Bioaligning the 6 Human Needs

Uber life-coach Tony Robbins talks about the 6 human needs (psychological) that drive all behavior (read more HERE). The video, about 20 minutes is below. The 6 basic human needs as outlined by Robbins are:

  • Certainty
  • Uncertainty/Variety
  • Significance
  • Love
  • Growth
  • Contribution

Basically, all behavior can be tied to attempts to meet these needs. Combine this school of thought with our attempts to meet our biological needs and we become just a big need-machine. ;)

My commentary is below and mostly just an observation that there is no such thing as a human-only need. We are part of nature, from nature and will return to nature when we are done. This flies in the face of belief that we are special, chosen, different or separated from the natural world. We've been modernized and religified for so long, our basic, natural-born selves are long-forgotten under a pile of made-up constructions from politics to universities. 

Looking at things from an evolutionary standpoint, I think you can find those same needs embedded within nature. Because we are from and a part of nature, this would make sense, no? 

CERTAINTY - This is found in all living organisms and you learned about it long ago in science class: Homeostasis. From our own physiological processes to the balance found between the Earth's temperature and ocean currents, all living systems need certainty in order to function. Our autonomic systems (heart rate, breathing) give us certainty that we will survive the day. Photosynthesis happens automatically in plants, as long as the sun rises (and with certainty it will for a long time). 

UNCERTAINTY/VARIETY - But when temperatures are too static, when daily tasks are too boring, when a group of individuals know each other too well, variety must be introduced. From learning new things, to making new friends; humans definitely search out novelty. This is reflected in nature as well. A mountain lion will increase and move its hunting territory as it explores the environment. Evolutionary processes are the most interesting showcase of variety and how variety lends a hand where survival (certainty) is necessary. A small adaptation can mean survival for a whole species. And adaptations are always a response to the ever-changing environment, which seems to present uncertainty on a regular basis. 

Nature highlights the NEED for certainty and uncertainty in every system, and showcases the importance of both in every moment. 

SIGNIFICANCE - Uniqueness is on display in nature almost everywhere. In my backyard right now, a small pomegranate tree grows and somehow it decided to make one, very large and lovely-looking pomegranate. Flowers, unique from bud to bud, are full of significance. From species to species, whether it's flora or fauna, special traits and uniqueness are showcased everywhere. No one human, no one dog is exactly the same. A wide gene pool protects most species from disease and increases hardiness (survivability). 

LOVE - Humans are not unique in their ability to love. Many mammals show this same trait. There is interesting research pointing to some consciousness and connection between plants as well. The fact that some mushroom & fungi species create connections between trees in forests and help run chemical messengers from tree-to-tree is certainly interesting. Is that a display of care and love from the fungi to the trees? Human and other mammal biology is set up to give and receive love as much as it's set up to walk, breath and see. 

CONTRIBUTION - This is built into the holistic systems of nature. Rain that falls from the sky is contributing to plant growth, and plant growth contributes to the gases that help stabilize the air within our atmosphere. A deer that dies will contribute meat to predators, and flesh and bacteria that improve dirt quality. 

Most likely, there is a root connection to nature within every observed need and subsequent behavior. 

Love Fiercely

Love is critical to human experience and existence. It affects our health and emotional states. A great love helps us soar, while the lack of it can crush our capacity for greatness. I am not sure what we are without love, but it isn't pretty. 

The famous writer, C.S. Lewis, wrote about love in his book The Four Loves. He described storge as love enacted via empathy, like the love of parent for a child. Philia is the bond of friendship, the least natural of the loves, because it isn't necessary for survival (or so he thought). Eros is the erotic bond between lovers, the experience of falling or being 'in love' with another. Finally, agape is love that serves others regardless of circumstance, selfless love. 

If you engage 3 of the 4 loves - storge, philia and eros (empathy, friendship and erotic) - with your significant other/partner/spouse, you will end up expressing the 4th love, agape. In any relationship (not just sexual or romantic), deep embodiment of empathy or friendship will lead to unconditional acts of caring.

I completely disagree with Lewis's take (a religious view) that you have to subordinate the other 3 loves to experience or give unconditional love (which was reserved for the love of god, or a god-like love). 

We are the Gods. If we don't exhibit and practice unconditional love, who will? 

Love that is given when it's inconvenient, time shared when you think you have none, empathy given when another is in deep need or a dark place - this is the love that is so human. This is the love of the 'Gods' that we are perfectly capable of.  Natural loves LEAD you there. Eros is a most powerful force that will cause you to do or give anything to your partner, regardless of pleasure to the self. Philia bonds can become so deep that unconditional moments erupt naturally - like the love of a brother for his sister. And storge...well, the selflessness of a parent in deep love with their child is a beautiful example. 

