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parikuma7 karma

Just in case you'd like it, I think it's worth mentioning the cabra romero rosemary goat cheese :)

parikuma6 karma

It's great to be able to chat with pros who have such a passion, I hope it all works out for you!

1- Why a puzzle co-op? Not having the single-player market and having to deal with the mechanics of two players seems like a gamble for a smaller studio, which leads me to the next question..

2- Have you been inspired by the successes of Human Fall Flat and Death Squared for the direction taken? (Co-op puzzles)

3- Do you know about Miegakure? Any cool concept like that in store for your game?

4- Need any QA/testers with a tech background? (was devops and qa in another field, happy to help for free)

4- Just had to ask: Best poutine in Montréal? (My bias is for Ma poule mouillée btw) - and Best restaurant in Mtl? :)

Bon courage et bonne chance à vous!

parikuma4 karma

Check out this movie then: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

parikuma3 karma

This is absolutely on point. Being able to observe the experience of what is/could be a "bad trip" in order to re-frame it in a way that enables dealing with difficulties is fundamentally similar to applying mindfulness to alleviate everyday suffering, and people who understand one can benefit from transferring that skill to the other.
This leads me to wonder if MAPS will ever consider experiments that seek to introduce mindfulness through psychedelics usage. Any thoughts ?

Whether or not you have time to reply to this message, thank you so very much for the work you do.

parikuma1 karma

Mindfulness is often frustrating to an outsider because it seems to be a combination of "just believe this and it'll work" and "well you've got to try doing this thing that you have no way to conceptualize for long enough until somehow magically you do". I'm going to ask you two questions that almost sound accusatory, but they're only emotionally charged inasmuch as I have directly witnessed them and obtained my own answers throughout the years, and have a real interest in hearing from someone who's focusing on the practice themselves.

1- Why isn't mindfulness explained more often in relatable terms to people ? Instead of getting told "just focus on your nose and the breath" with no frame of reference for what one is going towards or trying to feel, there are ways to contextualize what they're aiming for that depends on people's experiences (some people experience a small degree of mindfulness when washing the dishes for example). Bridging the gap between two things can be conceptualized better than making something up with no clear definition.

2- Why isn't mindfulness more often also contextualized in history, religions, actual examples that are relatable, and so on ?
Funnily enough, the places where that is done is often manuals for therapists rather than users. While simplifying things might work for some people with the ever-present apps and websites telling you the same two or three things, the constant need to 'dumb down' the practice can also be perceived as a lack of trust in people's abilities to understand the practice for themselves, and in that way it can backfire heavily with anyone who might actually be very serious about trying the practice.

For reference, a book I've mentioned in the past is Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, which to me does a good job at the second point (and a bit less so at the first).