“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
In this wrap up show, host Drew Pearlman takes a look back at a few big ideas and themes from some recent episodes.
The first big idea comes from the episode “The Superpower of Optimism” with Steve Gross. In particular, Drew focuses on Steve’s hugely empowering Playmaker’s Practice. Drew walks us through the practice by asking a series of questions.
#1) Joyfulness – What are you going to do to bring more joy into your life?
#2) Social Connection – Who are the people in your life that you need to connect with?
#3) Internal Control – What are the things you can do to keep you feeling strong and balanced?
#4) Active Engagement – What are the things you need to do to stay engaged and inspired by life?
Steve says this practice is not selfish at all, rather it is the conditioning needed to bring your best self to others.
Another big idea came from the the Hugh Hendry episode called “License to Thrill.”
Hugh was a legend in the world of finance, but ultimately he gave it all up and moved to the island of St. Barts. He now roams the beaches, embraces nature and moves his body every day. He says that he feels as though he’s getting younger.
This raised some questions in Drew’s mind: is it possible to actually age in reverse? Is it possible to get younger every day? And if so, what does one need to do? Does it require changing our diet, moving our bodies or even moving to an Island?
Drew explains that the 1st step to live in reverse is this: it’s about having a vision or an intention. He says: start with the end in mind and then reverse engineer the practices needed to get there.
However, Drew makes a key distinction about our vision/ intention. He says that it isn’t a thing, it’s a feeling. When you really get specific, you recognize that what you are really seeking is a feeling.
Consider these words by spiritual teacher Esther Hicks: “Everything that I think that I need to do is all only in order to propel me to some place that when I get there, I think I will be happier. So, everything that I am doing, no matter what it is, all of my lists of rights and wrongs… are all about me getting to a manifestation that I believe I will then be happier… So, why don’t I take a short cut and just go get happy?”
In other words, if many of our life plans, action steps and goals are about feeling happy, then why not take the “short cut” and just go get happy right NOW!
In the episode, Drew shares his own vision for radiant health and longevity. He explains that his vision is to run on the beach at 107 years young. This vision encapsulates a deep sense of freedom, joy, gratitude and an overall love of life.
From this compelling vision, Drew has created various healthy living practices and he shares most of them in the episode. He also refers back to what Dr. Stephen Hussey refers to as establishing a “philosophy of health.” This requires doing some research, reading, watching videos, learning… and ultimately it requires some trial and error!
In the end, you are the experiment. Or better yet, you are a work of art – a true Masterpiece!