The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness


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First Book!

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So, I’ve written a book. The first one in my “Mr. G” series, entitled “A Merry G Christmas Eve”.

I have a number of books in the works, and a lot of them have more to do with The mind and consciousness and the like, but “Mr. G” is my main pet project, because he’s… well… me. All my other book projects not dealing with Mr. G are projects which will take months or even years to complete, but that’s not to say that I don’t have Mr. G projects that won’t take as long. I have a mix of long and short projects, pretty much just have things that I’m spitting out uncontrollably. It’s just what I do. Continue reading


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Forget Your Guilty Mind

Image Credit: Shawn Phelps.com

Image Credit: Shawn Phelps.com

To err is human. Indeed, living in this world can present us with situations in our lives which we feel as though we could have acted differently–an altercation with a friend, family member or colleague where words were exchanged which upon reflection afterwards, filled your being with the unsettling, culpable feeling we know as guilt.

Guilt, and negative emotions in general, can weigh on the mind to the point of affecting health of the body. In this world of stress and expensive medicine, maintaining command of your emotional mind is an important component in the maintenance of inner peace, and in turn, health.

It is something that we all experience, yet continue to bring upon ourselves over and over again. What are the origins of this feeling? And how do we keep guilt from consuming us to the point where we can’t live anymore?

Origins

“I hate you!” she said, pushing him back against the wall. “Get away from me! You’re so stupid!” A set of words and actions that emerged automatically the instant her blood boiled from hearing something that flew in the face of her normal expectations. There are only two emotions, love and fear, with all others being variations of the two, respectively. She was enveloped in the realm of fear, erupting forth from her reptilian brain.
When we react without conscious thought, that is the domain of the survival aspect of the brain–the reptilian brain, or R-complex. You can identify actions and feelings originating from the reptilian brain via their automatic, fear-ridden expression, followed by guilt and embarrassment due to the fact that you acted without thinking, and said and did things you now regret. When conscious thought is allowed to return, the guilt and remorse comes along with it. Think how many times we have said or had someone say to us “you really weren’t yourself. You were acting like a totally different person.” This is because the brain was under different command for a spell.

The reptilian brain is the oldest part of the brain, nestled at the top of the spinal cord in the center of the brain, with its function principally oriented for survival. In this capacity, it hasn’t the ability to think, and indeed it wouldn’t have such an ability, because it is a system that needs to act as fast as possible. Thus, there is no time for there to be any processing of conscious thoughts, simply knee-jerk reaction.

The Solution Goes Hand in Hand With the Problem

Acting in an unconscious manner in difficult scenarios seems unavoidable, but now that you know the source of the problem, the answer is hitched along with it. The best way to deal with guilt and remorse is to avoid it in the first place.
Here are three steps to take to prevent a reptilian brain-induced loss of control that leads to guilt after the fact:

1.Breathe
And breath deep. The reaction, fight-or-flight system causes an arousal in the body, because you feel as though your well-being and/or your world view is under attack, or that you are about to lose something important to you, like a boyfriend or girlfriend, for example. The breath becomes shallow and quick. To counteract that, breathe deep and slow, which enacts the relaxation response in the body.

2. Observe your thoughts.
The reptilian brain doesn’t think, so when you think and try to understand what is really going on, it takes away control from the knee-jerk reaction section of the brain. This ability improves with practice, as with most anything else.

3. Forgive.
To err is human, to forgive divine. This step is more applicable after the fact. Forgiving not only is directed at other people who have done us wrong, but also directed at ourselves. Letting ourselves get taken away by emotion is something that is not easy to control. After an altercation in which you’ve done or said something regretful, realize that it was something that took you away for a moment, and work on moving away from dwelling in its wake.


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The World of Shi Song Shu Takes Shape

Mock-up scene for The Tale of Shi Song Shu

Mock-up scene for The Tale of Shi Song Shu film

Shi Song Shu, (Song Shu means squirrel in Chinese, Shi is an honorable surname given to a monk), lives in a land once free and abundant, but later is covertly invaded by dragon overlords, bend on enslaving all animals and humans through fear and manipulation. Song Shu, after a chance encounter with his human mentor, Feng Shui Peng, finds himself compelled to restore the land to it’s original state.

Staff Form Test 2 from TSM Arts on Vimeo.

So much to design and animate, but Song Shu is looking pretty good at this point.


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Bringing Stillness To Life – TSM Arts and Animations

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TSM has gone through a few changes since its humble start as a simple Zen musings blog for to post my written works on. I’ve provided content to help enliven and enlighten, and now in 2014, TSM has evolved into it’s new dominant form, and it’s on that I’m very excited about.

TSM has been inactive for the past six months or so, and the reason is because it has been morphing into TSM Arts and Animations (TSMAA), a 3D art and animation studio. This new entity deals mostly with 3D animation, with future plans of Continue reading


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Season’s Greetings from TSM!

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Happy holidays from me to you! TSM has been going through numerous changes over this past year, and it’s about to culminate into a new and improved TSM for 2014 – more empowering reflections of our common humanity, as well as elucidation of knowledge and technologies both new and of old, that can contribute to lifting everyone up together.

So TSM’s Christmas gift for you all is a plethora of information that will serve to enrich all of our lives in the coming year and beyond. Stay tuned!

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Check out a few of the top TSM posts of this past year:

Water Has Memory

The Language of Our New World – Coding

Scientists Confirm Perception and Genes Linked

These Things called GMO’s

The Infinity of One