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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mindfulness and Meditation

This is something I've been meaning to write about for the last year or so, but hadn't fully grasped what mindfulness or meditation really were in the context of my own life. Somewhere in the last 48 hours I figured it out in classic epiphany fashion while trying to wrestle some demons. Going forward from this moment I will try to incorporate some sort of meditation into my daily routine, and I'll try to explain why.

I should preface this by saying I am not spiritual person. I don't believe in 'aligning chakras'  or the sort.  I tend to identify closely with a very scientific, analytical way of thinking. A born skeptic, I tend to see mindfulness as a self imposed method of  'resetting'.  Without further adieu, here's what I have come to appreciate in the world of mindfulness and meditation.

This is just the rant of a personal experience and bears no resemblance to proper psychology or even proper meditative theory I'm sure....but still, I feel it's an experience that most can relate to.

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All too often our day to day's become a series of tasks to complete from the moment you wake up to the very second you fall asleep.  You may not think of them as tasks as they are often disguised as a seemingly natural routine. However, this day to day, if you step back is nothing more than a series of sequential tasks where your brain shifts focus and intent from one thing to the next. Unless you actively take time to consciously 'do nothing' and meditate, your mind and body is at 100% for every waking hour.

Break down your typical day and you may realize this. Even something as innocuous as watching TV after work can be a 'task' in the sense that you may be mentally invested in the show that you are watching. This is not to say that this is not enjoyable, but your mind is still going.

A typical day looks like this:

Wake up
Brush teeth
Make breakfast
Pack lunch
drive to work
do your work
drive home
pick up groceries
workout
go to friends place and have a beer
watch TV
play Fallout 4
go to sleep

The only items on this list where you are not using your mind are 'Wake up' and 'Go to sleep'

It's understandable why you're tired at the end of the day. Your mind and body are exhausted, However if it's been a stressful day. You carry the burden of this stress mentally as you go to bed. Your mind hasn't had a time to consciously rest, and in my personal experience, it leads to bad sleeping habits and restlessness.

I started casually doing mindfulness exercises a year ago to combat some anxiety. It helped tremendously. During the summer I hardly meditated, as cycling kept me distracted enough. However as the weather gets cooler, and I spend less time outside, the need increases. I would like to continue to meditate 365 days a year going forward though.

Mindfulness exercises train you to clear your mind of external distractions and focus on yourself in the mental and physical sense, It is about minimal exertion, relaxation and mental clarity. Many focus on releasing the stress or anxiety that you have accrued over time. Focusing on aspects such as  breathing in intricate detail,  allows your mind to release other thoughts that may have been racing around. Focusing on many of the subconscious things we do has a way of 'reclaiming' control of your mind.  I don't know the hows or whys, but I know that these exercises do help.

Personally I have found online youtube guided mindfulness meditations to be helpful. There are probably better ones out there, but these are accessible and free. The ones I have been using range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. While a skim of many of the titles may have you thinking this is some next level, over the top hippy business... take my word on it. Just try one out, be honest with it, and instead of being skeptical (like I was initially) just play the game for the duration of the video.

Step 1: In the evening about an hour before bedtime, find a quiet place in your house.  Make it comfortable.
Step 2: Wear something comfortable. You don't want to be distracted thinking about the wallet in your jeans digging into your leg!

Step 3: Pick a video. (You only need the audio, don't stare at a computer screen)

I like this one.



Step 4: Sit calmly for 30 seconds or so before starting this exercise.

Step 5: Relax.

For me, I come out of these sessions with a slightly hazy, but very relaxed state. I've also found that I fall asleep much easier, and don't carry much of the stress I may have had before.


I highly recommend trying this out. Just once. It's only 20 minutes, and it may do more good than you'd ever imagine.


That's all for now.

Aaron












Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Idle minds are the devil's playground.

There's no disputing that I am a summer person.  Patios and shorts win over anything cold and snow.  It also happens that it is the busiest time of year for me work wise. Traveling all over Canada, meeting new people and shoehorning cycling into every bit of free time I can find. There is not much idle time it's great.

However as the days grow shorter, and the weather turns, I find myself getting restless and cagey. With less distractions, you're left to think more about "What are you doing with yourself?"  While I have eternally been stuck in an existential crisis, (I've come to accept this as my disposition) I have become better at distracting myself from it or realizing how to combat it.  Last winter, my open ended road trip across the Southwestern States was a savior against the visceral winter depression that hits like a train every year.


One of my favorite works by Zdzisław Beksiński.  His work is not for everyone, but this guy has macabre dialed.

