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I’ve been slowing down recently. Something about living with Raisa Breslava who’s rhythm is uber-presence and slow sensitivity, or perhaps it’s all this focus on ‘full-body-listening’ and exploring all the creative genius that ’emptying and listening’ can deliver that has made me realise:

a life fully lived at the correct pace simply leaves no time for a job.

I’ve been slowing down and I notice that the amount of time it takes to chop and peel the fruit in the morning, to eat or drink it consciously, appreciating every mouthful and every taste as if it’s the first time I’ve ever tasted it – to be present with my whole body, not just the sensations in my mouth but my whole body, as my genius system of tubes and chambers delivers and harvests the nutrition – then washing myself slowly and gently, unhurried, limb by limb, stroke by stroke – to love and care for every inch of myself as I clean and enliven the whole surface of my skin-body, and then to dry each area equally lovingly with the same presence and care I’d give a baby – and to then cream or oil my limbs, connecting deeply to muscles and sinews, thumbs seeking out any lines of stiffness or resistance, unknotting and relieving, combing the energy through – to stretch myself out and attend to my hamstrings and tendons and breathe through my joints, my spine, my stillness – to breathe deeply with myself, waking up my organs with a smile for each one, guiding an inner smile through my liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys, and so wake up my body’s innate self-mending power and even take a little longer to send some of that magic healing juice out into the world, to all living beings, ‘May they all be free of suffering’ – and watch the good juice I’m sending have it’s transformational effect in my minds eye, to see it do it’s good – and to then light herbs of sage and sweet incense, step by step making my way through the house, room by room, step by conscious step allowing the smudging, clearing qualities of the smoke to reach every corner…how could there be time for a job?

Please, unless you’re working somewhere where you’re really inspired and you’re contributing to something that feels meaningful for you and where you are touched and nourished by having your gifts received – Leave Your Job today.

The radical shift that will occur in your life just by you luxuriating in having ALL your waking hours now to yourself to be creative, to be passionate, to be restful, to be still – to do ANYTHING YOU PLEASE – to have the space for a crazy new idea to pop into your head, or the scent of an old memory to suddenly launch you into a creative blur – to have time for tea and a chat and a moment of explosive inspiration and then space to ruminate, or get straight to it. To have time on Tuesday to meet or Wednesday to stay in bed all day making love – to cook and cook and experiment and fail and laugh and make love some more…

Leave You Job, today. Don’t look back. Dare for a year or even a half-a-year to GIVE YOURSELF YOUR LIFE BACK. Your precious time on Earth is for YOU. Don’t sell it. You came here to live every hour of that forty hour week. Imagine if you had less weeks left than you thought…

…Don’t wait.

Leave your job, today.

and please tell me what you would REALLY like to do after breakfast instead.

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If there was a mass corporate and political amnesty, collectively agreed by all of us humans, whereby all oil companies, and the dodgiest bankers and all their affiliated poison-peddling companies, alcohol, sugar, tobacco, chemical-medicines, all the arms dealers and political fog-spinners and dealers of death-for-profit would be given a clean sheet, tabla rasa, no questions asked ever again or any blame or culpability for anything they’d done before this day.…

IF

…tell me this people; if there was the sole condition that in return for this total amnesty for all and any past atrocities these companies would have to start and lead the immediate clean-up Earth process and design and build the architecture of a sustainable, respectful, people-loving system in place of the unsustainable one…

I want to know

Would you be satisfied with this immediate, drastically positive change on the planet if it came with the price of you never getting to blame, hold to account, shame, prosecute or condemn a single company for anything from the past from that day forward – would you go for it?

Could you live with the change we all want if it came with a clean sheet, wiping away all accountability from the past for everyone, no exceptions?

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I recently gave a talk at the Royal National Geographic Society to celebrate Cumbria University’s progressive Leadership and Sustainability department. I had 11 minutes to share my passion and mission.

Sustainability was the theme of the evening so it gave me the perfect window to express how I feel about the violent self-editing we have each been doing to ourselves since childhood to present what we think is a loveable or at least approval-centric version of ourselves to the public – how we live to avoid negative feedback, and how we’ve shrunk ourselves down to a 20% sized crippled brochure of our ‘nice parts’.

This is central to the manifesto of Creativity we experiment with on my workshops and in all the films and music too – that we have been trained into approval addicts…

…when our parents or carers were teaching us as infants how to use our hands and eat and poo and function in this human body, their method of training us involved giving us kisses and prizes when we ‘got it right‘ and when we didn’t perform correctly we’d receive, if not rebukes, certainly not the kisses and prizes of our successes. The problem with this training method is that while it succeeds in the functional training of the child it also turns the kid into an approval addict – constantly hanging out for the positive feedback, more love, more approval.

Ask a kid ‘why do I love you?’ and sadly most will answer something about being good.

What’s harder is that as children, every time one of these carers gave us a blast of negative feedback such as ‘naughty girl!’ or ‘that’s disgusting!’ or even the gentler ‘good boys don’t do that’ – we often decided to hide that quality away from everyone from now on incase it risked further rejection. In this way, as we grow up, we snip away and suppress living parts of ourselves. With each ‘bad boy!’ <snip> ‘naughty girl’ <suppress> violently editing ourselves bit by bit until we end up as adults, 20% sized, presenting a crippled brochure of our perceived ‘good’ bits or ‘safe’ bits to the world, all to be appropriate.

No Masterpiece ever came out of that place.

We’ve edited ourselves down to these 20% sized little versions of ourselves and are wasting a huge amount of our daily energy maintaining an appearance of confidence and fine-ness in public – especially at work where being ‘a winner’ and ‘on top of things’ is paramount. We exhaust ourselves keeping these masks in place while operating from this ‘squashed into 20%’ sized capacity…

…and that ladies and gentleman is not sustainable.

To me this is the most common sense, obvious and meet-able energy crisis on the planet so I was delighted to say it loud and proud with this room full of Environmentally sound people. What I said to them is simple maths to me, with no need for eastern philosophy or crystals, and yet I had some curious conversations with the Sustainability folks and Corporate responsibility folks from the audience after the talk and what left me the most puzzled and yet determined was one conversation with a potential collaborator who shakes things up in companies. He said that sometimes, in his work, they need to almost run a good cop bad cop thing with teams inside Companies to get past entrenched patterns, but working with me, he said, “I could bring you in and you’re like Crazy Cop, coming in and blowing everyone’s minds!”

After I had drunk his flattery deep, I was outraged that common sense has now become the new crazy! What times are these? This silent contract we all have to present an appropriate, confident version of ourselves and hide anything edgy or trigger or needy or…or….

This is the real energy crisis on the planet. If we can collectively drop this fake, self-prostituting, way of meeting each other, all to manipulate a better response from the other and hide being seen for who we really are, then the energy we will save will easily be enough to solve any global crisis.

Who’s with me?

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