anonymous asked:

so my hand has been cramping up whenever I write/draw (like towards my outer palm) so I was just wondering if you think I should get that checked out or just take a break from drawing (I know you're not s doc, I thought maybe you've experienced something similar) (also, note to self, start stretching my hand before I draw, lol)

Yes it is VERY IMPORTANT TO stretch and warm up your wrist, shoulder, neck, and arm before and after drawing. I had to get physio and treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when I was 18 because I had bad posture and never stretched. Here are some good stretches to help prevent CTS: 

Remember to have good posture (shoulder blades back, like you’re squeezing something in between them) and try not to hunch. Stretch your neck often as well! 

anonymous asked:

Hi Greg, how can I love without attachment?

Visualize what you love, get a good picture of that person or of that thing that you love in your mid. Feel the love bubble up in you and feel the warmth and the fullness of it. Now, let that image go, let that person or thing drift away and simply feel the warmth and the softness that is still there. Hold onto that and feel that. The person or thing is gone, but the feeling is still there. Love is still there. This is love without attachment. This is love without a cause. The visualization is only needed to pull it from you and you can, with practice, pull it out of yourself without the visualization. Just breathe and follow that breath to your chest and feel what is there. This love is found in the same space you feel anger, loneliness and sadness; in your heart. If you feel loneliness, anger or sadness that covers this love, allow it to and allow all that you find there. Feel those things. Work with those things, they are a shield for this love. They show you to this love. Work with them and get to their true cause and let them soften. Work with the armor to get to the true undifferentiated love that is inherent to being you. Finding, cultivating and being this Love, things and people will come and go and you’ll still have love. You simply won’t be attached to the things that pull this love from you, you’ll simply feel love.

~greg

daily ab routine!

for all of you who wanted to start a daily ab routine with me, here you go!



before starting your daily exercise, make sure you are listening to your body & making any neccesary accomodations for your body. (accommodating your body is good! that does not mean you are weak by any means. i always have to accommodate my shoulder in plank positions & various exercises)

disclosure: i am not a certified health/fitness professional. listen to your body & do the best you can! make the workout your own


plank workout

1. 60 second plank (full or elbow plank okay)

2. 45 second plank

3. 40 second side plank (left)

4. 45 second plank

5. 40 second side plank (right)

6. 35 second plank

7. 30 second raised-leg plank (left)

8. 35 second plank

9. 30 second raised-leg plank (right>

if the planks are too long, don’t give up! cut it down by 10, 20, 30, (etc) seconds


basic ab routine

1. full sit ups for 40 seconds

2. russian twists for 60 seconds

3. v ups for 40 seconds

4. lying leg raise for 30 seconds

5. v ups for 40 seconds

6. lying leg raise for 30 seconds

7. russion twists for 60 seconds

8. full sit ups for 40 seconds

(if you want a challenge, add weight to russian twists + v ups)

Some Guy’s Stretches/Exercises

Hey artists, writers who type a lot, phone gawkers, ect. Perhaps you may find this useful.

Turns out I probably had a pinched nerve in my neck which was causing my neck/shoulder pain, so I looked up some neck stretches.

I’m about to promote the hell out of someone, I do not know this guy but I hope he appreciates what I’m doing for him here. XD

However, if any of these exercises causes you extreme pain, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T DO IT! I want to help, not seriously injure you. o__o

“Towel Derp”

I started using this rather silly looking exercise to help with my neck and it’s done WONDERS for it. It’s also just supposed to be good for those with poor posture and other neck pain.

If you try this, please note that while it may feel good at first, you WILL get sore the more you do it. XD It should pass in time though.

“Turkey Derp”

I also started doing this even more ridiculous looking exercise that is supposed to help neck, arms, hands, all of it.

“Dramatic One-Shoulder Shrug”

Just a quick stretch meant to help ease one-sided neck pain quickly.

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Now onto stretches just meant for HAND/ARM/WRIST pain from repetitive motion!

“Pull My Fingers”

I’m sure a lot of artists/writers have heard of the “pull your flipped hand downwards” stretch, but this one reveals that doing this by pulling the hand down by the fingers gives a much better stretch! Err, just watch if you didn’t understand. XP

“Pull Down Your Punch”

I don’t have a video for this one, but for a good stretch where the top of your arm faces upward - Stretch out your arm, put your hand into a fist, grab the fist with your other hand, pull down and hold it for a few seconds. Works better than if your hand is open.

