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    One of my cats and some plants enjoying some sunshine before the clouds return!
    (sorry the quality isn't better...I was working with an old ipad!)

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    Sometimes I get strange deja vu with flashes of this octagonal postal kiosk that used to be near me as a child...
    they aren't memories of me as a child, but rather bits and pieces of what seems like dreams I had forgotten....weird.​
     
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    A very dear friend of mine just lost his Mother suddenly...if anyone can spare a prayer for him and his family, it would be much appreciated.
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    (One of my boys, Dandy Lion having some sips...)
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    Willingly my friend. It's hard when it's sudden - a close friend of my fathers died like that, suddenly and unexpectedly, many years ago, and his family were pretty shaken up by it. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks John...:hug:

    It's very much appreciated.
    He's hanging in there...but stability can be a fragile thing during such times.
    Thank you for your love to someone you don't know.
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    A few new takes and thoughts on the "afterlife".
    Enjoy!

    Thoughts?


    Another Way of Looking at Life After Death

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    Being curious animals, we like to speculate on what happens after we die.
    There are several ways people try to answer this intriguing question.

    Some educated people (and that is a lot of people) nix the question, won’t talk about it.
    Annihilation at death is a foregone conclusion.

    In contrast, some educated and a lot of uneducated people belong to faith traditions that firm up their belief in an afterlife.

    Then there’s a tiny minority of individuals that try to use rational methods to determine whether our consciousness goes on after death.
    The method here is to collect stories that lead one to infer that somebody’s mind survived bodily death—tales of reincarnation, mediumship, apparitions, near-death experiences, and so forth.

    The philosophical approach is another way to tackle the mystery.
    Now you reflect on the nature of your mind and come to realize something quite shocking—it is not made of the same stuff as your body.

    It has no spatially divided parts, it’s invisible to everybody but you, it’s not extended in space—so where is it?
    Unlike our brains, our minds seem to be nowhere in physical space.

    Plato’s dialogue on the death of Socrates has such an argument.
    Soul, mind, consciousness—these are not in physical space, unlike our physical bodies.

    Physical bodies have parts, are complex, and can, and do, fall apart, disintegrate, die.
    But simple substances cannot and are therefore immortal.

    Plato thought the soul was a simple substance and therefore immortal.
    You can’t slice up your soul or mind the way you can a nice Genoa salami.

    Now to my new way of looking at life after death.
    The idea about the afterworld I’m drawn to is simple and direct: Just go there.

    Let me explain.
    What is it that might survive death?

    Clearly, not our bodies; what survives, if anything, is our minds.

    So, in fact, we don’t go anywhere; we’re there already.
    To the extent that we are at all we are in and through our minds.

    We are, after all, in a clear sense, nothing more than our experiences, and the essence of experience is mental.
    What we can do is go more deeply into our mental life.

    The next world is not “somewhere else.”
    If it is anywhere it must be hidden in ourselves, part of our subterranean mental life that we normally are not aware of.

    No use blaming ourselves for not having a strong sense of our inner life.
    Today’s obsessive capitalist ethos is designed to capture, keep, and control our consciousness.

    What distracts us from our hidden depths is being entangled with a body in a physical world.
    It—our hungry, needy, exposed bodies- makes great demands on our attention, and eat up our consciousness.

    Our ability to explore our inner landscapes—and gain a glimpse, a taste, a sense of the immortality—is hampered by the distracting pull and noise of the external world.

    The new way to see life after death is to experience ourselves in a state in which the ego dissolves completely, and awareness of pure timeless consciousness becomes luminously self-evident.

    There are many written accounts of these experiences.
    People just wake up to the full reality of their own immortality.

    The truth is right before us in our consciousness.
    Every glance at the world contains it, every heartbeat repeats it; it’s a question of seeing, feeling, being it.

    We end with a paradox.
    Enlightenment is very far from us and very close to us.

    In my account, enlightenment of this is possible, and happens all the time.
    There are ways to experiment, ways to discover and realize that we are already present to and within sight of the “next” world.

    It turns out that “next” means an extension of now.
     
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    I forgot to say "Happy 6 Years" of this damn thread on Nov 15th!
    That is crazy.

    Thank you everyone who has read any of it!
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    congrats Skarekrow.!
     
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    I'll take some and post them up later.
    Nice to see you around!
    Hope all is well.
     
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    Very interesting article. I found myself in broad agreement with the direction - I think that the trouble is people don't look inside, and when they do they don't know how to look properly. It seems to take some kind of traumatic experience that shakes us from our everyday viewpoint before many of us can see things from a perspective that shows us what he's talking about - whether it's a mystical shock, or a near death experience or some kind of psi event. Zen has it's own lovely stories about generating that kind of a shock.

    Of course when people just take it for granted that the world is as they see it, and that's all there is, then they have no motive to go looking, and even if they do it's half-hearted - but faint heart never won this sort of fair lady.
     
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    Always put so beautifully John.
    I agree too that people don't know how to look inward properly...there are lots of preconceived notions people have I think about what they will find.
    Too few take time to try and clear the emotional baggage imho...because it's not pleasant to do so...but they still want the results they would find if they didn't try and skip ahead...too much want for immediate gratification!
    lol
    It is not for the faint of heart - 100% agree. :)
    Then there are some who genuinely try (not by non-striving hahaha), to find that inward place and never can seem to find it.
    I counted myself in that group until a few years back.

    Do you know any such Zen stories of generating that kind of shock, I'm all ears (eyes)!

    Have a good one John, much love!
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    Here are those pictures of the kitchen and backsplash.
    We just redid it about 6 months ago...painted the cabinets and added the handles.
    The walls in the main area and kitchen are actually a very light pink, including the ceilings and window trim.
    So the backsplash was an easy choice.
    I find the color to be warm, our floors are already white planks so in the darker/rainy months it brightens it up.
    It also went well with the dark brown counters and the green cabinets...the other pictures are of the now finished double doors we installed, repainted, and added handles to.
    This leads into the music room where Sensiko keeps her piano and concert harp (and lots of other instruments!).
    I'll have to get her permission on the release of any pictures taken in there first, haha, but it turned out really amazing - it's a very dark blue and white with all kinds of fancy trim-work we did.
    Anyhow...there is also some updated pictures of the library shelves we also recently put in now being fully utilized!

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