I've got at least a good month of work and cycling ahead of me to keep me distracted, but at some point I'll have to confront that question "Now what?!"   I have plans to relocate to BC at some point in the near future, should job prospects allow.  However even after a change of scenery, at some point, what is initially "New and different" becomes "Same and routine"... it's not a long term solution to finding something that drives the fires behind you every morning when you wake up. I need to find something 'bigger than me' to devote my time to. In the past when I was working towards a goal, whether it  was racing, school or DJ'ing, the motivation behind that, powered me through the slumps.  Right now, I think for the first time ever, I'm not too sure what to do with myself- an interesting problem no doubt. It's easy to "make yourself busy" whether it be the 9-5 that most of us work, or participating in an intramural sport or some new hobby.

There's plenty I am interested in, but as of right now nothing that grabs my attention to the point of deep conviction. A sense of apathy and complacency has taken over, and this needs to be addressed . This apathy permeates into other aspects of my life if left to fester. Work, self respect, relationships- you name it.  I think there's a deep seated fear that I'll live my life selling myself short and not realizing potential- which is likely a pile of bullshit since the benchmarks are entirely arbitrary to begin with.  It's important to keep reminding myself of this.

I need a challenge. I need to figure out some sort of Everest to conquer that I am genuinely convicted about. Everything else I do until I figure this out will just seem like busy work. The change of scenery will hopefully act as a catalyst and help realize new opportunities.

The city of Guelph where I live is fantastic and has everything I need and want. But fuck, I'm bored.

Oh and I put out a new set.








Monday, August 31, 2015

After 42 consecutive hotel stays...

... I have arrived back home in Guelph.  It was bittersweet coming back. On one hand it's great to be reunited with my close friends, on the other hand, I am back to the relative monotony that is living in Guelph.  Over the past few years I've come to realize that I am 'at home' when I am not at 'home'.



Spending weeks on the road would be fatiguing for most people. Checking in and out of hotels almost every other night, constantly surrounded by unfamiliarity, constantly having to interact with strangers. But I like it.

 I did the final stretch from Thunder Bay to Guelph in one day and for most of the drive it felt like a descent back to ground level after being on a cloud for the past month and a bit.  The drive this year was a different one as I had hoped.  I mentioned previously that I did the drive alone this year, and it was terrific.

Traveling with friends is always terrific, but it's a very different dynamic than traveling alone. When presented with a long  eight hour day of driving alone, you really get a chance to sort out things in your head.

I used the 50 hours or so of driving to churn through a slew of  Radiolab podcasts, read my first Vonnegut book, and finish Freakonomics,  Radiolab is always great listening,  One of the hosts, Robert Krulwich can be annoying on occasion, but for the most part, very good listening. (still not quite up to par with This American Life though.)

There's one podcast that stuck out, that really resonated with me. I suggest you listen to it should you want something a little off the beaten path. I should preface by saying that I am not a 'kids' person,  I don't particularly enjoy the company of children, and always skip past baby photos on my social feeds and the whole process of becoming parents and everything that comes with it is about as interesting as the manual that came with my microwave.  Yet this podcast about a baby to be, had me riveted.  If there's anything you take from this post, it should be that you give this a listen.




I also read Slaughterhouse Five- probably Vonnegut's best known novel.  Maybe I came in expecting too much, but that book was boring.  Perhaps in 1969 it was groundbreaking... but in terms of dystopian fantasy novels, I'd take Orwell over Vonnegut any day...  So it goes.


Oh I also decided that I will relocate to Vancouver in the near future.  More on that to come...






Monday, July 13, 2015

Busy season often means less time to think, and even less time to write.

It's like I forgot I had this blog.

Like last year, May and June were devoid of any sort of writing/blogging.  My busy season is essentially April through August.  During this time, it's a whirlwind of cycling, work and  personal development. There is very little idle time to let my thoughts congeal into a cohesive blog post worth reading.

Back in my racing days, it was pretty easy to fill up a summer's worth of blog posts when you have an opportunity to 'test yourself' every two weeks on the race course. When you're not racing, it's a bit tougher to scrape together material.

buuuuut.....on that note I have been racing again.. just the weekly 'World Series Championships' at Albion. It's been extremely enjoyable this time around. Previously I had steep goals to perform as best as I could, and anything less meant disappointment.  Now it's a far more amiable get out and rip for a hour and see how you do.  Fitness wise, I'm nowhere near where I was in 2009, but who the hell cares. I'm not stressed, I eat what I want, and I enjoy it.

I have my annual trip out west this Friday. I'll be gone for a month working our 2016 product launch and then Crankworx. This is always a Work-cation.  I'll get to see all my Ontario ex-pat friends, I'll be in the heart of the industry I love and I'll be in beautiful BC.

In the past I've always traveled with a friend. This made it an adventure of sorts, as it channeled the extroverted side of me.  With a good buddy as my co pilot, there were many  adventures. Checking out new sights, new experiences and meeting new people. The directive of the trip changes when there are two people.

