Welcome to another edition of Digestable, the short, weekly email where I share information, ideas, and what’s new with me. This edition was delivered to subscribers on March 21st, 2021.
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about this week:
- Free MovNat Workouts in Edmonton. I am organizing a weekly drop-in MovNat session Saturday mornings at 8:00-9:30 AM in Mill Creek Ravine starting from the Ritchie Market parking lot. It will run rain or shine starting on Saturday, March 27th, so if that is something that you think you would benefit from, let me know and I will add you to a WhatsApp discussion thread. There is no obligation to commit to more than one session, just show up dressed for the weather whenever it works for you. In mid-April the time slot may switch to Sunday mornings, but if you reach out directly and I can keep you up to date. Movement + Friends + Nature = Bliss (or How to Survive a Pandemic).
- The Joy of Movement. If you are curious to know the science behind the above formula, get amped up for your MovNat session with this podcast interview with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.d, the author of The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage. I am a connoisseur of naturally produced hormones (I keep a catalogue of what type of stimulus my body needs to create the hormonal response I want – kinda like a physiological medicine cabinet), so I took a ton of notes in this episode. Learn what type of movement will stimulate production of endocannabinoids (yes, cannabinoids, but produced endogenously). It not only decreases stress and improves optimism, but it emotionally bonds you to the people you are with, enhances social pleasures, and sensitizes your brain to other pleasures. It has the opposite effect of cocaine, meth, or heroine – these substances obliterate your brain’s capacity to experience pleasure or reward from natural stimulus.
- Alpine Ski Touring Hilda Ridge. On Saturday, February 27, 2021, Adventure Club members explored the shoulder of Hilda Peak on skis, guided by Pierre Hungr of Galena Mountain Guides and Tobi Von Butler, from Frontier Lodge. You’ll see why this was an unforgettable day when you watch the video on my website.
- Post-Rationalism, Rational Irrationality, & Glossolalia (speaking in tongues) . If you’ve ever felt compelled to make a certain decision, even though you can’t make a rational case for why (like, decide to have children, for example), you may be a post-rationalist. From the article, Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture: “Post-rationalists tend to value true beliefs, but have more sympathy for religion, ritual, and tradition (including monogamy) than the rationalist community. They are skeptical of the ability of science (as it is practiced) to solve humanity’s problems and provide a sense of meaning or happiness.”
I especially enjoyed the story of anthropologist and ethnographer, Felicitas D. Goodman describe her unplanned dissociative experience (vision) while researching Pentecostals for her book, “Speaking in Tongues: A Cross-Cultural Study of Glossolalia.” Side note: Felicitas Goodman is also author of the book that inspired the movie, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”!
- Quotes I’m Pondering: From David Foster Wallace’s viral commencement address: “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.”
Paired with: “You can take away a man’s gods, but only to give him others in return.” – Carl Jung
This is a major theme in the content-rich essay, “The Holy Church of Christ Without Christ,” where the author explores various ways that popular secular movements are reincarnations of ancient religious myths . . . but today, most of us aren’t educated enough about religion to recognize them as such. Thank you David Perrel for sharing this.
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