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November 30, 2020
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle
With the rise of gym culture, personal trainers and a cornucopia of diets, getting fit can seem largely insurmountable. Alas, this is just the economic machine at work, trying to convince you (yet again) that the answer is to buy more! Of course, you should know this is not true. With something as essential as health, you’d be surprised at how much can be achieved by just taking the time to move your body around.
As I’ve dabbled with my own fitness and health, I’ve discovered that it is largely a matter of returning to living more naturally (i.e. in a way that we lived for the majority of our evolutionary history, as hunter-gatherers). One clear aspect of that time was that we lived largely as nomads - constantly on the move looking for that next morsel food or suitable shelter. Our physical activity and nutritional intake were the prime determinants of our health, and I believe they still are.
In the article below, you will understand how the Japanese are able to stay fit and healthy without needing to go to the gym.
I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and, in general, anything Chamath has to say. He is one of the clearest thinkers I’ve come across who isn’t afraid to call things as they are. He has no love for the failing banking system, nor for the corporate cronyism and bailouts that are crippling the economy and giving capitalism a bad name.
His company is Social Capital, an investment firm largely managing his own assets, which channels them towards companies and projects that improve society.
As one commenter said of this conversation “just listened to this, now I have an MBA.”
I liked this quick, snackable thought by Mark. It plays on the idea that by owning, accepting and sometimes calling out the things you don’t like about yourself (your failures, weaknesses or just plain quirks) makes you a more evolved human and more awesome as a result.
It affirms a larger principle - we like people who are aware of themselves. And conversely, knowing yourself better, owning your flaws and not taking yourself too seriously is what makes you more likeable as a person.
Walking may be a natural activity for humans yet many of us have forgotten the joy of just getting out of our houses and walking aimlessly down a street or dilly-dallying in a garden. Recently I have made it a point to venture outside more regularly. It provides me a good break during the day, and more than a health benefit (see Healthy Body) there is also a mental one as well.
In the article featured, the author explains how walking has been employed as a powerful tool by some of the best writers in the world, and why specifically the act of walking has such a profound, expansive effect on the mind.
That’s no typo. Would you actually like to be 500% more productive? An obvious question of course! After all, you’re a Slipstream reader - you’re here because of an insatiable desire to get better.
Steven Kotler has been researching flow states for many years, and in the talk below shares the ingredients you need (or a group needs) to get into flow. There’s a few of them, and more than that he goes into the neurobiology of flow, showing you what is going on in your brain when you are performing at that ultimate level. This one is worth taking notes on and then contrasting them in relation to your life. Mitigate the blockers to flow and add some of the triggers mentioned to increase the amount of time you spend in this superhuman state.
“Uninterrupted concentration is the ultimate flow hack”
This conversation was something I listened to a few weeks ago, and it was quite eye-opening to say the least. Looking through the facts and evidence in the video, it’s clear that some checks and balances have been overlooked. In addition, you can start to notice the hands of Big Pharma tinkering in the establishment and regulation of the rules and policies related to vaccines and healthcare. Which only makes it easier to profit from the masses while skipping the rigorous attention this medical intervention needs.
A noteworthy insight - a vaccine's effectiveness is not a measure of how well it prevents a person from contracting a disease. It is a measure of how well the vaccine triggers an immune response and produces antibodies.
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