One last hand stretch recommendation with no picture or anything - Simply open up your hand and spread out your fingers as much as you can! Rest it, repeat, ect.

Anyway, these stretches in particular have helped me quite a bit, ESPECIALLY my neck pain. It’s even helped my hand and arm pain a bit.

I am not CURED, mind you, especially not my hands, and for all I know even this will stop helping me in time, but it’s been a few weeks now and I’ve at least been functioning better than I was. SO, here are these videos to anyone who may also find them helpful.

5 Tips to Supercharge Your Workouts

Looking to supercharge your workout sessions? If you are reading this, I’m assuming the answer is yes. We all know the importance of working out: it improves muscle tone, burns calories and fat, and contributes to a healthier body. But if you want to reap the most benefit from your workout sessions, you should consider the following tips.

Exercise with Friends

The next time you gear up for a workout session, call a friend or family member to see if they want to join you. Studies have found that people work out for longer and with greater intensity when in the presence of other individuals. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get a solid workout from your home, but you’ll probably have greater motivation to push yourself when exercising in a social environment.

Track Your Progress

Are you tracking your workout progress? If not, you should be. Unless you know how many reps and sets you’ve performed and with how much weight, you won’t be able to push yourself – and pushing yourself is essentially how you develop bigger muscles, Whether it’s on your smartphone or a notepad, keep track of your workout progress, gradually pushing yourself from day to day.

Run… But Also Lift

Running is arguably the single most beneficial form of cardio exercise. However, too much of anything can be bad for you, and running is no exception. If you want to build more muscle mass, you need to achieve a delicate balance between running/cardio and weight lifting. Spending too much time running will limit your gains.

Invest in Dumbbells

Even if you have a gym membership, you should still consider investing in a pair of medium-weight dumbbells. Using them, you can perform a full-body strength training regimen, including shoulder presses, bicep curls, squats, chest presses and more.

Eat a High-Carb, High-Protein Meal Afterwards

Building muscle mass requires three equal components: high-intensity interval training, rest, and nutrition. On the nutrition side, you should consume a high-carb, high-protein meal after working out. This supplies your body with the nutrients it needs to repair damaged muscle tissue and sustain energy levels. Many people overlook this step, assuming a simple protein bar will suffice. However, if you want to experience BIG gains, you’ll need a larger and more nutritious meal.

“T Scores and Other Normal Curve Transformations” Problem Set

On an I.Q. distribution (normal), with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, find the actual I.Q.s (raw scores) for individuals with the following z scores.

a. 0.56, b. 2.73, c. -1.64, d. -0.10, e. 2.58

For a., x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (0.56)(15) + 100 = 108.40

For b., x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (2.73)(15) + 100 = 140.95

For c., x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (-1.64)(15) + 100 = 75.40

For d., x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (-0.10)(15) + 100 = 98.50

For e., x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (2.58)(15) + 100 = 138.70

Find the z score for each of the following percentiles.

a. 95th percentile, b. 10th percentile, c. 39th percentile, d. 55th percentile, e. 75th percentile

For a., using the percentile table, the corresponding z score for the 95th percentile is 1.65.

For b., using the percentile table, the corresponding z score for the 10th percentile is -1.28.

For c., using the percentile table, the corresponding z score for the 39th percentile is -0.28.

For d., using the percentile table, the corresponding z score for the 55th percentile is 0.13.

For e., using the percentile table, the corresponding z score for the 75th percentile is 0.67.

A normal distribution has a mean of 250 and a standard deviation of 45. Calculate the raw score for someone who is at the 95th percentile.

The z score that corresponds to the 95th percentile is 1.65.

Therefore, x = zSD + M = (1.65)(45) + 250 = 324.25.

On a normal distribution with a mean of 1500 and a standard deviation of 90, find the raw score for each of the following percentiles.

a. 45th percentile, b. 55th percentile, c. 15th percentile, d. 79th percentile, e. 5th percentile

For a., the z score that corresponds to the 45th percentile is -0.13. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-0.13)(90) + 1500 = 2488.30.

For b., the z score that corresponds to the 55th percentile is 0.13. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (0.13)(90) + 1500 = 1511.70.

For c., the z score that corresponds to the 15th percentile is -1.04. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-1.04)(90) + 1500 = 1406.40.

