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Fwd: Looping and Meditative States, etc

> On Oct 5, 2004, at 6:51, Krispen Hartung wrote:
>> Any other experiences like this from the rest of you?  Are any of you
>> attending Looper's Anonymous? Do you wake up in the middle of the 
>> night
>> with the cold sweats, aching for just one quick loop fix? Heh heh....
>>> It's like looping is some sort of mind-altering opiate or something.
>> One can easily lose all conception of space and time.
> Speaking for myself that's not only true with looping. Any kind of 
> music making induces that state of mind. I need only to play one note, 
> or imagine doing that, to experience a drastic change in focus of my 
> sensory perception. It's obvious that the part of the brain normally 
> used for speaking "oral languages" has to make the way for "the 
> musical mind", because if you are playing music and get a quick call 
> from someone you might nog be able to speak at all for a second, 
> before catching up on normal brain functions again. Try to throw quick 
> questions at a musician friend when he is playing and you will get a 
> healthy laugh! (don't play try this trick to the performers at the 
> club ;-)
> As I'm also into practicing yoga and meditation, I've taken interest 
> in comparing that particular (subjective) experience with music 
> making. To me it's so similar that I cut down on meditation to stay 
> out of the zombie zone.
> For a while I had a day time job looking after a training center, 
> doing the cleaning of showers and stuff, and then I also undertook the 
> experiment of running long distances in the wood three times a week. I 
> never experienced the exercising to do any good for my body (rather 
> the opposite, actually) but the most interesting thing was the state 
> of mind induced after approximately fifteen minutes of running. Very 
> similar to "the loopy mind" or plain meditation. Someone brought up 
> "drugs" in a post and I would guess that we're actually talking 
> endorphin here (a natural substance produced in the brain when the 
> system i under pressure, chemically similar to amphetamine).
> But then there are other levels of meditation that may not share as 
> much with the music making mind. As well as certain other adult 
> activities that also set of some endorphin ;-)
> All the best
> Per Boysen
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