verb filled with life – living
Interesting, satisfying or substantive, rewarding, having vitality
verb to live one’s life in a particular way.
To be currently active and of use.
Socrates said, to live is to inquire, to solve a problem, and break it down into a series of questions, the answers to which will gradually distil.
To hypothesise is the first stage,
to ask questions,
to pose answers,
to examine ones own beliefs and their validity.
The goal, the project is to live an examined life, to be aware of one’ own ignorance.
to make choices,
to take ownership,
to direct the play,
to not merely be a character.
They are verbs, the juicy and the living and a project is something you take on to do. Let’s do.
The juicy living project
Welcome to the adventure juicy people
My challenge to you if you choose to accept it is to follow, join, share, challenge me and each other on this juicy journey to living a more engaged, present, grounded life.
All of this sounds a bit fluffy, way out there and or the typical self help text that makes grand promises in the first chapter to find your passion, make you rich, find your prince charming, lose 20 kgs and meditate like Buddha.
Is this actually any different and should you bother following passively, joining actively or just pass on by?
My answer, I don’t actually know at this stage but I think it’s going to be great. You see I know some psychology stuff and some wellness stuff and I couldn’t be intellectual if I tried so I wont confuse you with theoretical crap that really is only useful for making me sound like a tosser.
Follow along after this inaugural diatribe and see what you think. I intend to rave on about stuff that people, real people come and talk to me about all the time, and stuff they think makes them crazy and freaky. So they tell me anyway and it’s my job, a bit, anyway to help them understand we all have a bit of that crazy, freaky, worried brain and that’s what makes us who we are, NORMALish.
The thing is I know we can do this stuff better than having to see a psychologist and worry so much about who sees you parking outside our building that you park up the road. My goal is to talk about some stuff and make it real, grounded, easy to digest (like ice cream and just as yummy), useful (like ice cream) and practical (umm like ice cream).
I am going to do this in sort of framework. Don’t get freaked out that I am sneaking off on a theoretical tangent. I promise I’m not because I wouldn’t know one if it landed on my head. I read this book you see when I was studying Wellness and it talked about wellness as having 12 main aspects we all consider when we inspect our lives for health and well just feeling good.
Wellness as a colloquialism is a load of marketing crappola with every Tom, Dick and Harry jumping on the bandwagon offering snake oil cures for everything from what you wash your clothes in to which way you wipe your bum and everything else it seems in between including a few naughty kids who basically bullshitted us all and got fined $300, 000 for telling porkies (bah, hah, hah. Old Chinese proverb: bullshiters never prosper).
Wellness is not a static state, you don’t get well and stay well, like not having a cold. It’s not the absence of disease, people can lack physical symptoms and still be bored, depressed, anxious and generally down in the dumps. These are the tip of the iceberg kind of things and mean there is a need for awareness, education and growth.
High level wellness means taking good care of your physical self, using your brain well, expressing your emotions, being involved with those around you, and concerned for your physical, psychological and spiritual environment. This doesn’t mean you don’t get sick it’s all in the management along a continuum kind of thing.
It sounds a bit kind of toss pot but the guru’s (1) call wellness an ‘open energy system’. Pretty simple really, input and output. We take in oxygen, food and sensory stimulation and transform this to maintain the body and mind and then output it. Output is biochemical, energy and expressions of energy, the generation of emotion. This then affects the outside world; that’s the output bit, you can’t help but influence the planet.
Pretty cool really when you think about it, it’s all actually meant to work in a cyclical way but we manage to mess it up by blocking bits, breaking bits, ignoring bits and just generally being us. So this is what we will look at from all sorts of angles, basically through the lens of daily living.
The aim however is to examine, make choices, drive the car, not be a passenger in the out of control stolen car.
What do I do now you say?
Well first of all make sure you keep up with the program, you don’t want to be that person that misses bits do you? So follow me on Faceybook and the Instagrammy pretty thing, sign up for gratuitous spamming of your email (gotcha, just jokes promise wont do that it takes too much energy).
Once I get going I will have lots of bits n bobs for you to join in with including:
– an ebook (read I haven’t written it yet),
– -a coaching program designed for you to kick some goals (also haven’t written it yet),
– individual coaching where you get to talk private and special with yours truly (when I work out how to do it the best),
– some juicy products that will be useful, pretty and cool (when I work out what they are),
– a podcasty thing where I will talk about some important stuff and you can listen (when I work out how to record it),
– you asking me to be a guest speaker, run a workshop and stuff like that about all this stuff.
Yep some of it will require cold hard cash (well PayPal really cause that’s not real money) and some will be just because I like you (and that’s what the marketing guru’s say you’re meant to do so people think your good, give ‘em free stuff).
The juice (leave me a comment):
What are you doing when you feel most alive, most juicy? What floats your boat, lights your fire, spins your wheels, and makes your heart sing?
Lots of sloppy kisses
(Must discuss boundaries at a later stage i.e. is it okay to leave you guys sloppy kisses?)