Sunday, August 30, 2009

Insights into Stopping

Here is a couple of paragraphs from "Nihil Nimus" book (Robert Boice) that describes the importance of timely stopping for academic life. Needless to say, the same insights are applicable into other aspects of life:

"Stopping is even more difficult and important than starting, as the massive literature on problems of impulse control shows all too well. ...

... So long as writers cannot hold back and stop on time, they do not become productive and healthful workers. Why, exactly? When they fail to hold back from busyness and avoidance, writers rarely end writing before diminishing returns set in, and so make the work aversive and the writing superficial. And so long as they run overtime at writing, other important things get put off and eventually supplant writing.

.... When we cannot stop because of the short-term rewards of continuing, we binge. And when we binge, we usually get one major task done per day. That often mean that the next day or two must be devoted to work other than writing, or maybe a needed rest.

You might recognize the problem more readily among the teachers we saw earlier (Section I) who hadn't learned timely stopping. They waited too long to set off for class. They rushed to the podium and lectures at a rapid pace that left many students detached from the class. And, by running their classes past the bell, they tired themselves and their audiences. They got less from more." (p. 145)

My take on this: To stop timely you have to develop a trust in yourself!

This is also related to an older post, claiming that the unit of presence is about 15 minutes!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Total Immersion

Here is another interesting book, this time about swimming:

Total Immersion, by Terry Laughlin

Here is an interesting video that reminded me of the initial exercises in the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYhHyIcht3g

Friday, August 28, 2009

Learning

There is an alternative way of learning, similar to how infants learn, that is far away from typical adults. It can be a great source of pleasure in life.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Posture:

Felt quite lucky when I found this book a few days ago in a friend's house, or did I have an open eye for things related to "body" after my previous post? :)

The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World

by Mary Bond

From the book, pages 4-5:

"I see posture not as how you hold your body when you are still but as how you carry it while you are moving. ....
Your posture emerges from your interactions with the world around you. It emerges out of how you orient yourself to the events of your life, how these events feel in your body, and how you move toward or away from the people or things involved. ...
... posture is also influenced by cultural and religious standards, by geographical features such as crowded streets or open terrain, by weather and clothing, and by media images that dictate what is attractive. ... [and[ your relationship with gravity.

We organize our posture in two ways: by orienting our body in space and by stabilizing it so we can move without falling."
And the book becomes more and more amazing. When I find time, I will add more fascinating quotes :)

It has a nice, hidden, relation to the consciousness-awareness that is a focal point of Zen practice.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Body

Your body is a masterpiece, do not punish it for whatever reason. It is amazing, keep peace with it, attend to it, and it will return your favor!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Natural

Every task at hand has a natural beginning and ending.
I could only realize those boundaries once I had a glimpse at the inner calmness necessary for being contend with the capacity of every single moment.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sumiye

From "The Conscious Manager" by Fred Phillips, a quote from R.G.H. Siu:

"A striking impression can be gathered from the sumiye school of painting. The spirit of Zen is marvelously expressed. The painting is executed on paper so thin that the slightest hesitancy will cause it to tear. The strokes are swift and decisive. They are final and irrevocable, like a castrated steer. There can be no retouching. The objects are always embodiment of movement depicting the becomingness of nature and the free expression of the intuitive spirit." - R.G.H. Siu

By the way, this Sunday our Kyudo sensei had three original Japanese paintings from a couple of centuries ago hanging on the wall, very nice ink paintings.

Finally, even though I find the idea of finality of actions "intellectually" interesting, I still have not felt it myself. I am trying to be at peace with my hesitancy at this stage .... :)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Some Thoughts on Salvation! :)))))

Let's suppose that there are two main bases for morals that are closely related:
1- Loving your self unconditionally,
2- Trusting your self unconditionally.
Unconditionally means even if you have done something that is considered very appalling by society and yourself, or have made a very serious mistake in your judgment. (You can see how the two are closely related?) "Bases" in the sense that you can genuinely love, trust, help, ... others only when you trust and love your self.

You see that starting from this assumption, clearly the more mistakes you commit, the less will be your love and trust for your self, and you get trapped in a vicious circle! You do not really need to assume truth of God or religion to realize that committing acts that you think are bad can have very serious consequences for your life.

The only way out of the vicious circle is to stop judging, and start embracing and trusting your self. This is not religious, it is more of a simple observation!

The idea is very simple, but there are little that I know in terms of "practices" to help. Yes, you need to "practice" new ways of doing things. No matter how much you "think" about these things, nothing will change until you "do" something. In fact, to be able to trust and love your self, you need to put analytic thinking under control.

Therefore, I have to stop. Truth is typically very simple to envision, although may be hard to get at, and talking makes things only worse :)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Beyond Amazing!

This is an extraordinary example of how effective a person can be, without being pretentious and more importantly without being political. Only if more Iranians do these sort of things :(
It literally brought tears to my eyes!

Link: http://www.jadidonline.com/images/stories/flash_multimedia/Golha_program_test/gol_high.html

Also related:
http://www.jadidonline.com/story/24072009/frnk/golha_program

I have been listening to the video a few times now and I think there is something mystic "ERFANI" in it.

Body Intelligence

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