Speedbumps

The trial and error, DIY, experience-it-yourself, go-out-and-actually-have-a-look method of doing things is a naturally occurring speedbump that has been vastly eroded in recent years by the widespread availability of both written and visual information about everything and anything imaginable. Those annoyingly ingenious features of the urban landscape designed to consistently infuriate us by impeding ourContinue reading “Speedbumps”

Study

  14.11.17 Study means to examine closely. Therefore to study from a book is an oxymoron because the words are simply not the thing. The study should reveal more about the book and the recording and presentation process than about the subject itself . Studying from a book is really the study of the subjectContinue reading “Study”

Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves

06.11.17 The book Metaphors We Live By has been a great inspiration to me ever since I read it earlier this year.  One thing that came to light while reading was the way in which my relationship with my body was shaped by unhelpful metaphors.  The first that I noticed was the idea of mobilityContinue reading “Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves”

Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma

“Not to beat the car metaphor to death, but you have to look at every athlete as a complex engine with thousands of moving parts. And you, the coach, are trying to squeeze every single drop of horsepower you can out of that engine.”   Movement is never a simple black and white dichotomy, andContinue reading “Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma”

Fast Food

01.10.17 I officially began a 7-day fast yesterday, although I had eaten very little the day before, and didn’t at all consume an evening meal.  I had experimented with fasting as a child, but no longer than a day at a time, and if I remember correctly my fasting periods were often during school hours. Continue reading “Fast Food”

Mindlessness

26.09.17 [This text uses the metaphors of “left-brained” and “right-brained” to refer to two different ways of thinking, which could be summarised as “the intellect” and “instinct”.  In reality there is no clear separation between personality types as we all express both sides to some degree, but more importantly there is no physical left/right brainContinue reading “Mindlessness”

Low and Mighty

24.09.17 As self-domesticated animals we retain strong links to our primal history and physical nature through our relatively unchanged biological makeup, particularly that of the brain.  But despite this fact, or perhaps because of it, we seem to be focusing our efforts on moving further away from, denying and even erasing all traces of thisContinue reading “Low and Mighty”

Feeling Relaxed, Overreacting, and Acute Solutions

11.09.17 I thought of a benefit to my DIY relaxation method that hadn’t occurred to me until yesterday.  I was using my pulley setup for the first time, which simply comprises one strap borrowed from my gymnastics rings, and a horizontal bar not much higher than my maximal reach.  A slipknot in the end ofContinue reading “Feeling Relaxed, Overreacting, and Acute Solutions”