Meticulous Esplanandes and Your WOD

nline_nx716nMWvm1r1q5wq_500“Meticulous Esplanades” is an anagram for “Miscellaneous Updates.”  Did you ever play around over at the Internet Anagram Server?  Go check it out.  There you can plug in your name, like say “Robert Evans Mitchell” and get anagrams like, “Beach Introvert Smell” and “Liberals Convert Them.”  You can also have hours of fun browsing the Anagram Hall of Fame where you’ll find hilarious anagrams like,

  • Dormitory = Dirty Room
  • Clint Eastwood = Old West Action
  • Father-in-law = Near halfwit
  • Mel Gibson = Bong smile

No more blah-blah-blah — here are my meticulous esplanades  miscellaneous updates:

  • I’m in editing hell so you’re going to see fewer posts for the next few months. The release date of my next book Cabal Fang: Complete Study Course from Querent to Elder is 9/1 which means it needs to be in the hands of the formatter by 7/1.
  • Sorry, but you’re going to be getting fewer Cabal Fang WODs, and they’re going to contain more of a spiritual component.  In a nutshell:  I’ve been over-training my body and under-training my mind and heart.  So I’m cutting my workout lengths a little while also getting more focused and serious about getting stronger (I’m doing the Greyskull LP, modified for dumbbells).  I’ve also re-adjusted my grip strength program and upped my morning temple rites from 10 to 20 minutes.

Seiza pose without a stool.  You can use a mini stool or put a yoga block between your feet if you like.  Sit another way if you want — whatever works for you.

Your Cabal Fang WOD for today is as follows:

Prayer beads.  This one is ripped directly out of the Cabal Fang book Wisdom of the Raven.  Assume your favorite posture.  I prefer warrior’s pose with a short meditation stool, also called seiza (formal Japanese sitting) or vajrasana pose (yoga) but to each her own.   Take up prayer beads in dominant hand.  Breathe in to about 8 beats.  As you do, silently “say” a prayer of about 15 to 25 words.  I used, “Archangel Barachiel, bless me with the gift of quietude and guide my hand as I finish my book, I pray thee.”  Come up with your own prayer to whatever power you prefer.  If you’re an atheist, pray to an ideal, saying something like “Quietude, please descend upon me now and stay with me the whole day through, I pray thee.”  Hesitate for about 4 beats with lungs full as you pay out one bead from between your fingers.  Then, as you breath out to about 8 beats, say your prayer again.  Hesitate for about 4 beats with lungs empty as you pay out one bead.    Continue until you’ve said your prayer once for every bead on your strand.  One hundred beads should take you 20 or 30 minutes, so you might want to limit this to a half strand (10 or 15 minutes).



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