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  1. As happens is in most places. I lived in Boston for 46 years and even within the city each small town was different from others. It is easier if you have someone to move with. I have heard Sweden is a lovely place to live for people. Are you learning to speak Swedish?
  2. How did you ned up there? i am always curious to know how people land in different countries. I had ahed enough time moving from Boston to Vermont although it is a very different life even though I did not even leave New England.
  3. Very true. When it gets to be stressful trying to find a mediation (not really) to find peace i tis time to bookmark. I would like the slightly warmer winters. I know some one who moved from Italy back to the northern UK after about 50 years and is quite in shock over the gloom and cold. Even moving almost 2 house away makes a difference.
  4. I would say that is true. I think that when I started doing the guided ones i skipped around a lot and wanted to do a few every day but of course there are other things one must do so I stopped being so crazy-well, in that respect!. I did later realize it is fine to switch around but it is nice to have some basics.
  5. Ah, that explains it although my daughter goes to be around 4AM but she is 33 and a night person. Depending on where in Canada you were used to the weather anyway. Now I will have to figure out the time difference there. I have online friends in the UK and India and the India one and I are always at very different times of day. Of course there are no limits but when I first started doing some fo the guided ones they would say do this every day and I was switching around. I just laughed a bit after a while because I could ot fit all the every day ones in which I know. I do one or two and for 2 whole days I have done the Andrew Weil one-it's' not his I know. I should do ti right now while i am thinking of it.
  6. Where do you live, Gillian?Your posts always come in when I am usually sleeping .
  7. Being up early in the end means I get to sit outside and listen to the peace and the owls. I love sitting in the darkness.
  8. Some of the guided meditations say do this every day but how many can one do every day?! I guess once you find one like that is the one or two routinely with others thrown in. Sadly this one did not help me sleep or get back to sleep but I have just started doing it so I will continue. Of course it is not a mediation but still. I will do it now! I passed it on and she knows what is comfortable for her of if she even wants to try it. She already meditates but that is sound advice.
  9. I just watched the video again, Gillian, and i am glad i did because i did not do the yoga exhale with the breathing and needed to fine tune it. He said religiously and I am an atheist but I wills live to incorporate this practice every day at least twice. I am kidding of course about the religious/ atheist part although i am really an atheist. Thank you so much. The biggest goal now is remembering.
  10. I did just try that and will have to remember to keep doing it. Remembering is the first goal I will actually listen to it again because i want to figure out the link between the first breathing he did and the 4-7-8. Would this be easy for someone on oxygen i wonder. I have a friend with and immune disorder (years of smoking). She is stuck in the house and she meditates but like me gets wracked with obsessive thinking. I would love to share this with her and she has a hard time sleeping. Thank you for sharing this. I really want to try doing it 2x a day. I am often better than I was but sometimes are harder than others. I just keep trying. Thank you, Gillian, and have a peaceful day.
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    I am trying to remember where she said, if she did, but can not. Your husband has a strong stomach I guess. I was reading something about the importance of trees to the vendors because they are in the heat so much. I sent it to Shanta even though she lives there. I did not want to presume to send her something about her own country but she found it interesting. I would not do well in the heat there but the street food sounds like fun. I am not sure what my stomach would have to say about it though. McDonald's has invaded so many countries and it is sad and angering at the same time. They make money by selling unhealthy food to people because who doesn't want to be like an American? Please read that with sarcasm. Modi got in through underhanded means according to what she has told me. That sounds like a fun wedding. I think I remember hearing that white is for funerals in India or it could be that I did not really hear that. At least you had some semblance of an Indian ceremony. The weddings sound like so much fun. Alas you will have to wait a long time for the real India one. What would happen to your kitty if you moved there? I had one daughter and my maternal instincts went out the window I think. She has none and that is fine with me. It is not a great world and there are too many people already. That could be fun to do. I have been part of online meetings with mindfulness and with the Center for Biological Diversity but never just too chat. I confess my insecurities are rearing their ugly heads. It's not like I do not see people and chat but that is in person. Still I should get over it and do it. You are in Vancouver or Ottawa? one of those?
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    That is quite the story and I had to try to keep up with you was moving where. I did have to laugh. I am going to have to read it again to check who is where now. Your husband wants to move to India I take it? That is a great story with all the different cultures. My daughter's cousin married someone from India but she grew up here so they are staying. They had a big wedding in India and she was very disappointed that she was not invited as were most people from here not invited also. Did you have an American wedding or did it lean more towards Indian?
  13. I would love spaces in my head. I am almost constantly battling thoughts.. I try to let them float away or move them gently but sometimes i just have to kick them out.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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