Wednesday, 19 August 2020

I see the sunset in my view

I imagine the father listening to him; He likes drama. I directed King Lear last term. He came to see it three times in a fortnight, smiled all the way through like it was a sitcom . He loved it, of course he would. On the next pass, see if you can sync your breathing with the cadence of the song. Does it speed up in places and slow down in others? How long do some of the silent moments linger? Pay attention to the tempo and see if you can sense a shift in it. If you are musically oriented, you may already do this naturally. If not, this may take a few passes to train your ear. Know that it is not only about hearing but also about perceiving. How does it make you feel? What mood does it elicit? How can you change your physical being to sync to it? They evaluated this option by mentally simulating it to see if it would work in the situation they were facing . If the course of action they were considering seemed appropriate, they would implement it. If it had shortcomings, they would modify it. If they could not easily modify it, they would turn to the next most plausible option and run through the same procedure until an acceptable course of action was found. Much like a quarterback working through his progression of receiver options, the fire commanders would sense and internally compute the feasibility of the first option that came to mind, then proceed down the list of next-best alternatives.

Known as satisficing, a mash-up of satisfy and suffice, this strategy goes with the first option that passes an acceptable threshold for the situation. Originally conceived by psychologist and computer scientist Herbert Simon, this method helps prevent analysis paralysis in a fast-moving situation. Decision makers can satisfice either by finding optimum solutions for a simplified world, or by finding satisfactory solutions for a more realistic world, said Simon in his 1978 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Neither approach, in general, dominates the other, and both have continued to co-exist in the world of management science. In addition to firefighters, Klein and his team have studied military commanders, anesthesiologists, pilots, nurses, and even nuclear power plant operators--decision makers in critical situations with limited time. Think about this. Before a person is diagnosed with diabetes, he or she will normally 1) be overweight, 2) will have some form of inflammatory response, 3) will frequently have high blood pressure present with regular chronic infections, and 4) show symptoms of depression. If the person with these interconnected problems is seeing four specialists, one treating the weight, one the inflammatory response, and so on, then it's likely the underlying pathology is being missed. We'd have to get the four together in one room for them to figure out the patient had pre-diabetes. To solve the problem, this dispersal of medical attention will not do. For true healing, you have to connect the dots and see how each of these conditions ultimately either leads to or exasperates diabetes. With this way of thinking, keeping the whole syndrome in mind at all times, then by preventing or treating one condition, by extension you are helping prevent or improve all of the conditions. Further, holistic diets and exercise regimens are designed not to cope with a single condition, but to condition the body to resist multiple possible health underminers. For instance, the diet that I am recommending for diabetics will help prevent: Heart disease Me: `Hello Fat. Are you there? Fat: `Where else would I be? Me: `Oh God! I wish you'd just disappear.

Fat: `Well I never asked to be here, I'm not the one who ate a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's last night. Make your conversation as long as you like. Have some aahh time We all deserve to look after ourselves, whatever our size. Make time to look after your body. Frankl asked. The Nazis burned our synagogue today, he said. The chunk of marble was the only remains from the Ten Commandments above the bimah. I can even tell you what commandment it's from, his father said. Only one uses these letters. And what's that? Frankl asked. Honor thy father and mother. Frankl ripped up the visa on the spot. The following year, the entire family was sent to a concentration camp, where Frankl's father died in his arms. Wonderful, because when make-up is applied well, you barely look like you are wearing any at all, Elizabeth answered and continued without pause. Makeup not only helps you look your best, it helps you feel your best. The best makeup is simple, clean and complements your features rather than distracting from them. Therefore it is vital that you master make-up application. When was the last time you had your make-up applied by a professional?

I thought back. In my early twenties I stopped by a high-end department store counter and had them apply my make-up. I had to agree that I felt fantastic once I stepped out of the chair, but I also felt a whole lot lighter--to the tune of hundreds of dollars. I shared my experience with Elizabeth. A great deal has changed over the years. But the ocean can also unpredictably explode and so do we. On this occasion, my mind exploded with imagination. I realised that forcing myself to meditate is not the answer. Disciple: So is it hard to shut down the part of your brain that creates imagination in meditation? And rather than admit that your imagination is overactive, do most people believe that they had a genuine spiritual experience? If my aforementioned imaginative experience happened in a meditation class (as opposed to the bedroom), it would have been easy for me to wax lyrical on what a spiritual experience it was. You see the environment you are in will also dictate how special or spiritual you feel your actual experience was. This is not an attack on any one individual as it is our innate human nature. We want spirituality (especially keen yogis) and our desire for more and to evolve into spiritual beings makes us create something from nothing. Deep down, we know the experience we just had was all our imagination, but we somehow convince ourselves it was so much more. While Prince spent a good deal of time detailing accounts of pathological multiple personality, this next quotation from Prince himself shows that he understood that the pathological cases served to shine light on how multiplicity works in all of us: No sound theory of personality can disregard, as is usually done, the data derived from the study of case of multiple personality. For the multiple nature of man, or to state it in a different form, the different selves, of which our minds and personalities are composites, may be most clearly recognized, as I have already intimated in the frankly abnormal cases of this kind observed in actual life. They are not uncommon and many have been studied. They are of interest, not because of the dramatic phenomena they exhibit, but because of the light they thus throw on the structure and mechanisms of the human mind, on the composite nature of man, and on the many little selves of which the mind is composed.

Prince's recognition that a pathological version of something can be real without being the best or optimal point of focus make him a true precursor of the healthy selves perspective. Boris Sidis The last early psychologist to consider (before we get to William James himself) is Boris Sidis (1867-1923), who, along with his colleague Simon P. Goodhart, wrote the 1904 article Multiple Personality. The article, which Sidis wrote most of, was dedicated to William James,*38 his teacher and later close friend. What do you think of me? I cast myself as Edgar; He can't stop talking. The traumatised child learns that language is always ineffective when it comes to expressing internal states with any precision, that life is so hopelessly fragmented it might never be shaped and smoothed into a single narrative, with effects neatly dovetailing causes. It's much messier than that; And what other option is there? The silence of Cordelia? It's an attractive possibility: if I say nothing I might create the impression I understand everything. I threw up on two nights as Poor Tom, wet myself, dislocated a shoulder, screamed so much one eye bled inside . I accidentally stuck my sword Excalibur-style into Edmund's head in our fight scene, he had to go to hospital, twice . Slow down and perceive the music. Now go back to the original saying and reflect upon it: Music is the space between the notes. Where in your life do you need to pause between notes? What subtle spacing can you put in your day to make things more beautiful? Maybe you take 15 minutes at lunch to walk around the office building or outside.

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