On Physicality and Aging

Goals are about destinations, not journeys.

Today I am reflecting on my motivation for “working out” and being active, and I suspect that these reflections may help you rethink how you relate to your body as they have me, so here we go.

Here’s some context: since entering “middle age” several years ago, I have had many conversations and other interactions having to do with people’s motivations and attitudes toward their bodies, and many of these emerged during ethnographic research engagements in which I studied people online. Most of the stereotypes and ideas I encountered are not useful to me because they miss the whole point of what the body is, what its significance is. So let’s follow this and see where it leads. Continue reading “On Physicality and Aging”

My Favorite Work From Home Hacks

The 2020 coronavirus scare has millions of people working from (and living at) home who have not done it before, so it’s a big adjustment. As I have been contracting off and on for decades, I’ll share some of my biggest hacks for increasing joy, productivity, and health. I’d love to hear your hacks, too!

I’m not listing these in any particular order, so, popcorn. Enjoy! Continue reading “My Favorite Work From Home Hacks”

Watching People Walk

Have you ever had an experience that you could have never predicted, but when you had it, it was so obvious that it was impossible to ignore? Today I will share one of my most surprising life hacks, one that is mind-blowing in simplicity but profound in its implications.

Since I wear Five Fingers everywhere, which includes conservative business settings, I constantly have people asking me about them. “Are they comfortable? I know someone who had a pair…” I have had hundreds of these conversations since 2011, and I find it virtually impossible to communicate how transformational walking (virtually) barefoot is. It’s an immense life hack that’s hidden in plain view, so I’ll try to correct that here.

Since we’re talking about walking, let me take you on a short wander… Continue reading “Watching People Walk”

Exercise without Exercising

I have mentioned a few times that living “paleo” is more a frame of mind for me than a mere lifestyle or certainly a way of eating. As I am usually grounded in the idea that I am temporarily incarnated in this body and life, and I sense that other lives are possible (I feel them quite strongly sometimes), I have a relatively timeless orientation to “life,” so it’s quite easy for me to imagine how a paleo man would do things in this un-paleo environment in which I am living right now. Continue reading “Exercise without Exercising”