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A Lever, and a Place to Stand

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Apr. 28th, 2004 | 03:20 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: The Polyphonic Spree - It's the Sun

I can't speak for anyone else, but I gained a lot of breathing room and happiness when I stopped fighting and embraced my "weaknesses" as part of my identity, and directed my energies more into creating workarounds that were compatible with that identity.

Aikido and Taoism have taught me a lot about the power of harmonizing with the momentum of what is around you and within you and selectively adding to or redirecting that.

Both also emphasize being centered and grounded; having a place to stand, with a relaxed -- even amused -- but alert mentality.

That said, training and discipline are clearly useful, when that they allow you to take "right actions" without spending mental energy. I suspect that each person differs in which patterns can be trained -- delegated -- into the subconsious level, and which things will always require conscious effort.

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from: webnesto
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Both also emphasize being centered and grounded; having a place to stand, with a relaxed -- even amused -- but alert mentality.

And Buddhism is teaching me that there is no where to stand and that there never was.

;)

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Triple Entendre

Your head is there to move you around

from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
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I have some more playing to do before I take the sandbox away. ;-)

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 29th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
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Oh yah? Well, Buddhism is teaching me that there is no me and nothing to teach. So there!

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 29th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
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atheism has taught me that we create our own world from the big, black beautiful void.

-kim

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
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but but but...
what if "training and discipline" are "somebody's" weaknesses? not "moi" of course, but but but ... "somebody's"
?
how around that?

:)

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
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and its really 5:01 pm and not 9:03 pm. i am disciplined enough to be able to tell the time and know when numbers aren't right. :)

and i'm not anonymous. nor am i a spam robot.

i'm an amy not from round these parts.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
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i mean 9:06. not 9:03. :)

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dr. pangloss

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from: denshi
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
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You're anonymous *and* confused.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
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its hard not to be these days.

but ... it's getting easier with each step.... and

"i have to admit its getting betta
a little betta all tha time..."

:)

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Triple Entendre

It's you! ... All your base are belong to us....

from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Since you deleted your journal, you come to us with even less context than before. ;-)

I don't think I mentioned it to you before, but the habit of replying to yourself more than once is... a little unsettling.

Anyway, hello again, and welcome. :)

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Re: It's you! ... All your base are belong to us....

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
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"all your base are belong to us"
?
translation?

i'm slow in such matters.

and i only "deleted" the journal as I thought I should edit it and put it through some extensive revision. separate the wheat from the whatever-you-call-it. but i found that you can't can't make it private all at once but must plod though one entry at a time and seeing as there are close to 5000 entries the task overwhelmed my psyche.

so i delete it and then undelete it again (within the 30 days) and immediately delete it. until i figure out how to save it or download it to edit it so i can put it up again fresh and new and EDITED. it kinda got a hold of me. ;)

but i don't know nothin' bout this techtar stuff so my journal is in limbo purgatory until i figure this one out or someone's nice enough to help me who knows about such matters :) - which is no one round these here parts :(.

....

however, if i never figure it out and it just has to be deleted i guess that shall be the case.

but i always have hope. :)

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Triple Entendre

Re: It's you! ... All your base are belong to us....

from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 29th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
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About making a backup of one's journal: I have had some success using a tool made by orona_red, found here:

http://ljbackup.yamnet.co.uk/

(Here's an announcement of it:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/lj_nifty/103767.html)

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Re: It's you! ... All your base are belong to us....

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 29th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
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thank you for the suggestion.

pay no mind to the responses to my responses. it's intended for "humor" - but without a context its easy to misunderstand - as i'm finding many things are. :)

good luck, trip. :)

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Then... I'd say the same principles would apply, but that that somebody might benefit from having a coach to help focus on that training, or to pull them away from it, depending on what we mean by "weakness". :)

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well, thank you for remembering me.

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
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now that's an idea I happen to be working on as we speak, a life coach and guide, a meeting with my advisor, and a healer. three, though not three in one. a triad. :) starting tomorrow.

let the healing complete itself...

i've come this far... and now that's far...
and am envisioning a happy future ahead for EVERYBODY!!!!

but that starts here inside me. (well, inside everybody.)
hope yawl are doing well out there. :)

peace.

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Cherry Pie Girl

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from: comodulate
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
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could you please call me
619-7056

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from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Just tried and found my phone is out. So I tried from another phone but got no answer. email me?

triple_entendre@livejournal.com

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renaissance_wmn

AIKIDO RAWKS!!!

from: renaissance_wmn
date: Apr. 28th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
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That is so cool. I didn't even know you were into Aikido.

My daughter and I used to study it when we lived in Granbury. I want to get back into it, but I'm not quite ready yet (long story).

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