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Postby JR8 » Thu, 01 May 2014 12:58 pm

nanana wrote:
JR8 wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBFRRLuoM5k
It Ain't Half Hot Mum


Thought I was watching MASH, Brit version.



Yes well, but MASH tried to offer up moral/political issues, almost as crass a 'Call of duty'.

IAHM was a true comedy and self-parody, that you're simply meant to laugh along with ...

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 02 May 2014 2:04 am

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earthfriendly wrote:I have dabbled with meditation for over two decades. Without much success. I refuse to give up and am now able to benefit from it. It is life-changing.

Good to hear, details would help.

So what happened and how? Did you have some kind of epiphany? Is it TM or another kind of meditation?


It is a process. And a combination of forces in my own life. Not just one thing, although having the ability to meditate is a quantum (just bought some "Quantum" Duracell batteries and thought I should throw in this term as it sounds futuristic :mrgreen:) leap. During meditation, I would focus my attention on the path of my breath, following my breath as I inhale, how the air fills up my lung, and thru my abdomen and the passage it takes as I exhale. I am not sure what this kind of meditation is called.

And when I find it too hard to follow the instructions of guided meditation, I just do my own thing and this breathing exercise is what works for me. Even when I am not following the instructor's way of meditating, I still benefit from being in the company of others. Being in a group keeps me motivated. Not always possible to find fellow meditators but lately I have been lucky. After one studio shut down, another door open and I was able to find another avenue.

There are phone apps and lots of info on the internet. I have to keep trying all the different methods before I find one that works for me. Oprah and Deepak have this free event that you can try at home. This one will end soon but they will probably have more in the future. I did it once. Not bad lah. It is a good starting point.

https://chopracentermeditation.com/

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 02 May 2014 10:06 am

earthfriendly wrote:There are phone apps and lots of info on the internet. I have to keep trying all the different methods before I find one that works for me. Oprah and Deepak have this free event that you can try at home. This one will end soon but they will probably have more in the future. I did it once. Not bad lah. It is a good starting point.

https://chopracentermeditation.com/



Hahaha! 'Deepak and Oprah', leading you on the path to enlightenment, and personal inner-riches. And, check this, you can meditate via your phone for just $49.99 for two weeks (no refunds), if you apply within the next 30 minutes!

Ah, yes, you really can buy inner-knowledge and peace.

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Postby nanana » Fri, 02 May 2014 10:27 am

i once joined a group meditation class....10 minutes later heard someone snoring... and it was the 'master' himself.... :o

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 02 May 2014 10:39 am

Did you read the part where I mentioned the FREE program? BTW, I was referring to the 21-day meditation event. It is only a suggestion. Sometimes, people just need a little tip to get them going. And (if they so choose) how far they can go is totally dependent upon themselves. God helps those who help themselves. Of course it is understood that it will be highly commercialized and informorcialized as these celebraties are trying to profit from it. More so for Deepak , rather than Oprah as she has more wealth that she will ever need or can enjoy in this lifetime, or you and me put together.

I have zero intention to convert anyone or to sell my personal philosophy to anyone. Or to tell them my way of thinking and lifestyle is more superior. When we first moved into this town, we get flyers, knock on the door to join their churches. But what about those who are interested interested in Buddhism, meditation, and none of the good-vs-evil way of thinking, stereotyping, labeling, boxing up your brain and life in a neat package? A non-dogmatic approach to life. A more fluid outlook. Since this is not main stream activity, it is hard to get started. I was only trying to help by offering him some options. It may not be the best option but it is an accessible option. Why do you think the studio I went closed? Not enough revenue to keep it going.

Please! I understand that we both have very different personality and sometimes it will clash. My advice, let sleeping dog lie. And I am not asking for friendship. Just give to each person what they deserve, no more and no less. I (and my opinions) am not more superior to you. And you are not more superior than me.

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 02 May 2014 10:41 am

nanana wrote:i once joined a group meditation class....10 minutes later heard someone snoring... and it was the 'master' himself.... :o


It happens to me. I just knock myself out of it. Actually a very good time to catch up on sleep :mrgreen: .

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Re: What makes you happy?

Postby v4jr4 » Fri, 02 May 2014 5:11 pm

nanana wrote:Feeling kinda down lately. Nothing seems to be going my way. Don't know when was the last time that I really feel HAPPY.
So am just gonna steal some of your happiness. Please kindly share your HAPPIEST moment here, if you do have one. Or things that make you happy. Perhaps I can use some of your suggestions to be happy again. (Not saying I'm miserably depressed. Just feel kinda numb, day in day out everyday just the same, if you know what I mean).


Probably these: travelling, eat, exercise, sleep.
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Postby jetslander » Mon, 05 May 2014 5:10 pm

I think whatever you do, and at any phase in your life, you need a sense of purpose to be happy. Once you lose your sense of purpose... you all know that feeling.
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Postby reisha » Fri, 16 May 2014 12:33 pm

1)Being close to loved ones :)
2)Travelling
3)Shopping

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Postby nanana » Tue, 20 May 2014 9:26 pm

http://worldobserveronline.com/2012/04/ ... -be-happy/

to sum it up, just "let it go"!
looks like i have alot to let go. :lol:

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 20 May 2014 9:30 pm

Spending the evening on my mobile texting people, even when I'm out with friends makes me happy; particularly because it seems to irritate old fuddy-duddies so much.

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Postby nanana » Tue, 20 May 2014 9:39 pm

was gonna say perhaps point.2 is more relevant to JR8. :P

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Postby earthfriendly » Sat, 31 May 2014 4:41 am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-2 ... ating.html

[quote]“Meditation used to have this reputation as a hippie thing for people who speak in a particularly soft tone of voice,”


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