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Elspeth

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joined on 08/26/06
last updated 06/25/13
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mostly water

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the swan that wanted to bite me

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bovine creation myths

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give a little bit

In [the] instant of giving we... abandon the three kilesas, the root tormentors of our hearts. We let go of desire, grasping. We abandon ill will or aversion, a state that creates separateness, distance, withdrawal, a sense of not being at one with another. And we abandon delusion, because when we perform a wholesome or skillful action like giving, we understand that what we do in our lives, the choices we make, the values we hold, all of these things count for something.

One of the most powerful aspects of delusion, or ignorance, is the belief that what we do does not really matter. To abandon such delusion is to understand the natural law of karma. Despite appearances, nothing is happenstance. We have the power to align ourselves with certain values and to create the life we want by making wholesome choices. When we are generous, life is tangibly and qualitatively different.

- Sharon Salzberg, "Lovingkindness"

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words to live by

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did i say that out loud?

1. Think of a person (like King George) or an institution (like England) or a way of thinking (like Monarchy) that used to have practical power over you but now only has power over you in your own memory. Memories are extremely powerful, and if they're not so good, their power is not so benevolent. This is power you'd rather not give over to that person or thing any longer. Power they have no right to have over you.

2. Sit down with a piece of paper and write your one Declaration of Indepe... read more
Sat, July 4, 2009 - 8:05 AM permalink - 3 comments
 
How to play:
-Open iTunes.
-If you have not installed the Genius add-in already, do so.
-In Controls, make sure Shuffle is set to On.
-Click play to start a random song from your library.
-Now comes the fun part: while the random song is playing, click the genius icon in the lower right hand corner of your iTunes. The icon looks like a little atomic symbol. Genius will automatically create a 25-song playlist to go with the song you started from.

Here's how my second one went (the firs... read more
Thu, January 15, 2009 - 4:24 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
They're Not Just Words If You Mean Them:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away

Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Will be near to us once more

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until the we'll have to muddle through som... read more
Thu, December 25, 2008 - 1:18 AM permalink - 6 comments
 
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