Sunday, February 12, 2017

Do You Feel Better Now?

Do you feel better after watching George RR Martin kill everyone? Do you???

Does catharsis really work? Or is the idea you can exhaust misery doomed to begin with?


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

It takes a lot of creativity to be angry and miserable. I can't use up misery, I'll always have more. If you were to compare me to a pressure cooker; as pressure builds, I vent the pressure out, things calm down, and go back to normal. This makes sense symbolically, but it's a faulty comparison. I, as a sentient human being, am wonderfully more elaborate than a nonsentient device. If I were addicted to drugs, more drugs would only perpetuate more drug use. I wouldn't exhaust my want of it. It may temporarily relieve some anxiety, but it does not give me any long term solutions to keep me resilient. Writer and poet, Maya Angelou said, "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” With that same logic, you can't use up misery. The more you use, the more you have.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

UAP (Universal Athletic Position)

Life is experiential, and exercise should improve our capacity for experience and readiness for living.


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The difference between exercises that are mechanical and exercises that are functional may be as simple as whether they are using some variant of the universal athletic position. Sometimes referred simply as an athletic stance or ready position, it is a position used in nearly all physical activity. Like most children, I was not initially taught this position. It was self-taught through trial and error, in attempts to balance, walk, generate speed, and power. Participation in youth sporting activities only reinforced its importance. This primitive posture is universal in that, we have all done it — and this includes all other primates. It is the first upright position.

I as an able-bodied human being have four limbs connected to my torso. It is the seamless interplay and coordination of these drivers in relation to one another against gravity, where all my movement lie. From the universal athletic position is where sprinters generate their speed, football players make their power, where dancers draw their grace, and where fighters express their technique. It is the stance I adopt when leaping for my life or fleeing from danger.

And what does it mean to be athletic? Is it an identity? No. It is the physical quality of strength, fitness, and agility. Then by taking this stance, I am positioning myself to be athletic to the best of my ability.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What Makes Muscles Grow?

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We have over 600 muscles in our bodies that help bind us together, hold us up, and help us move. Your muscles also need your constant attention, because the way you treat them on a daily basis determines whether they will wither or grow. Jeffrey Siegel illustrates how a good mix of sleep, nutrition and exercise keep your muscles as big and strong as possible.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Barrier to Motivation


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Sometimes we are deciding not to decide because we are overwhelmed. Instead of trying to understand why we are feeling this way, we try to overwhelm our sense of being overwhelmed with more motivation. We are not creating a solution, we are exacerbating the problem.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Breathe: Belisa Vranich


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Did you know that if you don't breathe you die? That's half joke but 100% reality. Then what is shallow breathing? What is obstructed and compromised breathing? It surely isn't maximized living.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

What Getting Punched in the Face Taught Me



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Getting punched in the face is rather unpleasant. You should avoid it if at all possible. If you, however, have gotten punched in the face or train in a discipline where you're getting punched in the face frequently, get the most out of it. There are valuable life lessons there (and it would be waste if all you got from the experience was head trauma).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Shoshin: The Beginner's Mind



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Shoshin (初心) is the concept of the beginner's mind. Derived from Zen Buddhism, it is the quintessential mindset for learning. It is openness, eagerness, and the lack of preconceptions, no matter the level of study.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Paradox of Moderation

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Studies have shown our definitions of moderation are completely subjective. In application, most people who attempt a moderation diet, either create no change in their diet, or eat worse than before, though in their subjective minds, they believe they are eating better.

Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School nutrition and obesity expert calls the moderation mantra "useless."

In Always Hungry? Ludwig writes:
There [are] some things you [should] eat a lot of, and I would put things like olive oil, avocado, nuts in that category. There are other things you [should] really minimize, especially if you're dealing with pre-diabetes or some other metabolic problem. You don't want to go moderate with sugar — whatever that means. You want to get rid of as much of it as you can.
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