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    • Where is the line between freedom of speech... (Last post by tzb)
    • And if such spaces were organised around: Quote: Services, sermons, marriage licenses, personal member consulting/consoling, symbols, a creed, a code, a source of myth (one of countless), learning material/continuous discussions and contemplations concerning personal belief about life and the source of the universe.... I could go on. I imagine they would be.
    • Drone Operators with PTSD (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: I would never claim to have the same mental damage as someone in those shoes. I personally don't believe that this is actually a thing. Perhaps you wouldn't, no, but everyone is an individual. If you're happy with what you're doing that's excellent but not everyone is in the right job. It would take a certain type of person to be able to cope with the face-to-face things you described, and for others doing what you do might be, subjectively, as traumatic. The same things don't hit everyone the same way. Perhaps they would be even more traumatised by the face-to-face stuff. Perhaps they would even be fine with that and might have difficulties accepting the "remote" aspect of what you do... they might have difficulties in putting having to kill people alongside the daily life you describe - on the one hand taking out insurgents, and half an hour later being in a supermarket with their kids. Pure speculation, but worth considering perhaps? You not experiencing it doesn't mean it's "not a thing" for others. I don't have RSI but several people I work with do. It's still "a thing".
    • HAPPINESS (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Greetings each On the other side is the Dark but we should not ignore it . I took this from a friend of mine. :) Those who shun their dark side will learn very little. Polarity is a crucial learning tool, it is there for our education. Without examining our dark side, we live in a foolish state of bliss not based in real understanding, but imagined states of enlightenment.
    • Sea Lions (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Source: Me Complaint: you Sea Lions disturb my sleep when it's my night for watch...and you will undoubtedly do so again tonight... Lol- I've got an entire pier of them just outside the cutter right now... I hate sea lions... Lol
    • A Serious Question for Those Seeking "Unifica... (Last post by Cabur Senaar)
    • Speaking to Brenna's last point, that may be all the unity we need. The community is not immune to infighting, feuds, or the like. I'd like to think, however, that we could put our nonsense aside and stick up for each other in a pinch.
    • How to stay dedicated to working out. (Last post by Brenna)
    • There are a few common reasons why motivations flag. Right goal - is the goal challenging enough so youre not bored? Too big that you're putting it off? Right motivation - What is the real reason you want to work out? What are you really trying to achieve? When you go beyond the obvious and find what it is you really want from the end result, the motivation becomes a lot easier. Right action plan - is your plan realistic? Does it have a time frame? does it fit with the rest of your life? Have you put in place things that will support you? Just some thoughts.
    • Non-attachment (Last post by Doomeniek)
    • Quote: Below is the contents of a document I ran into years ago. I lost the only hard copy I had, but recently recovered one. Very pleased! The document is part of the sober support literature. AA and the sort. In my professional life, I have worked with a number of addicts, so being conversant in the literature is helpful. Non-attachment is a challenging topic, I think. I regard it as useful food for thought, though some I prefer to others. I have included the list in its entirety, save for grammatical corrections. I do not regard the list as necessarily definitive, but certainly a clarifying piece. I hope you find it useful. I invite useful comment. Letting Go * To let go doesn't mean to stop caring. It means I can’t do it for someone else. * To let go is not to cut myself off. It’s the realization that I can’t control another. * To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences. * To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. * To let go is not to try to change or blame another. I can only change myself. * To let go is not to care for, but to care about. * To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive. * To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. * To let go is not to be in the middle, arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes. * To let go is not to be protective. It is to permit another to face reality. * To let go is not to deny, but to accept. * To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them. * To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish the moment. * To let go is not to criticize or regulate anyone, but to try to become whatever I dream I can be. * To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. * To let go is to fear less and love more. Thank you for this
    • Being connected via the Force (Last post by Adder)
    • What they said ^^ :lol: The relaxation from mindfulness training is only one part of the possible results - you could also eventually develop a higher sensitivity/awareness of the senses as the training turns off distractions and narrows your awareness into a more conscious 'now'. I think it's why Buddhists focus so much on compassion, as compassion is a directed manifestation of excess sensitivity to ones environment. So I'd go as far as to say the more one meditates etc, the more they can achieve that connection your asking about. Beyond that, once you've got a good connection accessible to you, I use visualizations of logical structures and relationships, and an understanding of science to develop a depth of awareness beyond my senses - so in my mind I can overlay extra information on what I otherwise perceive. Start simple and slowly build up complexity remembering the basis of your path to keep from falling off the path and getting distracted. For specific techniques, part of the journey is finding what works best for you at any moment, and what I do ends up being determined by circumstance... though I am trying to formulate a concrete path to use and reflect upon - but it changes every day!!!!
