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    • Advice needed: how to shut up. (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Quote: Some tips and tools are: 1. Pause - just pause when you can. Focus on listening. Ponder more. Reflect on what was just said. Repeat what was just said so you show the other person that you are listening. 2. "Stop and Reset" - every chance you get to practice this, do it. As soon as you feel these things coming up for you - Stop. Stop it. Say, "Stop". Say, "I need to stop right now and reset". Then pause. breath at least three times. Let the emotions settle down and your judgements to wash away. From this clear space - speak. 3. Meditate more. start and end your day. Affirm your plans for the day. Affirm how you want to be - today. Take as many breaks as you need to meditate. focus on being Calm, Cool, and Collected. Visualize yourself in challenging situations being the person that you want to be - the person that you are under all of this. Reset your mental patterns. Fill your thoughts of affirmations of how you want to be. Replace old patterns with new healthy ones. Thank you - I've been adding self-conditioning phrases and mantras to my meditation practice. I regularly do metta meditation, and I will add CCC (good one to remember) to my routine. Making a point to take time to think before saying something I'd later regret has really helped me. I'm still developing the ideal strategy to go about this without looking weird, but I have to say that just contemplating the advice people here have given me has led to my not getting into any kind of confrontational situation over the last few weeks. Although I had an enormous amount of stress at work, I somehow managed to stay calm.
    • "Not all Truth is true..." (Last post by Khaos)
    • Quote: there is a difference between truth and facts. In general, truths are subjective while facts should be objective. I know, and in most cases, it would be best if people stuck to the facts, but there selfish enough to think the truth is more important.
    • Creating A Society (Last post by ghost dog)
    • I know I am really new, but I just wanted to say that this could actually be a lot easier than some may think(before my self imposed break ends). There are several fund raising websites: kickstarter, indiegogo(?), gofund me, and the like. also think about where Yoda was, which may just be a training ground. Some temples take not much more than people willing to construct them out of available resources. I'm sure there are numerous places that this could happen. Trust me, I know about financial barriers, but actually building a temple is a lot more practical than one might think. It doesn't have to be fancy. On the other hand with a successful kickstarter type fundage, the right vision, and people who are willing to do the work themselves something amazing is not out of reach. Again, I know I am just a newbie, but what I've seen so far is really resonating with presently.
    • The Sword as a Weapon of the Jedi (Last post by ParCandroon)
    • Quote: With all this talk of weapons, we should really ask ourselves how many of our interactions are armed conflicts or their prelude. Is it necessary for a Jedi to carry a weapon, let alone an archaic one. I am a firm devotee of the sword. I practice it for a variety of reasons. With regard to my Path as a Jedi, aside from maintenance of health, it is an object of focus and ritual. I do not ask myself which is the best type or style with regard to the sword as I do not run around attacking people or waiting to leap to defense with sword in hand. Ask yourself what this is all about, why you would need a sword. Ask yourself if you are so focused on weapons and strength out of fear. I learned that about myself some years ago. It was a challenging realization. I agree with this, wholeheartedly. A younger, less wise me would have jumped on this thread and started spouting about my favorite kinds of swords and sword arts, and whatnot. Yes, I do own an unsharpened katana and practice with it, but that is just for meditation and reverence of what is, in my opinion, possibly the two greatest art forms the world has ever known, both the way of the katana and the forging of the blade itself. In my opinion, if I were to carry a weapon, I would rather have a telescoping baton. I personally prefer a short sword, and have a natural tendency towards the flowing, swirling techniques of the Chinese Jian, but a baton would significantly lower the chances of injuring or killing someone than any kind of blade. Unfortunately, batons and New Jersey law don't exactly mix, so I don't own one myself. I would like to get a polypropylene jian (available from my favorite sword and knife manufacturers) to train with. Because it's poly, it can pack a punch without slicing someone open, and I don't have to worry about it breaking, so I think it would make a great carry sword for a Jedi. As a side note, you could paint the baton to look like a lightsaber if you wanted :P It basically works the same way as the extending toy lightsabers.
