I believe we are all born to be Scientists on Earth. You can observe babies to know this – they are constantly exploring and trying new things. Never staying in their comfort zone as they’re growing, learning to crawl, learning to walk despite the possibility of falling.

Can you imagine a baby learning to crawl and saying “that’s it, I’m comfortable here, why bother walking?” But as adults, many of us reach a certain version of the crawling stage and stop there, much shorter of our true potential.

Have you ever stayed in a job just because it was comfortable and the possibilities out there seemed scary? Or maybe you didn’t leave a relationship because it seemed like too much work (moving out, finding an apartment, etc) or maybe because you were scared that if you leave, you would be single forever? I know I have!

As babies grow, they start developing an ego programmed by their parents and society. Suddenly, they stop dancing freely whenever they hear music (“you’re embarrassing us!”). They stop crying whenever they have sad emotions (“big boys don’t cry!”). They stop making art and start focusing on “more important things” that society expects from them. They stop being scientists on earth (for the most part).

I think that keeping that spirit of exploration is more important than ever. I started to regain my spirit of exploration several years ago when I first decided to take a HUGE risk and move to San Francisco for no apparent reason besides “it felt right when I visited for a weekend”.

As a result of taking that one big risk, I changed careers, changed relationships, traveled the world, started my own business, and much more. I stopped crawling and started walking. Now I’m learning to run.

While I didn’t have a concrete reason for traveling the world, I did it in the spirit of exploration. I experienced earthly pleasures, unbelievable beauty, joy, love, pain, and much more! The biggest thing I learned was to challenge my base assumption, things that the family and society I grew up embedded in my ego.

While we’re all human at the base, where you grow up really does program you in a certain way. For example, my parents always took us on vacations to cities, valuing architecture and arts. There is nothing wrong with this, but if I grew up in New Zealand, maybe I would be an outdoorsy hiker type! But I wasn’t exposed to hiking, so my connection with nature had to come later, from experimenting with challenging my fears and assumptions in my travels.

So it is no surprise that in all my travels and experiences, I was most attracted by Ayurveda, literally the Science of Life! While Ayurveda is a very practical science of daily living, at the heart, it is about experimentation. An Ayurvedic practitioner (or Ayurvedic books) can give you recommendations for healing your body, mind, and spirit, but it is up to you to try them, experience them, observe them and decide whether these are things that make you feel better, something that you should keep integrating into your daily life.

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of exploration around spirituality. I was born into the wrong religion, so I quit it and became an atheists who only believed in pursuing worldly pleasures. When you’re a child and told what religion you are, it’s easy to go along with it blindly only to be disillusioned and disappointed later if you’re lucky. After all, some people just follow along blindly doing what “they’re supposed to do” without questioning.

But now that I have exposure to other religions and philosophies, I’m starting to pick the spiritual path that is right for me. Some of it is an outright “you-will-go-to-hell” sin according to my born religion, but I’m following my soul this time, not what I’m told by religious personalities I don’t connect with. It’s an ongoing scientific experiment for me.

I’m also experimenting with food / diet, friendships, relationships, mysticism, and even being open to experiencing a part of life that I didn’t think I would.

Being a Scientist of Life is very challenging. Especially when you are surrounded by family and society who want you to blend in and just fit in. You are going against the grain, but YOU ARE LIVING! You are LEARNING. You are questioning, you are experiencing, you are exploring, you are connecting with your Self (the core part of you that doesn’t just easily change based on your environment).

This path is uncomfortable – it could be painful and it could be joyful. Changing is painful. The process of transformation requires burning things you’ve carried with you all your life. Yet, it is truly beautiful to walk this path. You, a Scientist of Life, are born to do this!

December 27, 2018

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