For d., the z score that corresponds to the 79th percentile is 0.81. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (0.81)(90) + 1500 = 1572.90.

For e., the z score that corresponds to the 5th percentile is -1.65. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-1.65)(90) + 1500 = 1351.50.

On an I.Q. distribution with a mean of 100 and an SD of 15, compare the difference in I.Q. points between two persons at the 50th and 54th percentiles with those at the 95th and 99th percentiles.

The z score that corresponds to the 50th percentile is 0.00. Therefore, x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (0.00)(15) + 100 = 100.
The z score that corresponds to the 54th percentile is 0.10. Therefore, x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (0.10)(15) + 100 = 101.50.
The difference between the two I.Q. points is 101.50 - 100 = 1.50.

The z score that corresponds to the 95th percentile is 1.65. Therefore, x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (1.65)(15) + 100 = 124.75.
The z score that corresponds to the 99th percentile is 2.41. Therefore, x = I.Q. points = zSD + M = (2.41)(15) + 100 = 136.15.
The difference between the two I.Q. points is 136.15 - 124.75 = 11.40.

Therefore, the difference between the 95th and 99th percentiles is 11.4/1.5 ≈ 8 times greater than the difference between the 50th and 54th percentiles, despite both having a 4 percentage point distance from each other.

On an S.A.T. verbal distribution with a mean of 500 and an SD of 100, compare the difference of 6 percentage points for S.A.T. scores between persons at the 47th and 53rd percentiles with those at the 1st and 7th percentiles.

The z score that corresponds to the 47th percentile is -0.08. Therefore, x = S.A.T. score = zSD + M = (-0.08)(100) + 500 = 492.
The z score that corresponds to the 53rd percentile is 0.08. Therefore, x = S.A.T. score = zSD + M = (0.08)(100) + 500 = 508.
The difference between the two S.A.T. scores is 508 - 492 = 16.

The z score that corresponds to the 1st percentile is -2.41. Therefore, x = S.A.T. score = zSD + M = (-2.41)(100) + 500 = 259.
The z score that corresponds to the 7th percentile is -1.48. Therefore, x = S.A.T. score = zSD + M = (-1.48)(100) + 500 = 352.
The difference between the two S.A.T. scores is 352 - 259 = 93.

Therefore, the difference between the 1st and 7th percentiles is 93/16 ≈ 6 times greater than the difference between the 47th and 53rd percentiles, despite both having a 6 percentage point distance from each other.

On an adult female weight distribution with a mean of 153 pounds and an SD of 30, compare the difference of 3 percentage points for weights between persons at the 47th and 50th percentiles with those at the 96th and 99th percentiles.

The z score that corresponds to the 47th percentile is -0.08. Therefore, x = weight in pounds = zSD + M = (-0.08)(30) + 153 = 150.60.
The z score that corresponds to the 50th percentile is 0.00. Therefore, x = weight in pounds = zSD + M = (0.00)(30) + 153 = 153.00.
The difference between the two weights in pounds is 153.00 - 150.60 = 2.40.

The z score that corresponds to the 96th percentile is 1.75. Therefore, x = weight in pounds = zSD + M = (1.75)(30) + 153 = 205.50.
The z score that corresponds to the 99th percentile is 2.41. Therefore, x = weight in pounds = zSD + M = (2.41)(30) + 153 = 225.30.
The difference between the two weights in pounds is 225.30 - 205.50 = 19.80.

Therefore, the difference between the 96th and 99th percentiles is 19.8/2.4 ≈ 8 times greater than the difference between the 47th and 50th percentiles, despite both having a 3 percentage point distance from each other.

On a normal distribution, the mean is 820. A certain individual has a raw score of 800 and is at the 43rd percentile. Find the standard deviation.

The z score that corresponds to the 43rd percentile is -0.18.

z = (x - M)/SD
SD = (x - M)/z = (800 - 820)(-0.18) ≈ 111.11

The mean on a normal distribution is 500. A certain individual has a raw score of 600 and is at the 85th percentile. Find the standard deviation, the range, and both the highest and lowest scores.

