Friday, December 22, 2006

Antagonistic Action (2): Related Quotes

“You are all quite perfect, apart from what you are doing.”
Marjory Barlow

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“The second law of thermodynamics says that energy of all kinds in our material world disperses or spreads out if it is not hindered from doing so.”

“All spontaneous happenings in the material world (those that continue without outside help, except perhaps for an initial start) are examples of the second law because they involve energy dispersing.”
Prof. Frank Lambert,

"Chemical kinetics firmly restrains time's arrow in the taut bow of thermodynamics for milliseconds or millennia."
Prof. Frank Lambert,

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“In a future work I hope to deal more fully with the scientific aspect of practical respiratory re-education. At present I simply state the great principle to be antagonistic action.”
FM Alexander,
Intro to a New Method of Respiratory Vocal Re-education, 1906

“One pyscho-physical factor provides a position of rigidity... [and] constitutes a steady and firm condition which enables the Directive Agent of the sphere of consciousness to discriminate the action of the kinaesthetic and motion agents....
The whole condition which thus obtains is herein termed antagonistic action.”
FM Alexander, MSI (1910 edition)

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Practice bodily sitting in the full lotus posture.
Practice mentally sitting in the full lotus posture.
Practice body and mind dropping off sitting in the full lotus posture.
Zen Master Dogen, Shobogenzo Zanmai-o-zanmai


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