La vita: cammino progettuale in continuo divenire e cambiamento.

“Words do not express thoughts very well.
they always become a little different immediately after they are expressed,
a little distorted, a little foolish.
And yet it also pleases me and seems right
that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”

(Hermann Hesse, Siddharta)

“La vita di ogni uomo è un cammino verso se stesso, la ricerca di un cammino, la traccia di un sentiero.
Mai nessun uomo è stato in tutto e per tutto se stesso;
ognuno lotta per diventarlo, uno cupamente, l’altro più luminosamente, ognuno come può.
Ognuno porta con sé i residui della propria nascita, muco e frammenti del guscio di un mondo originario, fino alla fine.
Qualcuno non diventa mai uomo, rimane rana, rimane lucertola, rimane formica.
Qualcuno è uomo sopra e pesce sotto.
Ma ognuno è uno sforzo della natura per partorire l’uomo.
E le origini sono comuni a tutti, le madri, noi tutti veniamo dallo stesso abisso;
ma ognuno lotta, un progetto e una spinta dal profondo, per raggiungere il proprio traguardo.
Possiamo capirci l’un l’altro, ma ognuno può interpretare soltanto se stesso.”

(Hermann Hesse, Siddharta)

Questo testo lo incontrai per la prima volta leggendo “Demian”, ormai vent’anni fa, in un periodo in cui Herman Hesse era ispirazione e guida nella scoperta del vivere e del mondo tra i miei 15 e i 20 anni.

Il pessimismo Leopardiano, (e aggiungerei anche Gucciniano), nella mia percezione delle relazioni umane e del mondo, era stato vissuto e superato da vari anni ed Hesse manteneva delle note a tratti cupe ancora ammiccanti alla mia adolescenza in una luminosità di percorso affascinante.

Ogni volta che leggo queste righe, percepisco sfumature e significati diversi; la sua profondità evoca immagini e situazioni, oniriche e reali, vaghe, vivide e vive insieme. Lo scelsi come apertura per il mio primo sito web e come fonte di scenari per un progetto di design, nel 1997. A distanza di tempo sorrido per le soluzioni che trovai e buone intenzioni in un contesto completamente nuovo e sconosciuto e mi rivedo ora, dopo il tempo trascorso, le esperienze vissute e nel mio bagaglio, a ripercorrere in altri ambiti esplorazioni nuove e affascinanti, con simile ingenuità ma anche con piena disponibilità al mettermi in gioco.

La scelta dei termini, delle metafore, dona al “senso della vita” qui descritto una multidimensionalità percettiva vivida,
una visione sofferta e insieme dinamica, espressione profondamente soggettiva e insieme evocativa della condizione umana.

L’ultima frase, riguardo l’interpretazione… “Possiamo capirci l’un l’altro, ma ognuno può interpretare soltanto se stesso.”
Vibra oggi con un’intensità particolare.
Perfino l’interpretazione di noi stessi mi sembra talmente cangiante e relativa da risultare in molti momenti inutile.

Mi accompagna l’entusiasmo della scoperta, mescolato, smorzato o stimolato talvolta dalle difficoltà e dal conoscere e riconoscere esseri diversi e affini lungo il cammino.

.:.M.Z.:.

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Costellazioni Ipnotiche — Torino 21-22 Febbraio 2015

Per chi fosse interessato a partecipare
a Torino, il weekend del 21 e 22 Febbraio…

Nuova Ipnosi

È in programmazione una sessione torinese delle Costellazioni Ipnotiche.

“Le Costellazioni Ipnotiche sono innanzitutto un metodo per riequilibrare le disarmonie dell’ambiente e della propria identità sistemica, un modo per conoscersi meglio attraverso la condivisione con gli altri partecipanti, uno strumento per fare del gruppo una risorsa a cui attingere anche come individui lontano del workshop.

Sono come le costellazioni Familiari?

Nello stesso modo delle Costellazioni Familiari, sono elaborazioni di altre tecniche di transe di gruppo e sistemi transpersonali. Le Costellazioni Ipnotiche si collegano a queste fonti beneficiando degli sviluppi di Hellinger e dei suoi collaboratori. Una delle caratteristiche specifiche delle Costellazioni Ipnotiche rispetto alle Familiari è il fatto che le Costellazioni Ipnotiche non fanno riferimento a fattori causali e genealogici (anche se comprendono queste possibilità fra le tante) per concentrarsi di più sul qui ed ora del Campo di Gruppo.