The z score that corresponds to the 85th percentile is 1.04.

z = (x - M)/SD
SD = (x - M)/z = (600 - 500)/1.04 ≈ 96.15

Since the distribution is normal, R = 6SD = 6(96.15) = 576.92.

highest score = M + R/2 = 500 + 576.92/2 = 788.46
lowest score = M - R/2 = 500 - 576.92/2 = 211.54

On a normal distribution with a mean of 115, find the standard deviation for the following raw scores.

a. 120 (at the 60th percentile), b. 100 (at the 30th percentile), c. 110 (at the 47th percentile, d. 85 (at the 7th percentile), e. 140 (at the 83rd percentile)

For a., the z score that corresponds to the 60th percentile is 0.25. Therefore, SD = (x - M)/z = (120 - 115)/0.25 = 20.

For b., the z score that corresponds to the 30th percentile is -0.52. Therefore, SD = (x - M)/z = (100 - 115)/(-0.52) ≈ 28.85.

For c., the z score that corresponds to the 47th percentile is -0.08. Therefore, SD = (x - M)/z = (110 - 115)/(-0.08) = 62.50.

For d., the z score that corresponds to the 7th percentile is -1.48. Therefore, SD = (x - M)/z = (85 - 115)/(-1.48) ≈ 20.27.

For e., the z score that corresponds to the 83rd percentile is 0.95. Therefore, SD = (x - M)/z = (140 - 115)/0.95 ≈ 26.32.

A normal distribution has a standard deviation of 15. A raw score of 122 falls at the 90th percentile. Find the mean of the distribution.

The z score that corresponds to the 90th percentile is 1.28.

z = (x - M)/SD
zSD = x - M
M = x - zSD = 122 - (1.28)(15) 102.80

On a normal distribution, the standard deviation is 90. A raw score of 400 falls at the 18th percentile. Find the mean.

The z score that corresponds to the 18th percentile is -0.92.

z = (x - M)/SD
zSD = x - M
M = x - zSD = 400 - (-0.92)(90) = 482.80

Find the mean for each of the following normal distributions.

a. SD = 10, x = 50, percentile rank = 35, b. SD = 50, x = 300, percentile rank = 76, c. SD = 3, x = 15, percentile rank = 95, d. SD = 23, x = 74, percentile rank = 34, e. SD = 100, x = 1600, percentile rank = 85

For a., the z score that corresponds to the 35th percentile is -0.39. Therefore, M = x - zSD = 50 - (-0.39)(10) = 53.90.

For b., the z score that corresponds to the 76th percentile is 0.71. Therefore, M = x - zSD = 300 - (0.71)(50) = 264.50.

For c., the z score that corresponds to the 95th percentile is 1.65. Therefore, M = x - zSD = 15 - (1.65)(3) = 10.05.

For d., the z score that corresponds to the 34th percentile is -0.41. Therefore, M = x - zSD = 74 - (-0.41)(23) = 83.43.

For e., the z score that corresponds to the 85th percentile is 1.04. Therefore, M = x - zSD = 1600 - (1.04)(100) = 1496.00.

On a normal distribution, an individual has a z score of 1.30. Find the T score.

T = 10z + 50 = (10)(1.30) + 50 = 63.00

On a normal distribution, an individual has a z score of -0.50. Find the T score.

T = 10z + 50 = (10)(-0.50) + 50 = 45.00

On a normal distribution with a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 95, find the T score for each of the following raw scores.

a. 400, b. 610, c. 330, d. 775, e. 550

For a., the corresponding z score is z = (x - M)/SD = (400 - 500)/95 ≈ -1.05. Therefore, T = 10z + 50 = 10(-1.05) + 50 = 39.50.

For b., the corresponding z score is z = (x - M)/SD = (610 - 500)/95 ≈ 1.16. Therefore, T = 10z + 50 = 10(1.16) + 50 = 61.60.

For c., the corresponding z score is z = (x - M)/SD = (330 - 500)/95 ≈ -1.79. Therefore, T = 10z + 50 = 10(-1.79) + 50 = 32.10.

For d., the corresponding z score is z = (x - M)/SD = (775 - 500)/95 ≈ 2.89. Therefore, T = 10z + 50 = 10(2.89) + 50 = 78.90.

For e., the corresponding z score is z = (x - M)/SD = (550 - 500)/95 ≈ 0.53. Therefore, T = 10z + 50 = 10(0.53) + 50 = 55.30.

