Bowl Holding Tips

[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted on 27 Nov 2017 and tagged #community.]

A Bowling Tutorial





  1. Commit to a certain amount of time. Many people find that having a set goal beforehand gives a bigger sense of accomplishment and prevents guilt from pushing them to keep going past what they find meaningful. 10-15 minutes is probably a good benchmark to start with.

OMG, IT’S ACID! 😀 The bio/chem people are always so much fun.

May I throw in my three cents (with six years of weight training experience)? I’m not a doctor or a professional trainer.

  1. When you pick something up in front of you, you are engaging most of the flexors and adductors in your arms and shoulders. These include relatively strong muscles like your biceps brachii and trapezius, but also muscles like your sterno-mastoid and lateral deltoid which aren’t very strong unless you’ve been exercising them.
  2. To generalize, the higher you hold the bowl and  the further from your body, the more those “weaker” muscles will be engaged.
  3. If you rest the bowl on your lap or prop your elbows against your chest, you’ll be able to hold it a fairly long time. That’s a great place to hold it if you like to look into the bowl while contemplating or if having it close to you feels more intimate. 10-15 min is probably an okay start.
  4. If that’s too much or too little, adjust.
  5. I like to hold the bowl above eye level with my arms at nearly full extension. That’s just what feels “right” to me.
  6. And 15 min will murder you if you start there and don’t have a history of doing similar exercises.
  7. Starting at two minutes (or less) is very legit!

A few other general tips:

  1. A burning or slight shaking in your arms or shoulders is just lactic acid build up. It the pain is getting unbearable, don’t fidget. Just take deep, slow breaths and focus on relaxing your trapezius.
  2. A stabbing or spasming pain is a RED FLAG. Stop immediately.
  3. The first 2-3 min are the worst. The lactic acid builds rapidly and your body will try to convince you that you are horrible person for making it work. Don’t worry! Your brain will start to filter out the tension as “background noise”.

Reblogging here with comment to help anyone out who is thinking of trying this for the first time.

Don’t be ashamed or upset if you can’t do the 15 minutes the first time 🙂

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Bee Tips



1. Do not kill bees, they aren’t trying to hurt you and rarely sting (because they die if they sting) chances are they’re buzzing around you because you’re wearing a bright colour and they think you’re a flower

2. If you see one on the ground, it’s probably not dead, try feeding it some sugar water or put it on a flower so it can get energy

3. Put bee friendly flowers in your garden so they have lots of pollen and maybe put a bee house too

4. If you have a bees nest in your attic/garden/shed etc, don’t call an exterminator! Call a bee keeper instead so they can be rehomed rather than being killed

Bees are very important and must be looked after! Without bees, humans wouldn’t survive


TDoR 2017

A poem for my beloved dead titled, “Murmurs”.


A silence that deepens

crumbles down into the ground

where muffled voices lie trapped

sentences cut short, screams echoing in the air

sobs choked back into the silence


An emptiness where voices should be

leaves a taste of expectation

metallic, like singing blood

I am here, I am here, I am here

You cannot silence us all