Using violence is the system's game
Today in "the fall of western civilization"
The Decision to Practice
Text from "Zhan Zhuang - Standing like a Tree" manual (PDF)
In the book "What I talk about when I talk about running", Haruki Murakami tells us about when he interviewed the Olympic runner Toshihiko Seko and asked him: "Does a runner at your level ever feel like you'd rather not run today, like you don't want to run and would rather just sleep in?" He stared at me and then in a voice that made it abundantly clear how stupid he thought the question was, replied, "Of course. All the time!"
The decision to practice is taken daily and in that choice is the discipline. To connect with your body and take the responsibility of listening and caring. Our modern lives are characterized by daily hubbubs and demanding schedules. Anxiety and tension have become the norm in our everyday routine. So the challenge involves taking steps to include the practice of cultivating energy and making it happen. There are a few simple ways of making this choice easier.
To decide ahead of time how long you will practice and where this will happen may be decisive in starting a routine.
Setting aside "emergency exercises" for when you are caught in unexpected circumstances or when you simply don't have enough time give you an extra chance to stay with the practice. Sometimes interrupting the routine is enough to make you lose ground and give up.
Engaging in the practice as a permanent research being aware of when you need more stimulation. This can mean taking a group class, asking a friend or colleague to practice with you, researching a question you have or discussing an issue with a teacher.
The motivation to keep a practice going has to do with so many different aspects but in the end what makes is the difference is the ability to stay curious and willing to question and dig deeper. The responsibility of practicing comes from that need.
'Most people run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running does that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life.' 'What I talk about when I talk about running' - Haruki Murakami
NFTs are unique blockchain entries through which people can prove that they 'own' something. However, the underlying images can be copied with a single click. This point is illustrated by The NFT Bay which links to a 19.5 Terabyte collection of 'all NFTs' on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains. And it comes with an important warning message too.
#Comment: We truly live in a clown world 🤡 - and predicable these digital crypto clowns will soon scream "more police! more surveillance! police my digital fantasies!
Deliberate Practice with Author & Speaker James Clear
The Korean War remains conspicuously absent from assertions by the US that it is done with forever wars, but the war remains a fact of life that Koreans live with every day. It continues in other ways too.
Related: The Korean War never technically ended. Here’s why (nationalgeographic)
Seventy years ago, conflict erupted over who would control the Korean Peninsula. It stoked tensions that still roil today—and changed how wars are waged.
The Ultimate Deliberate Practice Guide: How to Be the Best - Everything You Need to Know to Improve Your Performance at Anything—For Beginners and Experts
Deliberate practice is the best technique for achieving expert performance in every field—including writing, teaching, sports, programming, music, medicine, therapy, chess, and business. But there’s much more to deliberate practice than 10,000 hours. Read this to learn how to accelerate your learning, overcome the “OK” plateau, turn experience into expertise, and enhance your focus.
What makes practice “deliberate”