    • Grey Jedi Code Anyone? (Last post by AJGBlack)
    • I personally found the code as written to be a little messy. When you look at the two main versions of the Jedi code: Emotion, yet peace. Ignorance, yet knowledge. Passion, yet serenity. Chaos, yet harmony. Death, yet the Force. and There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there is harmony. There is no death, there is the Force. Then you look at the Sith code: Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me. The Grey code presented has no rhythm to it. I've actually been pondering and working on my own version for a while. It's meant to be used as a mantra or like the rosary as well. Through Darkness I know Light, Through Light I know Darkness, Through this Understanding I gain Balance Through Balance I gain Focus Through Focus I gain Discipline Through Discipline I gain Knowledge Knowledge is Power The Force shall free me I think similarly to Cabur, in that we all have passions and urges, what makes anything dark is what we do with them. Understanding and moving past one's darkness, accepting one's self and moving past these things. For me, that is the way of a Jedi. The Jedi code, for me, is something that denies our human nature. I created the above Grey code as a way of acknowledging that nature and using it instead of suppressing it. Two quotes that embody this line of thinking, one real world and the other fiction. :) "Emotion can be the enemy. If you give in to your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotions because the body always follows the mind." -Bruce Lee "Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled... but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love... that's what they should teach you to beware. But love itself will save you... not condemn you." ―Jolee Bindo
    • I need help with a speech (Last post by OwenShea)
    • There are a couple ways around using a quote that might not be fully appropriate for the setting. One way you can use is “If I may summarize a quote by John Doe, ’Edited Spoken Words’” This would allow you to edit a longer quote to make it appropriate, but maybe keep the desired content of value, while still crediting the originator of the quote. Summarizing or paraphrasing a direct quote is allowed as long as you give credit and accurately represent the original idea/information. With some care, I would think that at least some of the quotes that have meaning to you could be made to fit this setting. You might also discuss this with one of the faculty you trust that knows of the situation. They may be able to help guide you in acceptable paraphrasing of quotes for your speech. The last thing you would want to happen would be to get caught improperly quoting in an academic speech as the top dog, telling a Catholic headmaster that a Jedi told you to do it. :lol:
    • From time to time a poem (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Regulator In the Great Hall The Regulator tick-tocks its authority ; A pound of plomb pulling delicately on the tiny teeth Gnawing away the seconds ... the minutes ... the hours ... When things and events are tried by space-timed tests ; Second-winds can even be solar, Minute hands held only a moment Slipping the wedding rings of Saturn Onto just the right left-hand finger. The Regulator's bold, cold command Tick-tocks in the hangar Where passengers await departures and arrivals, Reunions and separations For negotiating all the Joy and Lamentation Of Family Business and Con-merce Offers taken and rejected according to the Calendar : What House is the Goddess in ? Tick-tock and take the next train ... The Regulator holds his own hands Without Sentiment nor Will And chimes his mechanical majesty To the herd of livestock below -- With unexpressed Sentiments and Will we obediently reset our watches, Holding hope and fear (and sometimes hands) off for later, 'Til it's 'Time' - Tea-times, Dinner times, Bed times ... ... and train times according to the Times Told too early and late for Tears. Surveying the Great Hall With Absolute Authority and Pardon The Regulator passes its hands indifferently over Accidents ; One train arrives too early and Another too late -- An important meeting is missed, Sighing Saturn ring-less away in the tock- -ticking second hand solar Wind ... The yellowed remnant of a rain-stained page of the Times Blows unnoticed on the rails disappearing into the salty fog. ~ Alexandre Orion 21 December 2014
    • Jedi In Combat (Last post by ParCandroon)
    • Reflecting on this aspect and the stories told, I would like to share one of my own. To make a long story short, a friend of mine was "scheduled to fight" some dingus from our neighborhood. My friend had only myself and my girlfriend at his side while the dingus brought nigh on 20 people to watch this epic battle. Both of the "combatants" were your average high school student. Neither of them had any formal martial arts training, or as far as I know had ever even been in a fight. In the end, my friend decided to talk the problem out. He still got a girly slap-punch to the cheek, in my opinion so dingus would look good in front of his friends, but nobody was injured. My friend walked over to me and shrugged it off, saying the slap actually warmed his face a little, being in the early grip of winter, and gave a chuckle of relief that the whole ordeal was finally over. I looked at the crowd congratulating dingus on a job well done and simply shook my head and put a hand on my friend's shoulder, looking him warmly in the eye. "This is a battle you have truly won, my friend, by simply choosing not to fight." I told him. As I did, one of dingus's cronies alerted dingus to my words. He immediately went back into "fight mode" and made a scene asking me if I had something to say. As a side note, I have had verbal run-ins with dingus in the past. He wanted to fight me for supporting one of my friends he was verbally abusing one time, to which I calmly responded with at least 7 different ways he would end up in the hospital if he really wanted to fight me. He backed off immediately and offered to be friends. Anyway, dingus "calls me out", to which I simply reply " I've already dealt with you before. I have nothing more to say". This must've reminded him of who I was, because he quickly became very defensive, saying he didn't know me or who I was (saying my full name while claiming that, even pronouncing it correctly) and left with his group shortly after. This story shows how, even though I (with some formal karate training, plus self-training in over 15 different martial arts) had every opportunity to beat the everliving snot out of dingus, as did my friend, we proved on that day who the better men were. I tell this story to show that while Jedi are keepers of peace, it doesn't mean we can't be warriors as well, and to support my belief that a true Jedi is much like the philosophy of many gun owners. It's always better to have the means to defend yourself and others and never need to than it is to need to and not have the means. I believe all Jedi should have the means, not only in a martial aspect, but also in having the wisdom to know when not to fight. I believe that the best way to win any battle is to ensure it never happens in the first place. If it is unavoidable, the true victor is the one who fights for truth and justice.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Rickie The Grey)
    • I am so so tired of hearing people whining. :angry: Suck it up and get on with your life. If you want to live your life complaining that is up to you. OR you can take command of you life and live it. Just stop your whining. It makes you look bad. You want cheese with that?

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