Difficulty & Preparation

There is a negative correlation between difficulty and preparation. 
Low Preparation  → High Difficulty
High Preparation → Low Difficulty

Difficulty only has meaning within context. 
Preparation is the context. 
Not the opinion of others. 

The Collective Body

Steven Johnson, states that "chance favors the connected mind" -
The concept that when we have a hunch of an idea, over time we gather our own hunches with the hunches of others’ and our idea slowly starts to develop. Some call it the collective brain.
I like the idea of the collective body
Where people come together and start a dynamic, kinetic conversation with one another.
Exchanges of energy and movement dialogue that also trigger intellectual conversations.
The important thing is that we place ourselves in the right environment. 
An environment that encourages play and fosters collaboration. 
If we can find that, then we slowly start to see our ideas and our bodies taking shape.

Enlightenment Of Movement

My central views are to bring about the awareness of the unity and mutual inter-relation of all things in movement and to transcend individual thinking to a whole. The enlightenment of movement.
— Stephen Braybrook, The Movement Man


Where does the human body end... Where does it begin? 
When conversations of health come up, it's necessary that we bring up the environment.
 Frank Forencich talks about "the long body” and states that habitat is tissue.
"The body does not stop at the skin; it is continuous with the land and the people around it." 
Everything around us determines our health, and we can even argue for the continuity between our bodies and the environment. The good thing is that we have the ability to design and, more importantly, care for the environment around us. 


How much do emotional and bodily intelligence have in common? 
We’ve been raised to believe that IQ is the determining factor in our success. 
I think, as we get older we start to realize that being able to recognize our emotions and trust our intuition helps us navigate this life a little better. 
Intuition lives deep within our bodies.  
Intuition is feeling, not thinking. 
Follow your gut. 


When life has so many things being thrown at us, it's easy to put matters of health on the back burner. Even though this is a complete contradiction, we do it anyway. We know we should make more time for it, but we have more important matters to take care of. Little do we know, the things we wish we had more time for, are exactly the things we need most in our lives. 

Motus Magazine

Priorities change. 
Where on the totem pole does everything lie? 
We have to keep messing with the hierarchy till’ we find alignment... 
As a result, life changes based on said priorities. 
After sitting on an idea, I’ve decided to start something that matters. 
Me and a couple of other people have come together to create a platform - an online magazine Motus Magazine. We just published a couple of stories and essays from some of our contributors. It's a small start, but a start none the less.
The goal here is to share stories and ideas that inspire us to move more in our lives. 
The hard part, for me, is accepting that some things have to drop towards the bottom of my personal totem pole, in order to bring project to life. 


Ergonomics, also known as comfort design, functional design, and user-friendly systems, is the practice of designing products, systems or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them.

The idea of ergonomics is a contradiction.
We can no longer continue designing for comfort.
Comfort is a slow poison - that only leads to disfunction.
When we're designing for the future we have to find ways to have people actually interact with the environment. This, at first, will be very "user-unfriendly"...
But we'll get used to it. 

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. )