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    • Nepal (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • My wife has family in Nepal - haven't heard anything from them In he meantime, all we can do is donate, I guess :-( secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/nepal_earthquake/
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by LTK)
    • Almost ran out of day but I got my cardio in (it's much harder to motivate myself to do cardio than it is to lift weights) I dug into the DVD archive and completed a round of P90X Plus, Kenpo Cardio Plus. No music as I just followed along with the DVD.
    • The Reiki Thread :-) (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: Quote: Start low, end high. I tend to breath in through nose only when their is obvious particulate or its really cold, otherwise I get better flow in through the mouth and adequate filtration through the moisture in the mouth, and out through the nose to retain moisture. Switch them both around in different configs depending on circumstance. Is it releted to Reiki? the original intent of the question was specifically during a reiki treatment but since its been asked i guess any good suggestions on breathwork are beneficial in general also id like to be clear with the responses so far - when people say "start low" are you meaning "belly breathin/use your diaphram" low or "draw from the center of the earth low"? that may seem like a silly question i have had great resluts from using the feeling that my feet and legs draw in from the earth with every inhalation similar to how a plant might draw water into itself from the ground and generally, i feellike i project outwards better either when i hold my breath or on exhalation I cannot speak for Khaos who used the same wording (prior to me), but I was just referring to normal breathing and so only meant diaphragm, draw into the belly sort of thing. I've always just used CV-6 气海 as a cauldron of energy to punctuate with breath... like a wind blowing into a room and mixing with a stream of incense to fill the space with smoke. I don't do Reiki so I cannot comment beyond that, but I do do various breathing exercises from the Doctrine/Yoga of Inner Heat, Tummo, Kundalini, whatever you'd like to call it!
    • Interactive Art (Last post by Edan)
    • Saw this today on Reddit, love it (Definitely check out the Scream) fff.cmiscm.com/#!/main
    • Rewrite the Bible? (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • Quote: Quote: That's why I think it'd be better to rewrite it. Our nature hasn't changed, but the life and culture of the US of today is vastly different than the life and culture of the Middle East 4,000 years ago. Jesus washed feet. Big deal? Actually it was. But you have to know the culture and history of the area to understand why people were flipping out about it. Maybe he washed their car instead? haha no idea. But that's why I think a group of people who know the history and culture could better rewrite it for today. I think the myths are there, and they're wonderful. The spirit of the message really does pertain to today, but without being a historian, I feel a lot of the impact is missing. But make a new New King James Version with Jesus walking the streets of New York today. ...although I think the troubles will come with the whole crucifixion thing haha. We really don't have the same kind of executions that could reflect near the kind of suffering crucifixion inflicts. Pick three stories you like, and I'll make it my weekend project. since no one else seems to be taking you up on it, and minus any kind of time expectations, if you get the feeling for it id personally love a jonah/jonas and the whale update in a way, i feel that story pretty well encompasses the "spiritual crisis" of our era
    • what is the significance of... (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • what is the significance of the associations which make up the concept of "the devil"? embodiment of evil overlord of hell rebelled against god tempts and corrupts man likes to party original appearance as the serpent which is deeply associated with (among other things) wisdom referred to as "the adversay" whose name is lucifer which translates as "morning star" and has astronomical implications also there is the translation "light bearer" or "light bringer" light having the symbolic associations of wisdom or reason is this coincidental? if not then what is the significance? if so then what new ideas does the association activate?
    • Vegetarianism (Last post by Locksley)
    • The main thing is making sure your diet stays balanced, as there are some nutrients which are more accessible in meat, and therefor require a good alternative - tofu is great if cooked right, but be wary of too many soy products in the diet. Various types of beans give you a high protein yield, and root vegetables will help keep your mineral levels up as well - so will certain leafy veggies like chard. I'd suggest paying for a professional consultation with a nutritionist who can talk with you, go over the pros and cons, and help you tailor your diet to your lifestyle as well as any health concerns.
    • A Daily Practice for Somewhat Spiritual Noobs... (Last post by Locksley)
    • Mindfulness meditation, like Connor said, is great - and any form of daily meditation really starts to change things for the better - or so I've found. A mindfulness technique I was taught is to simply take notice whenever you make a value judgement about yourself or other people, don't try to stop the judgement, just notice that it occurred - it helps build an awareness of how your mind functions, and can let you deal with powerful emotions better in the long run (with a little help from yer friends).
