Welcome to La Muse Blue!
In my first Monthly Musing, I would like to explain why I founded this “blue” online magazine, but most importantly why La Muse Blue will be a wonderful resource for your happiness and life after work.
Lifestyle is the irreplaceable parent of satisfaction or unhappiness in our current lives. Physically, there were identified the so called “blue zones*”, places where people live longer than in any other areas on the Earth or as my husband says “the places that have everything“. Virtually, La Muse Blue is one of them.
These lucky, long living and happy areas are the proof that, however wealthy or culturally, technologically, and politically advanced a society can be, the quality of life and ultimately good health depend also on another facets of the day-to-day activities and the overall lifestyle. Our disharmony like a crescendo accumulates and chimes particularly loud with our advancing age. The scientists flip and scan all the possible variables, trying to puzzle out the secrets of these “blue” people’s longevity, yet it is hardly possible to consider every aspect of a human life, therefore their scientific hypotheses may change like the Maui wind, suddenly and with the opposite direction. But one agreement prevails in the culturally, scientific as as well as by acquired wisdom driven conclusions: BALANCE.
Too much of this, too little of that, as Hippocrates told to his chronicles – the only thing that makes poison from a cure is the dose. As the millennia passed, this old truth is still recognised. So how Hippocrates’ knowledge applies to our modern lifestyles?
Now, I will also get little philosophical. No poetry, at least this time, but my pure reflection on our state of being and the longevity in the blue zones.
We exist in a revolutionary age. Standing on the ravenous cliff of the new millennium in which we are radically redefining the way we relate to others and to our world. Technology, like electricity, the invention of paper and fuel from natural fossils, is a miracle. What was a utopian dreaming some 50 years ago, is now real. We experience more of our days, weeks, years and lifespans in the virtual reality facilitated by our technological gadgets. This is highly evolutionary challenging. Such indirect, intangible relationships with others and the world must be in their nature emotionally confusing, but we must adapt.
Therefore, in this muzzle of changes, we need to scale up our focus on the quality our lifestyle. If only for the sake of our sanity and wellbeing. Not just by being connected to ourselves in this increasingly virtual existence, but our happiness is contagious so we inject our family, friends and colleagues with this powerful potion of greatness, that can possibly increase our lifespan. The amount of energy we reserve for our computerised jobs and other productive work is a tax on our modern existence. We pay an irrational price for material satisfaction which in its nature vanishes, but we should focus more on our experience, mind, feelings and fulfilling activities. In a more liberal and well educated society these personal taxes should be voluntary. This is not about our roads, research and education systems, but about us working smoothly and living healthily. Leaving the politics now, as they will hardly ever be balanced, but my point is that we have or should have a choice in the realm of paying with our health for our generally unhappy lifestyles.
Although the sparkles of happiness are highly individual, plenty of research supports my call for seeking indulgent or rejuvenating experiences in the right measure unique to every person, the mind-opening effect of traveling and learning adding to one’s satisfaction in life.
We can shovel our needs away from our consciousness, but like a bunch of rotting onions, not taking care of them will ultimately lead to a disturbing stink disrupting our other habitual tasks. As Freud proved, hiding our needs, the screams of our minds and bodies, into subconsciousness does not eliminate them. At certain moments, they will hunt you or pop out like vicious gunmen barricading our road of life, injuring our health and crashing during the journey towards a fulfilling life.
We need to take the initiative in the clean up of our lives on our own. Drink large gulps of your inner strength! There are tools to help us with almost anything. La Muse Blue is one of them. The content is not a therapy, but a holistic inspiration for the balanced path.
By nourishing your lifestyle like a top scoring athlete, you increase your chances to qualify for any race. With a hindsight, as most of the genuinely satisfied athletes would say – it is not about the winning itself, a short moment in a tough day, it [the joy from it] is about the training and the personal experience leading to the trophy. Far from being a competition, focus, motivation and dedication are the rewarding virtues in the contest, and these are also needed to achieve the sense of the individual wellbeing.
La Muse Blue was set as a holistic platform for the life connoisseurs, meaning all of you craving to live joyfully, listening and reflection on your body’s and mind’s real desires. We are about taming the mind, taking a breath, thinking and mindfully enjoying time off work.
For the balanced life, we need to clean our heads from distractions, rush and stress. All that, by doing what our mind and body call for. We can still go for a fast run and slow down our thoughts, but it does not work for everyone, so listen, you know.
Do something …
- INDULGENT, when you feel deprived,
- REJUVENATING, when exhausted,
- LEARN a new skill or socially engage in pleasant activities,
- TRAVEL to open the horizons of understanding others, the world, and ultimately ourselves.
Experiencing different cultures, religions and societies can broaden your respect and capability to appreciate what you have, who and where you are in your life.
The basics of human existence are that eating and drinking, together with breathing, is all the energy we need to keep us alive. If we want to make the experience of living more pleasurable, we should be mindful of the food, liquids and the air we consume daily. Not just in the hedonistic sense of an imbibing sustenance, but consciously and responsibly drawing water from the well of life. Enjoying these necessary acts of living, while respecting our environment, will only lead to a sustainable future of ours and the generations to follow us. In their simplicity, like meditation, they naturally lead to comforting contentment and the real sense of balance within ourselves and with the outside world.
Lifestyle of the blue zones
Like the people in the blue zones, the readers of La Muse Blue are interested in digging deep into these daily necessities while seeking the equilibrium.
Generally, the inhabitants of the blue zones have clean air, do not rush, enjoy friends and social activities, do a meaningful work, are elderly respecting societies, eat little or none animal produce, drink some fermented beverage or foods and are close to nature.
Nature strives for harmony as we do. The Chinese captured such a phenomena in the abstracts of Yin and Yang, two complementary forces attracting one another. The expansive capacity of yin interacts with the contractive force of yang, absorbs a piece of the other, while remaining in the harmonious round space of the Universe. As I wrote earlier, avoiding the extremes in our lifestyle brings us closer to balance. After all, too much of anything is neither good for us and for the Planet. Seeking peace in our existence is the only way to finding the inner and outer harmony. Earning a healthy body and mind for ourselves and our dearest family and friends.
I want to be happy, healthy and to follow the purpose of my life, and this is my motivation and why I care about sharing the wonderful content on La Muse Blue. To inspire your better, more informed lifestyle.
You can read more about the purpose and navigation around this website on our ABOUT page.
* Blue zones:
- Ikaria (Greece)
- Nicoya (Costa Rica)
- Okinawa (Japan)
- Sardinia (Italy)
- Loma Linda (California)