I got the idea of this from Astonish Yourself: 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life. Express different experiences of things that you’ve done or felt that feel out of the norm to others so that they can try them, like saying a word till it loses it’s meaning.
Something that I came up with is trying to walk down the stairs as fast as you can without looking or holding onto anything. Start at a speed at which you think you can handle and with each step estimate the distance your foot needs to be out, by feeling, before you drop. Increase the speed as you get better. It give you an automatic feeling while at the same time not automatic because your putting effort and concentration into it. lol, it gave me the sensation of riding a bicycle that’s as high as my ankles. it was a weird feeling. x]
Ok your turn to try it out or narrate an effect for someone else to experience.
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I thought that was normal, I’ve been walking stairs like that for as long as I can remember. No looking, no holding, real fast. I even used to run up the stairs in pitch darkness when I was a kid. (Scared of the dark and the light swith was on the first floor, my room was on the second floor.)
My contribution. Intercept your mind with deep questions when it’s running wild, try to ask the mind who it is, who you are etc. Use followup-questions, and then repeatin the questionss. At first you will give yourself mundane answers, but as you continue you will get different answers and often your mind will have no answer. It really makes you think in some amazing ways, it feels sort of like you’re two people after a while, and when you continue you unite agin.
Great thread, I look forward to more contributions.
Manimal I’m going to try yours out when I have time. It seems like it would create a shift in consciousness.
Ok I so I haven’t experienced this, but after I get my dry erase board I’m going to do it. Also, my guess is that this will give you the habit of waking up whenever you want to no matter how much sleep because it’s associated with motivation or excitement. Before you go to bed think of something that you would like to do in a certain time limit after you wake up. It could be a math problem, push-ups, hacking, a backflip, reading, reciting a poem, drawing something random from tumblr, cleaning, anything your creative mind can think of. Now you have to do it RIGHT AFTER you wake up to get the desired effect. Now for time you can use a stop watch or just your clock. I think it would be more exhilarating to use a stop watch. My theory of doing this daily is that when you go from one form of intense brain activity (dream state) to another (concentration, using your brain etc.) it makes doing the activity in your daily life much easier (if you build upon general the same activity everyday) also, I’m guessing that if your lazy you’ll be able to get out of that state by doing this because well, waking up lazy is alot worse than waking lazy-ness. If someone tries this post your experience and if I do I’ll post mine.