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  1. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    I have not previously come across this writer but a little research has me intrigued. She is now on my ridiculously long reading list. Thanks Sketch
  2. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    I am really enjoying this at the moment.
  3. What are you listening to?

    Rest in Peace.
  4. Life Changing Books

    I enjoyed the Castaneda books. I am not familiar with the others.
  5. What are you listening to?

    @Zorro Dantes Two of the best music videos that I have ever seen. Thanks for posting.
  6. What are you listening to?

    I love to listen to this now and again. Just to remember when I started to live.
  7. What are you listening to?

    This always sends a shiver down my spine.
  8. What is Fear?

    You might ask what is to not be afraid? As a young man my grandfather worked with a number of First World War veterans and therefore heard some pretty horrible stories. He was in conversation with one of these men and made some remark about the difficulty of coping with extreme fear. The man told him that he had gone through the whole war as a front line soldier but had never really felt true fear. He "just got on with it". He told how he returned home, without a scratch, and resumed work. One day he was walking through a long unlit rail tunnel, when he tripped over what turned out to be a sack of vegetables. He said that he was there in the dark and was suddenly back between the trenches and the sack was a body. He said that he was too scared to move for some time literally paralyzed with fear. When he could move he ran, just kept running until he could go no more. So whatever fear is, it is not necessarily a passing moment.
  9. Meditation Mystery

    Very true I believe. I am far from a beginner, but at what point do we stop being beginners, if we ever do?
  10. Meditation Mystery

    Thank you @dwai I feel that this is good advice. When it happened I was away for two weeks. This involved both study and social/community activities. Pretty busy and things can get pushed aside. Lately though it keeps coming to mind.
  11. Meditation Mystery

    You are so right. The thing is so odd because I have a very good memory for words. This was also something that I had found to be striking and had made a point of memorizing it. I am sure this was no ordinary memory lapse.
  12. Meditation Mystery

    I have tried this quite a few times over the years and the result was usually good. As time goes by the effect seems weaker. When writing the post I did find myself smiling, the recollection then was quite strong.