Increase your basic level of awareness

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 changes to everyday civil life. Take what suits you and make it your own. Do not let the darkness come. Take it in yourself.

 

  1. Use less artificial light. Go to the washroom at night without turning on the light. Take the trash out without using the staircase light. Learn to see and feel with the light you have.
  2. Listen with your feet. Object moving on the ground make vibrational footprints. Pay attention even when you have your boots or shoes on and you will gain sight beyond sight.
  3. Smell your food but not just. Smelling your food give a head start to your stomach to produce what is needed to digest the incoming. Pay attention to cigarette smoke, to car smells within the car, Pay attention to flowers opening in the morning and shifts in people smells in seasons and in health and sickness.
  4. Feel the air on your skin. Moving doors, birds and vehicles create streams of moving air. You can sit with your back to the door and still sense it open in the dark.
  5. Attune before you open the door. People open doors with but a glance or look or even on automatic. Let yourself gather and listen to your senses and intuition each time you open a door. It will pay forward in some way.
  6. Listen to the small voices. Everyone has intuition but not everyone listens to it. Hear the small hunches and voices among the larger voices of hunger and pain. The more you pay attention to, the less one voice controls you.
  7. Look at the long run. We eat and forget, we try to catch the falling glass of the table and forget the firing of the less used nerves. Listen to the long run and pay attention to the reward and price of doing what you choose to do. Many times there will be no connection but sometimes will make this worth the weave of past, present and future together. Eventually it will be just a part of you as it was in youth.
  8. See with your hands. The weight and texture of objects matter. Pressing a button that has warmed up due to electric resistance, feeling sweat on a door handle or the changed weight of a picked pocket. All these things are at your fingertips.

 

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Move under pressure – wisely

Here are ten suggestion to increase the pressure we place on ourselves while working on our health and ability.

Principle – example:

  1. Height – raise your legs to differnet heights as you do push ups.
  2. Stability – Do push ups on two hanging ropes.
  3. Surface – Walk on your fists and feet outside and choose your placing wisely.
  4. Speed– Slow down or speed up your sit ups and leg raises to spend more time on the movement and give your mind more time to understand how you move.
  5. Breath – Dictate how many breaths you have per movement or give yourself no breath at all to perform a task.
  6. Sight – Close your eyes and do one legged squats.
  7. Position – Place your fists/hands in different angles as you do push ups.
  8. Tension – Keep your arms tense as you climb a rope.
  9. Tempo – Set a time and perform differnet counts of a movement during it.
  10. Movement – Change the movement itself. Do a turkish get up without placing a hand on the ground, do a snatch with the KB on the side of the hip.

There is endless variation. Be free in your mind first and enjoy each day of movement.

Do not take things for granted. Learn something by making small changes every time.

Controlling time

A clock ticks each second or hums with electricity going through a quartz crystal.
We thankfully operate on a different dynamic scale where we can change our perception of time and even act according to our perceptions.

watch

Start in a comfortable position and your eyes closed to lower your intake of the outside world.  Count your heartbeats and how they combine with your breath. Stretch your breath over more and more heartbeats until you reach the top of the pyramid and stay there for ten breaths. Lower the count of heartbeats per breath in the same manner and each time you repeat the drill use a less and less comfortable position to learn to create more breathing space under pressure.
Example for position progress: Laying down, sitting against a wall, sitting on your shins, static push up, lower end of the squat, half squat position…

half squat

Take a piece of paper or a stretch of sand and start to draw a spiral from the inside out. Hold your breath and wait for some pressure is built. Continue to hold your breath and follow the spiral back to the beginning. With practice you will hold on to the tension less and less and both directions will grow.

spiral

Hold your gaze toward the horizon for ten breaths and capture what is in front of you. Close your eyes and bring the picture with all its details in your mind. Repeat this drill with one less breath for the capture each time and when you reach one breath use just one exhale and after that just a blink of your eyes. With practice this drill will allow you to use less and less time to grasp and realize more and more of what is in front of you.

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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.