there are several practices that imbue our lives with greater juicy aliveness. What makes this juicier than other practices of the philosophical traditions of the West is that these practices we suggest here are much more than how Pierre Hadot characterized philosophical practice as “the flight of the mind.” In our contemporary lives, with the near inescapable prominence of communication technologies like the smart phone and internet in our interpersonal relationships and how we “spend” our time, we need less flight of the mind and other practices in our daily or weekly lives to return us to a more balanced existence. The fruit of such practices are the capacity to be wiser, kinder, and more capable in life.
We desperately need more ripening of the wisdom of our body-mind. This we accomplish with the practice of BodyWise. We need the simple nourishment of the natural world guided by the various practices of WildHealing, that don’t even require you to go on an expedition to the forest. We need to rebalance our sensibilities from the skewed prominence of vision due to the technological inundation in everyday life—computers, cellphones, driving cars. We need to slow down the tempo of our habits perception. We need to rebalance our innate and wise sensibilities. Flavor Play and the other rebalancing practices help towards this existential necessity for human organisms in our era.
We incessantly speak and write and try to make sense of life and the situations we find ourselves in. All of this with a firm belief that we are highly capable at this. Yet “the greatest part of communication is miscommunication,” as The psychoanalyst Jaques Lacan famously quipped. It is profoundly important to practice “a new way with words,” where we humbly learn—again and again— to speak as clearly and as honestly as we are capable.
As companionship can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life for humans—highly social mammals who relish in being touched and touching, sharing words, sharing meals—we need to develop our sensibilities and capacities of intimacy of hearts, minds, bodies, hopes and fears, and the less beneficial habits that we each indulge. There is an art of companionship that ripens with attention and devotion to the various aspects of what we share intimately. And as the trope goes—when you are in love, you are in love with the world. In effect, becoming more wise, more kind, ripening our virtuosity at being human.
And yes, it is also fun pursuing the fruits of a juicy philosophy—becoming more vital, more playful, in sometimes serious, though non-competitive ways, sharing a more mouth-watering life with others.