VITALITY IS PASSION
PURSUIT OF CALM #31
Physical training for mental well-being
Mind training for physical well-being

 

It is only a mind that is learning that is passionate.
Passion not in the sense of heightened pleasure, but rather a state of mind that is always learning and, therefore, always eager, alive, moving, vigorous, youthful, vital…passionate.

Due to our often self-inflicted over-committed, chronically distracted lifestyles very few of us are passionate. Of course we have sensual pleasures such as lust & enjoyment. Plus our own vices that we rely on to provide us relief, comfort & gratification. But it is here that we can tend to consistently over-indulge, and in the process, drain ourselves of the very precious resource of energy.
Enervated, we become dull & we care-less. We care-less about our actions and the impact they have on us, and those around us.

As a consequence, we end up tolerating the things we shouldn’t, and not tolerating the things we should…this perpetuates our exhaustion and carelessness, and as a result, we lose our sensitivity…and without sensitivity we’re passionless.

To feel all this intensely, strongly, is necessary. 
Without passion life becomes shallow, empty and loses its meaning. If you cannot see the beauty of a tree, a smile, or a bird. If you fail to relish the joy of fresh clean sheets as you climb into bed, or wake up feeling refreshed and slowly savouring that first cup of coffee, if cannot care for such simple pleasures intensely, are you living?
Passion is energy.
Without passion how can you learn, how can you discover new things, how can you inquire, how can you access the movement of inquiry. Learning and discovering new things requires passionate energy.

Without passion, life is empty and devoid of vitality.

“There is no passion to be found playing small –

in settling for a life that is less that the one you are capable of living.”

-Nelson Mandela

Next: Vitality is Sensitivity:
Vitality As A Vocation:
How do we reclaim and sustain our vitality?
Is ‘satiation’ the answer?

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Peace & Health
Luke

 

Coming Up: 

  • Your not overweight because you don’t exercise or go to the gym
  • 4-Minute Bursts of Intense Exercise – The Secret to Longevity?
  • The 4 ’S’s: Stress, Sleep, Sobriety & [P]Sychology
  • Is Blaming Your ‘Job’ Really An Excuse?
  • Reflection, Reading & Journalling
  • Strength Training
  • Satiation
  • The 4 “C”s: Calm, Courage, Curiosity & Consistency
  • Habit Strategies
Current Reading List & References:

A Simpler Life by The School of Life
What Are You Doing With Your Life? by J. Krishnamurti
What Are You Looking For? by J. Krishnamurti
Stolen Focus ‘Why You Can’t Pay Attention” by Johann Hari
Training The Mind & Cultivating Loving Kindness by Chögyam Trungpa
Dopamine Nation by Dr Anna Lembke
Welcoming the Unwelcome
by Pema Chödrön
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott
4000 Weeks
by Oliver Burkeman
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Mindsight: Change your brain and your life by Daniel J Siegel MD
Aristotle’s Way by Edith Hall
Wherever You Go, There You Are. John Kabat-Zinn
“Start Where You Are” by Pema Chödrön
“Breathe” by James Nestor
The Places That Scare You” by Pema Chödrön
“In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Maté
The Shortness Of Life by Seneca
“Lost Connections” by Johann Hari
How To Meditate – Pema Chödrön
The Wisdom of No Escape – Pema Chödrön
‘Breaking Down the Wall of Silence’ – Alice Miller
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
Atomic Habits – James Clear
The New Rules For Lifting For Life – Lou Shuler
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker PhD
Essentialism: The Discipline Pursuit Of Less – Greg McKeown
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahnemen
Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude Empathy & Mindfulness – Hugh Van Cuylenburg
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods – Catherine Shanahan MD
The School of Life – An Emotional Education
The School of Life – How To Think More Effectively
The Consolations Of Philosophy – Alain De Botton
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief – Jordan B Peterson
The Owners Manual for the Brain: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Mental Performance – Pierce J. Howard
The Daily Stoic / Stillness Is The Key / Ego Is The Enemy / The Obstacle is The Way– Ryan Halliday
Indistractable – How To Control Your Attention & Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal
Mindset – Dr Carol Dweck
The Holy Shit Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in A Minute – James Fell
Stop Playing Safe – Margie Warrell
The Worlds Fittest Book – Ross Edgley
The Art Of Resilience – Ross Edgley
The Oxygen Advantage: Scientific Proven Breathing Techniques To Revolutionise Your Health – Patrick McKeown
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
The Practicing Mind – Develop Focus & Discipline Your Life – Thomas M. Sterner
Mistakes Were Made – Carol Travis & Elliot Aronson
Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Life: A Users Manual – Julian Baggini & Antonia Macaro
Good Habits Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick – Wendy Wood
The Madness of Crowds – Douglas Murray
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
Wired To Eat – Robb Wolf
Philosophy For Life, and other dangerous situations – Jules Evans
Peak – Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool
The Body, A guide For Occupants – Bill Bryson
The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

 

 

 

Disclaimer: It needs to be noted and understood that what I write on this blog format must not be interpreted nor construed as ‘personal medical advice’.
The written word can easily be mis-interpreted, especially my own god-awful writing ability.
I try to emphasis, as awkwardly as I do, that I have no skills, training nor studies under my belt to advise or diagnose when it comes to medical or psychological conditions.
If you need professional help or advice then please seek it.  
My own advocacy is shot primarily through the prism of my own life-experience. I only promote lifestyle and the related choices and habits that optimise sleep, mindset, nutrition and physical strength. All incredibly powerful and profound methods to improve all aspects of one’s own health-wealth, but potentially not the remedy ‘proper’ for those individuals that may require professional clinical diagnosis, medical intervention and/or treatment.
Peace
Luke