Gosh, no special reason. I wanted to illustrate my point so I just pulled the first three examples I could think of outta my hat. In retrospect poker was an odd example for me as it isn’t something I ever play. Pfft. Who knows? Does it mean something to you – other than that you like to play it?
Yeh it does actually 🙂
Thanks for asking… I have been able to jump on a few issues and become more aware while playing… one thing that seems come out is anger at losing and regret at winning… getting mad and frustrated at people because they are playing the game and saying sorry to the person (in my mind) for taking all their chips.
oh.. yeh I nearly forgot.. getting down on yourself for folding at the wrong time.
LOL ..and this is a good thing , you may well ask?
well… firstly, I don’t play for real money.
I am just playing it.. I could get the same effect from playing lots of different computer games.. I do like 3D shooters, as violent as they seem.. I feel I have worked out any need for any real violence by playing them.
I am finally getting to the point where all the escapism is becoming pointless..there is just nothing left to escape from. It’s been fun.. but I am starting to see the obsessive side to many games and sports.. they just keep you trapped in duality.
It is one part of physical reality screaming out at the participants …
I do like sports for the fact it takes the place of war.. an downside maybe that it perpetuates the win/lose , us/them and oppressor/victim dichotomy that the human outer ego thrives on .
I just had an amazing 11 hour marathon of a poker tournament.. where I got to play to the final player ‘head to head’ (out of over 4000 players)
I always ‘mess myself up’ with the game .. this never happens !
LOL.. quite amazing
I clicked on this idea of instead of getting frustrated and annoyed at the players for playing the game (including myself) I started reminding myself that they were spiritual teachers, they were teaching me how to play… what is the point of getting tense and remorseful at folding on winning hands.
I find poker a good way at getting to underlying impulsive emotional responses to many notions of lack and inadequacy… I think everyone can be quite clever at hiding these things from themselves.
This has little to with actual poker.. but more with getting in contact with different beliefs (players).. some of those beliefs are very good players and keep betting the beliefs you would rather use down, upping the ante ,so to speak.
Rose doesn’t mean play actual poker to get at them though.. hehe
that has just been my idea for getting at a few unruly emotions, working playfully with them and creating them to be something will enhance the usability of my emotional toolkit.