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I think I over did it this week…

By Marcus Santer

life-is-a-pattern

Quote of the week:

“Your life is a pattern and it’s this pattern that’s got you where you are today. If you don’t like it, you’ve got to make a new pattern. Just remember it will take time, energy and attention to make.”
Grayson Wood

I’m a little all over the place today.

As you’ll see from what I’ve written below.

I’ve got a lot of ‘stuff’ buzzing around inside my head from the research I’ve been doing this week on living and ageing well.

I get like this sometimes.

And experience has taught me that this kind of thing is usually the precursor to change.

That or I’ve just over done it this week.

We’ll see.

Anyway, I wanted to write to you, so let me share some of what’s causing the buzzing inside of me.

On Wednesday I watched a documentary: ‘Kumare‘, about an Indian guy named Vikram Ghandi from New Jersey, USA.

Vikram became so disillusioned with religion and Guru’s he decided to start his own and become Sri Kumare enlightened guru from the East.

And what started out as a simple experiment turned into something quite uncomfortable.

I won’t spoil it for you.

Because you should watch it and draw your own conclusions from it.

But I warn you…

It makes for very uncomfortable viewing, because it holds a mirror of truth up to how easily deceived we humans are.

And I’m no exception.

I’ll be the first to hold my hand up and confess to having naively followed many such teachers and organisations over the years, claiming to know…

‘The Way’.

And I hate to admit it but…

It’s taken me many years to to realise life is very rarely as black and white as many authors, speakers and internet writers like to make out.

Which is why I’ve adopted the philosophy of:

“My best current understanding of X is…”

Because I realise, that as uncomfortable as it may be sometimes, I have to be willing to reconsider and change my mind as the science is updated.

And with that said, my best current understanding of what it takes to live and age well is this:

It requires most people
to make changes to their present lifestyles.

And that can be uncomfortable.

I mean that’s the thing about ‘The Comfort Zone’ – it’s comfortable, right?

And anything that takes you outside of your CZ will be uncomfortable and who wants to do that?

I’ll tell you who.

People who’re finally fed up enough with their current situation that it’s more uncomfortable to stay in their CZ than it is to change.

I sometimes think we humans really aren’t that complex after all.

Moving on…

I was talking with a friend earlier in the week about the Healthy Ageing Pyramid I’m currently writing about in the ZEN+ Journal.

I was explaining how there really are no secrets and there really isn’t very much new when it comes to living and ageing well.

That’s when he told me I was making a mistake.

That people want to read about secrets, controversy, and new cutting edge findings that fly in the face of reason.

He’s right.

From a marketing perspective The Healthy Ageing Pyramid needs to be shrouded in language like:

“Discover the 7 secrets that will give you
the key to the fountain of youth.”

And so on.

But having eaten enough BS to fill several lifetimes…

….Having been hoodwinked and ripped off by smooth talking experts who should know better…

…Having banged my head against too many dead ends and wasted my time on woo-woo that did me more harm than good…

All in the name of digging out the facts behind looking good and feeling great.

Well, I refuse to add to it.

So let me wrap up by saying:

There are no secrets to living and ageing well.

The habits you need to adopt are well documented. And I bet you already know what they are. But the trouble is it’s highly likely you’re going to have to move outside of your Comfort Zone if you wish to embrace them all.

And The Healthy Ageing Pyramid is my best current understanding of the order in which you should approach these habits to get the biggest return on your effort.

You see you don’t have to ace each habit.

Though I recommend you do.

Truth is you can get ‘good enough’ benefits simply from paying attention to a few of the big ones.

Trouble is, most folk focus on the little ones.

How come?

​​​​​​​Because they’re the ones where there’s the most money to be made.

Which means they’re blown out of all proportion by the marketing and advertising machine.

Anyway…

I’m covering it all in the ZEN+ Journal.

And I’m probably going to collate all the information into a book at some point in the future.

But if you don’t want to wait…

You need to be a Journal reader.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. I feel like a bit of a shit.

I keep talking about The Healthy Ageing Pyramid without telling you what the 7 habits are that it’s built upon.

But here’s my struggle…

That part of my brain that likes to eat and provide a roof over my head keeps telling me not to share it with you for free.

But you know what?

I do believe you already know the 7 levels that make up The HAP.

And if you’ve been a ZEN+ Daily reader for a while you can probably work out their order of importance too.

So I’m going to show you what they are.

​​​​​​​I’m going to reveal The HAP to you.

You can see it here.

And if you decide you want to know how to actually get these habits working in your life…

Then I invite you to become a ZEN+ Journal reader and find out.