Games and stories are the best way to teach the young and non walking dead. Here are a few ways to bring your child more into the moment and show that paying attention pays. VISUAL One more cat – Choose an animal like a cat or an object and see who calls it out faster… Read More Teach your child to pay attention
Any movement and any activity can bring on new lessons and learning. Here is a simple movement exercise and obstacles on the way to further the learning gained from them. One can repeat a movement ten thousand times and learn nothing. One can hone a movement ten thousand times and learn everything. The smart gorilla… Read More The obstacles are the learning
Sometimes, Almost always, your brain can avoid a situation your fists will find hard to crack… Drink only from safe looking containers you opened (water bottles, alcohol ) and only if saw the drink being brewed in a safe looking establishment in front of you (coffee, tea, beer). Give your details to no one… Read More Twenty five tips on preventative self defense
There are two great observation tools we have but we mostly point them toward the outside. Our ears and vibration sense throughout the body will grant us great insight on our emotions, reaction and movement if we just pay attention. Start as you are still laying down to sleep. Feel your own pulse wherever it… Read More Listen to yourself
Here are ways to increase your awareness without increasing the energy we put into it. It is easy to be super vigilant for a few seconds and then go back to sleep. Choose instead to grind the wheel a little bit each day. Keep your sword sharp or grow rust. These are tweaks and small… Read More Increase your basic level of awareness
All the power in our bodies come out once punctured well. It is well illustrated in a crowd where we cannot pay attention to all individuals and must swim in streams of perceptions and assumptions. We can grow as people from accepting and moving from this feeling of a small fish in the ocean. Step… Read More Swim with the sharks
Here are eight partner drills to build and hone your efficient and effective movement patterns. Don’t search for the key. Be the key maker. walk and breathe continuously. Have a partner throw a ball at you as you walk. Your job is to move out of the way and intercept the ball in flight. Do… Read More building smoothness
Technology is what we make of it. That is so simple that it goes unnoticed. Here are six uses for your smartphone to make your practice better. Learning to gauge time – use the timer one various settings and perform a task from getting the garbage to the bin to doing X pushups. See if you… Read More Things to do with your smartphone
Each time we hold a class I arrive early to walk the ground. I watch for the growth of the trees and grasses. Mind the barren spots and clear out human garbage if it is lurking about. I watch for the angle of the sun in the sky and the movement of the clouds and… Read More My class is my sit spot
The perception of time and dimensions changes when there is no sight or lesser sight. Take a stop watch and time it to five minutes. Close your eyes and walk around the house or clearing. Sit down and listen and consider how much time has passed. When you think five minutes are close to over open your eyes and check. It is usually far from what your perception places it. Repeat this drill and combine it with other drills to make your perception of time less sight dependent.
Distance also changes with shadows and lesser light. Close your eyes and think how many steps you have to the light switch or your closest tree and check if you can reach it with this number of steps and if your heading is right. do this many times and in different places and textures. For example a forest will not guide you in a straight line and a desert dune can tell you by the angle of the sand many things.
Play with this and remember that you can feel light even if your eyes are closed or burning. You can sense what you are stepping or crawling on without looking at it and with a stick without touching it. The wind will tell you of an opening, the angle of the ground of the landscape and the sound what you are stepping it. Move slowly. In the forest a broken leg is very much like a death sentence. Pay attention and do this drill with your kids.
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