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Old 09-08-2015, 10:17 AM
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Hi JR. I'm a Veteran in response to your question. I was in the US Air Force in 1969 and spent 3 years in the Far East.

I'm in the library down the street from my house. It's Brain's fault. He told me to go read a book entitled"Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Cabot-Zinn. I've read it before some years ago, but decided it was worth another read-so I'm sitting here reading the book and looking at the woods behind tha library.

I'm glad Brain suggested it.
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:25 PM
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I've probably said this before but thanks for your service Vet

Hope you enjoyed the library
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:34 PM
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Thank you for your kindness Dee. There are probably a lot of us in SR.

The book that Brain recommended to me, Full Catastrophe Living, would be good for everyone in the group. I read it a few years ago. It's good the second time around.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:10 PM
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I'd bet that there are a lot of vets in SR, Vet. So, anything come out of your reading today? Sometimes there are nuggets.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:44 PM
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Been working too much. Reading a lot. Got sick...

Doing Kevin Griffin's Buddhism and the Twelve Steps workbook. Interesting stuff.

Tired...

Night night.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:03 AM
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I'd bet that there are a lot of vets in SR, Vet. So, anything come out of your reading today? Sometimes there are nuggets.
Didn't get as far into it as I wanted. However, Mindfulness is about clearing out or breaking free from the chaos that inhabits our mind in this increasingly chaotic world. We all have many scripts running in our heads competing for the energy of our soul. Mindfulness helps us focus on the moment we're in and break free of the negative energy that makes us feel anxious and afraid. You can focus on your breath and when the negative scripts try to intrude you gently release them and return to the breath. You can practice for any amount of time - 10 minutes, 3p, an hour - whatever. There's much more to it. I'm just getting back into it. I'm sure Zero and Brain can provide some insight.
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Old 09-09-2015, 05:09 PM
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I've had to turn lights on in the house as I make dinner. And it's not even 8 o'clock, and still daylight savings. Dang! Got a hydraulic wood splitter today, and spent about 3 hours splitting some elm that had died on a fence line. Some of the logs were pretty large, and there was quite a bit of grunting going on. My back held out. But my energy tanked, and I spent the afternoon sprawled on a couch on the porch reading the Atlantic. Some pieces on political correctness in University culture. New words for me: microagressions. trigger warnings. Tough work teaching college these days, I think.
Oh. Also read the wikipedia entry on Chogyam trungpa rinpoche. Crazy stuff. Surprised nobody's made a movie on him.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:08 AM
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Read some fascinating material on Trungpa. Extrordinary man. Still reading my book and working on Mindfulness. Give me some tips Zerothehero.

Off to work in the dark early morning rain.
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:25 PM
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Early Morning Rain
By Gordon Lightfoot

In the early mornin' rain
With a dollar in my hand
And an aching in my heart
And my pockets full of sand
I'm a long ways from home
And I missed my loved one so
In the early mornin' rain
With no place to go

Out on runway number nine
Big seven o seven set to go
Well I'm out here on the grass
Where the pavement never grows
Where the liquor tasted good
And the women all were fast
There she goes my friend
She's rolling out at last

Hear the mighty engines roar
See the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound
For above the clouds she flies
Where the mornin' rain don't fall
And the sun always shines
She'll be flying over my home
In about three hours time

This ol' airport's got me down
It's no earthly good to me
Cause I'm stuck here on the ground
Cold and drunk as I might be
Can't jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:36 PM
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Movie about Chogyam Trungpa on netflix: Home | Crazy Wisdom I actually knew some of the folks in the movie credits back in the 80's. Of course, back then I was more interested in trippin' balls than meditating or getting drunk. The film clarified a few garbled memories for me.

I don't know what kind of tips you're looking for, Vet, but I can tell you the main thing I learned at my Level 1 Shambhala training was that I had been trying too hard. They take a gentle approach. A middle way between attempting to concentrate on the breathe and letting the mind wander so you can observe your thought patterns, obsessions, delusions, etc... I had it in my head that meditation is best when the language stops, but that's really not the point (though it is fascinating).