So love fiercely. Do not allow weak excuses, the disease of busyness or perceptions about who deserves love to cloud your acts. Love is energizing, it won't let you down. 

 

 

Force Multiplier

WIKI says a FORCE MULTIPLIER, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes that dramatically increases the effectiveness of an item or group, giving a given number of troops (or other personnel) or weapons (or other hardware) the ability to accomplish greater things. 

i.e. A linguist or translator who is attached to an elite unit (overseas) in the military is a force multiplier because that person enhances communication with the locals. A hammer is also a force multiplier. 

I've been called a force multiplier and a secret weapon by friends, family and clients for years. My ability to see just what the 'problem' is and what is needed, from the individual level to large groups, has been honed over many years and diverse experience. 

Examples:

  • A critical change in mindset, from obstacle to opportunity, can make an individual far more powerful and effective
  • The addition of healthy fats (like DHA) to the diet can increase mental clarity and capacity
  • Accessing and using flow-states increases creativity and reduces time spent on almost any project
  • Healthy relationships add energy and increase happiness, to the great benefit of everyone

What will YOUR force multiplier be? Where do YOU need to apply the hammer?

Invisible Structures

The more I work with clients and get the opportunity to observe people, the more I notice what I call 'invisible structures'. Some of these are mental structures, like "working a job 5 days a week is normal and necessary". Some are physical, like your house. It's not physically invisible, but the house exists in the background with no thought about what effect the structure has on YOU and your behavior. 

Let's examine the cell phone, as it's become so ubiquitous as to be invisible to us. The cell phone has created an unprecedented ability to communicate with other humans! That's probably why we love them so much. Sapiens have high communication and connection needs. However, the phone creates certain habits.

Physically, cell phones encourage the user to spend time with arms bent, hands holding the device and neck bent downward in order to see the object. The more we use the object, the more time spent in this particular position - which is not an evolutionary use of the body to say the least. Additionally, cell phones emit EMFs (electro-magnetic frequencies) that are not in alignment with normal human or Earth magnetic frequencies. Some early research is showing that these waves disrupt various human functions. The more exposure we have to WIFI, 3 and 4G networks and cell phones being carried on the body, the more EMF exposure the body has to process (and we really don't know the results of this experiment at this point, but it isn't looking good). 

Socially, cell phones appear to reduce human-to-human contact in social settings. People are more apt to interact with their phone in an elevator, park or bar than with the people who are physically present. I am starting to wonder how many missed dates, mates and friendships are lost to this new behavior. 

Mentally, the truncated nature of information and interactions (limited by cell phone size and capacity) is likely not helping to expand attention span (thanks Twitter) or the ability to read and orate (I'll blame that on Facebook). In the digital world, so many pieces of information are bite-sized, highly opinionated and unsupported by any evidence or rational conversation. 

I probably haven't even touched the surface on how this object is driving behavior. But I wanted to spark some thought about the structures we interact with - mentally and physically - especially the ones we are NOT thinking about. They all have an effect. Cars, homes, offices, cities...evaluate each one in turn and consider how it is affecting your ability to meet your evolutionary obligates (last post, click HERE). 

Evolutionary Obligates

The 'bioalignment' concept I created is fairly simple. It's like bio-hacking (click HERE for info on biohacking), but without the hacking. The idea is that by re-aligning with our evolutionary obligates we gain brain power, reduce illness and become healthier. What are 'evolutionary obligates'? Humans must have fresh air (for breathing), sunlight (for multiple functions), the Earth's magnetism, unadulterated water, real food and each other. 

And why not 'hack'? Well, I work with people and have for a long time. While I am grateful to all the health-hackers out there, I know from experience that most people are not going to and don't want to check their blood lipids or pressure all the time to see minute effects of small changes in diet, activity or rest. Most people just want to live, feel good and enjoy their lives. Many people are not experts in health and have busy family lives and jobs that require their attention. Even tracking food intake is a bit much for some. Aligning is easier than hacking. 

Bioalignment takes the 'paleo' movement or evolutionary health at face value. Not the gluttonous, meat-eating version, but the people who are really diving into how we evolved to be what we are, and how we can support our health through acknowledgment of the forces that formed us. 

