Vitality is Your Birthright (Synopsis Only)

VitalityBirthrightSome of the premises for this project are:

(1) An average-sized adult human being contains within his/her body no less than 7,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules of potential energy.  That’s an awful lot of energy!  It takes just one joule of energy to lift an average apple one meter.  See A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) Bill Bryson p. 122

(2) The more you “know yourself” — the more “self-aware” you are — the more you will be aware of at least some of the vital energy pulsing through your body at all times;

(3) To the degree that you don’t feel that energetic vitality in your body is the degree to which you are “disconnected” from your “Whole Self” at any given moment in time;

(4) the more “embodied” you are in your daily life and actions, the more effective and “fully alive” you are;

(5) Many of us (if not most of us) in the world today (except possibly the few people still living in hunter-gatherer tribal cultures) have a less-than-optimal sense of our bodies and body energy in our daily lives;

(6) Many of us in the developed world are over-trained in left hemisphere, analytical, logical, linguistic, linear mental skills, which leads to the “atrophy” of right hemisphere skills of being aware of our bodies in the present;

(7) it is possible to learn how to have a more integrated sense of mind and body and be connected with one’s moment-to-moment body energy in one’s daily life (rather than in isolated special, peak situations).

This would be a “research-supported” inspirational, self-help project.  The goal would be to present/explore each premise with interviews and stories that would aim to convey the awesome differences in happiness, effectiveness, fulfillment in the lives of persons who are more connected to their moment-to-moment awareness of their bodies and their minds, their “vital energy” compared to people who are not.

We haven’t yet complied a comprehensive list of relevant scientists, therapists and other “awareness experts”, but one avenue of research to thoroughly explore would be the research of Dr. Hugo Critchley at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London whose research showed that the more skilled someone is in feeling his/her own heartbeat, the more skilled that person will be in having empathy for others. See article here.