spontaneous self therapy

fifteen minute investment of my day – becoming aware of stress in the here-now moment. (posted 2007)

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Over the course of my ten to twelve hour work day the stress builds. Physical work, Strategic planning and multi- tasking (the most unnatural of activities)… they take there toll on the body.

Many people plan exercises and hobbies to deal with stress over a course of a week.
I find that i need to alleviate high stress levels in the moment that i become aware of them. Stress is built up physiological energy in the body, it needs to go somewhere.

Today on a very difficult and stressful day i could feel the stress building, I was on a tow motor much of the day, not being physical enough to allow stresses to be channeled out of me.
So i made time for myself to take a break. found a place that i could some self therapy.

Starting with some bellow breathing (Slow full and complete exhales through the…

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Fundamental and Creative

two ways – meditating for better being

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I have two loose categories of meditating that i use today. I will call them “Fundamental” meditation and “Creative Meditation….

Fundamental Meditation

My fundamental meditation is a planned daily meditation, often with my daily exercise. I started years ago with Breathing exercises. Later I used basic Pranayama as my daily planned meditation. Today I use Zazen seated meditation, I find the most effective for me now.

The purpose of my fundamental meditating is to promote discipline in concentration, breathing, and posture over the course of a day. Also it helps keep me tuning in.
Zazen … similar to a morning jog, or shaving… is not always something i look forward to doing, But i always seem to feel refreshed afterwards.

Creative Meditation

My Creative meditation is spontaneous and unplanned. It can be a new breathing exercise to experiment with…Or using meditation and applying it to journaling, drawling, dancing…

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garage and musak -Kurt Cobain

word-music interwoven

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Canadian Interview

Cobain spoken of his artistic profession, and the non-artistic hassles of entertainment business, and clears some misinformations of inspirations ans such. From my fan readings of art guilds, its appears to be still relevant. Social observations of “coercions” such as alleged forced “trolling” forced stalking from fans, slander, pirating is a problem that goes on today.
Musicians, actors, and soon “INTERNET celebrities react by seeking protections of including lawyers and security.

Today more people understand the street theater and “mobbing” consciousness – perhaps Cobain was a victim of it, as it is alleged about the music business (put a finger on that ). plausible scenarios:

  • the musician faces harassment, the harassment COULD have been provoked, this is not the musicians problem directly, but the reaction is to hire lawyers, security, etc.
    The emotional and social pressure can affect the artists art and personal…

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Driving the Tao

Sanctuaries & Day Tripping –
previous posted. 2008

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The plan for the day was to take my aging parents up to a “butterfly Sanctuary”.
It was my fathers idea. This Sanctuary where thousands of of Butterflies visit, was located near a State Game land Preserve here in Pennsylvania. Take in the Nature and snap some pictures 45 minutes from where i picked my parents up in my car.
As usual ,we never got the directions to destination correct, even though we were pretty familiar with the Roads. We never could find the place… and potential argument was brewing between me and my father. It just seem so important, to my father, to get to  this destination, …fumbling through directions…Just to get to a now lost end point.

I began to get impatient with our ,seemingly desperate, attempt to this Butterfly field, as i noted the irony that we were driving through the hills with tall thick trees…

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Tao Te Ching chapter 16

previously posted #Tao #LaoTzu #ten #thousand

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Laozi

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.

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(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
thanks to http://www.wussu.com/laotzu/index.htm

The  consciousness of  the happenings of one’s  body is his mind.  When he or she is  aware of  the particulars of …

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A Day at the Aquarium –

the Baltimore National Aquarium
a private non-profit organization
https://aqua.org/tickets

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A Day trip was in order to one of my favourite  old haunts – –  Baltimore “Inner Harbour”
these are a few snapshots while touring the National Aquarium :

Baltimore, M.D.  National  Aquarium is located Just off of interstate 83, and is located at Inner Harbour… their lots to tour they’re.  Tell them Chris sent you.
National Aquarium http://www.aqua.org/

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Live Camera Stream oF a Bald Eagles Nest

OBSOLETE POST for further reference and posts.
you can find the Live Eagle nest at

https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

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The Bald Eagle is making a big comeback from being endangered.
Recently I posted about viewing many Bald Eagles and other birds of pray near the Conowingo Damn in Maryland.   I was only able photograph an eagles nest (post here).
A friend of family recently sent me an E-mail of the a popular web streaming site (I do not know much about the site)  http://www.ustream.tv. the
Embedded from that site below is the live video stream (requires flash) of an Bald Eagles Nest. I view regularly over the course of a day to see the two adult Bald Eagles and three chicks. I think its pretty remarkable.

You can see the live camera stream of the Eagle Nest on theFull  Page of this Post.. If not already visible.
( I split this post  into pages so it loads in a browser faster.)…

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