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The Benefits of Movement for Creative Growth


Move Your Body, Do the Verb, and Keep it Moving!

A round-up of ideas from across the web on why movement is so important to growth:

The Philosopher:

“When humans don’t learn how to move their bodily selves, Nietzsche insists, their senses grow dull and they lose the capacity to discern what is good for them. He asks: where are the ‘Books that teach us to dance’? Here, dance assumes a role it will play throughout Nietzsche’s writing as a litmus test for any value, idea, practice or person. Does it dance? Does it catalyse a joyful affirmation of life?” Read more at Aeon Magazine

The Choreographer:

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, 78, has a new book called Keep it Moving, in which she writes, "After we terrorize ourselves with self-doubt, our only relief is to get moving again.” Read more about her point of view in the New York Times Magazine. 

The Writer:

Austin Kleon (on Design Matters with Debbie Millman, listen here) discusses a prerogative for action. Do the verb!

"Let go of the thing that you’re trying to be (the noun), and focus on the actual work you need to be doing (the verb). Doing the verb will take you someplace further and far more interesting than just wanting the noun."

Read more about the Noun and Verb. 

Question to contemplate - How do I get rid of the annoyances, drag, and irritants that keep me from being active in both my writing practice and my life? 



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