Really, how many people are going to attempt to ACTUALLY live like we all used to live 'just' to be healthy? If we have it right, we all used to live outside, in the cold and heat, sometimes hungry, often dirty, afraid, brave, content, moving, sleeping on the ground, relaxed, close to others (REALLY close) and interacting with nature - not as if it's a destination, but as if it's our home. However, we need to go forward, not back. Can we realign with our biology without losing the good parts of modernity? 

Consider modern life for a minute from cars to houses, artificial light, cell phones (even f&^king Pokemon Go), 40-hour workweeks, airplane travel, refrigeration, large cities, ski lifts, the money system, the nuclear family or bombs. So many of these totally normal-to-us items or systems are very, very much set directly against human biology. And the more 'modern' the place (the U.S., U.K., etc) the more sick the people. 

Modernity has HUGE benefits: Hygiene, germ theory, the sharing of information, safe travel and so much more are all amazing, miraculous and needed. But as for our health, our version of cutting-edge (check THIS out) is literally killing us. So what to do? 

My 16-week Bioalignment experiment tested what happens when we meet those obligate human needs. I thought of this while helping my son heal from 3 head injuries sustained within 2 years. During our fight against PCS (post-concussion syndrome) I found a wilderness school for him to attend one day a week. I observed that during his full days outside, his symptoms virtually disappeared - and these were crippling headaches, dizziness, nausea, concentration problems and depression. Being who I am and doing what I do, I ran with this concept of recovery and Bioalignment was born. 

It's possible that people with head injury are sort of a canary in a coal mine for the rest of us. I've now worked with multiple clients who have or had TBI/concussion and in my work I've found this: They are more sensitive to environmental factors that we consider normal. High-sugar diets, exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies that emanate from cell phones, radios, tvs, etc), artificial lights (especially in the blue spectrum), loud noises (common in large cities) all cause some symptoms in the brain injured. When you clear up the modern interference, nature seems to offer at least some degree of easy healing. But in our digital world, this isn't easy. 

Luckily, I am married to a creative genius (see his work HERE), so he designed a canvas, pop-up house that we lived in for 4 months. Living in what we call this 'second skin' changed the way we interacted with the natural world. We chose to use no blue or artificial lights (candles and amber lights at night only), we slept on the ground (via organic cotton mats), we regulated body temperature via clothing and not artificial heating or cooling, we had no WIFI (gasp!) and often no running water (that part sucked). 

We experienced immediate, and often dramatic, improvements in health markers, psychological behaviors and family dynamics. Some were expected (better sleep), some totally surprising (weight loss) and some disturbing (a complete shift in how we experienced cities). I did not hack this experiment via blood tests - just anecdotal evidence - which is how most of us determine whether something is working or not.

I am aiming to keep the Bioalignment principles accessible and straightforward. My experiment is moving into the integration phase. I cannot wait to synthesize what I've learned for YOU!

Oh the things I've seen...

I've been on the road for 8 weeks now. I've seen a few hilarious things:

  • A semi-truck RV rig that had to cost a cool milli (see below)
  • That rig also had a hydraulic unit that carried a golf cart 
  • That golf cart carried the owner from the rig to the bathroom, a whopping 25 yards away
  • While golf-carting to the restroom said owner of said rig was eating a plate of ribs
  • I saw a father of 3 girls fire up his diesel at 7 am, load his girls up and drive them to the showers, a whole 30 yards from their campsite
  • Said father sat with his truck idling for over 40-minutes in front of the shower building while his daughters showered and then he drove them all back to the tent 
  • I've seen a man flying a drone with a video-camera at 5:30 in the morning over a very crowded campsite causing heads to pop out of tents wondering if it was a killer bee attack

There is more, so much more...funny, sad, interesting, crazy. What's going on with people?  

So HOT!

In complete contrast to our time in Colorado (bbbrrrrrrr), our time in California has been marked by heat waves. A couple of days ago the high was 108 degrees (Fahrenheit) where we are staying. That's HOT! 

When you are in real heat you must slow down and drink lots of water. Duh, we all know that. The slowing down part seems to includes a shut-down of intellectual processes. My brain just does not work at high speed in high heat. Because the brain uses more energy than any other organ in the body (utilizing about 25% of our energy), this makes sense. The body has to redirect energy to cool us off, and the brain seems to slow down to accommodate that. If you allow for the slow down and drink plenty of water, it's interesting what happens when the sun goes down: Your energy pops up, the brain comes back online and activity feels good again.

