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Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Date: 2012-10-22 13:39
Subject: Drive-by update
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Tags:crochet, nia, rl
The weekend = 48 hours, and I spent 24 of them asleep. I needed it, so this isn't a complaint. I am also almost caught up on laundry and we got to see family (jebra's cousin had a combination 40th birthday/Halloween party, at which we saw the cousin, his wife, their two girls, his brother and his two sons, plus my sister-in-law and her husband. Good times).

Last Monday I planted seven varieties of basil in work's aerogarden. All seven have now sprouted and I expect I will be able to remove their hats (the little see-through greenhouse cap things) later this weekend. Pizza with fresh basil will not be far off.

Tomorrow I plan to go to the post office to mail packages. I've been putting off the trip (due to sheer laziness) for two weeks so I'm glad to be making progress. (Today I printed off the shipping label for my package. I haven't received the information for the other one yet.)

I took a week and a half off from Nia. I know I need the exercise, but last Tuesday I was having problems with vertigo (thanks to whatever allergens were floating around in the air) and on Saturday I was in dire need of sleep. I'm also continuing to have problems with the, um, metaphysical beliefs that accompany Nia. I don't exactly believe in chi and I definitely do not believe in the seven chakras or in the ability of my middle finger to allow me to achieve balance. I wish there was a Nia-like fitness program for skeptics as I am honestly quite concerned that continued exposure to people who embrace the metaphysical side of Nia (and who I otherwise respect) will weaken my already tenuous grasp of what is real.

Also, things like this:

51 | Power Finger Crossover
Crossing your Power Finger will bring you more than good luck!

Practicing the Power Finger Crossover helps you extend energy along your arm bones and out through your hands. This will also keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.

piss me off. That is not science! (Quoted from http://52nia.blogspot.com/2010/04/51-power-finger-crossover.html)

The metaphysical part has troubled me pretty much since I started taking classes (although my teacher does seems to be mentioning that part more and more). In the last few weeks I've also taken a dislike to the routine we are currently doing. It is one of the new ones, not one of the original routines worked out by Carlos and Debbie Rosas, and it is much faster than than the older routines. What concerns me the most is that it is choreographed with sudden changes of head elevation. I had a conversation with one of the attendees at the most recent Jam as we were walking to the parking lot afterward, and she was telling me that she refused to quickly bend over/drop her head lower than her waist after getting her heart-rate up out of fear of instigating a stoke. This made sense to me and, when I later learned that these new routines are being developed by Debbie and those in her inner circle, it only furthered my concern. From what I've seen, earning a black belt in Nia does not require any scientifically proven knowledge concern how the body works, and the new routines may have been developed without any thought about the potential to harm practitioners who are less fit than the instructors themselves.

In happier news, on Saturday I not only managed to pay a visit to the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan to donate eight cat beds, I managed to leave without adopting any new animals. Even though there were four adorable 5-week old puppies ready to be adopted. If you're local to Oakland County (Michigan), the AWS is a great place to look for dogs and cats. (Also, icyfeetofdeath, I used up all of the acrylic yarn you gave me making them.)

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User: bwittig
Date: 2012-10-22 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I thought the power finger was used to relieve stress when confronted with a reckless driver on the expressway? (Not sure how crossing it would have added benefits.)

I believe laughter is the best way to secure our hold on reality!

All the best!
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Just here for the beer: LVG Mr. CrankyPants by katysam
User: bloggingchick
Date: 2012-10-23 02:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:LVG Mr. CrankyPants by katysam
last Tuesday I was having problems with vertigo (thanks to whatever allergens were floating around in the air)

I have been having problems with vertigo as well. The other night shortly after getting up for work I almost fell onto the small table in front of the couch. I also keep having problems with some sort of allergen at work that makes my nasal passages swell up to the point that I can't breathe through my nose.
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Jennifer "Tegan" Skwarski
User: icyfeetofdeath
Date: 2012-10-24 11:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay, kitty beds! Glad you made something comfy for homeless kitties.

As far as the metaphysical thing goes, I encountered a little of this years ago while taking yoga. One thing you could do is have your own explanations in your mind.

For example, the power finger thing. Ignoring all that Nia folks said, what can doing that finger excersize do for you? Well, it gets you to move your fingers in ways they don't everyday, increasing and retaining their range of movement and flexibility. See? A benefit with no weird explanation.

In regards to head movement, I say don't do anything you are not comfortable with. Yes, there is concern with lowering you head below your heart when your heart rate is elevated. Particularly for extended periods. For example, running around to get heart rate up then stopping and reaching over to touch your toes. That could certainly make you dizzy in the least.

It's very interesting to see some excersize/stretching moves that people are not regularly educated in doing properly. Rotating your neck to stretch it is good but remember your neck is your spine and not a joint which moves in all directions equally. When you reach down to touch your toes, hinge from your hips not your waist. Your hips are meant to move that way (ball joints). Your waist is your spine and will not fold in half.
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User: kevinnickerson
Date: 2012-10-24 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm 99% with you on the non-reality aspects. BUT, your middle finger can certainly help you achieve balance. Just raise towards the things that are disturbing your balance. You may want to add the mystic words: "F*** you and the horse you rode in on".

I'd be more tolerant on the non-reality if it seemed to help. Instead it just seems to make things worse.
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