Exploring Life is a creative journey into five frontiers of experience: body, mind, spirit, culture, and nature. It was launched in July 2020 by Brian Alger.
This site is a creative work focused on the cultivation of insight into the experience of being alive. The raw energy of life is the most generative, dynamic, and artistic force imaginable. In a human sense, artistry is a quest to imbue the experience of being alive with purpose, imagination, and depth. Impermanence is the foreboding terrain that we must all traverse. The privilege of being alive is fleeting and finite. And it is here, struggling with the deeper questions of life, that artistry becomes our most precious resource.
A frontier is the mercurial terrain at the outer edges of our experiences. It represents the uncharted ground between the familiar and the uncertain. A frontier of experience inspires insight, imagination, and awe; it also conjures states of vulnerability, adversity, and liminality. It is here, on the frontiers of our own experiences in life, that we undertake the essential work of living a life worth living.
The frontiers of experience are unique, personal, and subjective. No two people share the same experiences in life. Nor do we interpret or react to shared experiences in the same way. Individually, each one of us crafts a unique course in life at the intersection of our inheritance and circumstances in life. The essential and vital frontiers of experience are close in:
Start close in,David Whyte, Start Close In
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
Collectively, we have always struggled to live in harmony. We struggle under the virulence of a dark fiction spawning toxic stories of success, wealth, power, nation, and colonization. Since the industrial revolution, economic activity has desecrated the earth, destroyed species diversity, and polluted water, land, and air. Racism, prejudice, and discrimination continue to prevent genuine social transformation. Wealth inequity thwarts positive cultural evolution. As a species, we lack the wisdom to unite the world, stop senseless violence, end unnecessary suffering, and instill universal compassion, empathy, and equality.
Presently, the Covid-19 pandemic imposes a global rite of passage and serves as a stark reminder of our subservience to forces we neither fully comprehend nor mitigate. Of course, there is always good to be found in the world and it is the preservation, cultivation, and elevation of individual and collective wellbeing that is our most trusted advisor.
Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace. Nowhere is there such intimate and frightening access to the mysterium. Friendship is the sweet grace that liberates us to approach, recognize, and inhabit this adventure.John O’Donohue, Anam Cara
Even in these dark times, we must continue to pursue an artistry of hope, friendship, and grace. To this end, Exploring Life embraces the spirit of friendship with self, others, nature, and the mystery of finding ourselves immersed in the here and now.