Living large and largely living.
In a famous TED conference, Ruby Wax made a wonderful point that I think everyone should hear. As human beings, we were designed to forage and hunt our own food, protect our tribe and the only stress we ever had was to outrun wild animals. In today’s world, life couldn’t be more different to this.
We worry about money, work, taxes, and schoolwork and are more concerned with material possessions and who has the best new technology. All of these worries still initiate the same stress that ancient man felt when being chased by a lion, yet we have no way to release this tension, and many people end up feeling depressed, anxious and unhappy with their lives even though they live large and have everything that money can buy.
Often, and very unfortunately so, it takes something very dramatic to happen in our lives to realize what is actually important to us seeing out our days happily. So when you are concerned or worried about how much your pay check offers, or if you can afford the next big gadget, remember ancient man and try to live like him.
Healthy living, in our opinion, consists of a few very simple things. Surround yourself with people that you love and who will support you, rid yourself of negative energy. Nourish your body with regular exercise and healthy food in order to burn of the unhealthy stress hormones. Don’t put too much emphasis on material possessions. And most importantly, feed your mind. Read endlessly, see wondrous sights the planet has to offer, discover yourself, help others – this is the key to happiness. Soon enough you will find that largely living is much more satisfying than living large. Love yourself, love the planet, and love each other.