Facets of a Diamond – Blog

Video: Movement and the Breath Cycle

“There is one part of the breath cycle that is right for every movement.” Dr. Diamond discusses a fundamental aspect of breathing and movement, and its application to fitness training, tennis, and movement in general.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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“Georg Groddeck and the Tao”

The great physician and psychoanalyst Georg Groddeck believed that in his unconscious was the patient's desire for disease – as well as for health. And he also believed that in his own unconscious was his desire for the patient's health to then actuate the patient's desire.

But what of the Tao – or whatever Groddeck would have called It? I'm sure, him being as he declared “wild,” he did so believe, but chose to not say lest he be deemed “too wild.”

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“I Have a Toilet Displayed on My Verandah”

The term found object was applied to Dada art, in particular Marcel Duchamp’s urinal (actually possibly “made” by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven).

As a tribute to him – to the Baroness, I have a toilet displayed on my verandah deck. Every day I find it – no, it finds me and I return the finding.

Which comes first – the find or the being found?

I look around in my living room. Books – so many, all with titles, a Butsudan, rocks, pebbles, shells – so many. Four couches with cushions, lamps, bits of wire, pottery, paintings, a tapestry, twigs, a card proclaiming “Music” in Chinese, a Japanese lantern ……

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“Every Photo an Arcadia”

Every photograph should be, in a sense, a picture of Arcadia – “an area of central Greece whose inhabitants legendarily enjoyed their music and dancing undisturbed by war and toil."
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“To Beat – or to Caress”

Let’s look at three words:

Beat: to strike, to punish by hitting or whipping, to break by repeated blows, to defeat.
From the root BHAV, to strike – hence also baton and buttock!!

Mold: to give shape to, to guide.
From the root MED, to take appropriate measures.

Caress: a gentle touch, tenderness.
From the root KA, to like – hence also charity and cherish.
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“Painting as Guided”

Michelangelo was aware of his “I,” his ego, when he painted, just as we are when we look at his paintings. But when we go back and look at Paleolithic art, for instance that of the Lascaux caves, we realize that these were not the result of people’s conscious thoughts.

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