    • Hi I'm new! And I want to tell you about Kundalini... (Last post by Jaksis)
    • Hi! I'm new, and just wanted to tell you all about Kundalini Yoga! It has been a life changer for me, and it focuses equally on breathework, core work, and mental focus at all time, feeling as though it is a constant meditation. At the end of most classes, a unique guided meditation is lead by the instructor, followed by a deep gong bath and meditation, which honestly makes you feel as though you are, as they say, feeling the same deep vibration and resonance that you feel when you both enter, and leave this world of ours. I could not give it more praise, and it has helped me clear my mind and more importantly helped me immensely with meditation practice. I couldn't say anything of higher praise than I do of these classes. When it comes to yoga, this is a different experience not to be missed, as it is truly beneficial and will help strengthen ANY spiritual practice.
    • Men Hardwired to be Better than Women at Chess (Last post by Radar6590)
    • Quote: Regarding Magnus Carlson's game, one game of chess doesn't prove anything, because at some point in the future the best player in the game will probably be a woman. You need to have a discussion about trends and averages, because there will always be a few data points which lie outside of the norm. I just want to make myself clear that the game was an example of what I was talking about, but my post was based on statistics. I talked about elo rating, which is the literal statistical chance that you have to win versus another player. Magnus' rates almost 200 elo points higher than some of the top female chess players. Statistically, this means he has about a 75% win chance against even the top players. Quote: For whatever reason, men seem to be able to do this more consistently over hundreds of games, thus their higher statistical wins and elo. Women can do it too, usually reaching high 2600's, but the current world champ Magnus Carlsen is almost at 2900, with the skill level increasing exponentially the higher you go. I posted the Magnus game because it seemed relevant to the topic as supplementary material, and to show you an example of one game. I don't think that Magnus' win percentage is actually that high overall, something like 60-65%, but that is of course versus other world caliber players. Versus a lower caliber players like a 2650 he has a much higher change to win. This would be based off of their overall tournament games of course, and there is something to be said for also checking personal records. I would also like to point out that I don't think it's reflective of chess players as a whole, but more of an indicator in top level play. (I myself peaked at about 1700 before I stopped playing tournaments when I went to college - many, many women can beat me!) So to back my statement up, here's a chart showing elo differences and the statistical likely hood that you'll win: Spoiler: Elo rating vs. winning probabilities This table shows the correlation between the difference in Elo points and the probability of winning a game (in bold). So for example if a player has won 60% of her games against an opponent, she would be approximately 72 Elo points stronger. Conversely, a player that is 150 points weaker than his opponent, has only a 30% chance of winning a game. .99 +677______ .66 +117______ .33 -125 .98 +589______ .65 +110______ .32 -133 .97 +538______ .64 +102______ .31 -141 .96 +501______ .63 +95______ .30 -149 .95 +470______ .62 +87______ .29 -158 .94 +444______ .61 +80______ .28 -166 .93 +422______ .60 +72______ .27 -175 .92 +401______ .59 +65______ .26 -184 .91 +383______ .58 +57______ .25 -193 .90 +366______ .57 +50______ .24 -202 .89 +351______ .56 +43______ .23 -211 .88 +335______ .55 +36______ .22 -220 .87 +322______ .54 +29______ .21 -230 .86 +309______ .53 +21______ .20 -240 .85 +296______ .52 +14______ .19 -251 .84 +284______ .51 +7______ .18 -262 .83 +273______ .50 0______ .17 -273 .82 +262______ .49 -7______ .16 -284 .81 +251______ .48 -14______ .15 -296 .80 +240______ .47 -21______ .14 -309 .79 +230______ .46 -29______ .13 -322 .78 +220______ .45 -36______ .12 -335 .77 +211______ .44 -43______ .11 -351 .76 +202______ .43 -50______ .10 -366 .75 +193______ .42 -57______ .09 -383 .74 +184______ .41 -65______ .08 -401 .73 +175______ .40 -72______ .07 -422 .72 +166______ .39 -80______ .06 -444 .71 +158______ .38 -87______ .05 -470 .70 +149______ .37 -95______ .04 -501 .69 +141______ .36 -102______ .03 -538 .68 +133______ .35 -110______ .02 -589
    • Just for Laughs (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
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