My name is John. I’m a 44-year old man in Dayton, OH, trying as best as I can to live and love and grow and wake up and stay awake in a culture that seems to embrace sleep, mediocrity, comfort, and the path of least resistance as if they were virtues.
Thus this will be a blog dedicated to the learning of the art of living and the art of waking up! If we are to truly wake up and live while we are alive and not when we come to die realize that we have not truly lived, then we will need to learn better how to live deeply and more meaningfully and courageously. And as such this inescapably means learning how to better embrace a much fuller cross-section of life. It takes a lot of courage, inner stability, and deep resoluteness to be able to engage the full intensity of living and loving, to not shy away from intense and unprecedented experiences and emotions, to not back down automatically from everything in life that frightens us and makes us uneasy. It takes a lot of heroism in everyday life and in seemingly little and easily overlooked ways to be able to consistently (or near consistently) bring the gift of one’s best self to one’s relationships and all aspects of one’s life. And it also takes a lot of mindfulness—a lot of awareness of both others as well as oneself and one’s own inner processes and real motives—if we are to live deeply and well. Our best possible life is a very examined, eyes- and mind- and heart-wide open life, and that life is only possible if we are heroic, courageous, wise, discerning, aware, inquisitive, persistent, intense, determined, —meaning that we do not allow ourselves to break and sell out and automatically avoid intense experiences and interactions—experiences that might actually work in our benefit and help us to grow and become more courageous and confident and fully alive.