Wednesday, February 16, 2011
with the fun of imagination as well. I am someone who over thinks and analyzed almost everything to death so movies can give me a chance to do both of the imagination and perspective. I have a good friend who works in film and TV and have learned a lot about all that goes into the behind the scenes sort of stuff and have had a lot of my thoughts about certain areas confirmed as well. I find talking to him very interesting and exciting because you learn that a lot goes into a two hour piece of moving art. In my times in NYC I have come across several different actors in real life mostly at Yankees games but in all these years I have never come across a movie being filmed even though several are being filmed in NYC in almost a daily basis. Then, our last trip to NYC we walked right upon not one but two movie productions. The first one was for what I thought was the new Batman but was later told but my good friend was a movie called “Arthur” which stars Russell Brand and looks very funny. There was quite a scene taking place that consisted of almost 6 or 7 blocks being shut down for trailers, lights, cameras, crew members, extras, props, wires, cables, and police. All of that time and work for all these people which results in probably 5 minute scene in a movie. The previous day we stumbled across Ben Stiller filming a movie called “Tower Heist” that stars Stiller, Eddie Murphy,
and Dave Chappelle. We actually walked behind a scene being filmed and were asked to stop then directed elsewhere. We wondered why then discovered what was going on. Again they
had blocks closed and many people working just for some scene with Stiller and
someone talking on the street (we might be in the background but with our excited faces I am sure we got dubbed out). The whole experience is quite impressive that the people who put in these 16 to 18 hour days doing the same thing over and over just to get produce what one artist envisions is intense and complicated and having watched it be done, I have more respect for all the hard work that goes into my 2 hour escape. We enjoyed “Just Go With It” this past weekend and will be looking for something in the next weekend maybe the Liam Neeson flick, either way whatever your escape is, enjoy it.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Lately I have been thinking alot about how interconnected our minds and bodies are. There are some very real connections that I always thought were there but recently being around alot of sick people (that time of year) and being able to fight through it and then falling to illness what is it that makes the difference for me. All throughout school, I would never be sick until it was time to relax and unwind. I thought this occurred because my body was in stress mode and fighting off everything and when my body relaxed like my mind then would over a break, my immune system would relax and inevitably I would get sick. I have noticed lately that the more stressed I get at work, struggling with a difficult client or something like that, that those are the times that I typically get sick. I work with drug addicts and my wife works with elementary school kids so between us there are alot of germs going around but I rarely do get sick. Lately I have noticed that difference within myself of when I feel that my body is frustrated with something that is going on. It's really quite interesting when you pay attention to what the headaches, aches, and pains mean...your body will let you know where your mind is at. Since I don't use any sort of chemicals or medicine until I am sick I am becoming more aware of these connections. I was aware that some of my struggles at work where having an affect on my body, that feeling of being drained.
Think of how it feels when you are happy--there is a feeling in your body that starts with your mind and it's the same as when you are sad about something-you can feel the pain in your heart and stomach. Are those imagined? Or are they real? I have been reading about how when a person is depressed they can get comfortable with that feeling and actually crave it, hence alcoholics. As alcohol is a depressant the body creates cells to adapt to that feeling of depression, eventually what happens when there is no more alcohol to support those depressed cells is that your body then craves alcohol, not just your mind. It's kind of like the old adage about what you put in will come out. If you hang around sad people all the time you eventually will become sad, misery loves company. This is the same with happiness, people are attracted to it because people want to feel that way and they look for it in so many places within so many things but really it's some where else. Everyone of us has the ability to be happy if we choose to happy. Today I choose to feed my mind as many positive things as I can and to have fun with simple things because my job is one of hearing some of people's horrible experiences and working with them to overcome these difficulties. The reward on the other side is amazing. To see someone change. One of the first things they will always tell you is that physically they feel better. Stress on the mind is relieved in the body just like you can think with your body your mind can feel. Next time you have an ache or a pain maybe question what is going on in your life that could be connected. We have all seen somebody and thought man they look rough, they have been through it, and that is what stress and problems can do to us physically. If you notice your body falling apart it may be time to see if your mind is falling apart, some of this of course happens with age but I don't know too much about that yet. Anyway, this is some of what I am trying to process lately, think with your body......