“Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.”

The idiom “Misery Loves Company” is merely an axiom of cognitive delusion.

To thrive on the wellness continuum requires authenticity.
Clarity is necessary to veer from your path to nowhere.

Behind any ideology or belief lies the same universal force and energy – and it responds to whatever energy we generate.
Mindfulness manifests synergy which cultivates self-actualization.

The universe responds by supporting our energy with like energy. If our thoughts or intentions are confused or unclear the universe can only reciprocate with vague and muddled energy.

We open ourselves to abundant channels of Universal Blessings when we respect, honor, and provide its power with a clear, direct conviction of our Noble Truth.

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
Robert Frost

Goethe stated boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
No better time than now to test your mettle.

What do you truly desire from your life?

Optimal wellness begins with a positive attitude. The difficult terrain from the trailhead to your summit of potential will likely provide innumerable and invaluable lessons. The correlation between our thoughts and our beliefs profoundly translates to our quality of life.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced the concept of self-actualization and nurtured it to one of the quintessential theories of human behavior. A key element of human potential is the whole person approach to human behavior.

The mind-body interface became the equation in which humans manifested improved quality of life through lifestyle changes. Each of us has within us the inner nature to cultivate our true potential; yet, this essential core to our lives is often sabotaged and suppressed by self-talk.

Real growth occurs when we assertively take risks to learn the truth about ourselves. Consciously seeking to quell our fears and meet our needs requires balance and equanimity amid venturing the unknown.

Synergy with our vital life force [chi] will transcend our health, performance, and self-actualization.

“What you seek is seeking you.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Maslow studied self-actualized people and discovered conspicuously similar characteristics. Find below a concise list of those characteristics.

~ Self-actualized people perceive reality more accurately and effectively than others and are more comfortable with it. They are not frightened by uncertainty. Their ability to be objective about their own strengths, possibilities, and limitations enables them to clearly define their values, goals, desires, and feelings.

~ Self-actualized people have an acceptance of self, others, and nature. They accept their shortcomings absent condemnation. Feelings of guilt, shame, sadness, anxiety, or defensiveness are felt at much lower levels than others; they take action to rectify said feelings.

~ Self-actualized people do not allow convention to keep them from doing what they feel is important or basic. Their thoughts, impulses, and inner life are spontaneous and creative, and this exuberance is conveyed through composed behavior.

~ Self-actualized people solve problems toward an orientation of life versus self. They commonly have an unselfish mission in life involved with the philosophical and the ethical. Philanthropic ventures play a role in their entrepreneurial mindset.

~ Self-actualized people have a need for privacy. The meaning of their life is self-decision, self-governing, and being an active, responsible, self-disciplined, incisive person versus a pawn for anyone else. They exhibit equanimity in the heat of conflict.

~ Self-actualized people have a wonderful appreciation and high level of gratitude and respect for basic pleasures in life most others take for granted. These include quiet time or contemplative study, nature, the environment, sunrises and sunsets, health, fitness, and intimacy.

~ Self-actualized people often have mystic experiences and times of intense emotion in which self is transcended. They have feelings of limitless power, visionary awe, limitless horizons of possibilities and opportunities. They are strengthened and transformed by each experience.

~ Self actualized people have deep feelings of sympathy toward, and affection for other people in spite of occasional anger, impatience, or disgust.

~ Self-actualized people have deeper and more profound interpersonal relationships. They are capable of more closeness, loyalty, and keeping ego in check than most others find possible. They have especially deep ties with few individuals and their circle of true friends is small. They speak realistically and harshly of hypocritical, pompous, or self-absorbed people.

~ Self-actualized people are democratic in the deepest sense. They are humble and non-judgmental, respectful to everyone no matter education level, income, gender, race, or political beliefs. They crave more knowledge in an effort to continue to grow and contribute to the greater good.

~ Self-actualized people are strongly ethical and moral. Their notions of appropriate action, right and wrong, and good and evil are not conventional.

~ Self-actualized people are highly imaginative, energetic, and creative. Their creativity and talent are often off the charts yet rival the naive wonderment and unspoiled creativeness of children.

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
Lao Tzu | Tao Te Ching

Your attitude represents the foundation for growth. It must be rigorously conditioned like you train your body to excel on the trails. The key is to learn to utilize the lessons from difficulty, failure, hardship, and inconvenience as stepping stones to your potential.

Shit will happen. How we deal with it will determine effort from struggle on our path to optimal wellness and self-actualization. Adversity happens for us…not to us. Our past does not define us …it merely prepares us. Growth has no end point.

Your heightened level of wellness will only be realized when you mindfully merge awareness and discipline into the fabric of your daily life. Stifle incessant negative chatter by focusing on your gifts and talents – the world awaits!

Self-actualization is a choice. It is a much cooler place than “Some Day Isle.”
You just need to get out of your way and ditch your cognitive nemesis.

Invest in your dreams and interpret the meaning of your life.
Make the decision to live your Noble Truth – today!

May your Sadhana thrive.


Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.

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