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Do you think this’ll work?

In Uncategorized on 2016 October 19 Wednesday at 11:54:11


Carrie Cheadle writes:

Sometimes the thing that keeps you from being in the present moment is your running list of other things you could be doing while you’re training or at practice. Before your next practice, try writing down all of the things on your mind in that moment that are keeping you from being 100% mentally present. Write down anything and everything on your mind on a 3×5 card, a little notebook, etc. As you’re writing, imagine as if the weight of those concerns and tasks is actually being transferred to that piece of paper; as if that notebook or 3×5 card is literally holding onto it for you so you don’t have to carry it with you into practice. Know that it’s being held safe and then give yourself permission to just go be absorbed in practice.

I have huge problems getting out there. So many things I could be doing instead. So: I shall try this, and report back.

Advice on meditation from, um, Upworthy

In Uncategorized on 2016 September 8 Thursday at 13:21:33


What’s the opposite of clickbait? Someone shared this article with me on Facebook, and I actually agree with it. The Upworthyish writing style doesn’t seem appropriate, but the points are good.

I sort of discovered these “mindful pauses” for myself: standing on the train; sitting at my desk wondering what to do next; lying in bed at 2 a.m.

But, as Krop says, “[t]he hardest part isn’t actually completing the mindful pause itself; it’s remembering to do it in the first place.” He’s the expert, but I wonder if linking these pauses to specific moments in the day is actually a good idea.


In quotidian bloggage, self-improvement on 2016 September 8 Thursday at 12:25:53

TrainingPeaks, as so often, has an interesting blog post on “How Swimming, Biking, and Running Cultivates [sic] Self-Reliance”. (What TP should perhaps improve is their copy-editing!) I’ve often thought that what draws me to endurance exercise is self-mastery—especially mastery over my demons.

The notion of definite, objective standards of accomplishment is interesting, because many of us do live in a world where it’s unclear if you’re doing a good job, or why.09234-how-swimming-biking-and-running-cultivates-self-reliance-700x394