Questo tipo di approccio serve innanzitutto a:

Sviluppare la…

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Inconscio e Costellazioni Ipnotiche

Nuova Ipnosi

"Le bambole di Dresda" acrilico su tela 80x100 - 2011 Graziano Rey “Le bambole di Dresda” acrilico su tela 80×100 – 2011 Graziano Rey

«Io non sono se non in un campo psichico con gli altri, con la gente, gli edifici, gli animali, le piante»
James Hillman

Uno dei principi fondamentali della NuovaIpnosi è rappresentato dall’idea di inconscio su cui basa il suo approccio alle tecniche che adotta e su cui e con cui lavora. Fra queste la dimensione del gruppo è personalmente fra quelle in cui più amo operare, è quella che prediligo.

Dal mio punto di vista, e quindi da quello di NuovaIpnosi, il gruppo non riveste finalità terapeutiche, didattiche o altro. Ha essenzialmente due missioni:

  1. Sviluppare apprendimento condiviso
  2. Fare Anima” (Hillman)

Uno dei modi più “facili” (e con questa parola voglio fare riferimento a quella che è un’esperienza immediata, non per questo meno impegnativa per i partecipanti e i conduttori, anzi!) che finora ho…

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8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember MoreProductivity by on Lifehack

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more. Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations: you remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills: hello promotion, here I come!
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older: no, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are not just a good fit.

So how do you train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory.

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout: when she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down. If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies. Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new.

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly.

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess. It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does. And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!” Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new.

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you. For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program.

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body.

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss. Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones.

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles.

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves. Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right–and make sure dark chocolate is included.

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions. So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing. Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

So devote 30 seconds and tell me in the comments: what are you going to do in the next three days to give your brain a boost?

Start to make full and good use of your brain! How to Organize Your Brain for Better Productivity

How To Train Yourself To Control Your Dreams

How To Train Yourself To Control Your Dreams

Some people hardly remember their dreams — but others can control them. You can too. (Photo: Getty Images)

When most of us wake up, our dream recollection is muddled — memories of people or places (out of place, usually) and mismatched occurrences that don’t quite add up. But some people, known as lucid dreamers, don’t just remember their dreams with complete accuracy — they can control them.

“Lucid dreaming is basically when you’re aware that you’re dreaming. Within the dream, you can step outside of it and say, ‘I know this isn’t real,’” explains W. Christopher Winter, MD, medical director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital. “I would say some people have an experience or two in their lives. In my own sleep patient population, it’s fairly commonly mentioned.”

The most well-reported survey on the topic suggests 50 percent of people have experienced lucid dreaming in their lifetime, and 20 percent say they experience lucid dreaming frequently.

But for years, the subject has stumped sleep doctors and researchers alike. It’s difficult to paint a full picture of the brain’s activity during dreaming sleep, and the brain parts linked with self-perception and awareness upon waking up have long eluded scientists. But new information is emerging. Researchers in Munich recently discovered that the brain area involved in self-reflection is actually bigger in lucid dreamers than in people who don’t control their dreams. Because of this, lucid dreamers could be more self-reflective when awake, the researchers say. Other research has suggested that lucid dreamers also outperform those who don’t know they’re dreaming when it comes to cognitive tasks.

Related: You May Suffer From Sleep Drunkenness

Although the research on the topic is somewhat limited and indecisive at best, what it does suggest is that lucid dreaming has a strong link to metacognition, or being aware of your own thought process.

The differences in brain activity between someone dreaming and someone wide awake may not be that obvious beyond what the eyes and muscles are doing. The neurotransmitters activated during dream sleep are similar to the ones firing when you’re awake, Winter explains. “This tells us that what is happening during dreaming is not so far removed from what is happening when we are awake. A person who is dreaming is closer to wakefulness than they are to deep sleep.”

But for most of us, exerting control over that dream state seems nearly impossible. “Some people lucid dream naturally,” Winter says. But even if you don’t, you can train yourself to. And once you gain awareness of your dream state, you can go a step further and become more than just a passive onlooker: “You can exert free will,” says Winter

How To Become A Lucid Dreamer

For people who are really into lucid dreaming — a quick Google search reveals countless sites and forums dedicated to the topic, such as LD4all, Mortal Mist, and the World of Lucid Dreaming — dreams become more like a playground for the mind, a place to play with your brain’s ability to render a reality, Winter says.

