Mental Bearings.

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Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:00 pm

Since starting parkour has anyone noticed effects on the way their mind performs either while doing parkour or in every day life? Or does anyone have specific ideas on what they want parkour to do to their mind? (I am happy to answer any questions about the mind as I do quite a bit in psychology and I have an obsession in improving the mind)
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby jetpack » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:25 pm

I've found that even whilst just walking about, I see ideas form about how to get around urban areas. Apparently, many traceurs get this after only just starting parkour.
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:21 pm

jetpack wrote:I've found that even whilst just walking about, I see ideas form about how to get around urban areas. Apparently, many traceurs get this after only just starting parkour.


This is true of all areas and not just urban when you practice parkour. Your mind is breaking down barriers and opening up oppertunities and forming new pathways.
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby jetpack » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:02 am

I find I am much more comfortable in urban areas now that I see them like this. It's nice to think "If something happened, I could vault over that wall" etc.
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:35 am

I know, I feel the sane way, I can also see who could be a possible threat with a relaxed mind. It is a unique form of medetation
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby Rob-F » Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:45 pm

I think that parkour has an effect on the mind.
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:32 pm

Rob-F wrote:I think that parkour has an effect on the mind.


What type of effect would you say this is in your opinion?
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby Rob-F » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:04 pm

JADWrity wrote:
Rob-F wrote:I think that parkour has an effect on the mind.


What type of effect would you say this is in your opinion?


An effect which causes some difference to the mind
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:00 pm

different people experience different effects, some feel many and others feel few. It amazes me to be honest
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby fuzzy » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:14 pm

Yeah I'll say there's mental effects... Reading about (and then of course practising) safety, groundwork, preparation, confidence, sub-conscious warnings and so on has thrown many things back into my life that sort of took a break for a while. So, I think about things that are worth it, whether I'm having fun, whether I'm putting 100% into what I'm doing (and why not if not), and so on.
I could go on, but brain = frozen now :)
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:47 pm

I say the biggest aspect is freedom. I love my freedom of mind and the only opinion I trust is one where I have seen the source or felt for myself. This is why I like it, no lie and not doing anything wrong. Makes me question many things and I appreciate it
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby ChrisHopkinsPK » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:57 am

can anyone help me get over the fear of going over my own head?
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby playhater » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:24 pm

ChrisHopkinsPK wrote:can anyone help me get over the fear of going over my own head?


To get rid of the fear of going over your own head you would have to go over your own head. After a few times the fear wouldn't really be there
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby Robin_a » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:29 pm

i presume that it's for back flip purposes, in which case get a spotter.
also back rolls in to hand stands may help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPskhYvbRJE
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:41 pm

that is pretty much right, fear is a mental safety precaution and the only true way to overcome it is to tell your brain it is not that bad
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby Nicolas » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:14 pm

Ive only been training a few months but i definately feel different. I see things that i have never seen before, ways of getting around obstacles, thinking of more inventive ways to accomplish tasks.
Most noticeably is at my school, i keep seeing places to train, but getting really frustrated by not being able to because of one reason or another. I keep wanting to vault over some picnic tables xD
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Re: Mental Bearings.

Postby JADWrity » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:58 pm

Nicolas wrote:Ive only been training a few months but i definately feel different. I see things that i have never seen before, ways of getting around obstacles, thinking of more inventive ways to accomplish tasks.
Most noticeably is at my school, i keep seeing places to train, but getting really frustrated by not being able to because of one reason or another. I keep wanting to vault over some picnic tables xD

I feel exactly the same way about it, on top of other things. It is is healthy obsession that takes over your mind
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