Life always throws challenge into the heady mix of the day to day. Myself, I have a husband undertaking spinal surgery today, as a result a week full of house guests, a busy job, and I am also trying to secure a new employment position. All of this has created a heightened sense of instability and therefore the need to keep centred, a cool head, plus to deftly switch hats from employee, partner, mother, hostess etc in order to meet everyones' NT expectations! Performance anxiety abounds!!
So, my question is...
What keeps you grounded when the world sometimes spin too fast?
What routines, internal mantras, techniques do you use to keep your "**** together" and to stop you imploding into a shutdown/meltdown/implosion/arrrrgggghhhh??
Hope all is well with everyone out there! best wishes to all
I hope everything goes well for you both, Ellie.
I'm like this just now..
When there is too much information or mental activity, and I need to clear my mind, I listen to ‘Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators’ by Alvin Lucier from his album ’Still Lives’
The purity of the sound of the oscillators is calming and if you listen carefully you can hear the sound of the oscillator and piano sustain intersect, resulting in a shimmering of gentle collision. Article.
Perhaps not the most practical suggestion given your schedule.
Good luck with everything.
Thank you Tom. Have you tried lowering the seat or did the crash happen before you had a chance to put your feet down?
hope you’re ok
Thank you Graham.. one of my favourites is Mozart’s - Laudate Dominum K. 339, or Vaughan Williams ~ The Lark Ascending. Something to take you to a calmer place...
too much falling over can lead to scabby and bruised knees... maybe I should keep the stabilisers off and keep headphones on and horse blinkers! I hope you are ok btw...
I think you’re on to something there, Ellie - bluetooth headphones, blinkers and knee pads are the way to go.
I like that Mozart piece too. I work my way up, Alvin Lucier or something similar to Bach piano partitas to Mozart….. Today I made it all the way up to a late Beethoven piano sonata, so I’m having a good day, thank you.
Maybe our own protective bubble (a top notch noise cancelling one) is the answer...and this leads to the question as to how much we learn when we fall off of our metaphorical bike!
I don’t always know the rules of engagement so can’t quite seem to pass my cycling proficiency certificate! (Does that last statement show my age!).. lol.... not without a lot of falling off first... those scabs leave scars!
I seem to be able to learn the rules in one given context...but change the audience and the environment and I seem unable to join the dots and learn the terrain..
I can understand that.
My internal sat-nav only works intermittently. At times it just switches itself off. I wish I could fathom the instructions.
I did my pass cycling proficiency certificate though.
So did I!
Maybe there should be a ND equivalent?
Stage 1. How to engage in small talk whilst using the right hand signals
Stage 2. Reading “human facial signs”
Stage 3. Handling junctions!
And, like Martian Tom, the ubiquitous “Emergency Stop”