“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.” - Suzy Kassem
It’s been an eventful week in San Francisco. My days here are filled with family, friends (both old and new), and the kind of conversations that stimulate my mind and open me to new ideas
This week, among those exchanges, I had the chance to meet with Loretta Breuning, author of a handful of books on how we can gain power over our emotional states by understanding our innate animal instincts. Lately, I’ve gained a high appreciation for the way our biology and chemistry affect our emotions, our ability to cope, and overall, our ability to thrive in today’s modern world. Reading Waking the Tiger by @drpeteralevine and The Body Keeps the Score by @bessel_van really turned the corner for me on this.
But as Loretta and I were feverishly waiting for our turn to speak (I love conversations that light you up like that), I realized a lot of what we talk about in terms of spirituality speaks to the human side of us. The part that can imagine the future, make amends with the past, self reflect, evolve to be better versions of ourselves, and connect to others on a deep emotional level. I like to consider myself a spiritual person (this wasn’t always the case) but what I’ve come to know is that as much as I’d like to hang out in the clouds carried away by imagination and intellect, we still have to learn to work with the tools we’re given. That magnificent tool being our bodies. Understanding that masterpiece gains us so much power over the ability to design our own physiology, and ultimately our spirituality, so we can move from surviving to thriving. Because we all have a little man, woman, and animal in us. 🐆
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.