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I learned with a chinese master in the subject. You breathe in imagining you are part of the air. Logically i mean. There’s nothing mistic about chinese meditation. Unlike people in Tibet and India that relates it with religion people in China uses meditation as a medicine. So again you breathe and imagine you are the air that gets in your nose and you imagine the path the air takes to the botton of the belly. So you imagine this circuit. Nose to belly and belly to nose. But you also have to count. So it goes like this: breathe in, breathe out count 1,  breathe in, breathe out count 2,  breathe in, breathe out count 3 and so on until you get to 10. Then you start again. You do it during 20 mins. You also should be sitting of the floor with your legs crossed in the known lotus position. If the floor is cold you can sit of a rug of anything actually. Then you can use a pillow to sit on. Your eyes have to be half open otherwise you can get sleepy and you mouth half opened. The eyes should be faced towards a white wall or something very neutral and there should be no noise or at least the least amount of it. Why do i do it? It’s the only thing that calms me besides Xanax. It’s the only way i get to sleep. If you do it right it’s a trip bigger than any LSD can give you. The idea behind it is to quiet your mind. By doing this routine you don’t have to think about not thinking which is impossible. You just change all your thoughts to just the way the air makes in your body and the counting from one to ten. It doesn’t seam much so it’s kinda annoying when you begin. Looks like you are doing nothing but suddenly you get it. Your brain starts to clear and you starts feeling really great. It’s a kinda hard feeling to describe but it is so unexpected that usually the first time you feel that’s enough to make you start thinking again and ruin the exercise. What do you gain? Focus. Samurais did it not to relax but to be better in their fights. More precise. Clear mind. After a lot of crap in a bad day it’s the only think that can put your mind at ease. Control. You start getting better control of your mind when in stress and that can be really healthy. I did my part. Now try to do it!

Today a very typical routine made me wonder a bit. I tried an app from the appstore on my iphone, a North american product that is sold in Brasil where i live. This app was lousy and i wrote an email to the appstore costumer service  saying i didn’t want it. A guy named Deepak wrote me back in less than forty minutes. I heard that most of the costumer service from apple is located in India and by our friend’s name i guess it was the case. So i was talking to a guy in India about a north american product sold in Brasil. If i told you that the app is japanese you can do the math. In two hours my problem was resolved in a very efficient and gentle way so i have to say i’m very happy with it. Three continents working for a U$ 4,99 sale involving personal assistance. That’s an amazing fact. Companies never before had to be so efficient in order to stay in business. That’s why companies the size of United with a very highly trained staff are exposed to the public’s criticism as hard as the music composed by Dave Carroll “United breaks Guitars” with almost ten million viewers in youtube. That’s also why i’m able to bother you guys anywhere in the world as long as you speak english or use page translators. It’s a magical time for every artist where one is able to cut the middle man and talk straight to the public. To every company that develops products which can be interesting to people all over. Of course there are a lot of down sides for this phenomena. The job that belongs today to Deepak was once done by a person from North America where apple is based. My iphone was build mostly in China again a different country. Less jobs to the country where apple is based. The app was japanese but my friend from india took care of that. So in a way it’s interesting to keep eyes open on the protection policies of our countries to see if our jobs are being sold for cheep to foreign countries. But even so we gotta remember that my iphone would not be possible if there was no China. They would be too expensive to build in the U. S. and less people would buy it so less apps would exist and no guy from India would assist me here in Brasil. Upsides and downsides that’s the reality we live in today and it seams there’s nothing we can do about it. So it’s important to pay close attention to the big companies for they are getting bigger than the countries. Let’s be like Dave Carroll and work as good inspectors for this new “governs”.