Friday, November 16, 2012

Unzoo This Week - Treehouses, The Question, and A Call To Arms.

I haven't got time to do blog full posts just now, but there is plenty of good stuff out there that paints the Unzoo picture...

File under Unzoo Habitat:

A Dream Tree house 

What happens if you're an adult and still dream of a tree house? 










http://inhabitat.com/treehouses/ Design will save the world....


File under Unzoo Think:

Prim8 asks the question:

I was in London last week and had the utterly utterly (yes, it needs that much emphasis) ridiculous fortune to get a one-on-one class with S├ębastien Foucan when normally the classes have six people. I learned a ton from him in that brief hour and a half and I'm still processing everything that we discussed and the things that he taught me. In particular, at the end of the class, there was a potent piece of advice he gave to me. Now, I'm paraphrasing a little here and keeping it brief, so it is missing the context of the discussion. Anyway, what he said was essentially "identify the reason why you are practicing." I'm sure that sounds way too simple, but it's because we aren't talking about surface level reasons like "I want to get stronger," or "I want to be able to do X technique." Instead it is about identifying reason(s) why that resonate with you on a deep emotional level. These reasons provide an underlying purpose to your training; they are not the specific goals that you use to achieve it.

Now, I'm going to pose this very same question to you: Why do you train and practice? There is no "right" answer (or answers) to this question. If you think your answer feels weak for any reason though, dig deeper and and ask yourself the same question, but this time about your previous response. You'll know you are on to something if when you write (or just think)  it you can feel its impact, on an emotional level. It may take some tries to get to an answer that resonates with you. Be patient and if needed revisit the question later. Once you have an answer that satisfies you it can be used to better direct your training and help maintain motivation to keep going over the long haul. 


Blane puts it out there:

a-call-to-arms



Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Natural Playground

I bumped into this link on Marks Daily Apple today - The best playground is the one nature provided...
I like it. It's getting there.

Nature is the best playground.
But playgrounds are not just for kids.

Even the concept of playgrounds are flawed. Work here, play there. Humans compartmentalise too much. That's another human technology that turns on its makers.

If you unzoo yourself by moving naturally in nature, eating as nature intended - the next step is letting nature into our spaces more. Beyond playgrounds, into our work, our cities, our zoo habitats. And I am not just talking about some trees and pot plants.

Unzoo you, unzoo our habitat,  unzoo our culture.