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Hmm, I can't really see the difference yet...
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I don't practice Kundalini Yoga much anymore. I did it in college a bit, one of the few yoga centers in Eugene was a Kundalini Yoga center, complete with a Guru Granth Sahib. I thought Yogi Bhajan was amazing, and got to hear him speak in 2000, when I spent the week at Casa De Guru Ram Das. They kicked me out, eventually, which is a small point of pride, but I wish that I had done something more exciting to deserve it. That is another story. As my practice evolved, I gravitated towards vinyasa, and then yin. Kundalini fell by the wayside. My studies in ayurveda led me to the conclusion that I would be best served by grounding and calming practices, instead of kriyas that sought to force energy up my spine through any means necessary. I got an email from the wellness center down the way the other day, saying that there was a Kundalini Yoga teacher visiting from mexico, that she was offering a class, and it was ten bucks. I didn't have any other plans for saturday afternoon, and decided to walk over and participate. I walked over as mindfully as I could. I have been reading The Miracle of Mindfulness By Thich Nhat Hanh, and have been redoubling my efforts to keep my mind in present time awareness. Its been a while since I've read any TNH, and I forgot how much I liked him. I might even ask my meditation and/or yin yoga students to give the book a try. So, I was walking, aware that i was walking. Then I was sitting in class with everyone else, aware that I was sitting in class with everyone else. I was ready to put my body in shapes, and be aware that my body was in those shapes. Practice began, and I was enjoying well enough. Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo. It had been years since I chanted that. Rolling my hips open, Breath of Fire, many long minutes of leg lifts. Then I got grumpy. A voice in my head, one that is often convincing, told me, "I hate this. I hate this. I hate kundalini yoga." I was aware that there was a voice in my head that was hateful. I was about to agree, to defer to the opinion of this voice. But then, another voice countered, "So what?" Yeah. So what? My body felt good, and my breath was flowing, and the hatred seemed pretty unsubstantiated. I went on back to practicing, the So What mantra spinning round the stupa of my mind. Inhale So, exhale What. The voice came back, it sounded younger this time, brattier, "I hate Kundalini Yoga!" "Why do you hate it?" "It's Hard!" The voice whined, if it had feet, it would have stomped its feet. All I could do was offer a little internal shrug, explain that the yoga practice was going to continue, and that the voice was certainly welcome to vacate the premises should it so desire. So, that's pretty much it. My back got a little tight after that, which also tempted me to slack off, but I decided that it was a pranic thing, and that by being mindful of the way that the energy wanted to move through my body, and practicing in a way that would support it would be the best thing to do. I think it worked. Class ended, and I was aware of it ending. So, class was good. I liked it. I doubt I'm going to go full turban or anything, but I think I'll work it into my regimen a little more often. I know that its standard mindfulness jargon to discuss how we are not our thoughts. Its not uncommon for meditators to have a thought that they identify with, and then through practice have the insight that the thought is not them, and certainly not aligned with their highest aspirations. Its not even new for me. But, Its a good thing to remember, especially because thoughts can also come wrapped up nice and tight with a collection of unpleasant emotions. Thought have one way of convincing us, and emotions, another. Just like the book title suggests, getting enough space to see them for what they are is nothing short of a miracle. The brat was endearing, in its way, and it certainly felt good to relate to him with a bemused attitude and a firm hand. Brats need discipline. And I'm super fond of my new mantra, "So What?" I think I'm going to get a lot of milage out of that one. Today wasn't the first day that I was confronted by a bratty voice shouting opinions that are both urgent and irrelevant, and I can't imagine it will be the last. I'm glad I've got a response, and I am aware that I am glad.
Nipun Mehta founder of non-profit ServiceSpace delivered this speech at Harker School. He explained both good and bad realities of present world and present generation. For detailed speech, please check it out here. I hope you'll find it both inspiring and interesting.
Last couple of years Northern Virginia has seen some drastic weather including hurricanes and tornadoes.
In 2012, there were 11 tornadoes in Virginia, with no deaths, and $3 million in property damage. In 2011, there were 51, with 10 deaths. (The most in any year was 87 back in 2004).
