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Your moving mind, podcast, your weekly quote, start with yourself, Robert Pirsig

#17    Your Weekly Quote

The Magic of Small Steps

"When you take a short moment to create a learning space every day, you are in a process of change. You are improving.

The steps are small but constant."

 

Michael Landau

Some people go through extreme endurance competitions, cross snowy mountains on foot, swim in freezing ocean waves, run, cycle, climb and overcome horrendous challenges, and are transformed by the experience.

I can appreciate this type of journey, even admire it. But most of us ordinary humans try to avoid suffering and won't go for that kind of challenge. Does this mean we're lazy or mediocre and that we have no interest in improvement, transformation and growth? I don't think so.

 

There are other ways, and the path I follow and teach is an option. It won't make headlines, it won't win you trophies, but it will keep you on the journey nonetheless. In this episode I'm taking a closer look at the MAGIC OF SMALL STEPS.

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#16    Your Weekly Quote

The Three-Step Habit

"If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones."

 

Albert Gray

Habits are necessary and we all have them. You want to improve, learn, grow, move better, be more efficient and powerful in your actions and interactions? Check your habits.

In this short episode I describe the small and powerful 3-step habit I’m trying to implement in my own life and teach my students: A habit that only takes a few seconds each time, but can revolutionise your life if you stick with it.

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#15    Your Weekly Quote

Limitless

"All behavior is driven by belief, so before we address how to learn, we must first address the underlying belifes we hold about what is possible."

 

 

Jim Kwik in his book Limitless

Season two starts with the inspiring work of this brilliant author. He had to overcome serious learning difficulties to become a great teacher.

 

I'm making a bold claim in this episode: Our perception of limitations is a choice. We are fundamentally limitless.

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#14     Your Weekly Quote

Spirituality 

"...All elements of life have a spiritual aspect and a material one. When we remember this, all manner of miracles and manifestations are possible."

 

 

From the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck by Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron Reid, and Marcela Lobos

Are you a spiritual person?

Does your spirituality include your body? If not, you’re missing something…

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#13     Your Weekly Quote

Intuition 

"You don't come up with E=mc2 if you don't know anything about physics. But neither by studying physics."

 

Michael Landau

Is intuition some kind of magic that pops up out of nowhere? Intuition is knowledge you come up with in your area of expertise. It is how a creative mind functions.

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#12     Your Weekly Quote

Slow Down 

"Slowing down to attend to the details of your sensory experience gives you tools to explore the space between intention and action."

 

Moshe Feldenkrais

The space between intention and action is where learning, change and growth can happen. But first we must be able to perceive that space. It can be very small. 

There is only one way to open that gap to be able to maneuver in it: SLOW DOWN. Slow down and pay attention.

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#11     Your Weekly Quote

Change Within

"All change, as you know to be true, comes from within, and it starts from you first."

 

James Wedmore

If we’re still on time to save the world, the change will come from within. This is the work I, you, we, can do and must do to make this a better world.

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#10     Your Weekly Quote

Introvert

"Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything."​

 

Robert Rubin

It’s pretty obvious: I’m an introvert. It has a cost. The world around me tends to ignore me; it’s just too loud and moves too fast. I guess I’d have to raise my voice.

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#9     Your Weekly Quote

Attention

"Anyone who acts without paying attention to what he is doing is wasting his life."​

 

Nadia Boulanger

Boulanger taught her brilliant students (some of the most prominent composers of the 20th century) to pay attention. She thought of it as the most valuable part of her teachings.

I believe it applies to you and me, not just to world-famous composers. 

I teach my students to pay attention to themselves in movement. It’s a major tool in being present and able to learn and improve.

Take a few moments to do this exercise in attention with me.

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#8     Your Weekly Quote

Clear Intention

"Be sure your intention is clearly present in your movement.

The movement organises itself when your intention is clear."​

 

Moshe Feldenkrais

A little about what it means to have a clear intention, with a short Mindful Movement exploration, Feldenkrais style, to demonstrate it.

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#7     Your Weekly Quote

Do Your Best

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

 

Maya Angelou

The deep meaning I’m getting from today’s quote is this:

What I’m doing today is good enough. Tomorrow I’ll do better, which doesn’t mean that what I did today was too little.

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#6      Your Weekly Quote

Do What You Want

"If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want."

 

Moshe Feldenkrais

Do you really know what you're doing? What does this even mean? I think I have some kind of a Felden-answer here.

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#5      Your Weekly Quote

Stay Young

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

 

Henry Ford

You must keep learning to maintain a young mind, but also, what you learn must be meaningful for you. It must serve a purpose.

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#4     Your Weekly Quote

Monkey Mind

"What we pay attention to is actually a choice."

 

Jeff Warren

 

 

How I found out ‒the hard way‒ that I must be able to calm my mind before I can make that choice.

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#3     Your Weekly Quote

Un-Qualified

"Anything new is accomplished by unqualified people".

 

James Clear

 

When you're doing something you've never done before, you're not qualified. Not yet. That's how great new things come to life. Always by unqualified people.

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#2     Your Weekly Quote

Response-Ability

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

 

Viktor E Frankl

 

First notice that space. Then make it a little wider, so you can find the choices in it. That's how we become freer.

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Your moving mind, podcast, your weekly quote, start with yourself, Robert Pirsig

#1     Your Weekly Quote

Start with Yourself

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."

 

Robert Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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