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    • We need you! (Last post by Goken)
    • It is also helpful to remind people that you don't have to be a member of the Clergy, or even a Knight, to submit a sermon to be posted. I know that that held me back for a long time.
    • Theory: Why Chewbbaca Didn't Receive a Medal at th... (Last post by Goken)
    • Maybe he was supposed to but they had trouble getting it on the suit or staying correctly so they just opted to not do it. I tend to think of more production reasons for stuff like that than plot reasons. :laugh: One of my minor annoying habits.
    • What Are You Listening To Right Now? (Last post by Reliah)
    • Vusuki, MC Yogi?! :cheer: I always have my students end their yoga sessions with his Peace Out number. I think the first of his I ever heard was Ganesh is Fresh :laugh:
    • Live Your Legend (Last post by Goken)
    • Thanks for posting this. It seems really interesting. Following your bliss is something that I've given a lot of thought to in the last few years. If you don't mind I'd like to skip answering the first few questions and talk about this one (although they'll all pretty much get answered anyway): Quote: Is there a danger in following your bliss perhaps by attaching very strongly to an image of who you are and what you do? From my experience there can be a danger. That danger is, as you said, the danger of attachment to that idea, that image of yourself. Growing up all I knew was martial arts. From the time I was ten years old I was trained not only in martial arts but in how to run a school, even an entire organization. (the martial arts training started before that, but the rest started about then). When I was 22 it happened. My father stepped down and I took over his school. It wasn't until about six months in to running it myself that I started to question whether that was really what I had wanted or if it was just what I had been trained to want. I decided that the only way to know for sure was to quit, at least for a while. That's where that attachment came in. My entire life had been about one thing, martial arts. I didn't do sports or extra curricular activities in school because I was at the dojo every day. I missed out on family things to go to shows and conventions. Martial arts was all of who I was. That I, even for a moment, thought of taking that all away left me feeling empty. That was probably the closest I've ever come to understanding depression. It should come as no big surprise that that is when I found this Temple. I did quit. The school closed and I was both free and empty. I learned though, that I needed to be empty to discover what I really wanted to be filled with. Eventually I came to realize that martial arts was my bliss but maybe not teaching it, not yet at least. It's still in there, inside me, the teacher, but I think it needs a few more years to fully develop. In summation, martial arts is my bliss but I'm not at a point yet that I can make it my job. I also hate making my living dependent on something that I love because then it is literally work. I like having the choice. Do I work out today or not? When I taught it was, "well I HAVE to go to the dojo and I HAVE to train these people." That's another danger of making your bliss your job. For me my bliss has to remain my hobby. At least for right now.
    • Techwear for Jedi (Last post by r3dleader)
    • I like Weatherproof pants they seem to do good and then just a quality knit top (worked for Hemingway). As for EDC, my pockets and belt are well used. I have an interchangeable array, but my standard two are Summer and Winter: Beretta Nano with extended mag OR Springfield XD9 Service Model Browning Black Label Integrity folding knife OR Ontario RAT-3 fixed knife Streamlight ProTAC flashlight OR a lot of others Leatherman Wingman OR Gerber Diesel Army Issue Web Belt Iphone with SplashETech case Fisher Space Pen OR pencil (#2) Moleskin Notepad Or Rite in the Rain notebook Ever Ready CPR face shield and emergency blanket in my wallet Lighter and/or fire starter leather TTU embossed Wallet Metawatch Frame Or Invicta Pro Diver two-tone Watch IPad Mini with Honeycase Metawatch Frame Or Invicta Pro Diver two-tone Watch Patriot Memory Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 256 Flash Drive on MB C230K Fob OR Mini Cooper S fob Plus if it's cold a Hawke & Co insulated parka that lets me carry a 1911 with two spare mags and my small first aid kit. only the keys, usb, wallet, notepad and lighter end in up in my pockets, so it not as bulky as it seems. Be prepared, right.
