Archive for November, 2014

One Tree, Not Two

November 21, 2014

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

Louis de Bernières

Achievement Unlocked!

November 21, 2014

Remember I mentioned a 6 Week Challenge? Well, I did it. I lasted the course, kept a journal and sent it to the organiser. I’m excited to see where things go from here… When I know more, I’ll update this post (unless I am sworn to secrecy on pain of death – or wedgies).

Until then, you guys can check out the challenge, test your mettle and join me in the R.Evolution!

November 16, 2014

I did it! I figured it out by myself and pulled it off in real life – that effect where you touch one of a pair of volunteers and the other one feels it!

So cool. I fucking nailed a David Blaine effect.

Thoughts vs Feelings

November 15, 2014

Although some people prefer to differentiate between the terms “feelings” and “emotions”, I tend to bundle them both together. For me, a feeling is generally an emotional response (e.g. I feel happy, in love, angry, excited, stressed etc), and generally have a physiological component, usually hormonal, such as serotonin, oxytocin, testosterone, adrenaline and cortisol (to match the list of emotions).

A thought in itself is purely mental with no physiological component:  for instance, you can think “I am happy” without actually feeling happy. Obviously if you do feel happy, then your conscious mind is just naming that feeling to make it easier for your consciousness to get a handle on what can be an entirely subconscious process. Which is where things get a little tricky.

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Taijiquan

November 12, 2014

I started training in Japanese martial arts at about 12 years old (a brief tussle with Judo at age 7 notwithstanding). I was lucky enough to train at a very traditional dojo founded by English students of Japanese masters, so my Budo training included external and internal arts – Karate and Aikido for example.
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