You may have heard the story about the General who sent long letters from the front because he “didn’t have time to make them shorter.” It’s been somewhat like that for me and my rationalization for quiet times in blog-ville. I’ve been doing a lot of musing about aliveness and exhilaration and my writing energy has largely been directed toward a book on this topic. Here is my current take on the challenge and a brief presentation of factors for flourishing and thriving. jump1

In a time of abundance, people are walking around tired, unfit, and distracted. We are disconnected from ourselves, each other, and our planet. It would be great if our problems could be solved with a one-dimensional approach. The challenge is more significant and the solution is more multi-faceted. As a result of not feeling our sensations and emotions and not accessing the wisdom of the body, we are compromising our nutrition, hydration, sleep, and physical activity and we are facing unprecedented levels of self-inflicted disease, diminished performance, and discontent. As we are not connecting with and empathizing with others, conflict quickly turns to aggression and violence. Our lack of relationship with nature allows us to soil and rape the planet.

Many approaches address only one element of the difficulties we face. Whether it is mindfulness, diet, communication, or a wilderness expedition, no matter how effective the intervention, it is like providing one leg of a four-legged stool – the foundation and sustainability are lacking. The approach I’m advocating in my book (working title: Exhilarated) provides the rationale and practical methods to re-connect to self, others, and the planet.

Perhaps you think taking care of your health and well being is selfish. Exhilarated will show how investing in the five core areas of ALIVEness bring you toward happiness, health, and fulfillment, and may be the greatest social contribution you make.

The notion that we are all connected goes beyond a new age platitude; it is a scientific reality. At a more basic level, it is self-evident that if you are tired, uninspired, and unwell then you are less pleasant to be around and you probably bring others down ­– and if you are energized, upbeat, and vibrant, you have a positive influence on the people you meet. At a deeper level, we can imagine that each person is like a cell in a body; we are collaborating toward collective health or we are heading off in our own direction, like a cancer.

Being exhilarated not only feels great for you, but it is a gift to the world.

Exhilarated will enhance your

Attention & Energy

Loving Relationships

Inspired Purpose & Passion

Ventures into Nature and

Enjoyment … so you will become more fully ALIVE

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  –Howard Thurman

I would love to hear your questions, comments, and ideas of what you would like to see in Exhilarated.

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