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Escaping to a life of purpose

Short snippets of encouragement for the avid Escaper

By Steve W

Look after your future self

Take actions that make your current self happy and that your future self would approve of. Taking care of your health through proper diet and exercise.

Put away money for the future and “retirement”. Look after your current and future self. The future version of yourself will thank you.

The usual staples of the American Dream will leave you feeling unfulfilled and hollow

Always work and live with a purpose. So many people today move through life without a purpose. They simply follow society’s examples and cede their morality, values and imagination to the control of others. You need to have a purpose.

“Grow and help others grow”. I don’t care how “woo woo” it sounds but your soul needs to be nourished. Your imagination needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Do something meaningful and worthwhile every day.

Is money the root of all evil?

The bible was right when it said that the love of money is not something to be aspired to. However, having access to funds and the ability to make money can (in this society) always help but you need to use it correctly.

Money is just a neutral tool that you use. It’s a means to an end. Use that money to enhance the product, the show, the podcast, get better tools or machinery if gardening is your thing. Use your money wisely and respect the flow of currency. Money is energy.

Remain passionate

Many people enjoy music as a form of enjoyment and expression. It can make you think about your purpose and whether you’re living the way you intended. Music can inspire, impact on your mood and help you to relax.

Exercise might be your thing, or personal growth or even earning money. If you don’t have a passion to pursue then you might as well be dead already.

Your purpose and passions may change over time. Look back decades across your life and do you even see the same person? Personal growth is important. If you stand still then you stagnate. Progress is a loaded word these days but you must always seek to improve.

Strive for variety, balance and enjoyment

As an Escaper you will aim to retire from your job but don’t retire from life. Once that meaning has gone, once you are no longer identifying in a role, you might no longer have a reason to live. So many people strive to retire and then sit at home, lonely and lost. don’t run from something, move towards something else.

Balance is key. When you throw yourself in to one thing then other things will suffer. Not eating right or getting enough sleep, exercise, stress management, relationships, financial aspects, leisure, fun, relaxation – it can all become too much! Don’t feel guilty about taking a rest or engaging in leisure time. Switch off and recharge.

Be purposeful but make sure all of your needs are met. You don’t have to do everything in one day but don’t go too long without ticking off those task boxes.

And finally…

Following the herd

Whenever I first heard the word influence in a book title, I saw it as manipulation. almost as if you were using devious, hypnotic methods to bend someone towards your will.

However, after reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, my perception changed. I switched my thinking from control and domination to influence and persuasion. Suddenly, it didn’t seem quite so seedy. For someone working in a supervisory or management position it was just common sense.

Social proof or social recommendations help take away the fear of the unknown. If Mary down the street has had her windows done by a double glazing company, and feels satisfied enough to place a placard on her front lawn telling everyone, then you’re more likely to trust that company.

If so many of my friends like something then there is a stronger chance I will too. Even if I’m on the fence. Better stick with the herd. Reviews often push us into a certain direction. 500 people who have all left five stars on Amazon can’t be wrong. It decreases uncertainty and increases social validation.

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‘Immaterial World’: How to Adopt a Radical New Lifestyle

Why I rejected societal norms and opted to escape the herd

By Peter R

Some may categorise this article under ‘self-help’ but I prefer not to exclusively use that term. Often we get trapped into helping ourselves at the cost of aiding others. By and large we live in communities, surrounded by people from varied walks of life.

By focusing on this communal experience we can enhance our own lives through interacting and helping others. This is the type of self-help that I am proposing. A self-help that does not have a single function but rather helps the individual and the community at large.

Remember, no man (or woman) is an island. No individual can live as such. We all need people for support and interaction. It is this interconnectedness that helps us to live.

As for my own beliefs, I would describe myself as a Spiritual Atheist. I do not subscribe to a worship of a singular entity like Christianity or Islam. However, I do think there is a place for spirituality and community in today’s society.

While I do not engage in any form of prayer, I am not averse to relaxing my mind through Buddhist relaxation techniques and meditations. I believe in a spiritual ecology and respect the pagan principles of Mother Earth.

People are stewards of the earth. We are required to care for our surroundings and treat plants, animals and living breathing eco systems with the respect they deserve, by acknowledging the key role they play in our existence.

In these hectic times we can allow the world to pass us by. We spend too long living in the past and reliving old times or regretting old decisions. Alternatively we live in the future, by planning our moves and listing the many things that we wish to do in our lives.

Future planning is a good thing and being prepared and setting goals is a good thing. But we should not allow ourselves to live out our present lives in the future or in the past.

As the great singer/songwriter John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making all of those plans” and this is very true. It can become a problem when our past or future endeavors start to consume us and we are unable to live in the moment, or in the present.

Peter’s quick tips

Go and hug a tree. Try it out right now. Feel the warm glow and connection with living organism. Go and eat some insects. everyone’s seen the lion king! Become a Freegan. Waste not, want not.

Relax by the river and enjoy the simple pleasures of fishing. Fresh fish are great for the body too. abandon the Search for Utopia. It is a false trial and cannot be found.

The Spirituality of AA and the 12 Steps

Whether you wish to include the mention of (a particular) God, gods or any other spirit being is entirely your decision and the inclusion or omission on such is not the point of listing these steps. T

he point is, rather, the fact that it is good to have a solid routine to follow when we are engaging in any form of ‘meditation’. Again when I refer to meditation I know that you may conjure up images of chanting monks or closed eyes and humming but I mean it in a looser sense of improving wellbeing and encouraging stillness and focus.

These are important things to master when coping with everyday life.

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

This version of the 12 steps re-produced from serenityfound.org. Reprinted from the book Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book) with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

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