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Exhausting energies

Last night I've slept about 10 hours, which should be more than enough for any normal day. Around 11 this morning I woke up, together with Brenda. I felt tired and lame, she was awake and enthousiastic. After some time of lying around, me trying to wake up, she proposed to go shopping and go to the market. Though the alternative of just staying in bed, sleeping some more until Brenda would come back from town looked very attractive, I decided to get up. This took me a lot of effort, my mind wanting to get up and going to town, my body reluctant to do anything.

The rest of the day was comparably lame: I've been lying, reading, fixing some stuff in my blog, doing some (trivial) correction work and being generally tired. I hope to get some more good sleep tonight, while not getting up to late to go to Enschede tomorrow.

Anyway, I've had this year's first lesson of theatresports last night, which I suspect to be somewhat responsible for my exhaustion. We're going to do some exercises with "energies" over the next few lessons. Last night, we've been practicing with the "exhausting energy". I don't understand exactly how these energies relate to the practice of theatresports yet, but it sure was exhausting.

The exercise consisted mainly of lying on the ground, trying to make yourself feel (physically) heavy. Through focussing on your breathing and concentrating on different parts your body in turn, we triggered a "heavy" feeling. After about half an hour or so, we were asked to simply raise an arm of a leg, while not forgetting the heaviness. While staying fully focussed on my breathing and heaviness, it was actually hard to just raise my arm. It felt like it was physically heavier that normal, which is, obviously, nonsense. :-)

I credit this partly to the fact that I've been focussing on not moving for half an hour, which tends to make your muscles stiff and unprepared to move all of the sudden. I'm also pretty sure this wasn't the entire reason, probably a big part of it is mental. You're actively trying to stop yourself from moving, while trying to move at the same time. Weird. I think I could have snapped out of by dropping my focus and just get up and walk away, but that would obviously have ruined the exercise. Still need to try that some time though, see what happens...

Right, time for that good sleep ;-)

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