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Hello from Montana!
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:31:55 am »
Good morning everyone!  My name is Sean and I'm in northwest Montana.  Having just relocated here, I was dismayed to see there are not many options for guided practice here.  Having small children, I can't make it to the one session a week that I can find in the Valley here, as it would take an entire evening away from my family and cause stress for my wife. 

I discovered Buddhism around 6 years ago or so, and I've been a (not so great) student ever since.  I find that when left to my own devices it's incredibly easy to stray from the path, and I'm looking for ways to remind myself to be mindful and stick to my practice.  I'm looking forward to years of dialogue here!

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Re: Hello from Montana!
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 08:50:54 am »
Welcome, Sean.

Don't worry about straying from the path.  It's just part of deal sometimes.  Hope you find some valuable resources and discussion here.

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Re: Hello from Montana!
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 08:51:31 am »
Hi Sean,

Just in case you've missed a practice group or centre in your area, its worth checking it out in the Buddhanet  World Buddhist directory:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php

With best wishes,


Pixie   _/|\_
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May they all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May they never be deprived of true happiness devoid of any suffering.
May they abide in great impartiality, free from attachment to loved ones and aversion to others.

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Re: Hello from Montana!
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2017, 03:10:21 pm »
Hi Sean,

Just in case you've missed a practice group or centre in your area, its worth checking it out in the Buddhanet  World Buddhist directory:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php

With best wishes,


Pixie   _/|\_


Wow, what a neat tool!  I checked it out and it seems one of the centers in a city about two hours from me has satellite meetings weekly closer to me, so I might be able to attend maybe one of those a month.

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Re: Hello from Montana!
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 01:20:15 pm »
What causes you to stray and how do you stray?

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2017, 09:51:46 am »
I suppose I stray because of the pressures of life.  I typically end up seeking comfort in food and beer!  It's not altogether damning, because I always remain functional.  The worst collateral damage is my weight.  I was able to lose 75 pounds last year and since relocating I have put back on around 30. 

 It seems that my mind races(usually anxiety driven) and comfort foods(and beers) allow me to turn off the excessive worry and find happiness in the moment.  I simply need to figure out how to eliminate the physical fixes and replace them with mental ones. 

 It's easy to find negativity and stay unhappy, and coping mechanisms tend to do nothing but prolong unhappiness and allow addictive traits to take over.  I'm truly looking for answers to my main question, how can I live in the moment and stay happy for the long term? 

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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2017, 09:56:55 am »
I think it is alright if you appreciate and enjoy your food so long as you figure out ways to not harm your body thereby, but many a fat Buddhist has appeared in history, I'd like to lose some weight as well, but not at the expense of being cranky about it. Its just a matter of trying to get the good while minimizing the bad, strategies to get the pleasure without the pain of being unhealthy or making like harder by being too fat or whatever. When you do eat though, I think it is fine or even good to appreciate and enjoy it rather than feeling bad about it. Good things are already on the way as soon as one turns their mind to strategies for improvements.

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2017, 10:17:24 am »
I think it is alright if you appreciate and enjoy your food so long as you figure out ways to not harm your body thereby, but many a fat Buddhist has appeared in history, I'd like to lose some weight as well, but not at the expense of being cranky about it. Its just a matter of trying to get the good while minimizing the bad, strategies to get the pleasure without the pain of being unhealthy or making like harder by being too fat or whatever. When you do eat though, I think it is fine or even good to appreciate and enjoy it rather than feeling bad about it. Good things are already on the way as soon as one turns their mind to strategies for improvements.

That is quite insightful, thank you!  I recall that the most calm, centered, and happy periods in my life occurred when I was able to focus on improvement and my practice.  The biggest thing I'm missing here is Sangha, very limited contact with other followers of the path.  I'm already loving this Forum though!

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2017, 10:36:23 am »
I think it is alright if you appreciate and enjoy your food so long as you figure out ways to not harm your body thereby, but many a fat Buddhist has appeared in history, I'd like to lose some weight as well, but not at the expense of being cranky about it. Its just a matter of trying to get the good while minimizing the bad, strategies to get the pleasure without the pain of being unhealthy or making like harder by being too fat or whatever. When you do eat though, I think it is fine or even good to appreciate and enjoy it rather than feeling bad about it. Good things are already on the way as soon as one turns their mind to strategies for improvements.

That is quite insightful, thank you!  I recall that the most calm, centered, and happy periods in my life occurred when I was able to focus on improvement and my practice.  The biggest thing I'm missing here is Sangha, very limited contact with other followers of the path.  I'm already loving this Forum though!

You have in me your foremost Sangha friend. You can email me at theartismagistra@gmail.com if you wish and so should anyone who wants a Sangha friend.

When you explore here though, you may see others on here and Buddhist forums in general not always appearing as the best examples of wholesome comeradery which we all wish for at times and which can be very helpful.

You are already marked with mystical signs. Mercury for example. There is much one can think about and derive from even one's own thoughts and actions and experiences which may at first seem mundane.

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2017, 10:53:13 am »
I think it is alright if you appreciate and enjoy your food so long as you figure out ways to not harm your body thereby, but many a fat Buddhist has appeared in history, I'd like to lose some weight as well, but not at the expense of being cranky about it. Its just a matter of trying to get the good while minimizing the bad, strategies to get the pleasure without the pain of being unhealthy or making like harder by being too fat or whatever. When you do eat though, I think it is fine or even good to appreciate and enjoy it rather than feeling bad about it. Good things are already on the way as soon as one turns their mind to strategies for improvements.

That is quite insightful, thank you!  I recall that the most calm, centered, and happy periods in my life occurred when I was able to focus on improvement and my practice.  The biggest thing I'm missing here is Sangha, very limited contact with other followers of the path.  I'm already loving this Forum though!

You have in me your foremost Sangha friend. You can email me at theartismagistra@gmail.com if you wish and so should anyone who wants a Sangha friend.

When you explore here though, you may see others on here and Buddhist forums in general not always appearing as the best examples of wholesome comeradery which we all wish for at times and which can be very helpful.

You are already marked with mystical signs. Mercury for example. There is much one can think about and derive from even one's own thoughts and actions and experiences which may at first seem mundane.

Many thanks! 

Could you elaborate on Mercury being mystical sign?  I use the name often, it was assigned to me by a coach of mine in Highschool 17 years ago. 

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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2017, 11:13:19 am »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budha

Budha was typically associated with mental activity but more importantly as a "psychopomp" in many mythologies, taking people on a journey to and through to their origins. There was a strong and frequent association with death and magic in figures such as Hermes / Mercurius and Odin, and with crows / ravens, making their re-appearance as MahaKala and the association with ravens again. All these things happen to also be associated with inspiration, and the two famous ravens of Odin had to do with various aspects of cognition. These are all called at times "Liminal" entities or figures, dealing with thresholds and crossroads and crossing over, crossing over being a major linguistic theme in Buddhist writing.

 


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