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#17
Both of those really hit home atm. I have been doing Silat, an Indonesian martial art, for the past 8 years. So much of it is "non-explained movement". I was very lucky in that my guru badgered his teacher with "silly questions" and so he has a completely different mental map of this thing that we do than most other instructors I've seen.

And that map is _absolutely_ body-centric. Unfortunately, our culture lets the kids who "show competence" receive all the physical training, while the rest of us have to struggle through retraining ourselves later (if we ever take that opportunity). Reconnecting with the body means undoing a huge amount of chronic tension (your pose-hold-relax-repeat description has deep parallels to Christopher Hyatt's "Undoing Exercises"... who I think has Gurdjieff connections). Then looking past the flood of sensory information coming in from the "environment" and focusing on the sensory information coming from "inside".

Our beginner breathing meditations involve flowing the arms and hands all across the body, almost like you are lathering yourself with soap in the shower. This is SUPER WEIRD FEELING at first, almost indescribably weird. You are not socialized to touch yourself like this (you are basically anti-socialized away from it), you fuck up and lock up, or your breathing catches and gets blocked, or your hand leaves contact with the body. Your "monkey brain" is going to jump all over these feelings and try to convince you that this weird stuff you are doing is boring, not worth your time, etc. The best I can recommend is to just return focus to the breath, the intellect will run out of steam eventually.

The point to our exercise is to retrain the body to be confident that it can move in certain ways (through certain vectors) with power. We are literally "filling in the blank spots on our personal-space map". But guru Brandt and I just made that metaphor up to distract the intellect. ;)


Will go back and re-read this thread. Thanks for posting.
#18
I'm one of the three spags running the Discordianism facebook page (wtf, how did that happen?). Let me know if that is useful.


I like the idea of a more PD(here) focused community page, too.
#19
RPG Ghetto / Re: Rappan Athuk 2019
April 14, 2019, 08:55:22 PM
Good thread! Thanks for the peek into your campaign, Dok.
#20
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Julian Assange arrested
April 14, 2019, 08:16:35 PM
I just re-read a story about them doxxing a majority of Turkish voters (& claiming emails scraped from social/political google groups were "Edrogan administration emails"). I'm 100% with Cain here.
#24
My daughter and her crew at vocational-school tried playing a session of Human Occupied Landfill last month. Yeah, that game never lasts more than 1 session. They went back to their weird oD&D+3.5+4+Pathfinder2.0 thing they play between other games...


If you want a game that takes this kind of this 'seriously/humorously' (instead of juvinile-humorously), I recommend Tales from the Floating Vagabond.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TabletopGame/TalesFromTheFloatingVagabond
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2010/Tales-From-The-Floating-Vagabond


Also, I seemed to have designed something that can create character sheets for any system as part of another javascript-wiki I use. It helps if you know HTML a bit, and 'common wiki-syntax', to get started, so I'm trying to design a more user-friendly package. But it does need testing if anyone is curious.
#25
2 Students Face Criminal Charges After Calling Border Agents 'Murderers'
https://www.chronicle.com/article/2-Students-Face-Criminal/246038/
#27
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / Re: Spagbook
March 25, 2019, 10:10:31 PM
Yeah... still irked that the event organizers had been previously trolled into being paranoid about under 18-yr-olds, and thus hassled the young woman you brought.


:argh!: Ah well.... that group imploded. Shame, very creative output for a very short time, and the Esozone cons were peak moments.
#28
That 'rightness/truth' is a function of 'utility/usefulness', not 'most accurate description of reality'.
#29
good re-frame


All Affirmations are True in Some Sense, False in Some Sense, Meaningless in Some Sense, True and Meaningless in Some Sense, False and Meaningless in Some Sense, True and False in Some Sense, AND TRUE, FALSE, AND MEANINGLESS ..in some sense.


Wilson would have said All Affirmations are Models with Truth Value Ranges of .000000000000000000001% to 99.999999999999999999%, but apply the wrong model to the current context and the results are meaningless.

Or something like that...
#30
Quote from: Emo Howard on March 23, 2019, 10:21:05 AM
It's like the night before Christmas, and I know I asked for a pony, but deep down I know I'm just getting one of those stuffed horsie heads on a stick.

:horrormirth: