Philosopher’s Stone

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The philosopher’s stone, or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, “gold,” and ποιεῖν poiēin, “to make”) or silver. It is also able to extend one’s life and called the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher’s stone were known as the Magnum Opus (“Great Work”). Source: wikipedia.

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L’Uomo Vitruviano

The Vitruvian Man

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Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists of all time created this amazing drawing around 1490. He was supposed to give the answer to an old geometric problem that mathematicians wanted to answer since Pythagoras time: What is a philosophical solution to the nature of man?

It is named Vitruvian, since Leonardo worked at that time on the writings of a Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio.

According to Wikipedia:

The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the classical orders of architecture. Vitruvius determined that the ideal body should be eight heads high. Leonardo’s drawing is traditionally named in honour of the architect. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. It is kept in the Gabinetto dei disegni e stampe of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, in Venice, Italy, under reference 228. Like most works on paper, it is displayed to the public only occasionally.

From Owlcation: The Center Problem.

In the third book of De Architectura Vitruvius wrote the following:

“The navel is in the centre of the human body, and, if in a man lying with his face upward, and his hands and feet extended, from his navel as the centre, a circle be described, it will touch his fingers and toes. It is not alone by a circle, that the human body is thus circumscribed, as may be seen by placing it within a square.

For measuring from the feet to the crown of the head, and then across the arms fully extended, we find the latter measure equal to the former; so that lines at right angles to each other, enclosing the figure, will form a square.”

Vitruvius list also gives a list of ratios or proportions among body parts (hands, feet, cubit, arms, navel, etc.).

And to learn more, here is one great video about the Vitruvian 🙂

Touch me baby

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From all the “baby” songs… from Tin Lizy, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley…. to name just a few… I have selected Baby in the song from my “forever inspiration”…. Jim Morrison:

Yeah! Come on, come on, come on, come on
Now touch me, baby
Can’t you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won’t you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that you made?

Now, I’m gonna love you
Till the heavens stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I

Come on, come on, come on, come on
Now touch me, baby
Can’t you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won’t you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that you made?

I’m gonna love you
Till the heavens stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I
I’m gonna love you
Till the heavens stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I

Stronger than dirt

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Testing TRX….

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“It is TRX training. It is amazing, you will see!” – this was the recommendation and the only thing that I knew about it.

The class started late in the evening. It was in a new building. First impression: it is new, looks clean, and looks secure (nice wardrobe with innovative lockets). There is a possibility for a shower (that I did not use this first time). While I was putting my cloths, I noticed some young woman that spent all the time in front of the mirror doing something. I did not see what she really does, but she did left a great bunch of her hair in the lavabo. A bit disgusting for such a public space, isn’t it?

After a while, I was ready. I came on time and I liked it. While we waited for the room (they call it a big room), I did some pedalling on an in-door bike. It was nothing special, just actively killing time while waiting. Then the man, young man, pretty good sculptured, opened the door. We came in. There were nine of us and the trainer – this young man. When I looked at him, I felt like I was in a kind of a modern cartoon. He looked positive, but still somehow artificial. Strange?

The warm-up started, we did a series of stretching, some squats, jumper-jacks and similar. Personally, the best warm-up for me is a slow run. However, I guess, they do not think it is ok to run in a big room (I would say some 50 square meters, not more. I noticed these ropes in front of me. Well, I know them… I did some exercises before on them.

Still, I did not know that there is actually the whole-body workout designed only for them and that they call it TRX-System or Total Resistance eXercise. This system is a form of suspension training that uses body weight exercises that was invented by Randy Hetrick, a USC college graduate and former Navy SEAL. They say that this training uses only these straps and bodyweight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability at the same time. Hmm, interesting.

After this short warm-up, we started the TRX training. If I can remember correctly, we did:

Upper body:

  • – Trx chest press
  • – Trx chest fly
  • – Push-ups

Core

  • – Crunches
  • – Plank
  • – Pike
  • – Oblique crunch
  • – standing hip-drop

Back

  • – Row
  • – Y Fly
  • – Power pull

Lower body

  •  – Suspended lunge
  • – Squat
  • – Single leg squat
  • – Mountain climber
  • – Step-over side lunge

The exercises were done in these 40 sec intervals, 10 sec rest and 40 sec of some other cardio exercise (squats, jumping jacks, plank, abs-workouts, jumps, etc), 10 sec rest. And yes, we did Tabata: trx squats and jumping jacks.

Impression? Interesting. Still, I am not sure that this workout routine is something for me. I do not have enough strength in my core and joints, and as a result of some vigorous routine with this ropes, I think will get some injuries.

Still, on my way home… I bought my self some kind of TRX straps. Well, not original, but quite good version of it. You can install it on the doors of some room and do a pretty good version of such training at your own pace. With a huge amount of photos and videos worldwide, I would choose a home training for such routine. For some paid class… there has to be more… better challenge, more training equipment, better motivation.

Happy, cause I tried TRX training in the gym. The keeper? Hmmmm. Well, I bought the straps, so I can include them in my rhythmic daily routine. Motivational keeper? None.

Here is explanation of my Suspension Workout list (source: Pinterest):

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Satisfait

Ma chere Mademoiselle, ….. Ça va? “- he asked without words

Jolie looked at him with anger. If she could, she would probably say: “Ne sois pas stupide!” But she couldn’t, so she gazed at him with hidden tears in her eyes.

If they steal your voice – how the hell can someone feel? Stupid question! – She thought. We take it for granted every day. We wake up, we shower, we drink coffee, we talk to each other, we laugh, we cry, we breathe…. We do all of this without even noticing it – bizzare.

Maybe this is the reason why Jolie decided to learn Yoga. She wanted to connect herself with the power of breath, with the power of the moment that we often neglect…not taking care of how important it actually is.

And maybe this violent stealing of her voice was actually happening at the right time? When so many people asked for her opinion, her thoughts, her ideas, when she could not have time for herself… it happened now. She can now only listen.  Is this her hideout from the “real world”? Her possibility to meditate her way in deeper self? Her possibility to enjoy the silence?

Maybe it is true that everything comes at the right moment and for a reason – she smiled happily with a thought: “Je suis satisfais….”

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Source of the quote: Pinterest.

Source of the Featured Image: lovethispic.com.

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Sun glitter

Of all glitters… I prefer the Sun glitter on the surface of  the sea. It causes special feeling of happiness in every time of the year, or a day. Sun glitter is a sparkling bright light that you sea at the surface of the water, of the sea – for example – when the sunlight reflects itself from the water (waves). A great in-depth explanation of this specular reflection is explained in the article: Glittering Light on Water by Joseph A. Shaw in the NOAA Journal. Sun glitter can be bright enough to damage one’s eyes. Caution should be exercised while observing the glitter. Source: Wikipedia.

I quote here one of his sentences:

Where Glitter Paths Lead

You do not have to be a remote sensing expert to appreciate glitter patterns. From sidewalk puddles to the ocean, beautiful light shows can be seen by anyone with the attention to notice. Depending on the amount of patience you have for such things, you can either casually notice these patterns or spend hours examining them in detail.

 

And…. of course… some music… Do you know Vangelis? Il n’y mer…..

 

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