"Eating a vegetarian diet, walking (exercising) everyday, and meditating is considered radical. Allowing someone to slice your chest open and graft your leg veins in your heart is considered normal and conservative." - Dean Ornish, MD

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The Art of Living

We are all born, and some day we are going to die. Since we know we have a finite amount of time to experience this life, we might as well try to have the best quality of life that we can attain. Lifestyle is the central determinant for quality of life. If we make effort to live in a healthy and responsible way, an excellent quality of life is bound to follow. There are four major categories to a healthy and happy lifestyle: mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, and family. In attempting to make lifestyle changes, it is best to begin with mindfulness, because practicing mindfulness provides the tools to adopt other beneficial lifestyle changes in a sound and effective manner.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a particular way of looking at the world, and paying attention. Click here for multimedia explanations of what mindfulness is, how it works, and how it is practiced.

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Nutrition

You are what you eat, and some foods are better than others at making the molecular machinery in your cells run smoothly, thereby preventing disease.

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Fitness

Part of the necessary maintenance of the human body is regular exercise.

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Family

Human beings are social creatures. In order to maintain psychological well-being, we need to be part of a family unit.

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Not familiar with meditation? Check out Mindfulness, visualized to see what it’s all about:

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Why thank people for meditating?

When any individual meditates, he or she is breaking down mental habits that normally promote reactivity and stress. Stress and reactivity lead to health problems and a poor quality of life. Therefore, meditation is an excellent practice for any individual to improve their life experience. On a grander scale, an individual meditator is also helping the whole of society. By reducing personal stress and reactivity, this individual is reducing his or her dependence upon health care, which means he or she gets to spend less time in the hospital, and there’s more care to go around for people in need. More importantly, meditation practice leads to a lifestyle of mindfulness. Mindful living involves increased awareness of every action, the intention behind that action, as well as the thoughts and emotions that influenced the intention. Increasing the depth and breadth of awareness allows mindfulness practitioners to live in a very efficient manner. Bad habits are broken more easily, mistakes are made less often, and resources are wasted less frequently. Living efficiently decreases an individual’s dependence on society, which means the entire system can run more smoothly; meditation is like societal lubrication. When I meditate it’s good for myself and for you, and when you meditate it’s good for yourself and for me. So, thank you for meditating.

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Simplicity

The information age is a wonderful thing. On each of the lifestyle categories on this site, you could find endless volumes of printed texts, marathons of video and visual media, and googols of websites and blogs. However, therein lies the problem. The information age provides so much easily accessible information, that finding what is true or useful can become quite a chore. The information age can cause a very simple concept to become quite complex; it’s always possible to complicate things by adding information. However, simplicity is also a wonderful thing. This website aims to provide enough true information to provide a useful perspective of each category, without getting bogged down in too much information. As Einstein once said:

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

That being said, the categories mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, family, and sleep are indeed complex topics. As a result, the information on this site may, at times, be bordering ‘simpler’ than appropriate. However, when that is the case, Google and Wikipedia are always readily available to fill the gaps. On the other hand, there still remains a formidable amount of information here. So, while keeping Einstein’s wisdom in mind, here is the simpler version.

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