make it a glorious failure!"

Acceptance of the bad day or week should go some way towards finding inner peace...
by goldenbirdies
Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do people really suffer?
Replies: 25
Views: 766

Re: Do people really suffer?

Hand wrote:There is no suffering....unless you think things should be different than they are.
There is so much in this one line...............(the one above, I mean!)
by goldenbirdies
Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Exercise and Presence
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: Exercise and Presence

Onceler wrote: So many times when I am out running I see something, a tree, a leaf, a sunset, a sun flourish on the water, that stops my mind and opens me up to deep awareness.
Well put. The sun flourish on the water does it every time...! Sun on a winter landscape, that's another one...
by goldenbirdies
Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Exercise and Presence
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: Exercise and Presence

Good idea to have a separate thread for this. I agree that running (and other aerobic exercises) is not only revitalising, but does help to clear the mind - a step closer to presence, if not presence itself... I do between 1 and 3 miles every morning. Picking a scenic route (eg:along the riverside) ...
by goldenbirdies
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?

I also feel that exercise helps to get you out of your mind and into your body consciously; how could it not? And anything that reduces thought is helpful in becoming more consciously present. Fully agree with this. Running round the snow covered park in recent mornings has enhanced this effect fur...
by goldenbirdies
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Focus your attention on the Now...
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Focus your attention on the Now...

And... if you are having, for example, a stomach ache, does the focussing on the now reduce/dissolves the problem of having pain? Or maibe the pain is not "considered" anymore as a "problem? However, you still ache... An analogy may help. Sleep may not be the same thing as being in the Now; however...
by goldenbirdies
Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Night out with work colleagues
Replies: 12
Views: 297

Re: Night out with work colleagues

18andlife wrote:I suspected that karma would be considered a dirty word here, .
Why ?
by goldenbirdies
Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Night out with work colleagues
Replies: 12
Views: 297

Re: Night out with work colleagues

Go, have one drink and leave after ten or fifteen minutes. Everyone will remember you showed up, then they will get drunk and not remember when you left. Party-pooper image will not occur. Developing this theme further, don't go, then tell them you did go, and if they were drunk they won't know the...
by goldenbirdies
Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet the natives--perspectives from simplicity
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Meet the natives--perspectives from simplicity

Now, just think what would happen to that homeless man if he knew his True Identity? He would be relased from the image he has of himself and he would be open to the Infinite Possibilites and Free from the 'concepts' he has concretized about 'who he is'----He would Be LIfted Up and Rejoicing in His...
by goldenbirdies
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?

Try running, preferably barefoot (search Chris Mcdougall). The intense need for oxygen and a habit that limits your oxygen cannot coexist. It takes about 6 weeks to build new neurons through exercise that are resistant to stress. Believe it or not, I've been running every day for the last 25 years ...
by goldenbirdies
Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Once awakened, nothing to do
Replies: 19
Views: 512

Re: Once awakened, nothing to do

I do enjoy being at the present moment and doing simple things in life, but I feel I came here for something more than just washing dishes. How about bleaching the sink ? :lol: A re-orienting of activities is likely, it doesn't have to be as simple as washing dishes, but it can be. In my own experi...
by goldenbirdies
Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Once awakened, nothing to do
Replies: 19
Views: 512

Re: Once awakened, nothing to do

There is an ancient set of pointers from the Zen tradition: The ten bulls of Zen 1. In Search of the Bull (aimless searching, only the sound of cicadas) 2. Discovery of the Footprints (a path to follow) 3. Perceiving the Bull (but only its rear, not its head) 4. Catching the Bull (a great struggle,...
by goldenbirdies
Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?

Thanks for all your responses - plenty there that will help...

David
by goldenbirdies
Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

To Smoke or Not to Smoke ?

Hi I have been dabbling with Eckhart and also one or two Buddhist / Zen books for a couple of years now, and occasionally believing I'm getting glimpses of "Being". An immediate practical issue I face is how hard to "beat myself up" for failing (so far) to stop my 10 a day cigarette habit. One voice...