Focus on the basics Padawans

So many people, myself included, over-complicate matters when getting into fitness.

People start worrying about whether they are doing the right kind of training, eating the right kinds of food, going to the gym as many days as they should be.

But like all things, the only focus you should have when entering into something new is mastering the basics, and the basics are well…basic.

For fitness it’s relatively simple, consistently train. Whether that is once a week, twice a week or more, the most important thing is actually starting and continuing, week by week.  When you go from nothing to something, you are doing it right.

The next advancement would be focusing on doing a movement as well as can be. Many people start panicking because there are so many exercises to do and so many training protocols, when instead they should just be doing the most basic of movements and attempting to get as good as they can be at them.

Squat,pull, push,hinge,lunge and carry.

Each of these movements will look different for you depending on your level of fitness, and all you should care about is doing them as well as you can, nothing fancy, nothing crazy.

This same mentality should be taken into nutrition. Who the hell cares about the minutiae, which diet is best and all that crap. Focus on the basics!

Get rid of junk food and stop eating out at restaurants every week.

Get a solid 3 meals in a day, eat lots of vegetables and fruit, a nice serving of protein and good quality fat.

Stick to that for as long as possible, until it becomes a normal part of your life.

Once you’re moving well and eating well and you don’t even have to think about it anymore, congratulations you’re now a decently healthy person. If you want to start focusing on little things like specific programming for athletic goals or cranking out that extra 10% benefit from food that comes from eliminating certain things that may be bothering you or adding in supplements and whatnot then go for it, so long as you maintain those basic principals that get you 90% of your goals.

Other lifestyle changes that I would consider basic would be getting quality sleep and just walking as much as possible, and these can be implemented at any point in your life without much stress.

May the force be with you all.

And if you don’t believe in the force, well, you probably would have been Sith anyway so we don’t want you.

Curate your information flow

Sometimes finding inspiration within a world that is over-saturated with content is as simple as narrowing our search.

We can’t have it all, no matter what people say, and that applies to our ability to intake information, whether for pleasure or work.

Picking out sources, curating our information flow and only allowing things that truly spark something deep within us is a necessity in life at the moment.

There is just too much out there and we can get lost just letting it sweep us along.

So be picky, don’t waste your time on things that don’t move your soul.

Words worth hearing Vol:8 Education, wonder and creativity

Wonder, that immense feeling of connection we feel when we come upon something suddenly that touches us in a way we simply cannot express in words is a profoundly healing experience.

It is an experience that many schools and places of learning have destroyed in our society. Some few places remain faithful to their creed to expand the minds of the youths under their care, but for most, it has become simply an administration that needs to pump out B and As to look good in the hopes of getting more prestige and money.

It is our generations task to rekindle that spirit of awe and inspire a new journey of discovery in a world that has been built up to put out the fire that we all hold as children.

 

When longing dies, creativity ceases. The arduous task of being a human is to balance longing and belonging so that they work with and against each other to ensure that all the potential and gifts that sleep in the clay of the heart may be awakened and realized in this one life.

-John O’donohue

To the degree that one is able to approach learning as a task of discovering something rather than “learning about” it, to that degree there will be a tendency for the child to work with the autonomy of self-reward,or, more properly, be rewarded by discovery itself.

-Jerome Bruner

 

 

The three points of change in our lives

There are three different points in our lives when big changes occur, and where we are along the spectrum of these points can alter the way we live significantly.

The what was Before; before you turned 31, before you got that job, before you lost her, before you made all the mistakes you made.

The what comes After; you learn from your mistakes, find new purpose, strive to be better than your past self, grow and grow until you reach that light you have been searching for for years.

The In-Between is what gets you every time; where all that was before haunts you, and all that comes After is still in front of you but seemingly out of reach, no matter how many days and weeks pass, you can see the After but cannot grasp it.

You’re stuck in the In-Between. It hurts here, not like Before,  when all that pain and suffering was fresh. No, it hurts like a stubbed toe, the knowing you should have and could have avoided all those mistakes if you had just been better, paid more attention, not been such a klutz, such a failure, but you didn’t and now you’re stuck here, in this place you don’t want to be, with all this regret.

It’s embarrassing, but you’re lost and confused and no matter how much you know that you should walk towards the After you know is right there around the corner, you’re so damn exhausted and the ground looks so soft and inviting that you may as well lie down and rest, you deserve to rest after all because the Before was so bad.

But you don’t deserve it, far from it, and you know it but rest anyway and you hate yourself and are disgusted. And now the In-Between is all there is, it is who you are, just a failure.

Until one day, for no reason you can pinpoint too, or a multitude of reasons, you wake up and realize that Before was just a part of life and you maybe made a lot of mistakes but it isn’t over because After is just right there around that stupid corner.

And there you are. Around the corner, in the After.

Life isn’t perfect here, but there is a sense of possibility, of good things, of hope.

All it took was a bit of time to get here, but you made it.

Congratulations.

Strength and weakness

Strength bereft of purpose is but mindless savagery.

All power requires constraint to enable freedom, unrestrained power leads to corruption.

Too many who hold power hold an equal amount of moral certainty that they have not earned. Feeling weak and powerless is a necessity if one wishes to experience the full spectrum of life. Learning to ask for help is difficult, and rarely done by those who have lived in power their whole lives, there is simply an expectation of control and obedience.

One needs know power and also helplessness. To understand the need for aid while also retaining a sense of personal freedom and strength. Individuality coupled with an understanding that we need others to thrive. Without a tribe we are isolated, lonely, but a tribe can be dangerous as well, creating division and cruelty.

Creating a balance is difficult. But we have to do it.

Cultural evolution

What drives Human culture forward is imagination.

The capacity to create new realities within our minds was a game changer in our evolution. Language is what enabled it, being able to put word to thought allowed us to shape our reality in a way that simply was not accessible to us beforehand.

Evolution is moving forward in new and interesting ways, utilizing culture to drive itself at speeds never seen in history.

The bashing together of minds from all over the world has created a giant pot of ideas that are just fermenting and growing.

It really is an exciting time to be alive.