Sounds like you guys do some hard work around the house. I'm working up to it and trying not to hurt myself. Plums are ripe and did pick a bunch off my dying trees, then ate just enough to make my morning constitutional both cacophonous and cathartic. Freakin' love that...
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:59 PM
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How well I remember Gordon Lightfoot Zero. Must have sung that song a hundred times - much to the distress of my companions.
The mindfulness technique you described is what I'm doing. It's a good place to start.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:19 PM
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Zero: "....both cacophonous and cathartic". My kids would love you. And grandkids. Very much into fart humour. Grandson has half a dozen fart books: press a button, and listen to ...an elephant fart. some echoing alpine mountain goat fart. etc.
Always a big fan of Lightfoot. He was alcoholic, by the way. Getting quieter as he gets older. A few health scares. Still working though, I think. His song Sundown was popular on the jukebox in a little bar I liked in Wailuku Maui, one winter I spent there. That song still brings part of me right back to that time. Music really can record nuances of personal history.
Why were you heading off to work so early in the morning, Vet? You posted at 4 a.m.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:32 PM
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And...do you still sing, Vet?
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:50 AM
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And...do you still sing, Vet?
No, the critics have silenced me.
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I head in early to beat the traffic. The gym opens at six and I work out. Sometimes I meditate for a while before the gym.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:23 PM
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I could never have meditated at 6am back in my drinking days. Now it's most days, or at least before work during the week. It's time I got in physical shape, though. Walking more and doing planks and some floor exercises after meditation in the morning. Hard to get up before 5:30am, though. Can't sleep usually until after 9pm and I need my eight hours. Good thing is it takes me five minutes to get to work.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:36 AM
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hello everyone...
Vet I'm glad you are getting into the mindfulness practice...
last night as I was lying in bed I concentrated on a pain in my side and it went away from just the focused breathing...
been quite busy taking care of things around here... and refocusing my energy...
I got a lot of stuff taking up a parking space in the garage and I need to get it out soon, repair a crack in the garage floor that needs to be done before winter arrives and much much more...
spending a lot more time practicing on the mando - thanks Dee...

a couple weeks ago I found myself angry at the world for some reason... I needed to take a step back and reset. Been hiking with my wife and getting into a routine since she started working afternoons... I get a ton more done when she isn't around... and I have many tons of things to do...
since I relocated my sister's stuff to here I realize what a chore it has become to just sift through the stuff and get it valued...
plus all the junk I have 'collecting' over the years... It's become a full time job.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:52 AM
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I hear you. We have a carriage house packed with crap. I want the house to sell, but if it does I'll panic. We've been here more that fifteen years now, longer than I've ever lived in one place. It will be quite a process. On top of that I'm considering taking on additional responsibilities at work. The extra $6000 a year for three years would mean an extra $4500 a year in retirement. Something to consider. Speaking of work, I gotta run over there and make up for being sick all week...
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:31 AM
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Dog attacked skunk Wednesday. Skunk lost, though he had some unkind departing words for the dog. Rain today = wet fur = re emergence of skunk's parting shot.
Elderly cat, with an affinity for Iranian carpets, has become kind of incontinent; which has predictable results if we forget to put him out at night.
Like last night, for example.
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Old 09-12-2015, 10:19 AM
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Glad to see you back Brain. Sounds like you've been busy. Trying to get in 40 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day It's difficult but I want to stay with it. I don't have all the junk to get rid of that you guys do. We got rid of a lot during the house rehabilitation this summer. My wife is going through a lot of old documents in the office that we can toss. It's amazing what you can accumulate over the years. At some level we're all packrats. Rainy weekend here in the DC area. Good for reading and meditation. We went to the gym this morning and I had a good workout with the weights.
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