Percieving Patterns

To understand is to perceive patterns.
To perceive patterns is being able to see the underlying thread that connects one thing to another. 
And if you look long enough, it's not hard to see how much everything really connects. 
Our perceptions will always be different from the next person, but by allowing in different point of views we are able to penetrate our biases- which will then allow us to perceive new patterns with a fresh perspective...
And the circle continues. 
 

I'm Getting Older

"I'm getting old."  vs.  "I'm getting older."
Two completely different perspectives. 
The former insinuates there is a certain age where one becomes "old."
It's loaded with a story that usually tends to hold us back - otherwise known as an excuse. 

"To experience the aging process differently, we need to draw on an alternative model of getting older: one that recognizes that the process starts at birth, never stops and always has the potential to enrich our lives." ~Anne Karpf, How To Age

 

Act Accordingly

Language is communication. 
Movement is language. 
Language is technology. 
Technology can either amplify or amputate. 
Very much like words, our movement carries a history. 

Studies show that non-verbal communication carries more weight than verbal. 
Actors even spend as much time honing in on posture, mannerisms, and gesticulations of a character, as they do the written script.  

Act accordingly. 

Born Ready

Born ready? Nah. 
We were born not able to read, write, talk, walk, run, speak... 
Yet, here we are - we've grown and we've adapted.
And what a long way we've come. 
 
It's probably wise to start before we think we're ready. 
Because we don't have to be ready, but we do have to start.

Athletic Performance As An Art

Today marks 120 years since the very first international multi-sport Summer Olympics event held in our modern era. Of course, 1896 wasn't the first time an Olympic event was held. As humans, we've been doing this since ancient civilization . 
Interestingly enough, art was a major part of this pristine competition. The aim was to celebrate victors, and highlight natural human movement and the shape of muscles and the body. These athletes played a major role in their culture. 
The thing is, (athletic) competition is very much an art. A performance, if you will. 
Centuries later, even though culture has very much changed, our aim should still be to celebrate sportsmanship and dedication to craft, appreciate the human body, and of course... highlight the beauty of human movement.
 

Survival Of The Fittest

In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote only twice of “survival of the fittest”.... 
- But 95 times about love

He, himself, mentions that he "perhaps attributed too much to the action of natural selection or survival of the fittest."  

Just something to think about. 

ReMove

In Zen Buddhism, shoshin means  "beginner mindset". When it comes to the process of learning anything, simply adding on more knowledge to the current state of mind, doesn't quite do the trick. We're too bias, we've seen too much that might hinder the learning process. The Ego must be tamed. The challenge is that our brains like things the way they are. We get caught up in the comfort between the walls we build. REmove is about tearing down those walls one brick at a time . We have to fundamentally shift our thoughts and beliefs around what it is we're trying to learn.

Product Of The Environment

"Essentially all of our cells are technology that turns experience, that turns everything that happens to us, into biology. So that experience, literally, lays down tire tracks upon our very being.
Experience tattoos itself on our body, so that it becomes part of our physiology.
We are the sum of our experiences.
We are not just born, we are made. "

- Jason Silva explaining this article: The Social Life of Genes.  

"Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don't just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics."

Linguicide

Just like the Latin language, movement is a language that is no longer, generally, explored.
Mostly because it isn't imperative to our survival. 
Fluency is rare these days. 

Homage To My Hips

 
these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!
— Lucille Clifton, poet

How The Body Measures

"Walking... is how the body measures itself against the earth."
Climbing... is how the body measures itself against gravity. 
Wrestling... is how the body measures itself against another body. 
Dancing... is how the body measures itself with the rythm. 
Meditating.... is how the body reflects on all the above.  




 

Separation Anxiety

When we place matters of the mind over here...
And matters of the body somewhere over there
Separation anxiety ensues. 
Fragmented. 
Disjointed. 
The thing is, this kind of anxiety is a slow poison.
It flies under the radar. 
After all, we don't know what we don't know. 
The only way to really be aware of it, is to open ourselves to opportunities that will allow us to feel how good the body is meant to feel.  

"Nothing happens until somebody feels something." ~Hugh Mcleod

Sweat Equity


In business, sweat equity is the contribution to a project or enterprise in the form of effort and toil;
The increase in value that is created as a direct result of hard work.
Given our advances in technology, the word ‘sweat’ here is a metaphor for hard work.
Most of the time, actual sweating isn’t part of the job description. 
But it might as well be, given how beneficial it can be for our "work-work." 
It will be interesting to see where the state of the body-mind will be in the future.
A part of me wants to celebrate transhumanism, but not at the expense of the human body. 
 

Introspection

Wikipedia:: Somatics
"In movement contexts, the term "somatic" generally refers to techniques which emphasize the mover's internal proprioceptive sensations, in contrast with performance-based techniques... Somatic movement refers to techniques whose primary focus is the [mover's] personal, physical experience, rather than the audience's visual one."

It's so much bigger than Instagram. 
 

 

Letting Go


It's not our job to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Are we bothered by the actual thing that’s been bothering us? 
Or are we bothered by our perspective of that thing

We get to choose. 
Choose to let that shit go.
What other choice is there?