F*ck That: The Funniest Guided Meditation ever

“Gradually, let the horse shit of the external world fade from your awareness. If you find your mind wandering to other thoughts, don’t let it concern you. Just acknowledge that all that shit is fucking bullshit.”

I Just discovered this video and thought is was so funny. It’s got to be the best guided meditation i have ever heard 

So sit back have a laugh and allow the external bullshit to fuck off world to kindly fuck off

Peace 

Dan Harrison. 

Host of the Ascend Podcast, The more I know, the more I don't know. But every day I ask questions and search for Truth...... Read more....

The Power of Taking off Your Shoes

Running barefoot is better than running with shoes for your working memory?

When Bruce Springsteen sang, “Baby, we were born to run,” he wasn’t kidding. For nearly 2 million years before NikeTM appeared, the original and natural running shoe was the bare foot. The prominent heel pad on modern running shoes encourages your foot to strike the ground heel first, causing a jarring impact that travels through the joints of the leg. In contrast to shod runners, barefoot runners land midfoot or forefoot, and have almost no jarring impact whatsoever, leading to less injury when it is done correctly.

Because most runners come to barefoot from wearing shoes, their form needs work. Feet land far off the center of mass, too hard, and hips don’t twist as they should. To correct this requires an increased proprioception of a number of things at the same time. Are your feet landing beneath your hips? Are you running gently? Are your feet landing in a straight line or a zigzag?

When you have all of these down, exteroception comes into play. You have to pay attention to sight stimuli (things you can see) and something else shod runners take for granted, touch stimuli (things your feet can feel). You have to look and feel where you are landing because if you don’t, it hurts. Landing on glass, a sharp stone, or even a twig can be very painful for feet that are used to stomping about with shoes on. Barefoot runners tend to think of runs in terms of how they feel: rough, soft, smooth, slippery, cold, or hot.

While that’s true whether you’re running with shoes or without them, barefoot runners have the added stimuli of touch. One potential benefit of this extra sensation is a heightened awareness of the environment around them. We think this is because when you are running with shoes, you can select what you focus on, ignoring the pebbles and twisting roots. But barefoot runners are aware of nearly everything under their feet—there is little irrelevant information because they need to be aware of most of the ground in order to avoid a painful misstep.

But can this extra attention when running barefoot have cognitive benefits, especially for our working memory?

Working Memory, our ability to recall and process information, is used throughout our lifespan. By improving it, we may be able to realize gains in key areas from school, to work, to retirement.

In the first study of its kind, we enlisted 72 participants between 18 and 44. Participants ran both barefoot and shod (wearing shoes) at a comfortable, self-selected pace, for approximately 16 minutes. Working memory was measured before and after running. When running barefoot, one often has to avoid stepping on potentially hurtful objects by using precise foot placement. Thus, participants were required to step on flat objects to simulate running barefoot in an outdoors context.

When the data were analyzed, we found a fascinating result. It turns out that what you have on your feet when you run is very important to your working memory. When runners ran barefoot, they had higher working memory than when they ran with shoes – an increase of 16%.

There was no significant increase in working memory when running with shoes. We also measured their speed and heart rate, but neither had any effect on working memory performance. Though participants stepped on the flat objects when shod and barefoot, only the barefoot condition saw improvements in working memory. It is possible that the barefoot condition required a more intensive use of working memory because of the extra tactile and proprioceptive demands associated with barefoot running, which may account for the working memory gains.

This makes sense. We used to live in Scotland, and as a family, we loved spending hours and hours of our weekends running barefoot through thinly cut trails in the Scottish Highlands, bouncing through moss, jumping over streams, gently dancing over sharp rocks, and avoiding the occasional pile of sheep-recycled grass. Though we had loads of fun, we quickly learned that if you don’t pay attention, you find yourself tumbling down a hill or slipping and landing on your backside.

Seeing proof that running, and barefoot running in particular, pumps up working memory power is exciting because it shows that it is possible to improve our mental abilities. When we work our body, we work our brain.

Text adapted from the Working Memory Advantage (Simon & Schuster)

Research study published in Perceptual and Motor Skills

 

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In And Out Of Movement

Being in and out of movement

A few years back, I was very intrigued by, and welcoming of the so-called `paleo´ movement.  I eagerly read all I could, travelled widely to attend various gatherings, gave a few lectures, wrote some articles, and in general saw the renewed interest in `real´ food and an unprocessed lifestyle as a damn good thing. What seemed to happen however, is that the `movement´ became bogged down in a pedantic squabble (and a lot of ego) over `what is paleo or not´. Instead of rejoicing in the spread of awareness about nutrients, movement, community, food sources and so on, people seemed intent on reinventing the `brand´. As an afterthought here, I think the majority of the silly debate revolved around and between those who had `newly discovered´ real food and a more unprocessed health lifestyle, rather than those of us who had grown up eating natural food and being outside all the time.

