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Coffee Shop Conversations - Ideas and Questions


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Hi Every Body,

This is the thread for the posting of questions and ideas that you would like us to discuss in forthcoming Coffee Shop Conversations.  We may, in fact likely will, deviate all over the place after the initial question but hopefully we can group like-minded questions into broad schema for a specific CSC theme. 

 

DW & KL

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A questions from Ciaran: 

"What is the relationship between gravity and tension in the human body. I am beginning to wonder what the subjective experience has been for those who have experienced zero gravity on body tension, and how that may have changed when returning to earth's gravity. The specific question is, what has been the subjective change as your resting tensions have changed through 'Stretch Therapy, Physical Alchemy' practice? e.g. effect on activities in daily life." 

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you guys should talk a bit about how sensory awareness of the internal organs has changed your experience of the body (both in terms of the emotional aspects mentioned in #2 but also things like becoming aware of symptoms of illness etc before the obvious symptoms appear). Also how tension of the viscera affects all of this. Annnnddd go!

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I have posted in the wrong thread, so I am copying to here:

 

1. Please can you chat a bit more about Sapiens, and Antifragile? These were so mindblowing to me, I would love to have more discussion. Unfortunately most of my friends whom I keep recommending those two books don't seem so interested in blowing their minds...

 

2. (actually, related to that) what makes a good student. A Chinese proverb says, "when the student is ready, the teacher appears". The student must be thirsty for knowledge, must have questions (or feeling that something is not quite right or incomplete in his belief system, his view of the world). Then any experience, event, encounter, even a book can become a great teacher.

 

If there is no such thirst, I believe even a great teacher won't be effective. "cup full" is another saying popularly attributed to the Chinese

 

(having said that, I loved Kit's saying from a previous audio rec that you cannot make horse drink water but you can make it thirsty...)

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Re gravity and tension question - an add on. What about biotensegrity model (tension and compression as two forces acting inside the organisms including human body). Human body not as a stack of blocks with the gravity force acting on it, but as a complex structure of many parts linked together and acting on each other with tension and/or compression). In what ways releasing tension via Stretch Therapy can be seen in the context of biotensegrity model. Sorry if that is off topic  :o   

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Re. cultivating discipline: the ancients have said that if you want to change some aspect of how you do things, do a lying meditation each day for one lunar month where, near the beginning and repeated at the end, you make a 'sankalpa' (Sanskrit: संकल्प, resolution) to yourself about the change. The recommendation is to use positive language rather than negative in the framing of the resolution (so, for example, "for the next month I will drink only water and tea/coffee", rather than "for the next month I will not drink alcohol").

 

And it is said that serious practitioners will do the practise for three lunar months. This will change you in the direction you want to go. It is always only a question of being completely clear about 'what do I want'.

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It is always only a question of being completely clear about 'what do I want'.

 

Thank you, Kit. This makes much sense. I find it extremely difficult at times to answer this question though. Which makes it not "only a question" but more likely THE question. Moreover, the answer to this question might change at some point which makes it a moving target. (Or is this only a result of being not perfectly clear about it?)

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Cultivating discipline, as this seems to be my central struggle in life. HA!

 

Remember that one day you will die.  Always keep death on your shoulder, as they say.. then, find what you want to do with your life and get to it, AntiTAF style. 

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It is a term I coined. AntiTAF = Anti- 'Tentative-as-fuck'. The opposite of being indecisive, 'keeping my options open', avoiding what you must do in terms of a life-path. AntiTAF is opposite of an indolence of the Heart (which can be disguised as a very busy, meaningless action indolence). Most people, somewhere deep inside, know what they want to do.. They just find ways to avoid it or balk because it is hard or has never been done. AntiTAF is ignoring these negative emotions and Doing It.

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If you plan new "episodes" of the conversation, it would be nice to hear your thoughts about:

 

-the role of hardcore recovery methods in healing process (widest spread here is yumeiho therapy) 

 

-your vision about the need/format of physical practise- which kinds, how much, on what is depends and so on.

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