Went through my morning process- starting with a cold shower. Hard to get a good cold shower in Miami. (Lucky for me, I’m off to Rochester…) Then, some stillness/sitting practice. Been following Dudi’s instructions every morning, and the stillness becomes more and more accessible…
Aaand, off to the airport. Sage came along for the ride; when it was time to get out, it was weird leaving her 🙁
In line for the flight, a stranger began talking to me. It was an opportunity to practice not being so shy. Anyways, I love people, but it’s sometimes awkward for me to talk about random things.
In flight, a good time to experiment with binaural beats. It’s been on my mind lately. For a long time I disregarded B.B. as bullshit, but been curious. Using some sleep-oriented B.B., I’ve had some singular sleep experiences (the hypnagogia getting out of hand, and aural hallucinations as well…).
Todd/Carcara, the event host (a capoeirista who runs a facility and some events as well), picked me up from the airport and we went to his place. Meghan (Soneca) showed up (she was also hosting; she came from Pennsylvania to participate). Got into a few sets of handbalance, just alternating between Todd and I. A bit of other internal work.
When Johnny arrived, we went to the famous Wegman’s – a huge grocery store. Finally got a chance to try a recipe I’ve been curious about: dandelion greens. Well, I guess that’s not really a recipe, it’s more of an ingredient, but whatever.
Meghan and Todd exposed me to Art of War, a dice game. I won! My competitive side slithered out and soon I was making evil eyes and wishing ill fortune upon my enemies.
Morning cold shower – got more than I bargained for! That shit was COOOOLD. But I stuck with it. By the end, felt like knives in my skin, but it does the job.
Since Johnny’s around… of course I’m going to make plantain pancakes (plancakes!), with a side of spicy sausage.
Event was at the same spot as last year, a Crossfit box. Many familiar faces, and… so many Canadians!
Spirits were high throughout. While assisting, I always start to feel “depmoved“, so I’m grateful every time Johnny asks me to demo. As he put it, after one demo that culminated in some applause, it’s not a performance, just an opportunity to sneak in some workout!
Lunch break; forewent the nap, had coffee and read. Sat down with Nick for a bit, then, back for the second session of the day. This was when participants began to feel it the most.
For dinner, I lost 2 games of Art of War 🙁 I think it actually had endocrinological effects on me).
Another round of pancakes alongside some ground bison. Johnny exposed me to that famous chaga-coffee. I feel so hip now! But we still had real coffee afterwards. It’s a fun idea, but… I enjoy the coffee ritual.
During lunch break, played with some material that we’re sharing over the weekend. It’s always good for me to revisit the basics, from a basic perspective. After lunch, hanging out with Johnny and some coffee, talking about this and that.
Afterwards, the routine of photos and such. Always a good moment to have 1 on 1 time with participants, a human connection, even if it’s short.
Afterwards, BBQ ribs at Sticky Lips! What a place… some participants met us there, and we ate well.
Back home now… maybe tomorrow we get some sun!
We got some sun!
Johnny took me through a few partnered tasks – I failed miserably, but I’ll be chewing strongly on them with Aylin.
Before the airport, we got a coffee. Well, Johnny got two. His obsession is… intense.
Then, a park to practice. And Rochester has some NICE parks. We found a hill, and decided to work with some acrobatics. The idea of rolling down the hill escalated into some crazy ideas.
There’s something liberating and gratifying in that moment when you’re presented with some new environment or structure, and you can approach it in a way that you will grow… Liberated, because suddenly the world feels open to you. And gratifying, because you can pull something from anywhere. I went to this hill-side with a one-dimensional concept, and walked away with a refined 3 dimensional perspective.
In flight, I watched Star Wars. I didn’t grow up on S.W., so I don’t know much about it. But I was quickly, like others, interested in real-life analogues of this idea of a “force”. Except, I don’t think it’s chi, prana, energy, etc…
It’s the brain’s mapping, the way our minds create representations of the world. Our minds, through exposure, can co-opt ANYTHING. It allows us to feel what others do, their bodies, objects, space, floor…
Holding a stick extends your maps beyond your body, and so does relating to other humans, so does anticipating the floor, etc… this is a super-power available to us. These representations aren’t illusions, or irrelevant/unimportant. They shape what we can do, define how we feel. To be a person who feels through a physical stick held in the hand, is to have a different experience while holding a stick, and also to be able to produce a wider array of outcomes and consequences.