The End Of Sitting

What we'll begin to see are more architects, designers, planners, government agencies and cities coming together to embed more and more opportunities to move within our everyday lives. And that is exactly what architects from Amsterdam, RAAAF and visual artist Barbara Visser have developed.

The End of Sitting is an installation at the crossroads of visual art, architecture, philosophy and empirical science. In our society almost the entirety of our surroundings have been designed for sitting, while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art Affordances] and visual artist Barbara Visser have developed a concept wherein the chair and desk are no longer unquestionable starting points. Instead, the installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape. The End of Sitting marks the beginning of an experimental trial phase, exploring the possibilities of radical change for the working environment. 

~Visit RAAAF site here. 


I think the world benefits when we take the time to create art. 
Art isn't made by artists. The art is what makes the artist. 
Choose your art.  Everything else is a commodity. 
I promise we don't need more commodities. 

To Be Or Not To Be...

Given how malleable and plastic our brains and bodies are, we're surprisingly good at acquiring new skill.  
Fortunately, we don't function like binary robots - that is Yes or No.
It's a spectrum, and somewhere on the spectrum we lie.
We all have the ability to move along this spectrum. 
Choose to be or Choose not to be. 
The choice is always there. 

Just Keep Moving

The Greek thinker Aristotle thought that life was defined by movement. What does not move is dead. What has speed and mobility has more possibilities, more life... You may think that what you’d like to recapture from your youth is your looks, your physical fitness, your simple pleasures, but what you really need is the fluidity of mind you once possessed. Whenever you find your thoughts revolving around a particular subject or idea - an obsession, a resentment- force them past it. Distract yourself with something else. Like a child, find something new to be absorbed by, something worthy of concentrated attention. Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence. Just keep moving.
— Robert Greene, 33 Strategies Of War

Creative Process (An Emoji Haiku)


Commence writing.
"This is crap." 
Take a break. 
Move around a bit, read, shower.
Clear my head. 
Recommence writing.
"I think I'm on to something."
"Where did that come from?" 

Conversations To Be Had

Sometimes we believe we don't have something to say;
We're certain we have nothing to contribute to the world. 
I've gone a very long time feeling this way.
But there are conversations to be had. 
Stories to be told. Ideas to be shared.
Perspectives to be uncovered. 
'AHA' moments to invoke. 

 Me and my friend, Jonathan Mead, recorded a recent conversation on movement and humility. I'm happy (and scared as hell) to share that conversation with you. We do take a little while to warm up on this one and it's far from perfect - the editing isn't that great, and the audio isn't up to par. I can give you a handful of other reasons why I'm too afraid to share it, but here it is... Hopefully you glean something from it. 
(If you can't see the sound cloud player below click here.)

A Beautiful Practice

'To start' insinuates ‘to finish’.
But what if there was that one thing you committed to everyday?
A 'beautiful practice', as Frank Forencich likes to call it.
Something you genuinely knew had no fin.
Something you committed to, in exchange for your precious time.
It's what Bukowski meant when he wrote, “Find what you love and let it kill you.” 
Nothing temporary; No 30 day challenge, no diet, no short term workarounds.  
No finishing. No starting.

What if ‘starting’ is just an illusion? 
If something calls to us so strongly, don’t question it.  
It’s not about starting whatever that something is, it’s about becoming that person we want to become
"This is what I do,” ceases to exist and makes way for “This is who I am.” 
It’s the reason we’re called Human Beings and not Human Doings
It’s already within us. 

:: Think about it. 

Inspired by Frank Forencich's recent book Beautiful Practice.

Off Putting

The things we tend to put off, normally, are the things that are most off putting to us.
But how long can we go putting something off before we have the courage to dig beneath to the ugly, uncomfortable stuff? Which begs the question... how ugly do we let things get before we choose to acknowledge them? The consequences of willful ignorance always comes back around to slap us in the damn face. We shouldn't have to wait to have our noses rubbed in it before we take action.
If repetition is the mother of skill, then this is important to read once more:
The time will never be right. Just start. 
Find anything you can to move through the fear. 
(Seriously... anything. )

Food For Thought

Some of the best conversations I've had, have been during movement & play sessions, in nature, or over a cup of coffee. Even better when all three are involved - the best kind of food for thought. 

Phys Ed

"Large scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars.
It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system."  ~Seth Godin

What happens if that same system that doesn't seem to 'require' us to move our bodies?
Physical education is an education through the physical, not only of the physical. 
If no action is taken, did any learning actually occur? 
Learn to move. 
Move to learn.

Bruce Lee On Creative Force

As long as I can remember I feel I have had this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand.
— Bruce Lee

In my research I find passages, like the one above, that seem to perfectly put into words some thoughts that have been rattling my head for quite some time. It's exciting, to be able to reflect on common ideas and philosophies of the greats that came before us. 


Nassim Taleb introduced the idea of Anti-Fragile... "Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better." 

What better way to explain the potential of the human body, psyche, and spirit?
We just have to be smart in how we approach this process; Dosage is key.  

Doubt is just like...

"Doubt is just like a weight on your ankle. There is no use for it. Doubt will only do you harm. Bring with you the things that make you stronger, faster, braver. Adopt beliefs like they are supplies for scaling Mount Everest. Accept ideas that move and bend like a pair of waterproof boots with a firm grip on the bottom. They will get you where you want to go."

~Markus Almond, This Book Will Break A Window If You Throw It Hard Enough

Death & Deadlines

Time is our most important asset.
The thing is... we think we have time. 
But, death is the ultimate deadline. 
How can we best improvise within our constraints?

“Improvisation is the human condition. You’re born. You die.
And in-between you improvise.”  ~ Ido Portal

How To Fill The Day

"I could much sooner tell you the way I’d like to spend a life than the way I’d like to spend an hour. Lives are fun to play with: I’ll be a writer! An astronaut! A world traveler! 
It’s harder to make yourself into a noun in the span of a day. Days are about verbs." 
~ Diana Severin, Living Like Thoreau 

When we're kids, we're often asked what we want to be when we get older. 
(I wanted to be an NBA player, an artist, and an architect.) 
But choosing the person we want to become... that's the easy part. 
The hard part is our habits - the actions we take, day in and day out. 
Those say a lot more about who we are.  


Tsundoku is...

... the Japanese word for the continuous pile of books that sit on your bookshelf, unread
I wonder if there's a word like this in the mainstream fitness industry? 
Facilities that are created and prosper most from vacancy. 
Products that collect dust and serve as great coat hangers. 

We can even view 'tsundoku' as an analogy for the human body. 
With every intention to want to read, we can't seem to 'find the time.
All that knowledge.
All that potential that... just....sits there. 
(See Japanese word: 'seiza')

With every book you buy, you should buy the time to read it. 
~ Karl Lagerfield

"You'll Get Used To It"

We underestimate how good we are at this - getting used to stuff.
Our ability to adapt is the only reason we've survived.  
It's a matter of being conscious of where we put our attention and energy.
We can adapt to that which will induce growth, or hinder it. 


Pablo Picasso never set out to create a work of art,
To him it was just all research and experimentation. 
With 'research' comes a level of detachment;
the perfect opportunity to let the ego sit this one out
Honing in on the process and forgetting about the results (for now). 
The process is the research.  

So, let's research our own bodies, not someone else's.
Let's experiment with what foods we eat and don't eat.  
Most importantly, let's focus on the little things that can be 'done by us'
As opposed to relying on having things 'done to us.'