It's three posts in three days- I just learnt there is a schedule button lol- so I'll space them out from now on. It's hitting you real time as my brain is just fizzing atm. The combination of art projects, sorting out the move to Japan and Canada, and having a more fluid schedule to do so with finishing up at Workshop has meant I'm just turned ON.
Plus I just hooked up with an epic adventure/ yoga team hitting Niseko in March. Check out dem apples at Flowstate YEEahh!
These two videos are really in the grounding of where I am heading with this trip and the life spaces I am investigating through this.
The events I have been through and overcome have given me skills and techniques in reprogramming thought patterns and behaviour; I really want to create something that shares this is a damn funky good way. These abilities are supported by the activities I am passionate about.
I am sometimes questioned about how the Art, snowboarding, motorbiking, yoga can all fit together & what relevance they have in helping others. The answer for me is that they feed me intellectually, spiritually and in a neurological format. They're integral to how I have nutted out the more esoteric nobbly ideas. The physical movement is a bonus- but the golden nugget lies for me in what they make my brain do. This in turn allows me to calm, reflect, open up to the environment and then absorb more information- and this means I am healthy and happy and able to impart what I have figured out!
I am a little luke warm on the social media options for the moment... "you have a blog though" you may say. Yes, it's nice to share isn't it. You have decided to come here and read this- a conscious decision on your part to interact.
I am intently curious about EVERYTHING- which has gotten me into all sorts of knots- but equally taught me how to get OUT of them as well. I am very concerned that we are becoming normalised to repeating seemingly passive behaviours. Clicking through Facebook, refreshing our email inbox, flicking the screen on the iPhone to see if there is a text, you do one of these once every 10 minutes, thats 66 times in a day if your awake for 11. It doesn't seem that bad- but what it reinforces in our brain, I believe, is going to have significant neurological impacts on our ability to change behaviour. I get crumpled when people say "look, you've just got to get over it, it's the way the world works these days- you won't be able to work successfully if you don't start doing this". Firstly: we have survived for thousands of years without this and been very successful prior to social media. Secondly: Why the hell should we all want to be the same, when being different is a draw card? Thirdly: This blog is my world not owned by another company. Fourth: I search to be actively informed not passivley fed information. But, watch this space as I figure out what I want to buy into, because there are wonderful merits to having a social media presence too :D
Electronic media lacks a little lustre in elemental social aspects. We have subtle nuonces of communication; body language and natural sensory inflictions that work for particular reasons. Smell, movement, vocal infliction... these senses keep us safe but also rationalise situations and relationships. This is why feeding ourselves with music, art, BREATH, movement, feels so bloody good!
To overcome reinforced negative habits, thoughts, pre-dispositions or biases, like Miss Myers says, we must be able to rebel against our deference and primal reactions.
We are pack animals; we all want to be in the sandpit together- the problem with that though is that we take comfort in conformity. We put value on ambition and novel expression, but when faced with the reality of difference, we shoot down, sabotage and undermine. We can be quick to criticise and critique and conclude judgement without factoring the bigger picture; that creativity is a process- a dynamic evolving strategy of test/ play/ re-evaluate/ modify/ repeat...
When I learnt how to ride a motorbike I practised skills over and over, in different conditions (pleasant and un-pleasant), to make sure that those habits became my instinctive reactions. I take pleasure from making myself uncomfortable, in some ways, in order to learn and achieve higher. As much as our rational brains may not want to do something- when under pressure our primal and instinctive reactions will override these urges. Addiction regardless of what physical manifestation it takes, has the same underlying mental pattern of repetition. If we have a society which is becoming more conformist, we are dumbing down our ability to rebel against these concepts and forge new habits through adverse reaction. If you loose this ability to question, be comfortably awkward and rebel against the general bais, we are going to loose our edge in being able to make sure we can change.