Love Fiercely

Love is critical to human experience and existence. It affects our health and emotional states. A great love helps us soar, while the lack of it can crush our capacity for greatness. I am not sure what we are without love, but it isn't pretty. 

The famous writer, C.S. Lewis, wrote about love in his book The Four Loves. He described storge as love enacted via empathy, like the love of parent for a child. Philia is the bond of friendship, the least natural of the loves, because it isn't necessary for survival (or so he thought). Eros is the erotic bond between lovers, the experience of falling or being 'in love' with another. Finally, agape is love that serves others regardless of circumstance, selfless love. 

If you engage 3 of the 4 loves - storge, philia and eros (empathy, friendship and erotic) - with your significant other/partner/spouse, you will end up expressing the 4th love, agape. In any relationship (not just sexual or romantic), deep embodiment of empathy or friendship will lead to unconditional acts of caring.

I completely disagree with Lewis's take (a religious view) that you have to subordinate the other 3 loves to experience or give unconditional love (which was reserved for the love of god, or a god-like love). 

We are the Gods. If we don't exhibit and practice unconditional love, who will? 

Love that is given when it's inconvenient, time shared when you think you have none, empathy given when another is in deep need or a dark place - this is the love that is so human. This is the love of the 'Gods' that we are perfectly capable of.  Natural loves LEAD you there. Eros is a most powerful force that will cause you to do or give anything to your partner, regardless of pleasure to the self. Philia bonds can become so deep that unconditional moments erupt naturally - like the love of a brother for his sister. And storge...well, the selflessness of a parent in deep love with their child is a beautiful example. 

So love fiercely. Do not allow weak excuses, the disease of busyness or perceptions about who deserves love to cloud your acts. Love is energizing, it won't let you down. 

 

 

Let's Talk About Light

I don't know if I could name one foundation of bio-alignment. There isn't ONE thing that stands alone. In truth, nothing ever stands alone and that might be the basic tenant of bio-alignment. We are a whole system, connected to many other whole systems. One of those systems is light, as in sunlight. Dr. Jack Kruse, a crazy-genius-future-thinker, says that "a cell is a quantum measuring device for light's frequency to make elegance from the chaos light frequencies bring to our environment" (Kruse, 2016). 

You may think that sun = Vitamin D and that's about it. Nevermind that Vit D is actually a hormone that has anti-aging properties, helps suppress cancer, protects the brain, assists with weight loss and help increase dental health. Exposure, or the lack thereof, to sunlight also regulates our circadian rhythm. Most of us think that circadian rhythm is basically when we sleep and wake. We also have a cultural belief that we can adjust that rhythm, at will, without too much damage. Turns out, that is a horribly misguided notion! I do not know know who said this, but hormones are a symphony and circadian rhythm is the conductor. And guess who pays the conductor to show up and work? THE SUN. And guess how important hormones are to you? #critical

Everything from tissue repair to digestion, melatonin release to fertility hormones are deeply affected by how well-adjusted our circadian clock is. Exposure to morning sunlight is important in regulating many body systems. Equally important is controlling exposure to 'blue light' (false light). If much of your day is spent inside (in an office environment), and then the evening is spent at home (in a built house) under typical household lights and with multiple screens on (often late into the night), then health is impacted - deeply and poorly! 

In our experimental second-skin, canvas-home we have no blue-lights in the evening (and none during the day of course - we use NO LIGHT during the day, just the sun). Our lights are candles, amber lights and IF we use a screen they all have a blue-light blocker app or device (or we use amber-toned glasses, blue-blockers). In the morning, we spend a bit of time standing near the river and 'sun-gazing' - it's like a big dose of light to get the day going (very energizing!). Strangely, when the sun goes down we get tired and go to sleep. When the sun comes up, we wake up, alert and ready for the day. 

It's the cascade of great hormones, the tissue repair that goes on at night, the healing effects of the sun (no sunscreen! just hats and t-shirts as necessary) that is already creating this amazing feeling of deep rest, high energy and coherent creativity. More on this later, references below. 

 

 

Ballentine, S. (2014). Regulating Circadian Rhythm. Retrieved from http://www.thepaleomom.com/2014/02/regulating-circadian-rhythm.html

Kruse, J. (2016). The Photoelectric Effect. Retrieved from https://www.jackkruse.com/time-7-photoelectric-effect/