asdf oh yea im about to type the shit out of some shit. we werew looking thing that we.  everythihg that we looked at that we thyouyght souoberly would be caool, actually isnt cool. I The scieleing is one of the dcoolest htings to lok at with istist tan, tesert lines and onely cropped uop rogue treese appearing here and there in the horizon.  The shimmer of gold on silver is remsmerisizing.  I can’t spell.  I’m not a gootd speller right now. \\\\\\\\\\\\\.  The corners of the planks, or edges Ishould say are dark black canyons on a n alien planet hiding the true power and mystery in the chimical makeup of the mplanet.  Blah blah blah.  No one cares about aliends or the covernment or nikee.  Just play another record of ray charles.  No im just rambling.  WQhat Iwas gonna say was the wait, what kind of wood is this?  It’s likght brown, duh. it’s wood colored. go with that.  We giggle insessently, is that a word, while danieles holiding the screen and I’m tytimng with the bluetooth keyboard just below my genitals.  My arms are a little longer thatn those of a human whose evolved as longly as our sepecies.  I mean they damn near scrape the ground.  And as re discussed inth eshower moments earlyer, my hands have the texture of some secret russian rubber polymer not yet released to the publeic due to it’s abnormaly high coefficient of fricture.friction.  Thanks for the vote of confidence Danielle.  Whoa. the wood over there looks like it’s wet.  Well it has been raining alot lately.  MWe must be in the rainy season.  Let’s see.  March 29 is that an 9? ok. end of march, we are She said yes, but that doewsn’t tell me what that was.  I repeated myself, fair enough.  This  focus.  Focus.  We are just north of the tropic of ca…one of them. annd it is late spring, for us, so Ithink we are getting ready for the wet season.  Yes.  Hurricanes mean wet.  Well now that that’s out of the way, lets get down to business.  Dog people are fucking nuts.  There’sd a warning on my girlfiend’s toy that she bought herself that is intended for dogs.  Waning! do not give this tow to children.  Please remove all tags before giving to dog.  What tghe fuck?????   are we all retarded.  is this hole conuntry held together at the seams by a retarded glue of warnignns and precaustions and plastic fuckdolls?  i don’t know why i like that phrase plastic fuckdoll it markes the industrys retartedly abstract grasp of what is marketable.    I thinks its time for another quarter hit.  This time of the other stuff.  \to be continued…

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Alexander Overview

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Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

Balanced posture reduces damaging stress on the body resulting in less pain and more energy. This is the basic premise of the Alexander technique.  It takes practice to rewrite your neurological pathways so that new movements become natural. It’s the same with playing a musical instrument, dance, sports, etc.

The idea is to have your weight distributed evenly through your skeletal frame no matter what movement/position you are engaged in.

The fulcrum on which the head rests on the top of the spine is in line with the base of the ears. A common technique used to extend the neck muscles is to imagine a string going from the top of the spine through the top of the head.  Now imagine you are lifting the head by the string.  Long muscles are relaxed muscles.  The back is relaxed (slightly arched) as well as the shoulders and weight goes straight through the sitting bones (Ischium) located at the bottom of the pelvis.

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It may not feel relaxing at first due to decades of bad habits (picture a child working at a grade school desk), but the true core muscles (erector spinae and multifidus) line the spine and are designed to support posture for long periods of time.  Using the lats., traps., and lumbar to hold your posture will expend far more energy for many reasons, one of which is simply that none of these muscles are long enough. You end up using at least 3 (more like 12) incorrect muscles to do a job which can be done by one correct muscle.

The reason most of us have poor posture: because we can. We are 3 dimensional beings; a frame instead of a truss. I can lean forward and backward as long as my center of gravity doesn’t move beyond my unrooted foundation (feet).  By adding tension to muscles further from my spine, I can maintain balance. Over time this tension causes stress on those muscles and their connections, leading to pain and eventually tissue damage.

A supplicative (begging) demeanor will cause you to lean forward. This is my problem when I make a mistake while waiting on a table. I feel guilty and begin rushing to appease. Weight on my toes means excess tension in my calves, Achilles tendon, hamstrings, and much of my back.  One way I correct this imbalance is by observing where the weight enters my supporting bones.  The Talis is directly under the Tibia.  When these are in line with the body’s center of gravity, the feet and legs are relaxed.

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That’s the whole point: relax.  If you aren’t in a hurry, your body is usually stress free. To learn the Alexander technique, it is most effective to pay a teacher so that they can see how you’re using your body. It’s not cheap, but it beats aching joints and muscles for half a century.

 

An article I read after this post explains another muscle I didn’t even know about, the Psoas.  You can read the article here: https://bodydivineyoga.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/the-psoas-muscle-of-the-soul/

 

Random shallow observations

Some things cannot be unlearned.  The value of not working for instance.  In some places it is crystal clear.

The hive was upset today, but we aren’t equipped to know why, the same way ants aren’t equipped to know their ant hill has been stepped on. 

It wasn’t just my opinion.  One of the owners at the donut shop commented on a high number of unanswerably thoughtless questions and at least 3 of my co-workers from two different jobs told me they had way too many crazies at their tables.  Fast and childish drivers filled the streets of Key West today, piercing the 30mph limits as quickly as they could before slamming on the brakes as the 200 yard stretch of open road ended.

This is the day that Leonard Nimoy passed and there was overcast ending the 2-day beautiful weather streak.  These are my only clues from my perspective here at sea level.

The tropics (Cancer/Capricorn) are the beginning of the money belts of our planet.  Great climate lies between, easy economic gains outside.  If you don’t have the latitudes memorized, the Tropic of Cancer lies between Florida and Cuba.  North of this you will find most of Europe, China, Japan, and other nations with high GDPs.  South of the Tropic of Capricorn lie the larger Brazillian cities, Argentina, South Africa, and most of Australia. 

This is just a general trend.  I will do more research and find the areas with a high cost of living within the tropics.