Why our future is trance dance. And who we have to thank for it.

It’s well known that broken homes can be more challenging for children than stable ones. But I’m going to argue that there is an upside, not necessarily to having more broken homes from now on, but to their forming part of human evolutionary history. A strange assertion? Bear with me... All too often we hear … Continue reading Why our future is trance dance. And who we have to thank for it.

Hungry Dawn Raving Brain-dump Summary video

I sat down yesterday and filmed myself talking off the cuff about HDR. Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8VL7ygQEJU The video talks about using different types of music at different stages of the fast, both for music assisted fasting and fasting assisted music appreciation. You'll no doubt want to have your own playlist in place, but if … Continue reading Hungry Dawn Raving Brain-dump Summary video

Confession of a Work-Time Groover: increase future resilience to novel virus outbreaks by using WFH as an opportunity to make a standing desk

W.orking F.rom H.ome? There's never been a better time to give up sitting down. I've often wanted to move to a standing desk. It was only fear of peer perceptions - standing out like a sore thumb - that held me back. Now that I'm working from home, I've finally done it - just raised … Continue reading Confession of a Work-Time Groover: increase future resilience to novel virus outbreaks by using WFH as an opportunity to make a standing desk

Satisfying Wanderlust even in Lockdown: “Trance Mapping” as fulfilling exercise routine for optimised mood

When we exercise, there is a release of the chemicals that encourage us to form a mental map of valued places, such as BDNF and dopamine. This makes total sense if you think about the evolutionary hunter-gatherer context, where extended exercise meant being out and about in the landscape, probably looking for food or finding … Continue reading Satisfying Wanderlust even in Lockdown: “Trance Mapping” as fulfilling exercise routine for optimised mood

Rapture Remembered at Rest: The Rhyme of the Hungry Dawn Raver (spoken word)

With the coronavirus on the loose, I don't see this as a time for fasting. As I understand it, although your immune system can come back stronger after a fast, while fasting it can temporarily be lowered - not ideal at the current time. It might therefore be thought that this wouldn't be the best … Continue reading Rapture Remembered at Rest: The Rhyme of the Hungry Dawn Raver (spoken word)

On the Iranian Injunction against Dancing

In Persia dancing has been bannedHow hard the heart, how cruel the hand Commanding such a dreadful purgeAcross that ancient, noble land For dance is our deep seated urge Responding to a joyous surgeMore full of soul and spirit than Some somber, drearyl prayer-time dirge Rule-maker, cast your mind through time To when you were … Continue reading On the Iranian Injunction against Dancing

A Demigod Danced in my Kitchen Today

I fasted yesterday for the first time after quite a long Winter break, and had an HDR session this morning. It was easier than I expected. Can the body keep the knack for months at a time without practice? Over the break my musical tastes re-diversified; I became interested in YouTube videos on chord progressions … Continue reading A Demigod Danced in my Kitchen Today

Glorified Gratitude Journal as Perfect Compliment to Hungry Dawn Raving

I haven't posted on this Confessions of a Hungry Dawn Raver blog for a while. I've been posting to another, new blog site, on a subject that augments and complements Hungry Dawn Raving in a great way - Gratitude Journaling. Or rather a glorified version of this where you don't merely keep a list of things … Continue reading Glorified Gratitude Journal as Perfect Compliment to Hungry Dawn Raving

Ode to Emotional Trance

ISometimes the Gate Elysian swings wideAt lightest touch, and easily we glideStraight to the centre of the happy throngNo sooner than we hear the happy song When comes the beat, we leap to dance Repeat, repeat: we enter tranceAnd freely flows the kundalini fire The happy strains sound honey sweet Their joys not hard to … Continue reading Ode to Emotional Trance

Glorifying Your Gratitude Journal with Odes – 1) An Ode to Bath Locks

I'm getting into the idea of keeping a kind of glorified scrapbook / gratitude journal where instead of just listing things you're glad about, (shown by scientific studies to be an effective long-term mood raiser) you go all out and write lofty odes about those things on your list which generate sufficient passion. With this … Continue reading Glorifying Your Gratitude Journal with Odes – 1) An Ode to Bath Locks