The takeout for me was a renewed interest in looking at what certain aspects of my diet and lifestyle were `non-nutritious´ and hindering my daily performance and interaction with the environment and those close to me. In other words, being more aware and conscious about the choices we make and the agency we have in determining our health pathway. Fast forward to the current interest in movement or `natural´ physical culture. Like `natural´ eating and `real food´, the idea of stripping our `training´ mindset back to its basics is about simplicity and connection, not the addition of unnecessary complexity. In fact, I see the opportunity for myself (who may be seen in some niche circles as a kind of representative for this `movement culture´) to highlight people’s awareness of what hindrances they allow or factor into their daily movement patterns.

In other words, to remove non-nurturing movement can be seen in analogous ways to the removal of refined, non-nutritious foodstuffs from their lifestyle. The key element I see to this idea of movement is to make the discussion so translucent and ephemeral, that any attempts by people to corner or trivialize the `culture´ become meaningless and ultimately mere digressions to the entire point of human movement. The `point´, dear movement-police-cadets-in-waiting, is that there is nothing to cling to, no benchmarks, there are no dichotomies, there are no patents, there is just a sharing of joy and wonder concerning the possibilities, freedoms and instincts of being a human animal in today’s society within our wider universe.

My philosophical interest in the nature of human movement and physicality stems from a childhood surrounded by both constant interactions with nature and a house full of books on Roman and Greek heroes, poets, gods and monsters (my father was a philosopher and historian of the Roman Empire and Hellenistic period). From a lifelong engagement in movement and mythology, I welcome the revival of attention these days in both the experiential and mystical interest in what it means to be a free and/or constrained human. Movement is a great base for this interest because it is simply the only given `law´ of our universe.  There is energy. There is movement. We are always in movement. We come out of movement, so why this desire to control or define something so vast? The ideas I’m working with currently relate to breaking down any barriers relating to the way we both theorize and undertake the experience of movement. Anything goes; only hardened egos beg to differ. Take your ´genre` to the party, add it to the pot of movement and enjoy the ride.

One of the most pervasive legacies of human development over the past few centuries has been the idea that the parts are somehow more important than the whole. It has become second nature to such an extent that the mere idea of an infinite collective is immediately cast in the pot of weirdo soup. Now much of this has to do with our taken-for-granted acceptance of science and/or religion, and the ensuing right or wrong dichotomies. We are quick to judge experience, even quicker to denounce wonder. The movement experience I’m working with on both philosophical and experiential levels asks different questions based upon the idea that category is the disorder and the demoralizing influence in life. Nature and our connectivity, through deeper awareness of the movement energetic on the other hand, is the heartspace for our exploration of this grandeur and our moving experience.

 

Our movement becomes an eternal moment of being alive and our sole task is to be present with each movement as a form of energy so powerful it brings us closer to unravelling the experience of simultaneous consciousness. This may appear Zen-like to some, or (add your own woo-woo) to others, but the real essence of stripping something so primordial down to its inception, is the simple liberation provided through the experience of just being in your movement. This seemingly illusive notion occurs whether we like it or not, but our awareness of the moment (prior to self-conscious judgement and analysis) requires surrendering and letting go of any ideas you may have about yourself. For many who are so focused on their niche specialization, this is a hard pill to swallow, but then again, why seek comfort in the illusion of some representation?

Through training, work, physicality, love, community, solitude, mysticism, illness, vitality or any number of states of being – movement – our baseline energetic, frames our patterns of choice and experience. Being aware of our place `in and out of movement´ helps us shape a world in which we take responsibility for self-actualizing our potentials and freedoms, via continual reflections upon the greater whole. The temptations to continue to base experience on social media identities, past mistakes, media scare-tactics, notions of culture, certain movement ´mastery` or a belly full of frozen spam may still occur, but needn’t detract from our wider journey.

You see, human nature is like a collection of debris floating down an endless river full of twists and turns. At each bend, whirlpools collect our fallibilities forming debris of delusion, until the rising flow strips away the stagnating illusion of harmony. We first acknowledge the flow and become aware of the whirlpools. Then, through a succession of choices, offer the movement of our heartspace until we find ourselves immersed in the currents of autonomous movement freedom. From a physical perspective, we can apply our modern-day terminology to this flow if we wish. Ideas of strength, skill, mobility, style etc can find their place in your practice for sure, but think of them as aspects of a greater flow of movement – a flow that transcends any spurious notion we may have about our mind or body being separate entities. By thinking about this idea, suddenly we must rethink everything we’ve ever been taught about physicality and progress in the development of our training.

