Jan 14, 2023Liked by River Kenna

In meditation, I find that some people just want a recipe they can follow. Just keep mindfully following your breath come what may.

I think for such people things like somatic meditation as a primary method might often be a bad fit, it is too bewildering, requires too much flexibility, too much making-your-own-choices-in-the-moment. But that's exactly why others - and I consider myself part of that group - are drawn to such practices, because everything is included. Nothing is out of bounds. And ultimately there is no belief, no authority figure to rest on.

(Btw I don't really know how you define somatic meditation, so apologies if I'm giving it a different meaning here)

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I love this! I work as a teacher and would do well to internalize this ☺️

Also, I’m super interested in your meditation course but am not gonna drop 200$ + just right now… are there free or limited versions of this material you have on offer elsewhere?

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yeah, my teaching got so much easier when I took on this attitude lol.

My twitter feed has had a ton of related material to the meditation course, just search my account for terms like "somatic meditation" and "meditate body" and so on.

there's also this Somatic Silence mini-workshop, it's limited but has significant overlap: https://wilderless.gumroad.com/l/SomaticSilence

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Ha this is great. It reminds me of someone's tweet that's something like – just like how horseplay amongst kids is a kind of training for hostile physical environments, shitposting is training for hostile info environments

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Jan 11, 2023Liked by River Kenna

One way you can think about this is as resolving uncertainty. There's a sweet spot – if you're really uncertain you don't know what to do, and if you're completely certain there's nothing to add.

It's in the region of medium uncertainty where you have both the possibility of an answer and the motivation to contribute. This region is where the best learning happens. Lots of demonstrations of this but my personal favourite comes from the infant attention literature: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0036399

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