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Join Frank and Meredith as they fanboy/girl with Katy Bowman. They discuss topics from Katy’s book Movement Matters.
Those conversations include:
- What is the conventional definition of nature?
- Are we the single unique thing in the universe?
- What is the Katy Bowman definition of nature? It’s all about the discordance of rates for change things these days.
- Find out the round about way that Katy realized that she was part of an ecosystem.
- How do you reconnect with your natural ecosystem? Short story: Transition. But… you could…
Quantify things – Butt to chair ratio, indoor to outdoor time
- Because we can’t see something, we can’t investigate those questions
- We wanted to ask Katy about getting naked in nature. But ended up talking about her experience with cold thermogenesis…
- “When you’re in the river, you’re part of the river for the time that you are in it” ~KBow, 2017
- Think about how a butterfly adapts to its environment – not ready for flight when it’s out of the chrysalis. You are a butterfly 😉
- We’re immobilized by our situation. Or so we perceive.
- Movement is intrinsically linked to what it means to be human, but it’s never really considered…
- Life is dynamic. Movement matters.
Does that word sound stark, terrible, emotionless, and sad?
I used to, to me (Me = Meredith in this case).
But today – I see crazy opportunity, and even health associated with that word.
Today’s show marks a starting point for me. Frank and I discuss our recent run-in with the concept / approach of minimalism. To us, minimalism is very ancestral. It’s about re-prioritizing relationships and experiences over ‘stuff’. It’s about recognizing consumerism and waste, and actively opting out. It’s also about discovering (we hope!) the personal health gains, more time, more sleep, less worry, easier health.
In this show, you’ll find out…
- We kind of think we’ve been minimalists living amongst our stuff for a long time.
- Minimalism invokes less – but maybe it’s really maximizing life. It’s a word of abundance.
- From an ancestral perspective, minimalism feels right. The two approaches are really very congruent. Traditional ways were minimalist by nature.
- We talk about consumerism… about that shirt or hat that you buy because it’s such a great deal. The one that isn’t made to last, has a huge carbon footprint, and you really don’t like anyway.
- The cost of a thing vs. the value of a handmade craft.
- I set the stage for my awareness of minimalism. Through divorce and christmas ornaments… and my want for a tiny house.
- Recognizing that minimalism is a thing – a movement that you can join.
- It’s a way toward freedom, control, toward declutter, toward creating time and space, saving money, toward elevating relationships and experiences in your life.
- There is no object that should be more important than a relationship.
- What to do with all of the old ‘sentimental’ stuff.
- The idea to multipurpose things. I have an idea for a table/desk/bed thing.
- Frank challenged to not research on google. PLEASE SEND IDEAS!
- What minimalism means to me – clothes, thrift, outlets.
- We chat about zero waste home.
- Vitamin awareness (thanks to Katy Bowman for this phrase).
- How much energy can you take on yourself instead of outsourcing?
Are critical thinking skills becoming a lost art? Are we outsourcing our thinking? How do we teach the next generation to think for themselves?
Is it too dangerous to be a critical thinker?
Can we have a society of critical thinkers?
Critical thinking means being responsive to information, not just accepting it. It doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion, or agree with someone else’s opinion, it means that you can, in your own words, describe your own ‘why’.
How do you cultivate these skills? Well, if your child asks you, ‘Why?’ you might ask them ‘Why do you think?’. By comparing and contrasting ideas. By challenging your beliefs. By understanding that there are more than 2 options, and not falling for a false dichotomy.
Unlock your own intellectual independence. If you haven’t heard the Calf Path show – give it a listen. Forge your own path.
Also – I’m in love with Word Porn. I love this one:
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Adventures In Humaning goes literary this week. We read and discuss a poem by Sam Foss (1895) called ‘The Calf Path‘. This is a poem about how it’s in our nature to take the path. Frank and I have a meandering conversation that includes references to and the topics of:
- Escape Adulthood
- Science in general – how we tend to science the heck out of life
- And how we receive the conclusions of ‘science’
- Question even what you believe to be a credible source
- Even though you might not want to be the expert…
- It’s sometimes valuable to get your hands dirty to understand something better for yourself.
- Kids & school. Our education system is a calf path.
- Medical doctors, their path, and their constraints.
- You are put in a box, risked for insurance, and medicated like others despite your uniqueness.
- We tend to create solutions with no problems. Especially around the topic of cholesterol.
- But there is value to the calf path, it is our human nature, maybe a simpler, more ancestral path would be easier on us.
- Frank mentions the Weston A Price Foundation.
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