A Captain’s Logbook February 28 2023

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It’s been eleven weeks since my admission into the Alfred Hospital, December 2022. I thought I was taken to hospital on a Sunday morning, but the Ambulance Service thinks, maybe not. Hang on a minute. That was my previous hospital admission to The Epworth Hospital in November 2022, for a week.

Both hospitals were great to me. The food at The Epworth Hospital was yummy. I know. How amazing! Delicious hospital food, wonderful medicine, doctoring , nursing and care. However, apparently one stay in hospital was not enough. Just a few weeks later, and I collapsed sick again. I barely remember how I left the bedroom. The Ambulance Service was great. The Alfred Hospital was wonderful, and all the staff looked after me very well. On December 8 my heart rate dropped to just 40 and my blood pressure was down below 100. I got a bad throat infection and lost my voice and couldn’t talk above a little whisper.

Nine weeks on yesterday since the discharge from the Alfred hospital , and I had an appointment with the physiotherapist, from the hospital, at home. When I returned home from the Alfred hospital on December 20, I could barely climb the stairs up to my residence. Happily, after doing some exercises to help improve my physical strength with the physiotherapist yesterday, I found that my walking and climbing ability was much improved and not as difficult.

Anyway, as some sort of Losar Tibetan New Year’s resolution , I began today with a forty minute walking and breathing meditation on the treadmill. I completed just over a kilometre of walking and breathing meditation for twenty minutes, whilst burning off a little over 70 calories. Then, after resting for a few minutes and enjoying a refreshing drink of natural sparkling mineral water, I did some more walking and breathing meditation for another twenty minutes. So, that was just over two kilometres of walking and breathing meditation, whilst burning off 150 calories in forty minutes. Very relaxing, and happy to be working on strength and endurance, and gradually crafting my day and building a positive routine at home for this year, the Tibetan Year of the Water Rabbit 2150 (starting February 21, 2023).

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A Captain’s Logbook – Tuesday Evening 7 February 2023

Buddhism, Education, Health, Medicine

In the past year we have seen the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, and the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth. We have also seen Prince Charles enthroned as King Charles. I write this as I just finish a delicious cup of Tibetan tea. I’m not having a Tsampa with it however, as I was enjoying nearly a year ago.

This is Buddhism.

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That’s Vajradhara.

This is Prasangika Madhyamaka. I’m a mother too. It’s very hard watching beings suffer. What we really need to realise is that both suffering and happiness have specific causes and therefore very different consequences. The cause of suffering is non virtue and delusion. The cause of happiness is virtue.

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This is why I love being vegetarian! As we should educate you to know, that clearly isn’t an actual bear. A wild bear would just rip the shit out of you.
Like it’s told here. It’s good to wake up out of the cruel sea of samsara and aspire to and create the causes for enlightenment.

A Captain’s Logbook – 6 February 2023


Snuggle – we flew there

  1. March 2003 – Buy house
  2. 6 February 2023 – One drink of alcohol every three weeks 
  3. 6 February 2023 – Daily walking ten minutes, break, ten minutes 
  4. 6 February 2023 – Six Session once daily morning 
  5. 6 February 2023 – Simanada Sadhana and Mantra twice daily. Once morning and once afternoon 
  6. 6 February 2023 – house bought

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