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Jun. 19th, 2008 | 11:32 pm
music: K2 - Molecular Terrorism

Since we last communicated, I got a motorcycle, wrecked it, swore off riding motorcycles, I got a second job and left it 3 months later, my grandfather died, my family took a trip to North Carolina for his funeral, I got a car, I started hanging out with a friend who I never thought I'd have anything to do with again, she moved to Ohio a month later, and I've started attending the local Unitarian Universalist church (which is where my meditation group meets. So I've had a lot of ups and downs.

More things that have happened lately:  
I've started to explore different wines.  I like making spaghetti, using some in the sauce, and having a glass with dinner. 
The A.C. at our apartment had been giving us a lot of trouble, but the unit was replaced.  I spent a night at my parents place, and broke my cell phone while moving a couch the next day. 
My friend Aaron is going on a 4 month road trip.  He is also leaving the job he has had as long as I've known him (5 years?).
I've also had some personal things on my mind.

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mamabirdie

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from: mamabirdie
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
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wow. and hey, i think i have some friends who go to that church! i used to scoff at meditation, even liz (devout atheist) and miranda were like, dude, its good stuff. well, i didn't believe it. until i had kids. now, i'm using that mindful breathing several times a day so max doesn't get the short end of the stick when i get pissed. it works! he's a well adjusted 3 year old who has never been thrown out the window. all thanks to meditation. its good stuff, john, happy for you.

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John

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from: johnny_red
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're benefitting from mindful breathing. Ironically, unrelated to what I'm doing, someone recommended my roommate is look into a form of meditation herself, which she is doing. I'm still an atheist as well, and it actually fits well with zazen (sitting meditation in Zen). What it gets you to do is have more of your attention on your immediate experience, which happens in the natural world. I see God as something you have to relate to as an idea, or a filter to see the world through. That said, there's a lady in my group who has a more positive relationship to the idea than I do, and I appreciate hearing her perspective, although I disagree with it.

I like going to the church because it takes a lot of the positive things that I grew up with without a lot of the things I don't like. It fits well with a "secular" humanist like myself. I may have had a conversation at some point with your friend, does she have kids?

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mamabirdie

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from: mamabirdie
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
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You know this LIz, Liiiiizzzz. No, she doesn't have kids. Paying attention to my breathing does what you mentioned, brings me into the moment and out of my head. It is especially useful when experiencing anger. I don't see anger as something worth reacting or responding to... I'd rather respond to the situation at hand and not how I feel about it... which my kids really benefit from! I also try to use it to pull myself into the moment when life feels mundane. I don't want to be 80 and feel like I missed out on anything because I was too busy living in my head, if ya know what I mean.

I'm agnostic, which is pretty close to being atheist. I'm quite comfortable with the "I don't know and I'm not going to choose" perspective on God. I also can really appreciate a person who has a positive and holistic perspective on God. As far as I'm concerned, I am a Goddess. Giving birth made me touch something more powerful than myself, yet it was myself. Anyway... rambling now.

Next time we have a BBQ or potluck... Liz will be there I'm sure.

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mamabirdie

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from: mamabirdie
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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oh, i think some of my momma friends go to that church.

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from: jonnymoon
date: Jun. 26th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Ok, wait...you don't post in forever and all we get is the "no, is too much...lemme sum up"??!?

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