Don’t be the best dressed man on the bus. Touch each door before you open it. Look up the time on your wristwatch only when you have to. Relax your arms when you jump. Learn sixteen different knots. Always give credit when it is due. The way is much more familiar when you look behind… Read More Ten odd tips on being in the army
As a child, my first and one of the best lessons in paying attention came from an Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan novel. The sentiment was simple but profound. It was not the elephant or tiger he feared but the silent beetle who carried death in its touch. I ask you to consider this thought as… Read More The true line between life and death
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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