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Brain Scramble

"Let's consider a reevaluation of the situation in which we assume that the stuckness now occurring, the zero of consciousness, isn't the worst of all possible situations, but the best possible situation you could be in. After all, it's exactly this stuckness that Zen Buddhists go to so much trouble to induce; through koans, deep breathing, sitting still and the like. Your mind is empty, you have a "hollow-flexible" attitude of "beginner's mind." You're right at the front end of the train of knowledge, at the track of reality itself. Consider, for a change, that this is a moment to be not feared but cultivated. If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then you may be much better off than when it was loaded with ideas."

Robert M. Pirsig. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

My wonderful friend Matthew Stillman shared this video with me recently. I've watched it a number of times, finding another piece of gold with each viewing.

What Paul McCarthy is describing, this "Movement Revolution", is exactly how I see our work at Movement Brooklyn. This is the practice of skill acquisition and movement complexity. "Fitness" jumps through hoops to separate the mind from the body; TV's on treadmills and bikes, low level movements, and the promotion of "sweat". This duality is fiction. The mind and body are in it together, and both must be cultivated as one. This is why we explore many modalities. This is why we dance, do coordination work, and learn complex patterns. This is why we scramble our brains until they sweat.

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