The following are from a normal distribution with a mean of 35 and a standard deviation of 4.50. Find the raw score for each T score.

a. T = 43, b. T = 67, c. T = 25, d. T = 31, e. T = 78

For a., the corresponding z score is z = (T - 50)/10 = (43 - 50)/10 = -0.70. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-0.70)(4.50) + 35 = 31.85.

For b., the corresponding z score is z = (T - 50)/10 = (67 - 50)/10 = 1.70. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (1.70)(4.50) + 35 = 42.65.

For c., the corresponding z score is z = (T - 50)/10 = (25 - 50)/10 = -2.50. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-2.50)(4.50) + 35 = 23.75.

For d., the corresponding z score is z = (T - 50)/10 = (31 - 50)/10 = -1.90. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (-1.90)(4.50) + 35 = 26.45.

For e., the corresponding z score is z = (T - 50)/10 = (78 - 50)/10 = 2.80. Therefore, x = zSD + M = (2.80)(4.50) + 35 = 47.60.

The employees at a certain manufacturing plant have a mean hourly income of $10.00, with a standard deviation of $2.10. Find the actual hourly wages of the employees who have the following z scores. Assume normal distribution.

a. 2.50, b. 1.56, c. -0.97, d. -1.39

For a., x = hourly wage = zSD + M = (2.50)(2.10) + 10 = $15.25.

For b., x = hourly wage = zSD + M = (1.56)(2.10) + 10 = $13.28.

For c., x = hourly wage = zSD + M = (-0.97)(2.10) + 10 = $7.96.

For d., x = hourly wage = zSD + M = (-1.39)(2.10) + 10 = $7.08.

The grades of the students in a large statistics class are normally distributed around a mean of 70, with an SD of 5. If the instructor decides to give an A grade only to the top 15% of the class, what grade must a student earn to be awarded an A?

The top 15% is the 100 - 15 = 85th percentile. The z score corresponding to the 85th percentile is 1.04. Therefore, x = grade to get an A = zSD + M = (1.04)(5) + 70 = 75.5.

The mean height among adult males is 68 inches. If one individual is 72 inches tall and has a z score of 1.11,

a. find the SD, b. find the range, c. find the highest score, d. find the lowest score.

Assume normal distribution.

For a., SD = (x - M)/z = (72 - 68)/1.11 ≈ 3.60 inches.

For b., since the distribution is normal, R = 6SD = 6(3.60) ≈ 21.62.

For c., highest score = M + R/2 = 68 + 21.62/2 = 78.81.

For d., lowest score = M - R/2 = 68 - 21.62/2 = 57.19.

A student has a grade-point average of 3.75, which is at the 90th percentile. The standard deviation is 0.65. Give the values for the mean, the median, and the mode. Assume normal distribution.

The z score that corresponds to the 90th percentile is 1.28.

z = (x - M)/SD
zSD = x - M
M = x - zSD = 3.75 - (1.28)(0.65) ≈ 2.92.

Since the distribution is normal, M = Mdn = Mo = 2.92.

Find the equivalent T scores for the following z scores.

a. 0.10, b. -1.42, c. 2.03, d. -0.50

For a., T = 10z + 50 = 10(0.10) + 50 = 51.00.

For b., T = 10z + 50 = 10(-1.42) + 50 = 35.80.

For c., T = 10z + 50 = 10(2.03) + 50 = 70.30.

For d., T = 10z + 50 = 10(-0.50) + 50 = 45.00.

A score that falls at the first quartile (25th percentile) must receive a. what z score, b. what T score? Assume normal distribution.

For a. the corresponding z score for the 25th percentile is -0.67.

For b., the corresponding T score for the 25th percentile is 43.30. (percentile table)

True or false: The standard deviation of the T score distribution must equal the standard deviation of the raw score distribution.

False, the standard deviation is always equal to 10 for the T score distribution.

True or false: All T scores greater than 50 must yield percentiles that are greater than 50.

True.

True or false: If the mean of a set of normally distributed values is 11.83, the median is also equal to 11.83.

True.

Use the stanine table to find the T score for someone whose stanine was 4.18.

According to the stanine table, the corresponding T score for a stanine of 4.18 is 45.90.

Use the stanine table to find the z score for someone whose stanine was 6.04.

According to the stanine table, the corresponding z score for a stanine of 6.04 is 0.52.

Use the stanine table to find the stanine for someone whose N.C.E. was 35.80.

According to the stanine table, the corresponding stanine for a N.C.E. score of 35.80 is 3.66.