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Apple Watch Kiteboarding Apps compared – Freeride

Apple Watch Kiteboarding Apps compared - Freeride I recently bought an Apple watch just so I could track my freeride kiteboarding sessions. I was curious to know what distance I traveled, what my average and top speed were, gps log maps, and how many calories I burned. I also thought it would be nice to start accumulating a log of all my sessions to get an idea how many hours I spend [...]

2020-09-20T18:24:59-06:00September 20th, 2020|Health|

Charting the transition to a Renewable energy based economy

Charting the transition to a Renewable energy based economy Disclaimer: I have no allegiance to any political party or leader, I vote strategically based on which party is closer to addressing major issues, such as oil dependence and environment. The coming transition to Electric cars There is a debate raging in my home province Alberta about the viability of oil for the future of the economy. I have many family members that are deeply [...]

2019-11-24T14:43:00-07:00April 20th, 2019|Political Economy|

Explorations in Somatic Psychology – Regular YouTube series starting

About a year ago I began recording zoom talks I have with my friend Philipp who lives in Freiburg, Germany. We met about 1.5 years ago in our Bodynamic Practitioner training class which happens in Munich.  Recently we both attended the 16th EABP Congress in Berlin, and were both very disappointed with the majority of the keynote talks and presentations. They were boring and predicated on outdated knowledge (referencing Willhelm Reich constantly). The presenters also tried really hard to be academic using all kinds of neuro-speak jargon to impress their peers. The Somatic Psychology field is fairly small and niche but growing rapidly. Philipp and I feel it will be the dominant form of psychology in the future supplanting cognitive based approaches due it's superiority in effectiveness and understanding. 

2018-12-23T20:45:14-07:00December 23rd, 2018|Personal Development Psychology|

The dangers of meditation & why enlightenment is unremarkable

A lama from the Eastern Tibetan province of Golok came to see the great Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye. The lama told Jamgön Rinpoche that he had stayed in a retreat hut meditating for nine or ten years, “My practice is quite good now. At times I have some degree of clairvoyance. Whenever I place my attention on something, it remains unshakable; I feel so quiet and serene! I experience a state totally without thoughts and concepts. During long stretches of time I experience nothing but bliss, clarity and nonthought. I would say that my meditation has been rather successful!” “Oh what a pity!” was Jamgön Kongtrül’s response.

2018-04-19T08:56:55-06:00January 8th, 2018|Personal Development Psychology|

The Nine Source “Families of Consciousness” for Planet Earth

I find this notion that Planet Earth was seeded by nine original sources consciousness interesting. To me it helps understand what the soul-level thrust in a person's life is about and how it may be different than others. I find the following descriptions still somewhat vague but nevertheless better than western astrology for instance.

2018-07-09T18:57:00-06:00January 5th, 2018|Seth - Spirituality|

Bodynamic Character Analysis guide

We learn as children to ignore any elements of reality that make our caretakers anxious so we can preserve our bond with them. If our own emotions appear to cause stress to our parents then we will unconsciously learn to suppress them compromising our own authenticity. Children then will not learn emotional regulation, but emotional dissociation through ignoring their feelings much like their parents do. Avoiding feelings by either giving up on them or holding them [...]

2018-04-19T08:57:47-06:00January 25th, 2016|Personal Development Psychology|

Eliminate these 6 conversation patterns to improve your relationships

The following six conversation patterns have been identified by communication experts Yvonne Agazarian and Anita Simon as the most important to recognize and change in order to communicate more effectively and authentically. Most relationships end due to a communication breakdown and thus learning these has the potential to dramatically improve your relationships success.

2018-04-19T08:58:56-06:00September 29th, 2014|Personal Development Psychology|

My Bodymap Analysis

My Bodymap Analysis Recently I had a Bodynamic Bodymap done by Joel Isaacs one of only a few people in North America trained to do them. The process takes about 3 hours as approximately 150 muscles and fascia are tested individually for their elasticity. It is the single most powerful self discovery and development tool ever created. The purpose of the bodymap is to figure out what issues from childhood are holding a person back [...]

2018-04-19T16:04:46-06:00August 6th, 2014|Personal Development Psychology|
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