    • Is anything not a metaphor? (Last post by Loudzoo)
    • Quote: Quote: The world (universe) itself may or may not be a metaphor but all our human ideas and conceptualisations are So, what is a plane, a car, a computer, a T.V. etc,etc a metaphor for? These were all at one time human ideas and conceptualizations. They were not metaphors for anything however. They were all at one time human ideas and conceptualisations - and they remain so, even after they are built and while their used. The word 'plane' is a metaphor for the object of our sensed experience of a 'flying machine with wings' but the metaphor goes much deeper than that. The divisions we see between objects, may be consistent but they are arbitrary. You can't split the plane from its fuselage. You can't split the fuselage from the Aluminium (say) its made from, and you can't separate the Aluminium from the people that mined and refined the bauxite, or from the supernova that created the Aluminium in the first place, or from the rest of the whole universe. In this sense the concept of a 'plane' is a shorthand metaphor for the whole history of the universe manifested in that particular place and time as a 'flying machine with wings'. As John Muir is quoted "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe". Communication would be dreadfully laborious without these metaphors - but the reality of a plane as an independent distinct thing doesn't really exist. Its just a reasonably efficient way to make sense of things - its not the reality. Its only my opinion but I suspect the layers of metaphor go much deeper again. I've probably not explained myself clearly so far, and the rest will be even less clear . . . but I'll try and grasp some of Jestor's comments . . . Say you see an aeroplane - where is the actual aeroplane? Its clearly not outside the aeroplane. Also no individual part of the aeroplane is the aeroplane itself. The aeroplane is an emergent phenomenon of all its various components. As I really think about this it eventually gets to the point that I realise that the aeroplane has no independent status - except in my mind - if I choose to see it that way. That's why any conceptualisation I have of anything (including an aeroplane) is a metaphor for the reality of whatever the aeroplane actually is. I'm not sure that's the slightest bit clear but by all means kick the tyres again Khaos :)
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Edan)
    • At work, I don't want to hear about American gun shooting statistics, or police shoot outs, or actually anything to do with Britain vs USA. I don't care, I'm at work.
    • Does "evil" exist? (Last post by Tellahane)
    • evil is a label for a defined set of actions defined by the society for which we live, so in that regards, yes it exists. Take all that away, and it just is...much like the force. Thats my opinion anyway.
    • Strength (Last post by Omhu Cuspor)
    • Quote: Strength is fine, but I think it is more about resilience. Can you resist getting knocked down? Can you recover when you do? ... ... To be an effective Jedi, I think one must cultivate resilience. Does having poor resilience make you a failure? That's not mine to say, but I know it makes life in general much more difficult. I read this while trying to assess my own feelings on the matter, and this short essay on resilience probably makes a point better than I would have. I am thinking about all kinds of experiences, both those shared by others and my own. Addicts, some of them, recover and live lives of contribution. People with physical disabilities accomplish remarkable things in spite of them. Some confronted with illness, poverty, or prejudice manage to overcome their hardships. Each arguably begins the journey in a state of weakness, but their own resilience coupled with the Force - as the old saying goes - enables lemonade to be made from lemons. I'd add that resilience is not IMHO something that we either have or don't have. It can be cultivated - one small step at a time, one moment at a time.
    • Physical temple (Last post by Yabuturtle)
    • I think a monastery would be better in the long run. People can actually live there and it can be quite a self sufficient place, with it's own medical practices, it's own farm and little area of land, it's own library ect. I know abandoned temples but I am not sure if there's any abandoned monasteries though. Do we need one? No not really but having a gathering where other Jedi can meet is nice to have. I guess it'd be located in America or England as those are the countries with the highest amount of Jedi.
    • WW III (Last post by Omhu Cuspor)
    • Quote: Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained This is a marvelously hopeful perspective, Cayce, and one which as far as I can tell is freshly original. I intend to soak it in. Thanks for sharing this video. It is profound enough that I feel like going silent on this topic now; I don't know how I could add anything more worthwhile.
    • Today I felt lonely... (Last post by Rickie)
    • [/quote]I don't know how it works for others, but this chain reaction happens with me. I'm an Aspie, and because of that, I'm a Bipolar, and I don't like to feel lonely or empty, because it triggers a depressive state.[/quote] You do the best you can with what you got. Don't let the labels used by others limit you. Do you feel greater than the words use to describe you? Of course you do! You are great! Find your greatness. The power is yours. Embrace it! You are so much more than what you believe and others say. Bee great. Have fun.
    • "Jesus" was a Jedi (Last post by Lykeios)
    • Quote: Yeshua Ha' Mashiach or Yeshu Ben Yosef was a Jedi. :evil: por que He was. i've always believed this, and i may expound otra vez más tarde. Thank you. I cannot accept this. However, gracias.

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