Wednesday, June 15, 2005

More Over Abundance

From one kind of over abundance to another. Some people are always whining about something...

Bones of the Bouganvilla
This used to be a perfectly lovely bougainvillea. If you like bougainvillea (I, personally, DON'T but I'd still rather have a healthy, upright plant than one that's collapsed under the weight of a broken trellis). I took this picture after I'd cleaned it up and lightened it as much as I dared. I took off well more than 2/3 of the foliage. That's, of course, a major no-no but what could I do?

I should have been attending to the fact that it had become over grown and was badly in need of a trim. It's a vigorous grower and almost ALWAYS needs a trim. I suppose I should have known there are things I can ignore and things I ignore at my own stoopid peril!

Here's a pic of what I trimmed off in preparation for getting a heavier duty trellis and remounting what remains of the vine.
Trimmed Half of Bouganvilla
I'm not sure there's anything in that photo to give a sense of proportion, but that pile is about 4 feet high!

And here's The Great Beast and its Terrible Maw that will break that down into mulch for my compost.
The Great Beast
It seems to fit into the Officially Ugly Part of my backyard, no? But then, sooner or later I would have had to fess up to the fact that there is an Officially Ugly Part of my backyard. I don't know if I'd be able to get anything done if I didn't alllow myself that area to work (and procrastinate) in.

I'll have to add the pics of resurrecting the bones of the bougainvillea. But first I'll have to pound in seriously heavy duty retaining poles, buy a really durable new trellis and arm myself to deal with the thorns of this ancient relic. I'm hopeful it can be saved which, even if I don't like bougainvillea, is much preferable to trying to plant something large in that narrow bed between the house and the concrete patio.

More to follow.


Blogger fish said...

Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! personal development

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