This year I'm driving alone. Partially by choice. I'm selfishly curious how that will change the trip. I'm sure there will be some incredibly boring stretches, but I'm also sure that being left alone with your thoughts for extended periods will tap into those introverted streaks I've been  experiencing since my trip down in the US of A. I am legitimately curious to see how I handle that. I have a hunch that 2016 will be a year of some big changes, and this trip will give me the opportunity to mentally focus on this.

With close to 50 hours of driving, I'll be stocking up on plenty of NPR podcasts. I'm about halfway through the 560 episode backlog of This American Life. This will be a good chance to put a good dent on the remaining episodes.  I'll also burn through some Vonnegut audiobooks. I've never actually read anything by Vonnegut... so no better time than now, so it goes...

I couldn't think of any images to break up this wall of text, so here;s a classic house track i recently rediscovered.



For photo updates on my trip, follow me on instagram @deejayfeelgood.

later.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Twenty Nine

It's been an interesting couple months.

Work has been very busy, both with the cycling stuff and some consulting that I've picked up on the side. Some long work days plus wrestling some personal demons have made for a mental roller coaster of sorts.  I've come to understand that this'll be a recurring theme of adulthood.  Roller coasters, dealing with shit, and more importantly not knowing if every decision you made is the right decision...

I turned 29 a week ago  As my twenties come to a close, naturally someone as cripplingly introspective as myself starts to evaluate where I sit in this massive picture.

I'm sure there's a similar post  for 28, 27, 26, 25, 24 and 23 when I started this blog.

 I've realized that for too long I've measured my successes against the arbitrary benchmarks that exist out there. One thing I always joke about is that "I'm running out of time to be in Time Magazine's Top 30 under 30".  It is a joke, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a bit of truth and desire in it.

When you're a five year old and someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, the list of answers is infinite. At five you're a burgeoning ball of unfounded potential.  Making the claim that you'll be an astronaut, a gold medal winner at the Olympics, or a race car driver are all fair. Who's going to say no?

At 29 it's not quite so simple.  I'd like to be an astronaut, but pragmatically speaking it isn't a likely outcome. I can't win gold at the Olympics for any of the sports I participate in simply because in elite sporting terms, I'm out to pasture.. Lastly, I accidentally dropped my detailed, accurate plans on how to create a cold fusion reactor down the toilet, so there goes my top 30 under 30.

Conservatism takes over as you get older. You place your bets on the conservative options, and words such as 'realistic' and 'pragmatic' enter your vocabulary. Dreaming about some grandiose life doesn't come as easy. The inability to achieve the things above doesn't bother me so much as the loss of the ability to dream them..if that makes any sense at all.

Of course you see the common theme here. My definition of success is intrinsically connected to the perspective of others. The three things I listed above are all accolades. Nowhere does it say that they are metrics of happiness.

I had a great, long overdue conversation with a friend this past weekend which brought up this point. It sat with me and made for some insomnia as my mind worked at a million gigahertz, processing this notion into a context that worked for me.

This year will have to be about figuring out what makes me truly happy from the inside..not based on metrics from the outside.It'll take undoing some ingrained habits.. and maybe some fresh new reading outside of my usual goal oriented, productivity stuff... but it should lead to a greater good.

......

On the plus side, the weather is on the plus side.  So I've been riding a lot.. and I realize when I'm riding, I don't fret about life stuff nearly as much, so I'll probably keep doing that.






Sunday, March 1, 2015

Less Netflix, More Life.

Last post I mentioned that it was time to inject some organization into my life. This post is a look back at that.

The most difficult thing so far has been sleeping, and getting up early. I managed to wake up at 6:45 for three days in a row before I slipped back into  a series of 8am-9am wake up times.  The biggest problem here is that I haven't been able to get to bed early enough. I hit 6.45am with far too little sleep. My night time routine needs work.

My typical night ends with my computer, internet'ing, netflix'ing and that usual stuff. More often than not, something will grab my attention and suddenly my 12am goal of  being fast asleep is a 2:03am "one more episode" House of Cards marathon.  It isn't a novel idea that the glare of computer screens keep you up. I think I'll have to replace Netflix with reading.


Tangent/Rant.... Netflix, and the over availability of TV is legitimately bothering me. I read this article which got me thinking.  These days, you can't help but go to a friends place and have them mention some show that you MUST watch.  It's gotten to the point where my list of recommendations exceeds the amount of time I'd ever want to commit to TV. Furthermore it's become such a default topic to discuss. I feel it's so uninspiring to talk about the latest TV show, it's 'dead' conversation that achieves nothing. When I converse with people I want to know about them personally, not about what happened in some show that has zero impact in our relationship. I won't claim to be in an ivory tower here. I've fallen victim to  it as well (you HAVE to watch History channel's Vikings  :p )   I suppose what I'm trying to say is perhaps we should be more aware  of how this new found media accessibility impacts how we interact with one another.