In fact, some proponents of lucid dreaming even try to “meet up” in dreams — something that’s called shared dreaming, says Winter. Alhough the people may have never met, they plan out a night to lucid dream, decide to meet somewhere (such as the Eiffel Tower), try to have a conversation, and see if both remember it the next day. Unfortunately, science doesn’t quite back up the concept, even though some researchers have tried separately planting words in people’s minds to see if both were able to bring up the word in a dream and remember it. (Inception, anyone?)

Anecdotally, some people are said to have so much control during their dreams that they can actually get work done and analyze parts of their wakeful life with a new perspective. Some small studies have even shown that practicing something you have done in real life in a dream can improve results. And while this all may seem farfetched, training yourself to know you’re dreaming isn’t, says Winter.

Follow these steps to start:

  • Gain awareness during the day. Being able to determine you’re dreaming has a lot to do with being able to assess and understand your surroundings in real life, says Winter. The key: Check your reality. Notice the little things. You’re driving to work (are you in your own car?), pulling into your office (that really is your office, right?), and drinking your favorite coffee (this is coffee, right?). These small factors may seem insignificant, but they point to reality — something that’s usually skewed in dreams. And being able to notice them in real life can help you notice when something is off in a dream. (For example, if you’re going to work in a dream, but your car is flying — and it’s not your car — you may realize then you’re dreaming.)
  • Pick up a habit. Start doing something every day that reinforces your reality. “I would actually pull my wedding ring off, put it back on, and think, ‘I am not dreaming. This is reality,’” Winter says. If you do it enough throughout your day, you’ll start to do it in your dream. And if you can’t — or if something seems off — you’ll know you’re dreaming.
  • Keep a dream journal. Being aware that your dreams have recurring themes can help you identify them when they pop up after you fall asleep. (Being chased again? You may be dreaming.)

Related: 5 Ways To Control Your Dreams

How To Know You’re Dreaming

There are some common shared experiences that you can look out for in dreams. Here are some of them:

  • Details are vague. Dreams are confined in their scope, says Winter. Think about it: Usually, you’re in a building, in a room, or outside, but if someone asked you details after you wake up, you’d probably draw a blank. What city were you in? What did you see outside of the building? “Training yourself to pay attention to details like this during the day trains you to do so in a dream,” Winter says. And if you can’t make out these details, chances are, you’re in dreamland.
  • Everything’s a little dark. “Dreams tend to be dark: they happen at night or in the evening. It’s unusual for dreams to be bright and sunny, and even if they are, if you look up at the sky, it’s often black,” Winter says.
  • There’s a painted sky. Imagining a limitless horizon is difficult for your brain to do while sleeping. If you study the sky in a dream, it may look more like a painted version, he adds.

Cool Things To Do If You Know You’re Dreaming

If you’re able to realize you’re dreaming, “be cool about it,” says Winter. If you freak out too much, you may wake up. “Go with it at first, then try to exercise control.”

  • Fight your fears. The interesting aspect of lucid dreaming: It’s not always a free-for-all. “Many people who lucid dream find that they still have to fight against natural morality and choices,” says Winter. “If you’re scared of heights, you’re likely still going to be scared in your dream.” Actively fighting your fears can give you emotional practice for doing so in real life — and help you enjoy the dream more.
  • Try to find a mirror. If you can look at yourself, you’ll probably have a hard time recognizing your own face; it may be stretchy or look generally weird. “Your brain does a really poor job of showing you what you look like in a dream.”
  • Look down. Your feet don’t usually touch the ground in a dream. Your brain has trouble rendering a three-dimensional body in space, says Winter.
  • Try to poke your palm with your finger. You may find that you can actually poke your finger through the palm of your hand in a dream, says Winter. It’s difficult for your mind to re-create touching a finger to your palm, what that feels like when the two meet, and what it looks like in a dream, so your finger my pass through your hand.
  • Grab the skin of your hand. Pull on it and you may find it stretches far more than your skin normally would — another brain lapse.

Your Next Read: Inside The Lucid-Dreaming Craze

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5 Ways To Control Your Dreams

5 Ways To Control Your Dreams

A solid eight hours is paramount to success, and making sure your mind is at ease is one more way to get there. (Photo: Kenneth Willardt / Trunk Archive)

Good dreams are good for your health. Not only do they boost your morning mood, but they actually increase your productivity, too. So how do you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day? We asked several sleep experts to shed some insight on the best way to soothe your subconscious so you can perform at your peak.

