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The New 64 Arts.



An old Indian cultural text (okay, it was the Kama Sutra) lists 64 arts, mastery of which is supposed to make one an ideal mate. Techniques such as the "art of making flower carriages" and "magic or sorcery" give an inspiring glimpse of a faraway time and place, but relate less well to the modern world. This page is a new checklist for living well, one that I hope I've lifted out of particular time and space, to relate to more of today's people. Go ahead and try some!

  1. Singing.
  2. Dancing.
  3. Playing a musical instrument.
  4. Sculpture.
  5. Painting.
  6. Drawing.
  7. Swimming.
  8. Martial art.
  9. Weight lifting.
  10. Yoga.
  11. Photography.
  12. Web design.
  13. Reading.
  14. Rhetoric.
  15. Logical thinking.
  16. Lateral thinking.
  17. Integral thinking.
  18. Meditation.
  19. Cooking.
  20. Carpentry.
  21. Speaking.
  22. Listening.
  1. Climbing.
  2. Woodworking.
  3. Stained glass.
  4. Wilderness survival.
  5. Dressing well.
  6. Writing poems.
  7. Writing fiction.
  8. Telling jokes.
  9. Sensual awareness.
  10. Knowledge of nutrition.
  11. Sports.
  12. Card or word games.
  13. Film making.
  14. Child care.
  15. Physiognomy.
  16. Gardening.
  17. Sewing and needlework.
  18. Prevention of illness.
  19. Finger-painting.
  20. Driving.
  21. Management of finances.
  22. Personal grooming.
  1. Entertainment of guests.
  2. Conflict resolution.
  3. Storytelling.
  4. Non-verbal communication.
  5. Origami.
  6. Acting & performance.
  7. Cleaning house.
  8. Interior decoration.
  9. Machine repair.
  10. Animal care.
  11. Wine-tasting.
  12. Therapeutic touch.
  13. Qi cultivation.
  14. Sensual massage.
  15. Laughter.
  16. Making love.
  17. Lucid dreaming.
  18. Helping a friend.
  19. Befriending an enemy.
  20. All of the above.