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    A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:13 am

    Hate it when I am forced to LIVE the knowledge!

    Very Happy

    Can't we selectively apply the knowledge we learn?? Hmmm?

    I am being constantly put in Reiki gun-point or somebody is sitting on my right shoulder ready to slap the back of my hand and say 'tsk-tsk ....think positive thoughts' ...Jeez!

    GUESS WHAT!!!!! .... I got a special , cool , sensational offer for this summer and you guys don't!!!
    Na na na na...na na!

    My in-laws are arriving soon and staying for 2 whole months, 60 days, S..I..X..T..Y long...excruciating...
    Like a Star @ heaven < SLAP > Like a Star @ heaven
    ( fine, thinking positive already...)

    as I was saying,
    ......60 long , beautiful days!!!! sunny flower Basketball Not one 'in-law' , 2!! T...W...O !! cyclops cheers

    "Goody , goody , gumdrops!!"
    (see, I am skipping rope!)


    Oh god, I see 4 eyes and 2 mouths watching my every move, my body language, my thoughts, my breath, my ancestors, my past lives.... analyzing, judging and providing verdicts...
    pale affraid cyclops tongue Mad


    < SLAP >


    rephrasing,
    Oh goody, Oh My,
    I see 4 beautiful wise souls directing me in my life's journey like a gentle rain.......They are complete and perfect in this given moment, they are god's creation.. sunny


    (peppy ) Thinking + (positive).....
    (trying) Thinking + ..........
    ( struggling) Thinking + ..........
    ................
    ( SHUT up Yoda Evil or Very Mad ! ...CRASH, burn... )

    Like a Star @ heaven < SLAP > Like a Star @ heaven

    Thinking + ................ drunken
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by Arabella on Tue May 19, 2009 11:26 pm

    Oh LUCKY WOMAN, to be offered such a supreme learning experience as this is bound to be. Shocked

    I don't think I've ever had an opportunity quite like that in my whole life.

    Closest I've gotten was paltry in comparison but seemed extreme to me at the time. I had rented a cottage on the shore for a couple of weeks for my first vacation in several years. DH was not going to stay in town because he was working. I was SO looking forward to peace and quiet, time to reflect, swim, walk on the beach.

    Then one day, I'm on the extension while he talks to his mum, who is trying to decide when to visit us. To my horror, I hear "Why don't you come mid-August? We're renting a cottage on the shore then." Aiiiiieeeeeee!!!

    I do often find that no sooner do I make a plan for respite of some kind than something beyond my control (such as my husband) throws a spanner in the works. I am not entirely sure what I am supposed to learn from that but my guess is that I should make my day to day life such that I'm not always desperate for respite?
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Wed May 20, 2009 12:50 am

    [quote="Arabella"]Oh LUCKY WOMAN, to be offered such a supreme learning experience as this is bound to be. Shocked


    lol!


    Supreme learning experience - it will be!!
    I know more than 70% of the women will be on my side, Wink

    This summer IS going to get interesting...
    For a whole week I was spewing venom, wonder what my aura looked like at that time??!!

    I had to get the stress out.. forced to reevaluate ... I had to forgive and put on a positive thinking cap.
    I asked for help to help me move on.
    Then I got the courage to actually call them and say nice things including a welcoming message.

    I am glad to say I am feeling better about this situation now and I am actually not faking it.
    My policy now is,
    'we will deal with it when we get there'
    'I refuse to run 'worse case scenarios ' in my head.'
    'I am going to bank on the +ve side of their personalities' ( why is my face suddenly twitching..? Laughing )

    seriously, I still have my +ve thinking cap on!
    I will keep you all posted..... Very Happy

    If I want to whine, I can always come here and whine.... I love you

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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by Bruce on Wed May 20, 2009 1:20 am

    "Just for today . . . ." Heh, heh, heh.

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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Wed May 20, 2009 1:23 am

    Bruce wrote:"Just for today . . . ." Heh, heh, heh.