As it gets dark and you cool off, processes come back online and it's time to be active. Within a couple of days, it's easy to see why whole cultures who live in hot climates have lives that revolve around allowing for the body to deal with the heat. When you are up early, rest during the midday heat, then work and eat late, it's almost easy to manage the heat. Viva Espana!

In Mexico, Spain and other areas where it's hot the business/schooling schedule takes into account heat and the body's response to it. Here in the U.S. it's hard to find any community that deviates from our 9-5 schedule both for school and work. In Phoenix, air conditioning is used to mitigate the extreme heat of the summer. In fact, without this augmented temperature control, many people there would die (or hopefully move away before they died) because they are not heat adapted (or cannot adapt because of age or illness). 

This morning we woke to fog (it rolled up the hills from the coast) and it was cool. We skipped everything and took the dog for a walk in the still, cool air watching as the sun burned it off. By the time we came back and made coffee the sun was out, fog was gone and heat was on its way. We headed down to the beach (out of the heat) for the hottest part of the day, and will go back to our site to cook dinner when it's cooling down. 

Luckily the nights are cool in these hills, so sleep isn't an issue. The second skin, canvas-house works well in the heat, and protects us from too much sun. :) Maybe I'll take it to Spain. 

Devolved Camping

See this image?

That's what I think of when I think of camping - you too, right? This is more the reality:

 

Sad, huh? While traveling and camping in my second skin/canvas home I've met the coolest people and had a great time. I've also seen people who bring a loud, lowly vibe out to nature. Loud music, big lights, lots of alcohol and a total disregard or lack of quiet, nature's rhythms and other people. I have to wonder what the 'gain' is when you bring all of your modernity out into the hills, mountains and rivers? If you don't align with nature at all...is it just a place to get wild via alcohol or only a break from work? 

I don't have an answer (yet) to this, but my sense so far is that people have no idea how disconnected they are - addicted to phones and bright, blue lights and using alcohol as a fuel for letting go (to replace the lack of flow and meaning in their lives). There is also no feeling of responsibility towards other people and any land they inhabit. Then you have others who enjoy their crackling fires, family conversation, fishing and hiking. They pay attention to others, and the rhythms of nature. 

I see a dividing line between human 'types' and the chasm is growing. More on this soon. 

Brrrrrr.....Being Cold Improves Your Health and Relationships

Have you heard of Wim Hof, 'The Iceman'? He's been on the Joe Rogan and Tim Ferriss podcasts recently. He's known for his amazing ability to not only withstand cold, but to use his breathing techniques and mind-mastery to control his own immune response. Pretty bad-ass. You can watch a documentary about him on Vice. His courses are now booked months in advance. He just held his first one in LA, a sure sign of his massive popularity. Everyone in the human potential movement LOVES the cold! Tony Robbins and Dave Asprey (of Bulletproof coffee fame) both use cryotherapy (chambers that get you very cold, very fast with no frostbite!) as part of their bio-hacking efforts. 

Dr. Jack Kruse calls it cold thermogenesis (CT). The benefits of CT range from improved fertility to weight loss, pain reduction to better blood sugar levels and increasing immune function. Apparently going out in the cold won't give you a cold like your Grandma said, but will make you thin and immune to viruses. Who knew?!

For most of history humans were exposed to the cold on a regular or semi-regular basis. This goes in the 'duh' category. It explains why we came up with clothes and shelter. Even though we are known as the hairless ape, we are still adapted to the cold and it carries benefits. Our current exposure to 68 degrees fahrenheit almost constantly (via our insulated buildings) isn't creating a lot of adaptation pressure, and we don't seem to do well when we make life too cushy. We get fat, unhealthy, slow and dull-witted. Please see the movie Idiocracy for more information on this. 

We've been more exposed to the cold in 1 month living in our second-skin (canvas, pop-up home) than any other time in our lives. It's Spring in the mountains, so the weather vacillates wildly from 80 degrees and sunny to sleeting and 48 degrees with howling wind. When the temperature drops, we do what humans have done for a long time; find shelter and layer clothes (blankets, sleeping bags) to simulate fur. Moving from the bedroom to kitchen exposes us to the cold, it takes longer to warm up at night and a trip to the restroom requires a jacket. These small exposures have changed our behavior. We sit closer to each other while watching movies (hey, we aren't trying to re-create the past here!), cuddle more (ahem, in addition to more serious cuddle time between Jon and I) and rely on each other more in some very small ways. 

