“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart
First things first – Welcome to my little corner of the web and its humble beginnings. And Hello 2017. In the words of Nina Simone – “It’s a New Dawn. It’s a New Day”……
So to kick it off, I thought I would fill you in on a little snippet of the ideas and plans that are currently formulating in my head (they seem to be playing Whac-A-Mole in there!). Being a curious human being by nature, I love to learn and experiment. This is just another way of saying, I don’t have all the answers, but I am willing to explore and discover new things about myself.
Although, we all have different life circumstances and trajectories, it’s the idea of a shared human experience; common emotions, desire for health and happiness, that often unites us. Through research, studying, reading, listening, reaching out to others and life experience (often where the most profound lessons are learnt), I hope to share some of my ongoing explorations. It is this crossroads between art and science, a blending of both of these genres, that speaks to me (it’s like trying to balance a seesaw which sometimes isn’t the easiest of tasks, but fun all the same).
From here, I would like to introduce a broad outline of that foggy vision. From it, take what you will. 🙂
The Foggy Vision:
Mindful Living – This journey is uniquely yours, each moment is uniquely yours. It’s a path of self-discovery and growth. Getting it wrong, not knowing what you are doing and being OK with that. It’s being with the present moment and as best as possible, not judging yourself; which is often easier said than done. It’s about embracing life fully, as Jon Kabat Zinn perfectly articulates, “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” It’s about knowing that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, to all of life’s problems. It’s about forgetting and remembering again, but that’s just part of the practice. It’s about noticing the knock on effects which can occur in all areas of your life, perhaps making you a more conscious consumer or noticing things that just no longer work in your favour.
Simplicity – “Life is beautiful in its simplicity.” – Thomas Matthiessen. Simplicity for me is one of those knock on effects, born out of my attempts to live a more mindful life. It can mean different things to different people, but again, it is about finding what works best for you. Maybe that means giving away or letting go of things that cause you clutter, not just external but internal; streamlining or editing your day to day life; getting out of debt; making the time to do things that truly matter to you or making life a little bit easier, so you can spend more time with loved ones. As with mindful living, it’s a journey (which I feel like I am at the beginning of), often leading to one step forward; another step back. It’s kind of like, doing the cha cha slide at times. 🙂
Health – “Your health is your true wealth” – Mahatma Gandhi. We can’t predict the curveballs of life, but without health, life can get a lot more complex. In order to be fully present and there for others, health should be near the top of life’s priority list. Maybe you are already healthy, maybe you are not, but taking consistent small steps each day, as either a preventative measure or in the middle of the storm, can add up to some mini or massive gains in the long run.
Micro-Adventures – The path of life is an adventure in of itself, but often taking the time for micro-adventures can open the door to new perspectives. Life doesn’t require epic adventures, however, dreaming, visualising and moving ever closer towards them, can help create that magic of adventure. Adventure tests us at the boundaries of our comfort zone; by learning to become comfortable with feeling a little uncomfortable. That can apply to many areas of life; learning a new skill, embracing different cultures or just seeing your own place in a new light.
Micro-Experiments and Habit Releasers – With everything in life, knowing the theory is one thing, but till you experiment, you won’t truly know the outcome. The topics above can be used as a playground, to test some micro-experiments and habit releasers. And what are habit releasers? Well, they involve making intentional choices, which can help us break out of our usual, automatic routines. Take for example, using your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth (trust me, make sure you’re not wearing anything too fancy for the first few goes!). These can offer a change of scenery and just maybe, add some spice to the mundane little things in life. Childlike curiosity and humour go a long way.
I think the fourth agreement from Don Miguel Ruiz’s, book “The Four Agreements”, sums up perfectly, how each of the topics broached above should be approached – “Always do your Best”. As he so eloquently puts it “your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.”
I will always try my best to post either once a week or once a fortnight. So, lets see where this journey of steps takes us. 🙂
Any ideas swirling around your brain for 2017? How do you broach the crossroads between art and science?