Jeanette Winterson on reading, time, and how art creates a sanctified space for the human experience – spectacular 1994 interview.
- breath in for 4 seconds
- hold your breath for 7 seconds
- exhale breath for 8 seconds
repeat once or twice more.
This causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response.
Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations.
These are the things that thrill me. Read a great sentence in a forum Michael is reading about wood stains and the person used the phrase “vitriolic tirade.” I thought it was excellent. Read the sentence aloud. Guessed the exact meaning of “vitriolic” to be “venomous.” I was close and ended up clicking “vitriol,” (any of certain metallic sulfates of glassy appearance) which then brought me to “blue vitriol.” And look at those images!!!
"A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet."-
See the sly pun there?!
Source: The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts
I often come back to this video. Mostly for the way he talks about how and why he makes work. “
A place that can be used to amplify the right moral choices. … I have made the studio in such a way that every where I turn I am reminded of why I started to do art in the first place. Why is it that I made this choice. … I have set up in my studio constant reminders of what is the right path. … I want the studio to be better than me so it can teach me how to live and how to be an artist.” sections and particularly, “
Repeated for emphasis:
I WANT THE STUDIO TO BE BETTER THAN ME SO IT CAN TEACH ME HOW TO LIVE AND HOW TO BE AN ARTIST
Enrique Martinez Celaya, 2012