If we design buildings, and then they design us (Winston Churchill's famous quote) consider this: A warm house (while super nice!) does not require you to get next to your fellow human beings to get warm. This is a behavior that is so normal in the animal kingdom, but mostly lost to modern, Western (i.e. rich) humans. A recent very chilly night prompted me to seek extra warmth with my mate (luckily he is a large, heavily muscled specimen who generates a lot of body heat). I haven't spent the whole night cuddling with someone maybe ever? I woke up in the best mood possible, just brimming with good feelings. There is a ton of research about skin-to-skin touch and how it raises oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is our mammalian bonding hormone and it promotes attachment, reduces stress hormones, boosts sexual hormones, triggers protective instincts and helps people sleep. 

You don't need to ditch your house or sleep in the snow to get more cuddle time and the big benefits of oxytocin. Turn your heat down at night, leave a window open, sleep with less blankets, go camping more and turn to your people for warmth. And no, it doesn't have to be a sexual partner, cuddling with kiddos is awesome and important bonding time. Additionally, cuddling with friends and siblings is completely normal and accepted in many societies all over the world. We ('Mericans) are one of the least touching groups of people in the world and it isn't good for us. 

In whatever way you can, exposing yourself to varying temperatures is good for your metabolism, endocrine system, sex life and your mental health. We didn't become what we are by insulating ourselves from natural pressures. Withstanding the cold (or heat) creates some mental toughness and a flexibility that can only benefit the user. The creativity involved in finding solutions to varying temps, and body awareness (where you start to know your own limits) are other important benefits. So get cold (showers, baths, swimming) or hot (sauna, steam, hot yoga) and let your body adapt, allow your mind grow stronger and use those varying temps to create stronger bonds between you and your loved ones. 

References

Cold Therapy - http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/benefits-of-cold-therapy

How To CT - https://www.jackkruse.com/cold-thermogenesis-easy-start-guide/

Wim Hof - http://www.icemanwimhof.com/innerfire

Let's Talk About Light

I don't know if I could name one foundation of bio-alignment. There isn't ONE thing that stands alone. In truth, nothing ever stands alone and that might be the basic tenant of bio-alignment. We are a whole system, connected to many other whole systems. One of those systems is light, as in sunlight. Dr. Jack Kruse, a crazy-genius-future-thinker, says that "a cell is a quantum measuring device for light's frequency to make elegance from the chaos light frequencies bring to our environment" (Kruse, 2016). 

You may think that sun = Vitamin D and that's about it. Nevermind that Vit D is actually a hormone that has anti-aging properties, helps suppress cancer, protects the brain, assists with weight loss and help increase dental health. Exposure, or the lack thereof, to sunlight also regulates our circadian rhythm. Most of us think that circadian rhythm is basically when we sleep and wake. We also have a cultural belief that we can adjust that rhythm, at will, without too much damage. Turns out, that is a horribly misguided notion! I do not know know who said this, but hormones are a symphony and circadian rhythm is the conductor. And guess who pays the conductor to show up and work? THE SUN. And guess how important hormones are to you? #critical

Everything from tissue repair to digestion, melatonin release to fertility hormones are deeply affected by how well-adjusted our circadian clock is. Exposure to morning sunlight is important in regulating many body systems. Equally important is controlling exposure to 'blue light' (false light). If much of your day is spent inside (in an office environment), and then the evening is spent at home (in a built house) under typical household lights and with multiple screens on (often late into the night), then health is impacted - deeply and poorly! 

In our experimental second-skin, canvas-home we have no blue-lights in the evening (and none during the day of course - we use NO LIGHT during the day, just the sun). Our lights are candles, amber lights and IF we use a screen they all have a blue-light blocker app or device (or we use amber-toned glasses, blue-blockers). In the morning, we spend a bit of time standing near the river and 'sun-gazing' - it's like a big dose of light to get the day going (very energizing!). Strangely, when the sun goes down we get tired and go to sleep. When the sun comes up, we wake up, alert and ready for the day. 

It's the cascade of great hormones, the tissue repair that goes on at night, the healing effects of the sun (no sunscreen! just hats and t-shirts as necessary) that is already creating this amazing feeling of deep rest, high energy and coherent creativity. More on this later, references below. 

 

 

Ballentine, S. (2014). Regulating Circadian Rhythm. Retrieved from http://www.thepaleomom.com/2014/02/regulating-circadian-rhythm.html

Kruse, J. (2016). The Photoelectric Effect. Retrieved from https://www.jackkruse.com/time-7-photoelectric-effect/

A Second Skin

My husband, Jon Aguilar - an accomplished, old-world, dry stone mason (www.heritageearthandstone.com) - is often my conspirator and always my creative designer. For the last two years we've experimented with inducing flow state via extended time in nature (as well as other avenues). We are both deeply committed to attaining our highest human potential. From diet to mentality, we experiment constantly.