Time your meals and drinks

The fuller your stomach and the more hyped-up your brain before bed, the more you’ll toss and turn. Try eliminating your afternoon and evening caffeine consumption. A study published by the American Academy of Sleep Science last year found that drinking a cup of coffee even six hours prior to bedtime can drastically disturb your sleep patterns, which, in turn, can lead to nightmares. You should also avoid eating at least three hours before hitting the hay. “If you eat late at night your body is still working to digest and process the food, so it can’t fully shut down into sleeping and dreaming mode,” explains therapist and health and wellness expert Jenny Giblin. While more research is needed, two small studies have linked spicy foods and foods high in fat to bad dreams.

Spruce up your sleep space

A clutter-free environment means a stress-free environment, which is essential to a good night’s sleep, and therefore, good dreams. Light a candle, keep the surfaces in your room clean and clear, put away your clothes and make your bed whenever you can, recommends Giblin. Also, place some flowers on your nightstand. In a small 2008 study conducted by German researchers, women who wafted a rosy scent during REM sleep reported rosy (or good) dreams, whereas women who smelled rotten eggs reported equally as rotten (or bad) dreams.

Put your thoughts down on paper

“If you’ve had a bad day, allowed things to bother you and didn’t manage your stress well, your dreams that night will reflect it,” says professional dream analyst and author Lauri Loewenberg. There’s no tricking your mind either. A study at Goethe University Frankfurt last year found that suppressing unwanted thoughts led to an increased frequency of those thoughts in dreams, not to mention more distressed dreams overall. The next time you lie down to sleep, try journaling your day first. “Get all your thoughts and worries out of your psyche and onto paper,” advises Loewenberg. “Before you close your journal, write down what you would like to accomplish tomorrow, and if you have a request for your dreaming mind, write that down too. It can be anything from Brad Pitt to getting along better with your mother-in-law.”

Tea up and turn off

“This can set the stage for better sleep and dreams,” notes clinical health psychologist Lauren Ampolos, Ph.D, who suggests drinking chamomile and lavender teas and popping a magnesium supplement before bed. And though you’ve heard this advice, you’re likely not heeding it: Turn off any and all screens at least an hour prior to tucking in.

Download a soundscape

A two-year experiment conducted by University of Hertfordshire psychologists found that it’s now possible to create your perfect dream simply by downloading an iPhone app. Yep, seriously. The free app, called Dream:ON, allows users to choose from one of over 40 plus “soundscapes” to play while they dream, such as ocean view or grassy fields. Researchers discovered that those who selected a nature-inspired soundscape had a greater chance of dreaming of greenery and flowers, whereas those who selected a beach-inspired soundscape had a higher chance of dreaming about the sun on their skin.

by Elizabeth Mitchell

More from Q by Equinox:

The 5 Rules of Better, Deeper Sleep

Is There Enough Light in Your Life?

The Best Sleep Money Can Buy 

Quando viene in mente il tempo

Viaggiando nel tempo e nello spazio / Travelling in time and space

Interferenze

regressiva1Una delle esperienze più semplici da considerare nell’ambito dell’Ipnosi è lo spostamento che siamo in grado di fare nel nostro tempo. La focalizzazione nel tempo e nello spazio é un’esperienza tipica dello stato di trance, un momento in cui noi ci spostiamo, con la nostra mente, da un luogo ad un altro o da un tempo presente ad un tempo passato o futuro.

Normalmente le persone chiedono di vivere l’esperienza di ipnosi per motivi diversi da quelli per cui normalmente si va in psicoterapia: spesso sono sintomi psicosomatici, altre volte problemi affrontati precedentemente senza aver raggiunto una soluzione. Le persone che desiderano vivere l’esperienza dell’Ipnosi regressiva sono tentate di conoscere i motivi per cui tendono a ripetere frequentemente talune esperienze generalmente indesiderate; alle volte sono questioni affettive, altre volte vicende alle quali non riescono a dare un significato. Le risposte che si danno per motivare la domanda di ipnosi regressiva…

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Design e cibo…

Quanto conta l’estetica (e una ricercata maniglia) nella scelta di un luogo per mangiare?

food & design - Milan Restaurant - Photo taken by Maya Ziglio

How much does aesthetics (and a peculiar door-handle) count when choosing a place for lunch?

FunnyHandleInMilan

202 Hamburger & Delicious

Corso Di Porta Ticinese, 6, 20123 Milano, Italia