Vessel in distress

As 2018 draws to a close, you might be looking for some clarity and understanding. The last few months have delivered an onslaught of bad news and the coming year seems poised to bring us more of the same. In fact, you might well feel like you’re living on the cusp of the hockey stick, the exponential curve of radical acceleration that describes so much of our modern predicament.

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First, do no medicine

“Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.”

― Ivan Illich

 

It’s just three little words. Well-intentioned, professional, conservative words. A news story about health presents the pros and cons of some kind of body-related treatment and concludes with the advice to “See your doctor.” Variations include: “See your health care provider” or “See your health care professional.”

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Be strong to be relevant

If you’ve been involved in natural training in the last few years, you’ve probably heard the advice “Be strong to be useful.” According to legend, the phrase was coined by French physical educator Georges Hébert (1875-1957) and has become a popular inspiration for Parkour, MovNat and other natural training systems...

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Required Reading

We talk and discuss the problems of our world as if we just discovered them, but in fact, much of our distress was anticipated nearly a century ago by the late, great Carl Jung...

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Elder Vision

Everyone knows the standard narrative of aging in the modern world. In a nutshell, it sucks. According to the dominant story of our day, getting older is one long, depressing decline into degeneration, illness and irrelevance...

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Speed Trap

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss

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We Are Entirely Up To Us

A popular health and fitness blog suggests that "You are entirely up to you." It sounds motivating and challenging, this notion that the trajectory of our health and our lives is entirely up to the choices that we make. But is this really the case? 

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Just try this..

Like most people, I want to be healthy. And like many, I turn to the Internet on occasion to find out how to do it. All goes well at the beginning, but after awhile I start to get a creepy sense that something’s backwards.

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    Perfect circles
    Lack of systemic wisdom is always punished. If you fight the ecology of a system, you lose - especially if you 'win.'
    ~ Gregory Bateson

    No one on the playground seemed to know where it came from or what it was all about, but it sure was fun. Just square off with a friend and off you go. Rock smashes scissors, but can be covered by paper. Paper covers rock, but can be cut by scissors. Scissors cuts paper, but can be smashed by rock. Maybe you called it ick-ack-ock, ching-chang-cholly, zig-zag-zog or ro-sham-bo.

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