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Movement Ecology, An Introduction

Movement (from

  • The act or process of moving, especially the changing of place, position, or posture.

  • A particular instance, manner, or system of moving.

Ecology (from

  • A branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments.

  • The totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment.

Movement Ecology (from Dave): The A to Z study of human locomotion.

The older I get, the more interested I've become in the whole concept (or arena) of movement ecology. Over the next few weeks (on Wednesdays), I'm going to explore what I (and others) consider to be the four main aspects of human movement:

  1. The internal motive of the one moving. Why is (or does) one move (or want to move)?

  2. The forms and systems of movement themselves. Basically, what are healthy (and unhealthy) forms of movement, how can one move more healthily (or less unhealthily), and how can one do so more often?

  3. The navigational capacities (or skills) of the one moving. Basically, how can one assess one's current movement capacities, create a plan for improving those capacities, and then implement such a plan?

  4. The external factors affecting or influencing one's movement. Basically, what's aiding or hindering one's movement? Can such aids be enhanced (or more readily capitalized upon), and can such hindrances be reduced or, perhaps, eliminated?

These are the thing things I want to explore over the next few weeks during my Wednesday (Holistic Discipline category) blog posts.

Take care, God's peace, and happy moving…



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A Note to All My Blog and Social Media Friends and Followers:

I've made it a point, over the last decade, to accept friend and follower requests from any who ask. I think I've "defriended" only three or four people in the last ten years and did so only because they posted inappropriate material to one of my walls or timelines. Thankfully, it's been several years since anyone committed such a breech of etiquette.

I write all this to indicate I have many "friends" and "followers," whom I do not know personally (yet!). Lately, I've been getting countless (sometimes more than 200 a day) messages from people I don't know. Please know this: I speak a brief word of blessing over each person who sends me a message, but I can respond directly to only a few each day. If I did not discipline my activities in this way, I could, conceivably, spend my entire day every day responding to such messages.

By disciplining myself to the above social media activity-limitation plan, I in no way want to belittle or disrespect anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. My hope and prayer is that, even if I don’t respond to your message directly, you will know I cherish you and pray you'll experience God's love and grace personally and deeply. Experiencing God is the highest Good anyone could ever experience. May each of you experience such Good through your pursuits of Divine Union with Jesus Christ, the Eternal Living God.

As always, may the Lord bless you and keep you…


IKIGAI Weekly Blog Schedule (per The Training Trinity):

Mondays: Meditative Prayer

Wednesdays: Holistic Discipline

Fridays: Martial Arts Practice


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