Today I boarded a plane in San Jose and flew to Seattle where I have a consulting client. While I was cruising at 40,000 feet, I came up with the simple but effective process I’ll be using to document my progress in The Year of Deeper Living project.
Side Note: I’ve always been able to experience incredible clarity while traveling by air. In 2016, I’ll see if it holds true on a train. I’m planning a cross-country Amtrak trip to visit my kids and grandkids in January.
Back to the process…It’s pretty simple like most things ought to be. Here it is….as one of my little granddaughters days…..“ta da!”
Examine, Experiment, Evaluate.
Yep, that’s it. Here’s how I will document what I’m working on throughout TYDL:
In TYDL I’ll be examining every aspect of my life including my habits, preferences, likes, dislikes, beliefs (if I still have any), false beliefs, and my choices around nutrition, fitness, relationships, mind training, etc. It’s not possible to evaluate and/or change anything unless you first know what it at which you’re looking. In this examination phase, I’ll be assessing what I know via direct experience while being as transparent as possible in writing about it.
Ev Bogue used to write a personal blog about how he lived. I loved it because of the way he wrote and experimented with life. He called the way he wrote, experience telling. It was the opposite of the hype that you see on a number of blogs. It was a fresh approach that really landed positively for me. I can’t help but be influenced by his example and this experimentation phase of the process is taken from his example.
Experimentation is the natural step that follows evaluation. After I’ve examined what I know/believe/do, etc. I’ll design a life-experiment to see what’s true and what isn’t. In the scientific method, experiments are designed to test a hypothesis. I’m not certain yet if I’ll have any hypotheses to test. I’ll decide that on a case by case basis.
Following each experiment will be a period of evaluation. After I’ve reported on the outcomes of the experiment, I’ll evaluate what the collected data means to me. Since it’s my life I’ll be working on, what I decide it means doesn’t have to be proven fact, just whatever is right for me based on my experiences.