Hi. This is my first weeknote.
I’m reading Ryan Holiday’s Stillness is the Key in which he expresses the virtues of journaling; what Foucault refers to as Hupomnemata or “a material memory of things read, heard, or thought, thus offering these as an accumulated treasure for rereading and later meditation.”.
I know myself well enough to know I won’t be able journal with any sort of frequency but I feel like I might be able to write a few paragraphs each week.
We shall see.
I’ve been playing a lot of guitar this week. I have been playing for nearly twenty years now but I’ve never really spent any time learning the instrument: instead I just rely on the the same chord shapes and scales I learned when I was seventeen.
Technique aside, it’s something I still come back to on a regular basis. As a teenager it was a form of expression—something loud and brutal and angry—but as I have mellowed so too has my playing. It’s now a way to relax. Something quieter, more meditative.
I’m challenging myself to learn fingerstyle at the moment.
Managed to get four runs in this week (17.4 miles). Good week on the fasting front: managed 5 x 16:8 fasts. Slept well.