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  1. Faune

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    Just out of curiosity. Priyanka, how did you end up here? People move to different countries and it always fascinates me. I had a hard enough time moving form one state to another and that was only 2 1/2 hours ago.
  2. Faune

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    My friend, Shanta, is from Bengal but has been staying with her daughter for the past few months. I can not remember where she lives but now she and her husband are unable to get back to Bengal because of the virus. It sounds like you say-different in each part you go to. Where she lives the dogs are well taken care of by the people but as you know that is not always the case. She has told me of how she would go out to eat at the vendors that line the streets and it sounds like so much fun. I read something the other day about how valuable trees are there for the vendors in particular because they are out in the heat all day. She loves India but abhors Modi and his regime which she has told me about on many occasions. Trump's pal-how good could he really be? Enjoy the hug. I really must make more of an effort to have a tree hug. I used to have them in the woods behind my house but since my Henry died I can not go up there without him. Now I walk to the pond down the road to see the geese in the morning and Frankie, the old dachshund, and I walk down the other way later on. You as well.
  3. Faune

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    Nature is my salvation and the only thing that keeps me sane because truly (not looking for pity here) the rest is not great. The road is loud although beautiful and I stressed out so much trying to move from my city of 46 years that I did not see all that is wrong with the house. Too long to go into. I think moving to someplace peaceful with a few acres is an excellent idea which you will love. i will have to look up Ross island. I have a friend in India who was sending me pictures of the peacocks but they were not roaming rural areas but the city streets as well as the deer. Before that when people were still out and about she sent me a photo of a cow eating the dog's food-meat of all things. You will love living in nature I think. I may have moved to the wrong place-not sure about the state yet, it is a mixed bag-but i drive home seeing mountains and seeing the occasional wild animal. I do have raccoons who come to my house every day. Cheeky little beings they are. If you find a tree that looks right try giving it a hug. it is a lovely feeling.
  4. Faune

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    I started to write a while ago but just found it sitting here. I have used that meditation, Priyanka, and thank you for it. I really need to be doing more and more. I was just going to pop in to say hello. I saw a moose the other day and was very excited and there are two beavers down the road who I watch almost every night. Those are the highlights of my life right now. I hope all are well.
  5. Faune

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    Thank you Jo and Gillian. The short story is I bought the wrong house on the wrong road and for almost 4 years i have spent too much time obsessing about it for various reasons. I have spent too many nights like this but not as many as before. Often I can get myself out of obsessing but not always. It happens in the day too but days are easier. It is my greatest source of stress. I am working on that loving and kindness thing and did one this morning but was distracted between the dog, cats, and my new friend, a raccoon who comes at least twice a day for a snack. I think she will come into the house if I let her-I won't! Still I did it. We certainly do benefit from those beautiful birds, Jo. They bring joy to those wise enough to appreciate them. I hope you both have a wonderful day and i do appreciate our thoughts.
  6. Faune

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    The photo alone makes me want to try it. Thanks, Priyanka, for sharing this one. i will try it. I did a loving kindness one this morning but I had a bad night so a little more can only help.
  7. Faune

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    Thank you. i like that quote. I am not a bad person but sometimes I guess I am bad at siding with my own species although not totally. I like that you thought of me in that context and I would have to agree with your last thought. Sad but true. It is interesting he said that because he used animals for some things too if I am correct-more for science purposes but that too is never OK in my book. I think that he is right though. People who care about animals are often kinder to other people even if we do not like a lot of what they do. i am very nice to people but the ones who abuse and kill animals have brought out a very ugly side in me.Thank you for sharing that with me. I hope you are well. Are you working during all this craziness?
  8. Faune

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    I would guess that is true. It is better to be able to stick with something is good for us though although that is not always the case, is it? Nature is indeed a balm for the soul very often.
  9. Faune

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    I have found some practices that I amusing, one being a metta one. I just need to find the right ones. If it is warm in the morning I sit on the porch and "use" the birds to help me. I do give myself credit for having stuck with it all for as long as I have because it would have been all to easy for me to toss in the towel. Also i have this habit of doing something for awhile and one day i just stop. It is not a conscious effort-I just do it. Thanks for the encouragement.
  10. Faune

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    Thank you Gillian for hearing me. I do a lot of online animal activism as well as environment and for people as well and I have developed such a negative attitude towards our species-not individuals-and it makes it very hard for me day to day. I have not tried metta mediation and will certainly do that. Meditation is hard for me often. I battle constant thinking-not occasional.I will go no further but say thank you. IT may be a struggle but I have been meditating every day for about 9 months and things have improved somewhat I do give myself a pat on the back for not giving up. I get angry about all the black people who are harassed and killed for not being white ,and I read them all, but his story touched me as he seemed to be such a simple-in an uncomplicated way-and gentle person and his story made me very sad. Anyway, I thank you again. I feel like such a bad human because really, I am just too sensitive to what goes on. I lambast our species as I pick up dead animals from the road so they do not get run over again and again even if they are dead. They should not have to worry about cars. WELL, I really must stop. I have petitions to sign and a world to save -if only.
  11. Faune

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    I am angry and sad about the preset state of the world, racism, etc. I just read of a 23 year old man who played the violin for cats in the shelter, was vegetarian, and an all around nice person and the cops saw him and killed him even as he said things that would break your heart. He was anemic and wore a face mask sometimes and in the eyes of the police he was guilty without trial. So yes, I do have compassion for people just not as often.
  12. Faune

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    Well, do not admire what I do too much because although I am very helpful to people and nice to them I am just not great at liking our species despite all the good and caring people. I have some terribly radical views on humans but again I am also very friendly and try to be a nice person to all. It is the generalization thing where I am cynical. I can not feel any compassion for those I see who cause such pain and suffering to yes, animals and the planet but also to people as well just not as much. That is a struggle for me in mindfulness because there is so much talks of compassion for all.
  13. Faune

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    I don't feel bad about it but it makes life hard sometimes. I pick up dead animals from the road and move the ones who are alive including worms and slugs.
  14. Faune

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    I particularly can not watch violence against animals but also not against people unless the recipient is a loathsome character. I push the mute button and do not watch. I am not a psychologist obviously but my mother used to tell me I was too sensitive more as a criticism than that was who I was. She is right although I do not say it in a self critical way but that is who I am. I soak up guilt and worry if I said thank you, if I said the wrong thing, and cruelty to animals something I can not bear and it bothers me much more than to people even if that also is disturbing. Children are equally as vulnerable.
  15. Faune

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    Good luck on that one. Our species has a big ego but you are so right.
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