    Bruce


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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by Arabella on Wed May 20, 2009 1:28 am

    Absolutely! (You're a very amusing whiner Wink )
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Wed May 20, 2009 1:39 am

    Arabella wrote:Absolutely! (You're a very amusing whiner Wink )


    Yo Bella,

    Thanks!!

    I have been thinking about your pic!

    I want to join you in that trip, looks like ultra fun!
    Is that Rapids, how fast and dangerous and any stories...?
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    Post by Pandora on Wed May 20, 2009 3:41 am

    Playing devils advocate here, do you think they're thinking similar thoughts about their stay?

    Seriously though, my family has always been of the opinion that "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and made sure to have time apart, even when staying with my grandparents for most of the summer holidays - it was an essential, we had to get out, even if it was just a day's walking down to the front and back!

    (sorry I just remembered that "front" is short for "seafront" - non UK nationals might not recognise that term!) clown
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    Post by Thaak on Wed May 20, 2009 4:10 am

    One of the things my Shaman instruction is quite clear on, is the fact that every moment of every day, we should "serve the experience."

    This concept is difficult to explain (especially since I'm not sure I entirely completely get it myself.) But ultimately, if we approach every day and every moment in Ayni (reciprocal exchange) with everything around us, then we are serving every experience we have.

    Part of serving vs. having an experience, is the ability to give to the experience as much as you get. In this way, you will find that the experience has so much more to offer if you fully envelop yourself in it.

    She went so far as to say (this was during our monday class prior to Thanksgiving a couple years ago) that if you can't serve the experience with family, then you shouldn't visit them just out of obligation. Now obviously, there are some bridges we don't necessarily want to burn, so the trick is, to find a way to serve the experience whether you want to or not. In other words, don't go into the experience with a sense of obligation, but rather a sense of sharing.

    Additionally, there is another concept called "changing the nature of the engagement." If you find yourself being irritated or angry at something your 'inlaws' are doing or saying, you can do or say something to change the nature of the engagement. This isn't an avoidance tactic, cause you aren't just changing the topic or walking away. Rather you are finding a way to engage in the moment without allowing yourself to feel attachment to the emotions of the moment. And in detatching yourself, you also find that your reactions are such that allow the others in the engagement to have a moment to modify their own behavior as well.
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Wed May 20, 2009 5:11 am

    [quote="Pandora"]Playing devils advocate here, do you think they're thinking similar thoughts about their stay?
    Hey Chris,

    Oh, yeah, They are not crazy about coming here either...
    I actually feel bad for my MIL whose dog is very close to dying. She is worried that he will pass away while she is here with us.
    The only attractive thing is when she is on her good side she can be an awesome companion. We can laugh and laugh and laugh... and I am planning to ride that.
    Very Happy

    Hey, wait a minute,
    She can teach me astrology!!!!...
    then we can watch horror movies together...and eat really spicy curry served on a bed of rice served by me....

    ( did I just put that dancing banana there??? ...under this topic?
    alrght, who put that margarita in my morning coffee? )
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by Arabella on Wed May 20, 2009 9:57 pm

    Andy, thanks for injecting the words of wisdom here. So true -- we have to really bring ourselves to all our experiences, engage instead of "endure."

    THC, sure, c'mon -- let's go rafting! That was my only time, on a river in Colorado on vacation last year. It was pretty exciting, for sure. There was only one time where it really seemed like we might capsize but it was definitely thrill-filled.
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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:22 pm

    I LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Post by Milarepa on Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:15 pm

    yeah, i wondered what had happened to you the last while! hehe


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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by thehungrycaterpillar on Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:18 am

    Milarepa wrote:yeah, i wondered what had happened to you the last while! hehe


    I had a hectic summer with summer school for kids, 2 guests who left only aug 22, travel etc,. cyclops

    I am still catching up...
    Plus,

    I don't like to share computer screens with anyone who doesn't have the same chromosomes as me,
    especially ones with stalking , beady little eyes....!!

    Laughing

    Now that I have my life back ....


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    Re: A Summer Special !

    Post by Milarepa on Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:35 pm

    great to have you back though!


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