Originally Posted by Unseeking Seeker
Hahaha ... what a wonderful release laughter is
It sure is!
I live alone and I don't go out much...I am trying to break old habits and get myself out of my "comfort zone'.
The experiences of the past few days have highlighted WHY I have "comfort zones' and also about conditioned preference based upon mistrust under the guise of "privacy' which the wealthy exploit.
So, to get me out of my "comfort zone" and my own head, two days ago, my social worker took me to the Nan Tien Buddhist temple for meditation, Darshan of Buddha and some lunch. While we were there, I picked up some brochures and information about a three day meditation retreat in November...I took the information home.
My mum is staying with me for a week...I picked her up yesterday.
After dinner last night, I took out the brochures from my bag and started reading them again.
Mum: "What have you got there?"
Me: "Brochures on the 3 day meditation retreat at Nan Tien".
Mum: "Why are you looking at that for?"
Me "Because I am considering doing it".
Mum "Is it expensive?"
Me: "Not really...it is $200 for dormitory accommodation, $250 for twin share or $300 for a private room".
Mum: "It would be much better for you to take a private room".
Me: "Why? I don't understand."
Mum "For privacy! You don't want other people looking at you, do you? Watching everything you do?"
Me: "That doesn't bother me".
Mum: "Then when your back is turned, you'll find all your stuff going missing...get a private room because you can't trust other people...you need to separate yourself from others".
Me: "It is not like I am going to take my life savings or all my gold to a Buddhist temple for a meditation retreat...if somebody wants to steal my old, itchy wollen shawl or my prayer beads, they are more than welcome to them.
Mum: "Suit yourself! Fine! I was only telling you what would be best for you and in your own interest...if you don't want to listen to me, then don't whinge to me if something goes wrong...which it most definitely will!"
Mum "What have you got there?"
Me "I am sorry, but that is PRIVATE."
We live, we learn.