In our efforts to bioalign we've reduced EMF exposure, increased good fat intake, taken up sunbathing and sun-gazing & become master intention-creators. However our most recent step is the most extreme. We moved into a custom-designed, canvas, pop-up home. Yes, HOME. (See pic below). 

Jon calls this our 'second skin', just one layer away from nature. There is nothing to reduce the 'feel' of the outside, and only a thin skin to protect us from the extremes of the weather. Natural light is not controlled, while temperature is only slightly controlled. We are two weeks into it and so far it's been both a huge adjustment and an amazing gift. Currently, we are testing our systems in a mountain environment (sleet, hail, rain, hot sun, wind, clear nights, cold). Shortly we will take the whole set-up on the road to test the desert environment, as well as the West Coast (the BEST coast!). 

This is our kitchen-lounge - definitely my favorite room!

Outside Isn't A Destination

"Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones" (Larsen & Kreitzer, 2014). 

Nature is good for us! Surprise!

The obvious lack of it caused us to examine what happens without it. Being frogs in hot water, we probably have no idea how far away most of us live from 'outside' (an actual destination, separate from us). We mostly inhabit a 'built' world of our own design and do not follow the Earth's rhythms, hear owls at night, watch the sun come up or see the Milky Way. 

One study showed that Canadian teens spend an average of only 1 hour outside every day (Gordon, 2012). Another survey showed that 3 in 10 American adults do not spend any time outside on a daily basis (National Recreation & Park Association, 2014), of those adults that venture outside, most spend less than 30 minutes outside of a building. 

Do you believe that isn't having an effect on us; a creature that evolved based on the selection pressures nature presented to us?

So what if 'outside' wasn't a place to go spend 15 minutes walking in a park, or 30 minutes riding your bike (if you even do that). What if outside was - once again - the primary human environment? What if our built habitats were biophilic (containing abundant nature instead of reducing nature's presence)? What if our technology and lighting was based on normal rhythms instead of on overriding and interrupting those critical circadian patterns that are a foundation stone for our health? 

The idea of bio-alignment is not to dump our positive forward momentum (modernity!). You don't need to live in a hut and make leather goods, while skinning squirrels for stew. Food safety was greatly improved by refrigeration techniques. Disease was reduced by the applied use of hot water and soap. We don't have to recreate our past to get back into alignment with our planet. In fact, I would posit that if we don't re-align, we will continue to destroy the planet because we are so removed from it. We need reduce the barriers, both built and mental, between us and outside. My next post will tell you one step - a BIG, radical move - we've taken to do this. 

 

References

Gordon. (2012). Survey finds most teens spend less than an hour a day outside. Retrieved from: https://www.thestar.com/life/2012/09/25/survey_finds_most_teens_spend_less_than_an_hour_a_day_outside.html

Larsen & Kreitzer. (2014). How does nature impact our wellbeing? Retrieed from: http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

National Park and Recreation Association. (2014). Out Is In Report. Retrieved from: https://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpaorg/Tools_and_Resources/Park_and_Recreation_Month/Park%20and%20Recreation%20Month%20Omnibus%20Survey%20Fact%20Sheet%20FINAL.pdf

The Bio-Alignment Experiment

Welcome! In my life, health coaching and writing I've been using a framework I call 'bioalignment'. You probably know that 'bio' is the ancient Greek word for 'life'. Alignment can mean to be a position of agreement or alliance. 

We are normally, naturally and by our very nature aligned to the planet. I do not mean this in a spiritual way, I do not mean this metaphorically; I mean it literally. We evolved to be completely adapted to the Earth's magnetic resonance, to the circadian rhythms of sunlight & moonlight, fresh water, wind and the sounds of nature. 

However, for many of us, life is more technoaligned than bioaligned and this is having a significant negative effect on our health, mentality and ability to 'see' our way out of the technical web we've come to depend on. 

I know from research, working with clients and experimenting with my own family that bioaligning is a solution that doesn't eschew modernity. I am not homesteading, I am not even gardening at this point. This isn't a 'back-to-the-land' movement or a rewilding experiment where I learn to use a bow and make leather garb for my family. 

This is about sovereignty, health and living well. 

I hope you enjoy following my journey and experiments! The book will be out in Winter 2016.