What is it?

For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes that we are partially blind.

                                                                                  -RACHEL CARSON, The Sense of Wonder


Rooted in Bagua, Taichi, the Feldenkrais Method, Slowing Down Faster takes advantage of the mind’s intrinsic and vast ability to learn via sensorimotor exploration.  Slowing Down Faster consequently has the potential to help you increase your strength, speed, agility, flexibility and balance in surprising ways, while at the same time decreasing parasitic tension and propensity toward injury.

Theblog consists of a collection of articles, interviews, and lectures, each of which takes a deeper look into learning and what it means to be human.  Many (but not all) posts consequently focus on factors that either contribute to or block learning such as:  1) how a sense of wonder can lead to new perspectives; 2) how we unconsciously block ourselves from learning; 3) how institutional forces sometimes create barriers to learning.

For a humanistic view of learning, I recommend spending a day watching an infant moving about and exploring her environment freely (that is, unencumbered by restraining devices or overprotective caretakers)–or simply view this short video by Irene Lyon.  Jazz great, Bill Evans gives some wonderful insight into the matter in this interview.  Linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky elucidates some of the crucial concepts on learning that we inherited from the Enlightenment in this talk given at the University of Arizona in ’12.

For those of you who knew the previous website (Radically Transformative Fitness) you may be wondering about the name change. Click here to read a short blurb on the subject.