BDK TT

As part of a wider effort to demonstrate the effectiveness and community potential for open-source repositories of knowledge exercises and physical practices, I’ve begun to formulate my BDK Mobility Teacher Training assignments as a means of prototyping a use case. Suffice to say, it’s been a satisfying use of my creative energy applied to the first “academic” experience I’ve had in over ten years. Chapter 4 marked our first assignment instructing us to formulate our own sequence of transitions. Following my initial creative block, I quite enjoyed the engineering of it and will certainly be spending more evenings downstairs with cannabis and post-it notes...

7 September 2020/No comment
BDK TTBlog

You are having lunch with a friend and happen to see your best friend’s romantic partner/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife being intimate with someone else in the restaurant.  What would you do? First, I would sit there and continue appreciating my delicious lunch, minding my own business Why? Because I don’t know the situation. I don’t know the relational agreement between my friend and his partner. Hell, I know my agreement is that we agree to always let the other person be the other person, despite any triggers. It sure wouldn’t be very friend-like of me to make any assumptions based on my set of subjective outdated morality. It would also go against everything I believe...

23 August 2020/No comment
BDK TTBlog

Deconstruct the concepts of ‘Necessary vs. Unnecessary’, ‘Fixed vs. Fluid’ and ‘Relative vs. Absolute’. Also outline what the similarities and what the key differences between the three concepts are?  These three concepts are binary oppositions that aid in understanding situations from a critical perspective.  Necessary vs Unnecessary An obvious process of arriving at a solution that I have been coming to learn in the past year or two–especially since becoming a father and needing to use my entrepreneurial ambition to develop disciplined time management. As explained in the TT video, this explores the efficiency of arriving at a...

19 July 2020/No comment
Blog

I stumbled upon this post on Reddit today while drinking my caffeine, and got caught up in a comment thread curious as to why the song references Iron Maiden in that early 2000s era. The argument in the thread was that ‘nerdy’ types would also be drawn to fantastical epic metal because it offered a different escape from reality. Honestly, I didn’t quite see why the song would reference Iron Maiden either, but it got me thinking about it. It’s Iron Maiden that arguably created that whole genre which still continues today (albeit super over-the-top). Blind Guardian (formed 1984, almost ten years after IM) literally has a track called Lord of the Rings, and even...

17 July 2020/No comment
BDK TTBlogReflections

My life is good, lately. Blessings, love, gratitude, and everything I could ever want. It’s a mindset that I do believe has created this environment for my material being. The teacher training has triggered me. When everything is so nice and peachy in life, sometimes I need to create tension myself. But sometimes, it’s triggered in the reflections of the kick-ass folk doing god’s work here on planet earth. This teacher training has been playing that role. It has communicated—hmmm, how to put it?—not poorly but ineffectually. Not quite ambiguously but flexibly. What was originally labelled as 3-4 months then became 4-5 months in the next document, and then something like 5-8 months in...

1 July 2020/No comment
BDK TTBlogReflections

What is Belief? We arrive at belief from real-life experience that essentially transforms into the proof we “need” to behave a certain way and thus cement that neural pathway on the subject. This is what belief should be anyway, regardless of our opinions on if belief is healthy or not. But a lot of belief in things like religion or politics these days come from telling someone else what to do, which has nothing to do with experience, which is the precursor to belief… or, should be. I think it was Joseph Campbell that spoke of entheogenic plants/substances as true religion, because they actually provide the experience necessary to construct spiritual beliefs that meet...

23 June 2020/No comment
BDK TTBlogReflections

I’ve been doing an online teacher training with Budokon. It’s an amazing physical practice and the reflection essays we’re required to write aren’t bad, either. In no particular order, I’m posting my assignments here. They definitely enter a space of transparency and vulnerability, so please be 1) forewarned and 2) respectful. The five love languages are Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Acts of Service (I think Cooking should be another one because it’s kind of beyond an act of service in the sense that it’s a sacred thing to prepare and share a meal with someone—but that’s another conversation.) In my current...

2 June 2020/No comment
BlogReflections

What or who can we really be, beyond this moment? The only existence beyond this moment is a story we tell ourselves. Beyond this moment lies a future full of projections of the past, including the media we’ve consumed which contributes to fear, and things going “wrong.” Beyond this moment also lies a past full of lessons, including those that we’ve learned from which magically became a part of who we are in this moment.  So “beyond” this moment, be it future imagination or past memories, really just exists inside our head. In order to live beyond this moment, one must subscribe themselves to a collective cooperation, like society. Participation in society is a contract to tell...

16 April 2020/No comment
New Moon

It’s the very last day of the lunar year, and a time for me to reflect. A lot has passed and I have grown tremendously in the past year. I’ve shared my life with a partner and have known consistent love and acceptance. The product of our love may very well be born tomorrow, on the lunar new year… I’ve been learning to shift my reaction from “fight and resist” to “accept and make peace.” It’s always within me, when all is said and done. I’m excited to become a father. I see my own father in a new light. I notice how I still seek his approval and I want to honor him. I want my son to feel accepted and loved by me no matter what....

23 March 2020/No comment
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