LLog – 20170117

Just read this Business Insider article about Tim Ferriss in which he shares the quote:

Jenny Sauer-Klein, cofounder of the acrobatics-yoga hybrid AcroYoga, introduced him to the idea “No hurry, no pause.”

This reminded me of the principle from Tom’s Danzan Ryu dojo, which I subsequently found out is an old sniper saying:

Slow is smooth and Smooth is fast

This was such an important principle for executing techniques that relied on being in sync with your uke.

I have not thought of it in a long time and it applies in the same way that Tim uses the Breema principle – slow down and smoothly execute and you will accomplish your goal.

Actually I use this a lot at work when the shit is hitting the fan to keep focused and not make mistakes.

LLog – 20170107

Had a bit of a headache the last 13 hours or so, woke up still there and meditated and felt a lot of tension in my jaw. Once I let that go the headache was gone. Noticing the jaw brought me back to the eyes where I usually think to release based on a technique for relaxation and focus that I read by Gurdjieff many years ago. That fact has stuck with me for almost 30 years!!!

I found this quote after a quick Google search:

The fact that the eyes are accumulators is useful for a person who knows how to relax the eyes, and to bring consciousness to them. It means that the person can use the accumulators more intelligently, and, with a little further knowledge, gain access to the large accumulator, because the eyes have an indirect connection to it.

If I remember correctly the reference I am remembering was referring to Gurdjieff’s ability to recharge his energy and function on very little to no sleep, partly by not wasting energy on unnecessary tension, and also by access to some larger store of energy outside of himself.  I assume that is the reference to the ‘large accumulator’.

Uploading Your Mind to the Cloud

Uploading the Mind

Read any futurism blog, listen to any trans-humanist podcast, watch some science fiction movies – hell it was even mentioned as an off handed joke on an episode of Friends – and you’re bound to come across the notion of uploading or transferring a person’s mind into the digital realm. I find this idea, along with cloning and transferring the mind to another body or android, to be very fruitful topics for speculating about consciousness and identity, both of which transcend body and mind (hence the category of Spirit)

I tend to refer to consciousness and identity as ‘the self’. Obviously, these are very deep topics that much has been written about by folks far smarter than I. But reflecting on the nature of the self, even in as superficially a manner as a simple blog post or 10, is an important, indeed it should a required, endeavor for any human.

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