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Experimental Thursday

Thursday is fun and games day (I think you know who TOLD me I can experiment on Thursdays…). I did my usual practice and then some research. Before urdhva dhanurasana, I used the rack and lay over the ball while holding weights (Hello, coracoid process!). After UD, I did some weirdo dropbacks.

First off, arms overhead.

Then, arms overhead with my arms bound. (Kinda scary at first. “What if I need to bail?” I wondered, “My arms will be bound together…” But wait, the LAST thing I want to do is try to bail while dropping. I mean, what would I do, windmill my arms like a cartoon character to reverse the fall? Yeah, I’m probably better off with my arms safely bound!)

Next, arms overhead, bound, and on tiptoes. Here are some pics. It is VERY hard for me to coordinate (i.e., I was NOT coordinated). But I just had to try it, after all of our discussion. Did I feel like David Swenson? Maybe a little. Especially cool is the little flying sensation when your heels go up.




And finally, arms overhead, bound, in the red shoes.


Now I really need to learn how to do this so I can take a proper picture of a dropback in the red shoes. And some other shoes. Surely there’s an artsy portfolio opportunity. 🙂


Malcolm Gladwell‘s new book suggests that proficiency/virtuosity/mastery is something that requires time and effort. 10,000 hours is held up as the quantitative dividing line. Or ten years.

Apparently this applies both to the hockey stick and the violin. (I had an impulse to do some Googling last weekend, and found myself reading and reminiscing about Bobby Orr — best hockey player ever, and if you argue with me about that, it’s because you are too young to have seen him play.)

Yesterday, I listened to a podcast from Buddhist Geeks and someone mentioned the oft-repeated metric for success in zazen. Yes, 10,000 hours or ten years.

And, as always, there’s “the 10,000 things” — representative of individuated reality (“the relative”) as opposed to “the one” — representative of the ground of being, or the empty field (“the absolute”). Now don’t go being all dualist and think these are different. Or the same.


To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.

– Eihei Dogen Zenji