There's no shortage of memes and other quick snippets of wisdom out there that purport to help you feel better or be happier. We produce some of them, too. But a lot of people offer, and consume, only these snacks instead of full meals. People like you, who are willing to invest a little more time in their wellbeing, have what it really takes to achieve their full potential.
Looking to start the new year on the right foot and make some positive changes in your life? Whether you're just looking to improve one area of your life or you're seeking a long-term, deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in your life, you really need to consider the multiple factors influencing your wellbeing, and who you are at your core. Here's an overview of what a Right Life is all about.
Addictions and other compulsive behaviors—ones you’d rather not engage in, but have trouble stopping—are a universal problem, and you're especially likely to encounter them when you're trying to make changes in your life. They epitomize the struggle between the primitive and human-specific parts of your brain that you need to negotiate, all the time, if you want to cultivate a Right Life. People’s natural tendency is either to face off with their addictions like they’re an opponent or run away from them but, as is usually the case, what comes easiest isn't the best approach.
Part of your brain's job is to provide you with a sense of self, and identifying with it comes naturally. Holding tightly to an identity, though, whether it's yours as an individual, or that of a certain group you belong to, shuts you in as much as it shuts others out. That keeps you from thriving. It doesn't take much to begin to see through the illusion, though.
The presence or absence of social contact, connection, and support can affect your physical and psychological wellbeing profoundly, so it's a critical factor in your pursuit of a Right Life. Here I explore the difference between your bare-minimum social needs and the deeper ones that make the difference between subsistence and thriving.
Mindfulness meditation sure is popular these days! However, I see it being misrepresented in the media—and therefore misunderstood by people—all the time. Here is the lowdown on what mindfulness is and why you need it. I'll also bust a few of those myths, and lead you through a short meditation exercise to get you started. Mindfulness can be the cornerstone of all your other efforts to build a richer, more satisfying life, and let you spend more of your time actually living it.
For the inaugural Right Life Project podcast, we start on common ground: the innate human desire to soar, no matter what seems to be holding us down. You're probably familiar with the concept of redemption in certain contexts, even if it's just because you watched a certain Tim Robbins film. But it's much broader than you may think. Redemption doesn't require that you suffer a tragedy or go to prison. It requires your willingness to do what's necessary to fulfill your potential, in your own unique way.