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by anna
March 16th, 2008, 1:49 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First
Replies: 7
Views: 24202

Re: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First

I went to the link, it is too amusing!!!! :lol: You can see how tough those little roosters are, taking on a big huge human being like that! Too much!
by anna
February 24th, 2008, 5:06 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Total Immersion (02/24/08)
Replies: 1
Views: 12621

Re: Total Immersion (02/24/08)

I realize that in making this blog a blog, I have started a kind of story that evolves over time, which I kind of regret, because I am now in some ways obligated to finish it. :o But for the moment, I'm going to take a break. Doing this thing in such a manner is a kind of emptying of the brain, whic...
by anna
February 24th, 2008, 5:00 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First
Replies: 7
Views: 24202

Re: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First

Yes, tithing is a great principal. You realize of course that it is not the actual act of tithing that accomplishes this, although the practice does anchor it within consciousness, but it is the actual surrendering of something we each value inordinately, to God, and in this instance, is a microcosm...
by anna
February 24th, 2008, 4:47 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third
Replies: 5
Views: 21278

Re: The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third

Actually, the creationist approach toward the universe is not in any way at odds with biology, or evolution, it is simply that we as humans are hung up with time, and if we remember that time is always personal and therefore flexible, the creationist theory is every bit as rational as the evolutioni...
by anna
February 24th, 2008, 4:36 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Total Immersion (02/24/08)
Replies: 1
Views: 12621

Total Immersion (02/24/08)

I would say that for the first six or more years in the back woods of Maine we spent immersed, without cessation, in a kind of solitude and contemplative splendor. This is not to say that we did not socialize. We had a handful of good friends composed of transplants who had preceded us by a couple o...
by anna
February 18th, 2008, 5:27 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First
Replies: 7
Views: 24202

Re: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First

How nice to know there is another who has encountered roosters! How we loved that rooster. I think the reason it was a miracle and behaved so beautifully was that we got him when he was young, not yet fully matured, and handled him daily as he grew up. The townsfolk could not get over the fact that ...
by anna
February 18th, 2008, 4:59 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Beginning to Meditate (02/18/08)
Replies: 0
Views: 31764

Beginning to Meditate (02/18/08)

When I first tried to meditate seriously, as I was instructed to do from some of the books I ran across, I found it impossible, literally impossible. My mind would instantly fixate on something other than my focus of attention. Starting with watching a candle, the simplest possible form of meditatio...
by anna
February 18th, 2008, 4:56 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Questions about Stuggle (Just a thought)
Replies: 0
Views: 31247

Questions about Stuggle (Just a thought)

Why do we struggle so with our lives? Is it possible that we struggle in order to feel that we are alive? I might conclude this based on the innumerable times that a friendly voice suggests a resolution to a problem, but the recipient refuses to listen, apply it, or even consider it as an alternativ...
by anna
February 18th, 2008, 4:50 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third
Replies: 5
Views: 21278

Re: The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third

Jenjulian: I read your post about your own struggle with guilt, and in particular, commiserate with you because of your Catholic upbringing. You realize of course, in your more rational moments, that the guilt is purely and only a result of indoctrination, and thus, from a spiritual point of view, t...
by anna
February 16th, 2008, 7:12 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third
Replies: 5
Views: 21278

The Burden of Guilt (02/16/08) Third

There was one particular struggle which took many years to unwind, and that was the ability to embrace totally new ideas in religion, without feeling somehow that I was doomed by that investigation. I was brought up Episcopalian, and while my immediate family was not in the least religious, they did...
by anna
February 16th, 2008, 7:10 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Darker Side of Change (02/16/08) Second
Replies: 0
Views: 30896

The Darker Side of Change (02/16/08) Second

In reflecting on the past, I note in my remembrances that mostly I am remembering the good times, the ecstatic times, the sweetness and light. The memory is a selective process, and there were certainly many times of struggle, fear, and unhappiness. In particular, due to our change in financial circ...
by anna
February 16th, 2008, 5:48 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First
Replies: 7
Views: 24202

The Simple, and Impoverished Life (02/16/08) First

After we completed the building of our house in the woods of Maine, and settled into it, our life became our own, entirely, and we committed what little money I earned doing art at a local commercial art factory, first to spiritual searching, and secondarily to the rest of life. The secondarily part...
by anna
February 16th, 2008, 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mind Stuff
Replies: 0
Views: 25715

Mind Stuff

In a nutshell, Nisargadatta states “Nothing of value can happen to a mind which knows exactly what it wants”. The key word is value: Nisargadatta did not value the world in any way, he only valued consciousness. At the same time, he implies that the mind can have a hand in determining if anything of...
by anna
February 14th, 2008, 10:43 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: More about Grace Land (02/15/08)
Replies: 0
Views: 31501

More about Grace Land (02/15/08)

Once securely in our new house, at the end of a dead end road, surrounded by stands of lumber trees, and a few neighbors up the road from us, we spent our first winter next to the wood stove, our sole source of heat, surrounded with leisure and books. The finished house had running water, thanks to ...
by anna
February 14th, 2008, 8:53 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Stepping into Grace Land (02/14/08)
Replies: 0
Views: 35564

Stepping into Grace Land (02/14/08)

When we returned to the U.S. from Iceland, we returned with the intention of buying land with a house on it in Nova Scotia, and settling there. Just prior to leaving Iceland, we had considered buying something there, and applying for a visa in Iceland. However, in those days, it was difficult to liv...