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  1. What made YOU laugh today/tonight ?

    Thanks for the belly laugh mate.... it's been too long since I laughed out of shear horror!
  2. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    This thought rang through mind like a bell, upon waking this morning. "It doesn't matter how sensitive your nose is... if you only breath through your mouth."
  3. What are you listening to?

    I love listening to two guitars have a conversation...
  4. Sumer: the "black-headed" vs. the "red-faced"

    Wow... what a dream indeed! The implications of this machine... utterly stunning! Particularly when seen as a metaphor for human assumptions, dogma and systemic thinking divorced from presence, attentive interactive awareness and intuition. I can't seem to escape the 'truth by consensus' dogma which to me is little more than 'mental mob violence' that litters our mental landscape and disquises itself and is presented as 'unquestionable truths' due to the shear number of folks repeating it, no matter how mindlessly... the rule of truth by repitition and consensus is mental violence to me, and no matter where I turn it seems lately... I encounter it. And the process of attempting to weed it out or induce malleability of it in my own mental process has been decidedly unpleasant, almost unchangeable in some aspects, (like that final gear) yet I am compelled to press on, for the other option is untenable. The implications of that final gear, the horrifying and clearly exemplified notion of 'all this business of work work work and what does it accomplish? Work for the sake of work work work, because that's the consensus reinforced in nearly every aspect of human 'civilized' dogmatic thinking. Concrete or no concrete, that final gear represents a manner of interacting with the world through senses and mentation that is beyond change... horrifying stuff to this intrepid explorer... demoralizing to think this is the progression and structure of our collective minds. And it poignantly re-minds me of one of my biggest fears over what assumptions lie beneath the threshold of my awareness... these are the most terrifying for me lately. These are the implication of the final gear, connected to the rest of life, connected to the bustle and ceaseless pursuits and business of life, yet effectively utterly unmoved by any practical application. Stunning and horrifying. Thanks for sharing Taomeow... this one really rang the bell.
  5. Daoist Dieta

    I'm compelled to chime in on the blood type diet. My wife picked up a book about it years and years ago. I was highly skeptical when she described it to me. I read the book in spite of my skepticism, was subsequently impressed by what I read and tried it out. Turns out it was very beneficial to me and I incorporated it into my regular diet. Now I highly recommend it. Love how that works out sometimes.
  6. How to be on topic?

    Must have been thinking about this in sleep. Woke @ 3am with this thought ringing in mind: It doesn't matter how sensitive your nose is... if you only breath through your mouth.
  7. The spirituality of Mr. Rogers

    “Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're "equally infinite." Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.” ― Fred Rogers “A young apprentice applied to a master carpenter for a job. The older man asked him, "Do you know your trade?" "Yes, sir!" the young man replied proudly. "Have you ever made a mistake?" the older man inquired. "No, sir!" the young man answered, feeling certain he would get the job. "Then there's no way I'm going to hire you," said the master carpenter, "because when you make one, you won't know how to fix it.” Fred Rogers “Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It's something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength with other words—like 'aggression' and even 'violence'. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that a human being can possess.” Fred Rogers "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world." "A high school student wrote to ask, 'What was the greatest event in American history?' I can't say. However, I suspect that like so many 'great' events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important 'great' things are never center stage of life's dramas; they're always 'in the wings.' That's why it's so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial."
  8. The spirituality of Mr. Rogers

    His show went National in 1968, but it debuted in Pittsburgh in 1962. He was envisioning it and working on it before that time. He personally recruited the cast and crew and sought out guests himself. It ran daily and new episodes were filmed until 2001. It continued to be shown daily until 2008. In several markets it ran twice a day.
  9. What are you listening to?

    More by Kikagaku Moyo... current flavor of the month.
  10. Jesus from Siberia

    Samaritan: "I'm Brian!" Other Samaritan: "I'm Brian!" Yet another Samaritan: "NO I'M BRIAN!!! AND SO'S MY WIFE!"
  11. The spirituality of Mr. Rogers

    @Jim D. The 20 Million was not granted to Fred Rogers. It was the funding required to keep PBS going nationwide. Fred appeared before Senators defending the entire PBS system not his own personal show, in six minutes he secured funding for the entire National Program which was targeted by Nixon for budget cuts and dismantling.
  12. How do I get rid of these sensations?

    I have zero issues with anyone ending their life in the manner and time of their choosing. It's their life. Their option. My dear friend and boss recently revealed he was suicidal. My wife hovered in and out of suicidal tendencies for three years, quite recently. It will very likely be the manner of my own passing when I follow the tide I sense will eventually rise. Yet to assume anyone ever possesses the inside route into another's mind's motives and can know utterly and truly the manner in which to assuage, or lessen another's suffering, or can cause or prevent right action, or even can know what right action is... is a mighty mantle to pick up. Too mighty for me any way. The best I have been able to manage is to try and foster a connection. It is of course an absolute self governing right to voluntarily end one's own life. But in my own experience what moved my hand and the blade away from ending my life on three occasions was connection. That revealed an insight, that I was about to take a permanent action, in the midst of a temporary feeling. Love can sometimes express itself as care, nurturing and penetrating kindness, while it's flip side can express as rage, jealousy and extreme possessiveness. Love is at times, too much to bear in the fragility of suicidal tendencies... it was love and the pain I felt from that love, that caused me to reach for the knife on those three occasions. Connection is simpler and at times, more powerful and impacting than love even, for me. Simple wordless presence can speak volumes beyond any lecture, cajoling, assuaging, massaging or soothing. All depends on the conditions and the conditions it seems, are always moving. Nouns no longer exist for me. All of life is flowing, moving. We are all of us, verbs.
  13. The spirituality of Mr. Rogers

    I find it interesting to learn Fred was an ordained minister. I never once have heard him reference a God of any kind in his show. From the little I've read and heard, he studied early childhood development and music theory in college. Forseeing the inevitable impact television would have on the minds of the very young, he was very motivated to create something on television for the minds of the very young. A place of acceptance, imagination and particularly a place to think and talk about feelings. I no longer think children have it easier than adults. They experience all the emotions adults do, with little to no context, often no explanation and with less control over their daily lives. This drove him to conceive of a show and enlist the aid of a small crew. Fred conceived the characters, wrote the scripts, the music and the lyrics and performed the voices of the puppets. He created a television Neighborhood, that all children watching could belong to and could feel safe in and have fun exploring in... to me, it was and is an endearing, dedicated study and gift of attention, care and loving kindness in a sea of sensationalism, sexual enticement and violent threat. for @Everything
  14. The Soft Power of Totoro