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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 02:28 PM
it was the best of times, the worst of times........

as I lament on the year past, and glance forward to 2007 and beyond, i cannot help but think that this has been BY FAR, the most important year of my life for many, many, MANY reasons.thank you to all that played a part in that, a good part, or a bad part. i needed all of you!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE

i couldnt think of anywhere i would rather be than at the Fox in Atlanta for NYE with so many i have grown to love and respect, but i guess i can 'settle' on Mule at the Beacon with so many others i love and respect!

I love you guys.

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 02:36 PM
Making It a New Year


It is not strange to any of us though it is a kind of mystery that the New Year arrives at the darkest time in the seasonal cycle; a time when all of nature huddles together in the silence of anticipation and transformation. For so many it is a time of uncertainty, a time when once again we raise our voices in declaration determined to move beyond old choices toward a resolve to accomplish in the New Year what seemed so clear-cut last year only to fade into the mist of our excuses.
Every year we find ourselves standing at and nailing our petitions on the doorway to heaven, asking for a softer more permeable aliveness next year. When from the other side we hear the same response time and time again – “Learn to Love!”, “Learn to love yourself.”, “Learn to love each other.” Daring to be human again, vulnerable to the mystery of our existence, we make our way back into our daily lives.
The dictionary defines “New” as, “ other than the former or the old.”, “not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a New Year"; "the New World".


What we often refer to as New is really more of the same, when you consider how much things really do not really changed so much. Again I am remind and I remind you that, “The surest way to have your life go on the way it always has, is to keep doing it the way you have always done it!” We need to do it differently! We need a way, “other than the former or the old.”

The ‘truth” is by nature paradoxical in as much as it is “eternal”, and “always new”. It doesn’t matter when you apply it, whenever you do something “new” shows up. So here is an old truth for creating something new in your life. The Buddha taught a way-of-life that leads to cessation from all suffering. In the Fourth Noble Truth which the Buddhist hold as the solution to all suffering in the world, we find the first step toward cessation from all suffering to be: “Right Point of View” or “Right Understanding”. It goes that according to the way we view ourselves and the world we view around us, this point of view generates a cause that informs everything else in our life. What follows “Right Point of View” is “Right Thought”. Here the Buddha wasn’t the only one who has warned us that, “What so ever a man thinks so shall he be.” So if my view is off, my thoughts, (that place I dwell in most of the day), will be off. If my thoughts are off it snowballs from there all the way to the bottom of the hill where I find myself buried in an avalanche of worry, self- doubt, and suffering.

If I view the world and everyone who lives in it as “something apart from me”, as if I am separate from all the rest, I find myself dwelling thoughts, (which informs my feelings and emotions), of aloneness and a lifestyle dominated dominated by the "pursuit of happiness". I am always pursuing happiness, or at least my definition of happiness, chasingit , searching for it, craving it, rather than just being happy.

Now there's another matter that has to do with the Law of Attraction - “Whatever I dwell on I will attract more of that.” If you talk to most people and if they are willing to be honest, they will tell you that most of the time they are dwelling on the thought that “their lives lack something”. They are never satisfied that their life is complete as it is. Most peoples Point of View always has them convinced that happiness is always out there in some thing or someone other than themselves. What we always find ourselves with then is more of, “not enough”, “not good enough”, “always a day away”. However if I am “grateful” for the blessings in my life already, and my thoughts are about being grateful for the things I do have and the people in my life - I will attract more of that.

The ancestor of any New Year Resolution fulfilled or never fulfilled is one’s "Point of View". I’d like to suggest the following few New Year Resolutions that find their roots in what The Buddha called – Right Understanding or Right Point of View.



I am grateful for the life-force that runs through my body despite what I do to it. (You may even have a chronic or terminal illness; in that event consider those in life threatening situations at this moment.)
I am grateful that I have a home to live in and do not have to live in the street.
I am grateful that I can afford to feed myself and my children. (It may not be prime-rib, but consider the 4 million children in the United States who go to bed undernourished and hungry every day.)
I am grateful that I have someone who does care about me. (It may not be Mister Wonderful or Miss America, but consider those who have No One!)
I enjoy seeing those I love happy. (Enjoying others success and happiness this always attracts immeasurable joy and an abundance of success.)
I am grateful for nature, the great benefactor, and will do my utmost in the New Year to correct my complacency and the complacency of others in caring for her. (We all live on the same planet, If humans were to leave the planet tomorrow, all other life forms would not only thrive without us, but would most likely be better off. However if we keep loosing the many life-forms through Global Warming and the rape of the Natural World – WE WILL DIE!)
Despite its faults, I am grateful to live in a country where everyone else on the planet wants to come to. (Our Country is as good as we make it, “We the People”.)
I will never let him or her leave the house again without saying – I Love You!
When I wake up in the morning everyday of the New Year my first words will be, “Thank You!”
When I lay my head down to sleep every night of the New Year my last words will be, “Thank You!”

Happy New Year and Thank you for the one going by!

I Love you!

Remember – “Learn to Love.”, “Learn to Love Yourself.”, “Learn to Love Others.”.

That should keep you busy for at least The New Year.
- Seijaku Roshi

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 03:38 PM
Who is this??

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 03:40 PM
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Who is this??


whatchoo talking about derek?

me? him? her? you? Seijaku? he is the Roshi at the Zen Society.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 03:57 PM
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Now there's another matter that has to do with the Law of Attraction - “Whatever I dwell on I will attract more of that.” If you talk to most people and if they are willing to be honest, they will tell you that most of the time they are dwelling on the thought that “their lives lack something”. They are never satisfied that their life is complete as it is. Most peoples Point of View always has them convinced that happiness is always out there in some thing or someone other than themselves. What we always find ourselves with then is more of, “not enough”, “not good enough”, “always a day away”. However if I am “grateful” for the blessings in my life already, and my thoughts are about being grateful for the things I do have and the people in my life - I will attract more of that.


talk about simplicity not needing to be greased! *muwah* love ya bigD

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:03 PM
Love ya' back, Linnie!!

