Lessons from da Vinci

by Christina on March 17, 2010

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation … even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
~Leonardo da Vinci

Some of my favorite factoids about this man:

  • A vegetarian
  • Bought caged birds just to release them
  • Did daily aerobics and stretching exercises (yoga?!)
  • Kept journals of lists, ideas, drawings

Here is Wikihow’s (love this!) summary of the steps to think more like Leonardo da Vinci:

  1. Be curious: ask questions, cultivate an open mind
  2. Test knowledge: experience, question, learn from mistakes
  3. Refine senses: enhance sight, draw, practice mindfulness
  4. Embrace uncertainty and mystery: practice the Socratic method – ask questions rather than give answers
  5. Balance art and science, combine logic and imagination
  6. Cultivate fitness and poise: physical fitness, body awareness, ambidexterity*
  7. Recognize interconnection of all things: “systems thinking”

*Ambidexterity! This is one I can start practicing… left hand for teeth brushing, unlocking my bike, eating, etc.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

a real example of an unrelaxer


Rebecca March 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I love this, Christina…


CJT March 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I practice ambidexterity all the time. I write and eat left handed, do most other things right handed and I switch them up all the time. It's fun.


roberto March 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

Great post Christina. Thanks for sharing those tips on living interestingly. Wow, Leo was definitely a yogi!


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