Exploring Life is an invitation to step on to unfamiliar terrain, keenly observe the surround, become deeply creative, and then undertake the struggle to become more fully alive throughout the confluence of everyday life.
What will you find here?
Exploring Life is a journey into the frontiers of human experience. The energy that inspires this work is creativity, authenticity, and a quest for a practical and useful wisdom of life.
The question that inspires this Exploring Life is, “How can we live a life worth living?” No two people will answer this question in the same way. Every human life course is unique, has its own experiential milieu, and is defined by how we inhabit the questions that refuse to leave us alone.
The idea of a frontier of experience is the underlying ground of Exploring Life. A frontier is the boundary between what is known and what has yet to be discovered. It is here, immersed in the experience of uncertainty, vulnerability, and liminality that we feel most fully alive.
Why does this work matter?
We all share in the struggle to live a life worth living within our own experiential milieu. On other words, we all desire to live a good life, but the situations and circumstances each one of us must learn to navigate are unique. It is by turning directly into the full force of our own life that we invite the potential to discover something of value to self and others at the same time.
This is not a self-help site. It does not propose that you can become or do whatever you want. It does not propose that you can easily smooth over the rough edges of your life. Nor does it propose that emergent phenomenon, such as happiness or contentment, are skills you can develop.
Exploring Life does, however, promote the ideal of living an authentic life inclusive of all the joy and hardship that involves. We all face limitations in in terms of what is and is not possible in life. Our task is to stand on the frontiers of our own experience and fashion a course in life that is authentic, genuine, and benevolent. We must find a way to live in a way that is good for self and others at the same time.
How is Exploring Life organized?
Exploring Life is organized into five interrelated frontiers of experience.
Frontier 1 – Body: Embodiment is the underlying ground for every experience we have in life. The body is animated by a primal intelligence that defies human comprehension. The frontiers of embodiment are where we discover the essence of time, the uncertainty of our presence here, and the transience that is our destiny.
Frontier 2 – Mind: The mind is an emergent property of the body. It is an energetic space in which we craft narratives designed to explain ourselves to ourselves and to fulfill the innate desire to live a purposeful and meaningful life.
Frontier 3 – Spirit: Spirit means breath or animating force. The purpose of spirituality is to forge a sense of connectedness and belonging to something magnificent, mysterious, and ineffable. A spiritual person inhabits the very edges of human comprehension where knowledge gives way to intuition.
Frontier 4 – Culture: Culture is an experiment how people can form communities of shared belief, develop modes of cooperation, and cultivate a shared sense of identity. In other words, a culture is an experiment in living together. Moreover, culture holds the potential for global peace and unity.
Frontier 5 – Environment: Environment is the context of experience and the source of life. Every human life inhabits a distinct environmental milieu with its own unique situations and circumstances. In a larger sense, environment connects us to nature and the natural world.
Many of the topics intersect across multiple frontiers forming a constellation of thought. You can view these topics on the articles page.