Updates: Summer Life & Musings

As far as physicality goes have done a lot more dancing and riding bikes this summer than Jiu-Jitsu.  All of which am happy to say, still make me feel like a boy.

Current magic carpet:


Nonetheless, hard to write a Jiu-Jitsu blog if not doing Jiu-Jitsu. =)

To keep you in somewhat of a loop, besides aforementioned bikin n’ dancin, have delightedly swam the following waters of:

Books (many audio editions):  The Fireman by Joe Hill; Locke & Key by Joe Hill; Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon; End of Watch by Stephen King; Saga by Brian K. Vaughan; Summer of Night by Dan Simmons; Call of Cthulhu and assorted short stories by H.P. Lovecraft; The Game by Neil Strauss; Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad lecture by Mark W. Muesse; The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson; Ship of Theseus aka S. by V.M. Straka; Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell, The Inside-Out Revolution by Michael Neill, The Space Within by Michael Neill, Beyond Beliefs: The Lost Teachings of Sydney Banks by Linda Quiring, The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (reading), The Croning by Laird Barron (reading), Dark Gods by T.E.D. Klein (reading), Exquisite Mind by Terry Rubenstein (reading).

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Music:  Have been blown away by Van Halen’s pre ‘1984’ work with David Lee Roth. Feel like I’ve been living under a rock.  Van Halen II is amazing!

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Movies:  Star Trek Beyond, Batman Vs. Superman, X-men Apocalypse, The VVitch, Bridge of Spies, Anomalisa.

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Concerts: Lyle Lovett (thanks to generous parents for dinner, tickets, and altogether wonderful evening).

Up next: College football!!

If you made it through all this, that’s some of what life looks like away from the mat.  Cheers. =)

Mind States: Paradox of Flow & Moving Mountains

A thing with flow is, we often kill it by conceptualizing a particularly good run or breakthrough.

The wiser, more flowin’ thing to do is accept both crap and candy (judgement themselves that clog potential to the degree we personalize and/or label) with equanimity and move on.

This often translates to being a work horse with little mental effort, as doing and meaning are one.

To close, a theory I have is that being simple is a tough thing to wrap our heads around because there’s no direct payoff, even though it’s probably the only way to move mountains…

John Gill, Inventor of Bouldering: The Real Peter Parker