Who Am I?

Dear SP Readers, Today is an incredibly exciting day for me. Today is the day I join forces with my amazing sister, Leia, and open up the Strong Process world to her wisdom and thoughtfulness. While my focus has always been the evidence from science, she is a master thinker - introspective and infinitely aware of the subtleties of our world. I believe our combined voices will help bridge the divide between the evidence of our day and the knowledge we have gleaned by simply living life. She is the yin to my yang, and you are going to love her guest posts. ~RMP

From Leia:

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"Who Am I?"

Every single day we are engaged in a miracle that we do not even recognize, or should I say, millions of tiny, microscopic miracles.  So before we can even begin to ask who am I, it is more essential to ask what am I?  In this modern era of technology, it is all too easy to become overwhelmingly distracted by societal pursuance and compulsively driven by everything that exists externally.  Many fail to recognize and respect the perfection of this innate intelligence that permeates every living creature, let alone its mere existence. Rare is the man that consciously chooses to dive into an understanding of the vast reality of the mind and intricacy of human physiology - microscopically examining the trillions of processes that occur simultaneously and then further the perplexity of the level of the soul.  For most, it is far too much to think about and seems to lack importance when compared to the stress and immediate pressures of everyday life and making it to the end of each day.


I want to know - where exactly is this invisible field that, all on its own, promotes biology in every single living organism, supporting natural order and progressive growth?  All processes work together in the most fascinating way to bring us back to a natural state of balance – always.  Why is this the case?  We know that our bodies mimic nature, in that, we have built-in evolutionary mechanisms that follow a progressive rhythm, while promoting a homeostatic environment for us to maintain life.  Charles Hannel states, “No arbitrary condition can exist for one moment – all human experience is the result of an orderly and harmonious sequence”.  And this must be the case, otherwise our Universe would be in a state of chaos, not cosmos.

This perfection exists and pulses without us needing to interfere one bit.   In fact, it appears that our interference may actually be the reason we manifest dis-ease and disorder of the systems. So if you can interfere and cause disease, there must be a way to link up these gaps in our self knowledge, tap into the mainframe, so to speak, and accomplish just the opposite – live a life of unbounded potential in every single aspect.


While the big questions remain unanswered in a sense, I am confident in one thing.  Optimal health and vitality is available for every single person on this planet.  However, it does not come without personal contribution of a passion for wisdom and understanding of the bigger scope of life.  We can choose health over sickness.  We can choose to be energetic over being overtired.  We can choose happiness over suffering.  But here is the key – we have to make the choice.  It is each of our responsibility to be honest with ourselves, separate from the ideals of others and discover our true and authentic purpose. The only way to achieve that is to take time out and explore the subtle world within and take responsibility both physically and emotionally.  Doing so will gradually result in a sustained sense of balance and true alignment with what we are meant to accomplish and learn.  We must stop taking this extraordinary life for granted.

The power of our minds is the ultimate key to unlock true health. Through recent rapid advancements in the field of neuroscience, the mainstream, western world is finally starting to openly admit the importance of “tuning in”.  In fact, the interaction between mind and body processes has become one of the most exciting and revolutionary areas of medical research and trends of our era.  We are (re)discovering that the vastness of the mind isn’t limited to the small space inside of our skull.  This isn’t a new concept by any means – it is an essential and intimate element of being and human history - the majority of progressive researchers of the modern era have just simply lost touch.  If you are ready for a complete shift in perspective, read the short but potent, “As a Man Thinketh”, by James Allen.  If you have already read it, I suggest reading it again.  And again…

 “The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system.  Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it.”

Whether grand or small scale, contributing and living a life of service to others and to our planet should be our priorities – to me, it is the core meaning of “Strong Process”.  Keep it simple and direct.  Realize your own limitless potential.  Take responsibility for yourself and discover the things that make your heart sing.  Every single “now moment” should be carried out as a thoughtful and well balanced pursuit of excellence, and nothing less than.  We should strive for happiness in everything that we do – an unwavering and potent sensation of pure joy.

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So – perhaps it could be said that the meaning of life is whatever meaning we give to it.  As science takes us on the rapid journey of discovery and understanding of the physical self, we have the amazing gift and ability to personally give our own unique meaning to every single moment in time.  Cause and effect is real and pertinent, and our minds harbor the dormant seeds of our thoughts, good and bad – ready to sprout at the moment we choose to nurture them to fruition.

“Man is the master of thought, the molder of character, the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.”  - Allen.

Discovering your purpose is up to you alone…you, the sole master of your life.


Thanksgiving. Walmart. 6am. Shopping. Turkey. Stuffing. Stuffed. Football. Apple Pie. Wine. Leftovers.

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No. This year, I did things differently.

Small. Family. Fish. Snow. Quiet. Gratitude.


A virtue of the ancients. According to Peterson and Seligman, a higher level virtue of transcendence. In one of my favorite books of all time, The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt extols the importance of gratitude in modern life.

The key, is finding a level of gratitude in the deeds of every day. According to the think tank Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life at The The University of California, Berkeley,

Gratitude is foundational to well-being and mental health throughout the life span. In the past few years, there has been an accumulation of scientific evidence showing how gratitude contributes to psychological and social well-being. A growing body of research has documented the wide array of psychological, physical, and relational benefits associated with gratitude from childhood to old age.

From forming fulfilling personal relationships, to encouraging successful work partnerships, to raising children, to maintaining romantic intimacy, finding gratefulness is essential.


I'm not religious at all, and you don't need to be in order to practice gratitude. But,  regardless of spiritual inclination, I believe a Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, of the Greater Good sums the idea up best:

Gratitude is the spontaneous response of a healthy body and mind to life. We should not expect it from a person who suffers in mind or body. With training, however, one can learn to focus on “opportunity” as the gift within every given moment. This attitude towards life always improves the situation. Even in times of sickness, someone who habitually practices grateful living will look for the opportunity that a given moment offers and use it creatively.

I take this lesson into my Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday (er, Thursday?) and 6am shopping is not Thanksgiving. Stuffing yourself silly and falling asleep on the couch is not Thanksgiving. Watching football until your eyes are blurry from HD overdrive is not Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving IS gratitude. Being grateful for the loves in your life, the earth under your feet, and the food on your table. I have so much to be thankful for and THAT is Thanksgiving.