We needn’t fear this possibility that allowing ourselves to be so deeply involved in our own movement patterns may just be the window we require to open up our realm of creativity and soulful interdependence with the wider cosmos. After all, philosophers and explorers have for centuries sought to ask questions and experience life based upon the ebb and flow of moving terrain. And certain mystics were never entirely sedentary. Everyone can in fact become better equipped at facing the challenges and wonders of life simply by placing our movement experience at the forefront of everything we do, and as part of the creation of what we might become.

A joyful and progressive movement lifestyle need not be a solitary affair, or certainly not one outsourced to external interests, but ought to be a constant learning experience you yourself discover as your connections widen. No matter what their background, make a concerted effort to read and seek out people with real life experience and see what your take out can be. Maybe nothing, but maybe some small aspect you can incorporate into your way of moving. Be vigilant and avoid letting commercial interests steal not only your hard earned cash, but also the most essential asset you have: your time and health. Remember, movement just is. It is life. So don’t waste time in debating what it is not.

So what are some practical steps we may wish to think about and act upon in this flirtation with our simultaneous energetic? As alluded to earlier with the ´paleo` movement, this idea of nurturing our awareness and experience of nutritious movement is one to keep in mind. Think of your intentions to discover your movement potentialities (whatever they may be) as a prelude to the removal of unnecessary clutter in order to experience your true movement autonomy. It takes practice and lots of curiosity, patience, self-love and gratitude. Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll outline some moves we can incorporate into our daily routines in order to bring some of these ideas into practical fruition.

Keep moving. That’s what we do.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tom Mountjoy is an independent anthropologist and health researcher interested in a wide range of topics relating to the philosophy of science and the nature of human experience.Tom can be reached via email (tommountjoy@me.com) or via social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube @primalmovers

The Escape

The Escape

When life gives us the opportunity its up to us to make sure we take it.

What holds you hostage in your mind is only the workings of mind constructed of fear.

Read how these two gentlemen find out that life isn't just a matter of coincidences.

Song That Will Change The Way You Look At The World

WHY IS THIS WORTH WATCHING?

When I first listened to this song , it brought me to tears.

About four years back i was reading the comments on a YouTube video and someone had wrote in the comments section of a self development video, " want a song that will change the way you look at life listen to this" so i click............. watch, cry and my life changed........... hopefully this song will change your life or somebody else. 

 

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Dan Harrison. Host of the Ascend Podcast, The more I know, the more I don't know. But every day I ask questions and search for Truth.....  we are all just visitors to this beautiful planet. Read more....

Move or Die

WHY IS THIS WORTH WATCHING?


The time of hard training all the time is done. its time for a new approach in your training and general life  Ido, Connor and Gunnar focused on staying soft, loose, bouncy, sharp, complex and... smiling. 

The time has come to upgrade our approach. The time has come for MOVEMENT.

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Dan Harrison. Host of the Ascend Podcast, The more I know, the more I don't know. But every day I ask questions and search for Truth.....  we are all just visitors to this beautiful planet. Read more....

Joe Dispenza’s Space Free Guided Meditation

WHY IS THIS WORTH WATCHING?

Relish in this relaxing guided meditation by Joe Dispenza. Feel the expansion in every part of your being as you led to opening the space in every part of your body. The soft music, combined with a melodious voice, you’ll feel comforted in this deeply tranquilizing meditation. Free your mind of thoughts, ease your body of tensions, and remain in the space where true inspiration and deep awareness are possible. Joe Dispenza is the author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind and You Are the Placebo. He is thousands how to reprogram their thinking through scientifically proven neurophysiological principles.

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Dan Harrison. Host of the Ascend Podcast, The more I know, the more I don't know. But every day I ask questions and search for Truth.....  we are all just visitors to this beautiful planet. Read more....

We Should Stop Looking Up And Start Looking In

We Should Stop Looking Up And Start Looking In

"We should stop looking up... and start looking in."

 

You see, I have had my beliefs for a long time now. Though I am not a very religious person when it comes to the structure of a church or a place of worship, I do hold my own faith in this place, this world. Throughout my years here I have come to learn that we as a people, as a race, need something to believe in. I just think that somewhere along the way we have lost the ability to believe in ourselves.

The Uncaged Human

The Uncaged Human

To change we must change the culture.

Since a young age I’ve had a deep hunger for philosophy and learning from various wisdom traditions and their practices for becoming more fluid in my movement. Schools and Training systems should be more movement focused

 

  • 1. So what is a The Uncaged human all about and what does been a uncaged human mean to me ?

  •  2. The damage of sitting and human domestication?   

  •  3  How am i  building my movement practice?