Time Traveller

illuminatusLast night’s live stream show was an overwhelming success, plenty of comments coming in from the viewers enjoying the show.  We had some practical gentle movement exercises and some theory from the mini module on Conflict Management Studies.

Our special guest was Graeme Harvey who is a clinical hypnotherapist and also know as ‘The Time Lord.’  With hypnotherapy Graeme helps all clients with many types of mental and physical conditions.  He has worked with victims of domestic abuse and has helped youngsters with exam stress and all sorts of phobias.

However, one of the most interesting aspects of Graeme’s life is that he offers clients past and future life regression therapy to help them solve problems in the present.  Graeme also has the ability to time travel – with no need of a Tardis.

As I said on the show I can testify to Graeme’s Time Travelling ability as back in 2013 I had been filming Graeme for another video project and he let us in on a little secret – the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum Results – in Advance!!

Sure enough, when I had just graduated from college, I heard the results and Graeme was the first person that came to mind.

Graeme runs CenScot Therapies and if you want to contact him, his details are in the show on Youtube channel:  Vincent Anthony Media

I allocated Graeme a special extra extended interview of over 40 minutes on last night’s show as he is a very unique and special individual – after all, how many time travellers do you know apart from the fictional Dr Who?

Lock down is still on – Mindfulness vs CONrona is still on – so Game ON!!

 

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Got any I.D on you?

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The Prey Specimen Red Cast

Here’s the debriefing from last night’s show (Round #4) which went splendidly.  I welcomed guests Peter Hitchens of the Mail on Sunday and Graeme Campbell of Glass Bullet Media who runs with his partner Laura Binnie, one of Scotland’s leading Video Production Companies in the corporate and broadcast sectors.

We had a mix of Philosophy and Mindfulness exercises to try.  Our Philosophy focused on the Conflict Management mini module I run in the course, and in particular we look at Taoist philosophy which is ideal for using as a template when being attacked by others.

I used an example scene from my childhood favourite TV series Kung Fu starring David Carradine.  In the scene, Master Po says:

“The wild boar runs from the Tiger, knowing that each well armed by nature, with deadly strength may kill the other, running.  It saves its own life and that of the Tiger.  This is not cowardice, it is the love of life.”

During the show my expectation was that this would be the end of studying conflict in the live stream.

Next morning, 9am the negativity I’ve mentioned previously, raised its ugly head – this time with internet trolling, pest phone calls and emails.

Some people just don’t know when to stop!!  Some people will dig and dig at you until they end up digging a hole so large, they’ve dug their own early grave.

In last night’s show I specifically drew attention to the lesson from Master Jason Chan who says:

“Every moment you are choosing between life and death.”  – Which I may add created with your thoughts, words and actions.

Confucius says:

“If unsure what to do, do nothing.”

Wise words, however in this cyber world we live in, if you do nothing the trolls will attack.

HOW TO DEAL WITH TROLLS

The answer is very simple – don’t feed the trolls.

You can also do the following things which I learned from a Sandwich Mentor some years ago:

Block them on Social Media

Ignore their pest phone calls or lift the receiver but don’t answer

Ignore their pest emails

Get in touch with the Police to make a statement

And as master Po advises:  be prepared to defend if they threaten your life.

Wise words indeed!

Sometimes the Universe itself will deal with trolls for you, ‘something unexpected came up’ and they are side tracked onto an alternate timeline.

We now live in a time when people are going absolutely loopy and may be capable of doing things which you could say are irrational even if it means committing a criminal offence.  I value rationale and my Live Stream Shows convey this.

The problem here is not over my CONrona theme, it wouldn’t actually matter what the content of my Live Stream was about – the same trolls would attack anyway.  You see, a Troll needs to be IDentified with something as a troll has no meaning to their life.  Give a troll an IDentity and they are ready to attack!!

So trolls IDentify with CONrona as their raison d’être.  A few months back if my live stream had been about say Brexit, those same trolls would have been attacking for or against,  just the same, or let’s choose Scottish Independence and so on – you get the picture don’t you?

This is Zen.  Zen means you can’t have the ups with out the downs in life.

Ending on a positive note, nothing but positive comments came in during last night’s broadcast.   So I now start to collate content for next week’s show.  Onwards and Upwards!!

 

 

 

Drama Queens

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Loch Leven

It’s the morning after last night’s live stream show affectionately called ‘Round #3.’  Last night had a change to the planned schedule.  I was going to start off by giving an explanation of Neuroplasticity of the Brain.

Minutes before the show went live, I received an email which was so full of negativity it was quite clearly a form of attack.  The person who sent me this email hit me with the element of ‘surprise’ coming from someone I would least expect.  It had also been sent it at a time when it would have most impact.

The person was in actual fact, trying to manipulate.  The email brought up feelings of anger, anxiety and self doubt.

However, I made an executive decision, rather than fall into this drama that the Drama Queen had set me up for, I decided to use this on the show ‘live’ as an example of how to use Mindfulness in every day situations – it was perfect!!  I even thanked the Queen on the show for giving me an spontaneous opportunity to demonstrate Mindfulness!!