When you have a conversation that is on life support, it's incredibly easy to bring up a TV show and discuss your opinions on it.  Like a quick injection of adrenaline, it brings up a slew of short lived  topics to discussed, most of which don't get very far.  Also like, adrenaline, it fades quickly leaving you in the same place. I personally want to make it a goal NOT to discuss TV/Movies. It'll be tough, especially given winter. I suppose that's just making excuses though.

With spring around the corner, I want to get my Netflix'ing out of the way. road trips, socializing, and new experiences are far more exciting than any episode of  Homeland could ever be. There's a time an place for TV, but like anything, a bit of self control has it's benefits.

Back on topic- I will try reading instead of watching TV before bed. Or maybe journal writing, or something that doesn't emit light from a screen.


In other news, I made this a couple days ago. My last few sets have been live recordings. Usually with my live sets, There's a bit of preference bending to cater to the events theme or sound.  I played a DnB/Jungle party in October, so naturally played to that sound. Then we threw a techno party for Halloween.  For that party, I opened for our hard hitting techno headliner.. so naturally my sound lent itself to that.  This latest set was recorded at home, all progressive, no catering to crowds. Feels good to crank out something fully within my preferences.





Monday, February 16, 2015

Time for a Mental reformat.

I've been back in Canada for three weeks now.

I've been trapped in this cagey state of restlessness since I've gotten back. I suspect that it's a combination of factors. Firstly it's been incredibly cold since I've gotten back and my day to day has been briskly running from one indoor place to another. Aside from a couple driveway shovels and a game of hockey, I'd say I've been outside a total of 4 hours in the last three weeks.  That can't be good for you.



Trips to the gym have kept me sane-somewhat,  bur after doing some of the greatest mountain biking on the planet, intervals on an indoor bike hardly holds my interest.

Since I work from home, i'm realizing it's imperative to  keep a regimented personal schedule. Becoming overly flexible is has some serious drawbacks.  My work times have been all over the place the last little while and it's making my life feel chaotic!  Combined with being in my apartment for far too many hours a day, things have gotten messy, misplaced and disorganized.

So today I decided to amend that.  Operation 'Reorganize my life' started this afternoon.

Step 1:
Clean my apartment top to bottom.  I mean everything.   I rearranged my room and closet. Made a donation pile of clothing I no longer wear.  Threw out anything that was useless.  Then swept, mopped and cleaned everything.  My room hasn't looked so good since the day I moved in.

The kitchen received the same treatment. You could eat your dinner out of my sink right now.

Step 2:
Compile that list of  'Need to Do' things.  My apartment is small and optimized for my life of bikes and DJ'ing.   I'm very transient during the summer, and I haven't established my apartment as well as I'd have liked. Time to address that.  I've decided to build a table as a fun little February project. It'd be cheap, and I'd learn some woodworking along the way!

Step 3:
Make a schedule. No more sleeping in til 10, and no more staying up til 4 in the morning.  I've always wanted to be a morning person. It makes sense for cycling, my job and  winter (since the daylight hours are short)  It makes zero sense for my DJ schedule... but my DJ schedule has been slow lately, so it shouldn't be a problem.

I made this so that I feel terrifically guilty when I reach for the snooze button in the morning.  It sits beside my phone/alarm clock on my bedside.



Step 4a:

Time to start planning my days and keep on top of a personal journal.  If I have things planned out, I'm less likely to procrastinate, it's the way I'm wired..  On the note of procrastination, if you want the end all solution to procrastination (Seriously) check out the chart my good friend Alex Vermeer did. It's meticulous, well thought out and should assist you!

I've maintained a journal in the past off and on through university, however I haven't really done so in the last few years. It's time to bring that back. Day to day reflections may help process some of the inner demons and clear up my mindset.  Minimum one paragraph about how I feel, what I am happy about, what I am unhappy about, interesting anecdotes from the day and more.


Step 4b:
In the past I haven't been the best at scheduling things ahead of time. I will script out a weekly schedule with all the things grown ups should do. Laundry, groceries, bills yada yada yada...


Being spontaneous, having a non 9-5 job and living alone makes it very easy to slip into bouts of disorganization and chaos. This disorganization permeates into the way you think and suddenly everything feels off. Add a dash of cabin fever and you've got a recipe for disaster.   I'm hoping over the next week I can get back into a regimented schedule and this will clear up my way of thinking and tap into the productivity that I'm capable of.


That's all for now.  I'll report back soon.






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