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Author Topic: Fluffy Bunnies and "Myth"conceptions - what makes you angry?  (Read 30120 times)
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« Reply #165: June 13, 2011, 05:22:20 am »

I can't count how many times just quietly sitting with a family member or friend of a decedent helped them. Often just knowing someone really was listening and really cared was a help.

I agree.

In my old job I would write death notices.
And the best favor you could do for the mourning customer, was to be quiet, friendly and professional.
Helping them to make the obituary look nice, helping them with the picture that should go in and the quote they liked.

A little smile, an understanding nod - it made them often very thankful.
I always allowed my heart to be open for them and I am convinced they felt it.
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« Reply #166: June 13, 2011, 09:24:58 am »

Can you point me to some good sources on prayer wheels and how they're (correctly) used?

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/b_prayer.htm

That's a good general entry.

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/bud_om.htm

That one's about the inscriptions inside the wheels.

http://www.buddhanet.net/ftp04.htm

On this page is a list of .zip files. Among them is one from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Advice on the Benefits of Prayer Wheels." (The files are in alpha order--the name of this one is p-wheel.zip.)

HTH, at least for a start. :-)
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« Reply #167: June 13, 2011, 01:39:44 pm »

I worked in a funeral home as a weekend/on call receptionist. Part of my training (somewhat unnecessary by that point as I'd lost my mom about 18 months previously to cancer) was on NEVER using platitudes toward the family or other mourners. Platitudes were seen as cliched statements that negated or lessened the very real agony of the mourners and were therefore de facto insulting/rude/etc. and never ever to be used.

Personally I find them dismissive and trite.
That's interesting!

I often feel cheated when someone uses platitutes and phrases to look smart in a conversation. I guess that's because I feel dismissed and not listened to (at this point I remember my mother often used phrases to 'explain' why my point of view was wrong or to make me 'behave', so I guess that's why being fed with phrases pisses me off).

I guess using platitudes and phrases isn't very mindful to a conversation partner because it kind of makes what ever the other person is saying exchangeable. If I was really listening to someone I'd mirror what I was hearing and what my true feelings or opinion were in relation to what he/she was saying and not just use a common phrase...

But I think it's really hard to be mindful to everyone one interacts with, not an easy thing, especially if one want to get through with ones opinion or daily schedule, hmm...another thing for practice. Wink
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« Reply #168: June 14, 2011, 04:25:52 am »

HTH, at least for a start. :-)

Thanks!!
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