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:50 PM
I had a heart attack and my first and only grandson was born.

Even split.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:20 PM
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Now there's another matter that has to do with the Law of Attraction - “Whatever I dwell on I will attract more of that.” If you talk to most people and if they are willing to be honest, they will tell you that most of the time they are dwelling on the thought that “their lives lack something”. They are never satisfied that their life is complete as it is. Most peoples Point of View always has them convinced that happiness is always out there in some thing or someone other than themselves. What we always find ourselves with then is more of, “not enough”, “not good enough”, “always a day away”. However if I am “grateful” for the blessings in my life already, and my thoughts are about being grateful for the things I do have and the people in my life - I will attract more of that.


talk about simplicity not needing to be greased! *muwah* love ya bigD


Well, I sure do like that outlook Linnie. How do you turn off the "not enough, not good enough, never enough" voices, feelings and head toward a more positive approach? Serioulsy.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:23 PM
lower the contentment bar.

simplify.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:30 PM
Just live day to day and try not to die.. That works for me

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:33 PM
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thanks. my new sig.

too funny.

my "Moi"? sig was courtesy of the Sangster, time to refresh.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:35 PM
LMFAO

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:37 PM
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I can't stop laughing at this.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:40 PM
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I can't stop laughing at this.





Its been a pretty boring year for me, not much goin on.

Almost.... stagnant

Maybe its time to shake things up a bit in 07, take a few chances.

Cant move forward if you are standing still right?

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:41 PM
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I had a heart attack and my first and only grandson was born.

Even split.


Me too!

Without the heart attack.

I win.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:43 PM
Ooopsss.

Christopher was born Aug. 05.

Nevermind.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:47 PM
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Me too!

Without the heart attack.

I win.


stay in good health, brother.

gotta take that boy huntin'.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 10:52 AM
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Well, I sure do like that outlook Linnie. How do you turn off the "not enough, not good enough, never enough" voices, feelings and head toward a more positive approach? Serioulsy.


stay in the moment. if you look just at this moment, you realize that the past is just a memory and the future doesnt exist, so all we really, really, REALLY have is this moment. and i chose to make this moment a positive one. whatever seeds you plant will grow. i chose to plant the seeds of contentment.

i also tend to question anything that i think "will make me happy". because, far too often, it doesnt. then i want more and more. and in effect, it cheapens whatever once passed for happy with me. One of the overwhelming internal forces that largely drive humanity could be boiled down to desire. Virtually everything people do can be reduced to this impulse.

one example, and i'll shut up........i stopped saying "i'll be happy when.....(this happens, that happens, i lose 10 poudns.)". I realized if that is the case, i'll NEVER be happy.

so eff it, i could be doing ALOT better, but for now, i'm OK!

(climbing down from the mountain.......its easy to be a holy man on a mountain, you know?)

[Edited on 12/28/2006 by LinnieXX]

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 10:57 AM
Happiness is relative to circumstances. A lesson in futility.

Joy can be a constant if one allows it. Big difference.

good post Linnie. Right on the money.

 

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Well, I sure do like that outlook Linnie. How do you turn off the "not enough, not good enough, never enough" voices, feelings and head toward a more positive approach? Serioulsy.


stay in the moment. if you look just at this moment, you realize that the past is just a memory and the future doesnt exist, so all we really, really, REALLY have is this moment. and i chose to make this moment a positive one. whatever seeds you plant will grow. i chose to plant the seeds of contentment.

i also tend to question anything that i think "will make me happy". because, far too often, it doesnt. then i want more and more. and in effect, it cheapens whatever once passed for happy with me. One of the overwhelming internal forces that largely drive humanity could be boiled down to desire. Virtually everything people do can be reduced to this impulse.

one example, and i'll shut up........i stopped saying "i'll be happy when.....(this happens, that happens, i lose 10 poudns.)". I realized if that is the case, i'll NEVER be happy.

so eff it, i could be doing ALOT better, but for now, i'm OK!

(climbing down from the mountain.......its easy to be a holy man on a mountain, you know?)

[Edited on 12/28/2006 by LinnieXX]


No truer words could be spoken about happiness and contentment. I find that I tend to do that when I want to buy something for myself. Once I have it, will it make me content? Most of the time, the answer is "no, not really".
Experiences rather than things make me most happy and content.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 02:11 PM
love ya sue! congrats on the wedding sister! yahooooo!

i'm notorious at stores, whenever i go to buy something i can just about always talk myself out of it.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 02:31 PM
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How do you turn off the "not enough, not good enough, never enough" voices, feelings and head toward a more positive approach? Serioulsy.

It's actually sort of easy for guys like you and me, Ed. Look at what you have from just a people point of view, and you'll be there.
I had a moment like this just last night. I was sitting on my couch reading a book, some really nice jazz playing, my kids playing together, my wife knitting next to me, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. This is what my life is for. Brought tears to my eyes. Life is beautiful, and it has nothing to do with the money and cars, etc...

I gotta go pick up my Mercedes at the dealership now. Just kidding!

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 02:34 PM
life is surely in the details.

brendan will i see you at the muleyear?

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 02:46 PM
its a good omen when ottie and i agree! yahoooo 2007!!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 02:54 PM
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brendan will i see you at the muleyear?

I'm afraid not. Gonna spend it with the extended family, here on the Shore.
You enjoy though. Say hi to Warren for me.

 

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