    • Real Jedi vs Fictional Jedi (Last post by rugadd)
    • Also, I love finding reasons to quote the opening of "Soul Eater": "A sound spirit dwells within a sound mind and sound body."
    • Better than Netflix (Last post by Christiandorian)
    • very true . Focus on what makes you happy. seeing good things.. watching happy people , watching happy things . bring that into ones life. So when you watch and see and learn of good happy ideas..nice places, people smiling , laughing having a good time, Sunshine shining , learn of what makes you happier and power that. brings more happiness into your life now
    • Cultural Stories Which Involve The Force from Cult... (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Some aspects can be found in Christianity, among those who are non-trinitarian, and see the "Holy Spirit" as an impersonal active force... *waves* Christian here, checking in. Though I'm mostly an armchair theologian and part-time mystic, I do feel the need to point out in discussions like this that there is not a 1:1 direct analogue to the Force in Christianity. (potentially off-topic slightly) Spoiler: Let me elaborate, slightly. Almost every time this discussion comes up (seeing the Force in Christianity), the focus is turned on the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force with little thought given to other possibilities. This may actually work wonderfully for non-trinitarian messianic Abrahamists, and I have no doubt that many of them consider this their personal response. However, among trinitarians, who believe the Holy Spirit is a very intelligent, very personal being, other possibilities to recognize the Force at work do present themselves. One of these is the idea that Sophia, the feminine personification of Wisdom so spoken of in Proverbs, also possesses a motive nature that would allow us to exert the force of our "wisdom" (or our will) upon the world. Another is the idea that our rauch, our very spirit and "wind", emanating from the breath of God given to Adam, imbues us with a bit of the divine ourselves, allowing us to affect changes upon the world (distinct from Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit of Divine God). Some might consider it to be a manifestation of the shekinah in our daily lives, the manifestation of the Divine Presence allowing us to be capable of these things. Others might think it is a function of the Law Universal; that since we are given dominion over the Earth, the earth does its part to obey us at times. It could be seen as an object lesson, that our minds and bodies are the microcosm that affects the macrocosm of creation. It could be the echoes of God, or our power as His heralds. There really are many options. I, personally, prefer to view it as an underlying thread; a tool placed by the Creator to allow for a greater understanding of the reality in which we live, but is ultimately distinct from Him, as the voice is separate from its speaker. I like the idea of this thread. I can't wait to see some responses.
    • MJ Hannigan (Last post by Jestor)
    • Quote: Just to clarify, this wasn't so much about what he said about the Temple but rather about the way he treated individual people, wasn't it? I'm asking because I'm right there on the edge, too, and in order to know when I've cross some lines I need to know approximately where they are. I know Akkarin responded, but, let me quote a fairly new document that I added a while back for people making accounts, and some here may not have seen it... Quote: www.templeofthejediorder.org/component/c...ice-for-registration Rules, written in black and white, feel like a challenge to many, and those folks like to see how far things can be pushed. By being able to search the internet to find us, we assume each individual to have an average intelligence (or better), and to understand that the "letter of the law" and the "spirit of the law" are different. We are a "spirit of the law" community. We do not remove folks for one offence, for five offences, or for fifty offences. There is no set number. When the burden of a persons membership outweighs their benefit, they will be removed. As you are about to sign up, two rules, in particular, are of importance. You are fine Gisteron.... Your actions, and that of others, was not directly insulting or belittling... Perhaps overzealousness in search of the truth, :lol:... Truth as seen by you...;) The 'line' you are looking for is invisible, and never quite in the same place twice... I hope that answers your question...:)

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