Since our technological era provides endless things to do, there is no end to how distracted we can become.
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
“If you think globally, you become filled with gloom. But if you take a little piece of this whole picture—my piece, our piece, this is what I can do here, I’m making a difference and they’re making a difference over there, and so are they, and so are they—gradually the pieces get filled in. And the world is a better place because of you.” —Dr. Jane Goodall
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
– Seth Godin –
“What art does — maybe what it does most completely — is tell us, make us feel that what we think we know, we don’t. There are whole worlds around us that we’ve never glimpsed.”
Being creative is not natural.
To grow and get old is natural.
We are organisms running on energy,
therefore we try to be as efficient as possible.
But this efficiency must be challenged
Our ability to get out of deadly routine,
to get lost, be pushed, resist the ordinary,
seek novelty, strive for new ideas.
Because there is no one you, one idea,
one angle for looking at things.
Learning new things is confusing,
frustrating, maybe painful,
but comfort takes us nowhere.
Practice what is alive,
where new variations, questions,
outcomes may appear.
Change your brain’s architecture, your movement,
your thinking, your actions.
Do not seek what reassures you,
what you already know.
Enjoy exploration and uncertainty.
Embrace that which makes you doubt again,
that which allows your joints to feel variability,
a new rhythm.
Cultivate a practice that provokes you,
a practice that gives you an energy surplus.
Put yourself at risk and learn to recognise
what is better than simply good enough.
Who can see beyond the obvious?
Who has the courage to see the body
not as something we should control and stifle,
but as a poetry, with spaces between the words
and joints that allow different interpretations
and new meanings.
We are not machines made for a single purpose.
We are all you can imagine.
JOZEF AND LINDA - https://fightingmonkey.net
The Soft Manifesto
Can you afford to break down any barriers between your work and the audience? (monetary, language, accessibility, etc.)
What can you gain, that is not money, from the work?
Who, that is not you, can gain from the work?
Can you remove yourself from the center of the work?
Does the work consider its impact on our planet?
Does the work consider your politics?
Does the work reflect your understanding of the responsibility of being human?
Have you learned all you can from the work before presenting it as finished?
In what ways have you grown or changed from older work, and are you proud of these changes?
Can you afford to rest?
These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
Reading James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. here a few quotes:
“The data reveal what the previous days have revealed: mouthbreathing is destroying our health.”
“The right nostril is a gas pedal. When you’re inhaling primarily through this channel, circulation speeds up, your body gets hotter, and cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate all increase. This happens because breathing through the right side of the nose activates the sympathetic nervous system, the “fight or flight” mechanism that puts the body in a more elevated state of alertness and readiness. Breathing through the right nostril will also feed more blood to the opposite hemisphere of the brain, specifically to the prefrontal cortex, which has been associated with logical decisions, language, and computing.”
“Inhaling through the left nostril has the opposite effect: it works as a kind of brake system to the right nostril’s accelerator. The left nostril is more deeply connected to the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest-and-relax side that lowers temperature and blood pressure, cools the body, and reduces anxiety.”
“They discovered that the optimum amount of air we should take in at rest per minute is 5.5 liters. The optimum breathing rate is about 5.5 breaths per minute. That’s 5.5-second inhales and 5.5-second exhales. This is the perfect breath.”
"We believe luxury isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about having what no one else does." F.E. Castleberry Manifesto
“Confusion is our salvation. For the confused, there is still hope. Hang on to your confusion. In the end it is your best friend, your best defense against the deathliness of others’ answers, against being raped by their ideas. If you are confused, you are still free.” -Hawkins (via https://twitter.com/pieratt)
"All is flux. Nothing is finished. Nothing is done. This never-ending change is the pivotal axis of the modern world."
— Kevin Kelly
Often I see people putting on earphones and zoning out, trying to either numb their mind or distract themselves until their body is done running. Of course, I cannot be too critical of this technique, as some runners get into incredible shape this way. Music can be motivating. It can invigorate us, bringing our mind in tune with our body. In this way, music makes a powerful and inspiring tool. At the same time, music can be used as a way of disguising our workout—taking our attention far away from what we are doing. In this case, music becomes a source of distraction. So while at times music can seem helpful, ultimately it challenges our ability to be present and embodied.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind.”