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What does philosophy have to do with physical fitness, one might ask? But how is building up your external body in an attempt to increase your inner-worth, not philosophical? It's just that we normally leave philosophy to chance, which is why it normally falls apart.
During an e-mail exchange with a philosopher friend, I was asked how I apply Quietism, philosophy, and mindfulness to the physical training of students — since I have a hand in the health and fitness realm. Before I share my response, let's define some concepts:
- Philosophy – a coherent framework of thinking.
- Mindfulness – awareness without judgment.
- Quietism – that philosophy can be helpful to unclutter confusion, especially in the focus of what we mean, rather than we say, even to ourselves; our description may not match the described, which can lead to frustration.
- Absurdism — the human want for perfect answers and the human inability to find any.
- Empiricism — knowledge from sense-experience.
- Physical Training – the cultivation of not only health and the body, but the strengthening of mindset, character, and creativity.
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain De Botton
- How to Think About Exercise – Damon Young
- Letters from a Stoic – Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Author), Robin Campbell (Translator)
- Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu (Author), Jonathan Star (Translator)
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind – Shunryu Suzuki
- The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays – Albert Camus
- Wholeness and the Implicate Order – David Bohm
- Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus – Ludwig Wittgenstein (Author), C. K. Ogden (Translator)
- Walden – Henry David Thoreau
- Mindfully Quiet: Musings on Mindfulness and Quietism
- On the Cult of Sitting: I Move, Therefore I Live
- Self-Wholeness: On the Whole Being
- On Exercise and Building Character
- If You Want to Live Longer, Focus on Community and Character
- Cargo Cult Shoes: Shoes Should Conform to the Feet and Not the Other Way Around