Zenso Newsletter 12/29/15

Hey email subscribers,

Several attended Kellie’s holiday music concert (see the hats of miss Xmas)!

We also did the first Zenso Xmas Light Walk through Sacramento’s “Fab Forties” (beforehand at Jill’s – thank you again for hosting this event)!

Wearing new Zenso beanies, doing who-knows-what…

Below, lit while looking at lights (thanks Kellie and Sandra)!

Sincerely, thank you to everyone for helping to make this what it is.

“The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it is designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.” ~Alan Watts 

While reading a Tim Ferriss email this week [Experiments in Lifestyle Design], I was reminded of the above Alan Watts quote, related to attention.
The full article, An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence, can be found here.
Why is this relevant?
In doing Zenso, the opportunity to strengthen muscles and explore movement with beautiful [silly], unique [crazy] people is evident. But it can be forgotten, perhaps, that the most powerful muscle we can develop is the one in our brains called attention.

How to Focus highlights “5 Research-Backed Secrets To Concentration” and why focus is so important if a person wants to be happy.
This was found with an app called Flipboarda “magazine” of social media and web-based content pre-filtered by personally selected “interests”.
Particularly noteworthy, as it relates to awareness (and [through] movement), is an extract from a chapter of Norman Doidge’ recent book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of NeuroplasticityThis chapter, a fascinating mini-biography about a man whose work continues to inspire me as Zenso evolves, is titled Moshe Feldenkrais – Physicist, Black Belt, and Healer, and can be read (electronically) here.

*The cat photos are tribute to the late Cali – our original Zenso kitty. You are missed (and always with us).

Have a safe – wild?! – new year’s week everyone.
And move curiously!

Inarguably the best gift ever:
My Wife
(seen here exploring movement – as we all did – at an early age)

With Love,

the Butterworths

ps, no Zenso New Year’s eve (Thursday);
Otherwise on as regularly scheduled;
Zenso [in your own way] on your own time highly acceptable