The message of our course is “Don’t be a Drama Llama.”   That is, use your Mindfulness skills to watch out and identify Drama Queens who will try their best, consciously or unconsciously to bring you down.  Then you can neutralise these people quickly before they have the chance to manipulate you to their own advantage.

Very often this will happen in the work place or even in your own home.  For me this also happens in the supermarket car park:

I’m reversing my wee Micra out of a space and this has caused a flustered driver to have the indignity of having to wait a minute extra while I get out my space.  That driver then will provoke by racing past me and. cutting me off.  If I let them drag me into their drama I will react and the whole situation ends up as a police matter, and it’s a lose lose scenario for me and the Drama Queen.

Drama Queens will always pull you into their drama “just when life is going so well.”  They have an innate ability to smell your happiness which leads me to explain why they do this in the first place.

The answer is very simple, they are not in a good place and don’t wish to be alone in that place, thus they drag you in so that you’ll feel the same way they do.

That is why the arcane message is still of value to this day – “Don’t react to people!!”

Let them put on their Dramas for all of us to watch – after all, the Drama Queens can’t touch you if you’re just observing their performance can they??!!

Anyway, many of the viewers of the show gave me some positive comments and feedback during and after the broadcast and this helped quash the efforts of the Drama Queen, it back fired, you could say.

So, there is much to do, much content to produce for next week’s show!!  Stay tuned!!….

 

Licence to Thrill – live stream aftermath

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Featuring Media Poodle ‘Dog Boy’

Another Live Stream has been completed.  After many hours of content gathering and editing, I achieved my 2nd ever Live Stream Broadcast.  My nerves were with me to the end as I tried to Multi Task for the entire hour.  Well actually, not the entire hour, I got a little bit of a break while running the exercise video.

The new lesson I learned from the second attempt was just how quickly time flies by when your going out live.

I’ve decided that as our classes are about an hour in duration, that would be the best guide for how long to steam mindfulness.

Saying that I’m really enjoying producing content and on next week’s show, I must throw in the classic line “and here’s one I prepared earlier….”

I’m also looking out for fellow content co creators to join me in future shows whether that be film makers, life coaches, wellbeing practitioners, therapists and anyone connected with mind body spirit industries.

Watch this space!……..

Live Stream – The Debrief

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Media Poodle

It’s been two days since my first attempt at doing a Live Stream on my show entitled ‘Mindfulness vs CONrona’ – Round #1 the big fight LIVE!!

I was somewhat nervous before the transmission as it had been over 20 years since I worked in Television News Broadcasting.  However once I got started the nerves started to fade so I could concentrate on presenting and pushing the right software buttons and dials.

It was only after watching the show that I realised the limitations of using my wee laptop as the only video and audio feed.  For example when I tried to do the gentle movement exercises Live, on playback I could see the laptop was struggling to mix the audio channels from my music track with my built in microphone, so at times my voice was garbled.

Lesson learned, so to give a more professional, slick looking show next time, I’ll simply pre record the exercise sequence using cameras and wider angle lenses.  That way the viewers will be able to have a much better quality experience.

Also during the broadcast I realised that I was doing 5 or 6 things simultaneously – Presenting, Vision Mixing, Reading the Script, Answering comments, Monitoring what I had just said to make sure that it was at least in English, and editing parts of the script out in my head that were not absolutely necessary.

I also plan to go out and about, producing some content for the show with professional therapists / coaches and other film makers too.

Perhaps after 10 shows, life will start getting back to normal and the CONrona reality will be replaced by normal reality.  Watch this space!!

We’re Live Streaming!!

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Hello there!!

sorry it’s been probably months since my last post, however I finally get the time to write a new short blog.

Just when I thought I had explored most forms of Photography and Cinematography techniques, I am now experiencing the Joy of doing Live Broadcasting.

This all came about due to the current Global Lock down and it forced me into looking at instructing my classes online, in the same vain as my own university has moved my course to online teaching.

After spending a few hours researching, I became aware that there are numerous software packages out there for Webinars and Live Streaming.  I was understandably confused as I wasn’t sure exactly what the difference is between a Webinar and Live Streaming.

My understanding is that Webinars are like office meetings where the participants can interact on the same screen, where as Streaming is practical for reaching out to unlimited audiences.

I then narrowed down my search to Zoom or Ecamm Live Stream.  Being a film maker I naturally gravitated towards Streaming, especially as Ecamm is specific software for Apple Mac Computers.

As soon as I started using Ecamm I realised how user friendly it is, rather like Final Cut Pro X, in fact you could say it’s the FCPX of Live Streaming in it’s Powerful yet simple user interface.

The only technical hitch I’ve discovered is that I can’t use my Olympus Camera as a 2nd feed as I’m required to purchase additional hardware and leads which are not cheap, so I’m limited to using my laptop camera meantime.  If I had kept my Canon 7d, it would have plugged in to Ecamm with just a USB cable.

Now, back to the blog.  The first few broadcasts will be on the subject of using simple mindfulness techniques taken from the 2 year course I run in the class room.  However the show will also be taking an in-depth analysis of what is going on in the world from and Alternative News Broadcaster’s point of View.

I also hope in future to work with a Film Maker from Edinburgh who has shown an interest in helping me by providing mini news reports providing a variety of content.

Watch this space!……