In Northern Virginia area we have shelters that are available on an ad hoc basis. For example, here is a list of Virginia shelters that were open during Hurricane Irene back in 2011. You'll want to keep an eye on Ready Virginia (they have an app now) since hurricane season just started.
Tornadoes have hit every part of Virginia especially in past few years.
Sign up for your jurisdiction's emergency alert system and do take it serious. Follow the emergency instructions as per your jurisdiction alert.
I don’t consider myself strong. I am fit, but I am not strong. Hopefully this is evident by my picture that I have included. I cannot bench press more than 200 pounds. I can only do maybe 10 consecutive pull-ups without stopping. Of course my numbers will keep improving the longer I train, but eventually they will plateau. I don’t have a problem with this. This is because of my goals. As a college athlete, I want to be fast, agile, flexible, and strong enough. I don’t need big muscles like a bodybuilder. Let me say that again in case it was not clear: I am not trying to get big. I’m six feet tall and I weigh about 180 lbs, and I don’t think I would ever want to go much higher than 195. In fact, if I got too big, it would be a detriment. With huge muscles you lose things like flexibility.
With these goals in mind, I follow a regimen designed by the trainer at my college. I go to the gym 4 times a week: 2 days mostly focused on upper body exercises, and 2 days mostly focused on lower body exercises. On top of this, I do conditioning 3 times a week(I usually combine a conditioning day with an upper body day). All of my conditioning is based on HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. You can read up on HIIT to learn more about the science behind it, but most trainers agree that it is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise. Starting HIIT when I got to college was a huge change. I ran cross-country in high school so my idea of conditioning was long, slower paced runs(pretty much the opposite of HIIT). Now, I usually run repeats of shuttle runs or sprints at shorter distances(nothing more than 800 meters).
So that’s it for my goals and how I train. It’s what works for me. One of the biggest things to realize is that everyone has individual fitness goals and needs, and that what works for me or you will not necessarily work for somebody else. I will leave you now with a little story about from when I went to the gym about to weeks ago.
It was a leg day for me, specifically front squats. My gym only has one squat rack, so you either have to wait for somebody to finish or work in with somebody else. This day there was an absolutely huge guy doing back squats. This guy was probably 5 foot 8, and he looked like he weighed at least 230(I later found out he was a former bodybuilder). He was squatting 405, sets of 5. I asked him if he was almost done, and he said that he had 5 or 6 more sets, but that I could work in I wanted. I asked him if he was sure, giving him a chance to reconsider, because working in would have had us repeatedly racking and re-racking several plates(I was doing a progression from 135 up to 255). He insisted I work in, saying he needed the break between his sets. So I did. This guy kept watching my form when I was working, and then after I finished my set at 225, he struck up conversation. He said something along the lines of, “You know, what you’re doing is very impressive. I wouldn’t be able to do all the sets you’re doing right now.” Needless to say, I was pretty surprised, but he explained that he didn’t have enough flexibility to front squat as much as I was doing. This really gave me a feeling of validation about my fitness goals.
After reading about this new blogging concept of Sett for a new style of blogging platform, I decided to give it a try. That try was remarkably short because:
Sett has potential but has not done itself any favours by opening up to users too early. For now I intend to continue with Wordpress as my primary blogging platform for my Christian writings and my tumblr blog for other stuff. I will look back later (if I remember) to see if things improve here, I hope they do; I like the idea. Unfortunately others who have a similar experience to mine might not bother to check back at all.
I will be adding this post to my tumblr blog, Jim's Jottings.
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After upgrading to the developer preview 4 I found that my mac mini does not boot with the external screen attached on the HDMI port. It starts booting and then the WindowServer crashes (no warning or anything) and the display presents the spinning symbol on the grey background forever and ever.
Just in case you are having the same problem - apparently, and according to this link - you can unplug the external screen and let it boot, connecting after more or less 2 minutes (or whatever time your mac takes to boot). After that it should recognize the screen as usual.
Hello! I just joined Sett. I'm not sure if I'm blind or not, but I can't see the gear icon to customize my blog.
Except, the name of my community is a generated name and I don't seem to be able to find a way to change it. Am I really stuck with this name?