@JordanUrbs Writing

Jordan’s memoirs, thoughts, and reflections.

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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

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The simplest way to summarize “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” is just that: the title. A Zen mind stays in the beginner’s mindset. Always. It is the ends and it is the means. An open and limitless mind allows for everything and remains compassionate, free from the bias of the “expert” mind.

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The Talent Code

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The Talent Code explores the concept of talent while studying what “success” means and how different communities around the world have seemed to unlock it. Author Daniel Coyle found a few distinctive traits to areas where talent seemed to arise with more ease and frequency than other areas–talent hotbeds. Is talent unique to personality or culture, genes or environment, or is it simply a neurological equation?

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Final Video Exam 1

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I messed up this assignment, because I didn’t check the instructions before spending an hour producing the video and recording it. In any case, my “student” was starting at square 0 so I am happy I could dedicate myself to instructing him to getting down the basics. I was quite proud of him (and myself!) by the end of our session.

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Final Video Exam 2

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Funny how once the end is near, I seem to stop feeling like things matter. Sounds familiar to many realms of my life.

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Crawling Patterns Study

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This is the film that got me following Budokon. I started watching Cameron’s instagram clips and tried mimicking them. What I was gathering by imitation online was helping my back issues—a lot. When they finally announced their online academy this February, I was all-in.

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Household Sustainability

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Chapter 5’s assignment has us explore our use of consumables, their cost, and our relationship with them. Like each of these Mind-Science pillars, this assignment arrived at a time when my partner and I had recently decided to support more both our local economy and local sustainability. A month or so back, we bought a compost bin from a local group we found on Instagram. It’s got two bins with worms and the liquid falls to the bottom… it’s definitely a step up from the raised wooden bed we had been tossing all our organic waste into.

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“Waddling Toddler Tiger” - My First BDK Mobility Sequence

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As part of a wider effort to demonstrate the effectiveness and community potential for open-source repositories of knowledge exercises and physical practices, I’ve begun to formulate my BDK Mobility Teacher Training assignments as a means of prototyping a use case. Suffice to say, it’s been a satisfying use of my creative energy applied to the first “academic” experience I’ve had in over ten years.

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Moral Dilemma

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You are having lunch with a friend and happen to see your best friend’s romantic partner/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife being intimate with someone else in the restaurant.

What would you do?

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Critical Thinking Tools

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Deconstruct the concepts of ‘Necessary vs. Unnecessary’, ‘Fixed vs. Fluid’ and ‘Relative vs. Absolute’. Also outline what the similarities and what the key differences between the three concepts are?

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