Archive for April, 2010

highly cof-nused

April 22, 2010 2 comments

…cybernetics, complexity, inter-relational (yet rational!?) flows of energy…I am starting to think the world is one great thought.

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Out with the old?

I was struck by a rather uncomfortable realisation this past week.

I’ve already mentioned how I believe that, in conducting this project, I am able to join together different areas of my life -connecting together the different things I do, as well as connecting the respective communities that I am engaged in.  This is all quite novel to me.  I am more accustomed to compartmentalising everything as neatly as I can (work vs study vs sporting etc) and then somehow juggling the separate components without losing any (or it?!) in the process.

So theoretically this project can open up for me an opportunity to do the opposite ie. combine things, rather than keep boundaries between everything. However, my old thinking habits have probably been hard-wired into me (meshing everything together still feels somehow wrong to do?)  :-/

…This past week I’d been psyching myself to cut back on my Capoeira training so I can put more time into getting done all those looming uni assessments.  I am still defaulting to thinking that one thing must be traded for another.  It makes total sense that there has got to be ways I can integrate things more…

Photo generously donated by Gary Cox

So after a little brainstorming, I’ve come up with an idea.  One of the activities I support (and that has given WAY more back to me!) is a Capoeira community class that takes place every Saturday afternoon.  Instead of dropping this and trading it for ‘ study time’, I’m going to try incorporating the two together.
A key philosophy behind the free Saturday classes is to make Capoeira accessible to all members of the community.  Also, purely by being there (at the ‘Brisbane Eye’), we usually end up chatting about Capoeira to interested passers-by.  What I’d like to try out is whether I could use this setting to do a ‘vox pop’ sort of an exercise. Maybe I can formulate a few key questions, find some interested participants and, with their permission, post their responses on the graffiti page?

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Over-concerned + under-active

I wonder, as author of this blog, if I have licence to invent new words and hyphenate on a whim?  I’d like to use this post to return to a point I was at about three weeks ago, when I first started thinking about which of my myriad concerns I could make into my focus for the semester – environmental degradation, lifestyle-related illnesses, the widening income gap, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, fading sense of ‘community’ and neighbourhood belonging, apathy/lack of fulfilment, a seemingly mainstream ‘blindness’ to the self-destructive trajectory of the neo-liberal paradigm!?  I was encouraged to learn that my concerns were shared by others in the class but also overwhelmed by the enormity of issues that pass us by each day.  I was also disturbed to notice that, when asked, I was quick to identify the ‘problems’ and things I would like to change, yet I hesitate when it comes to committing to just one of them and actually doing something about it.

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Teething problems

April 5, 2010 2 comments

Gripped by fear and indecision, I have taken a lot longer than I had hoped to get this site up and running.  As testimony to this, I must confess that I have even started and scrapped an earlier blog when a spontaneous change of idea came to life in my head, making my previous blog address/title profoundly irrelevant.  As a result of all this, I now have an overwhelming backlog of thoughts and light-bulb moments I’m hoping to catch up on in forthcoming posts.

For me, it was not so much the technical side of it that got me unstuck (though I’m discovering more each day just how little of this technology I know!)…My fear and indecision stemmed more from the conceptual side of things – How can the content be structured? How will I pull it together?  How do I publish something that is yet to take a clear form in my mind?  Of course, I’m gradually letting go of my die-hard predispositions to get things right before I commit them to paper, so to speak.  Being told time and again that blogging itself is often the process that will get me to greater clarity was still not enough to get me doing it.  When it all came down to it, I just had to take that leap of faith.

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