To paraphrase Aristotle, who once riffed on getting angry in the right way…
Anybody can get lit––that is easy; but to get lit with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
But it is possible.
And as we slip slide into the meaty section of Hot Vax Summer, where everyone’s just itching to get their ya-yas out, getting lit with the right people, to the right degree, at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way––that’s become more critical than ever.
That’s why we’ve taken the time to lay out the core framework for balancing altered states within a healthy and productive life:
Hedonic Calendaring is the practice of mapping out your entire year around navigating peak states of consciousness. From mild, to medium all the way up to as spicy as you can handle. In service of becoming a less stressed, more joyful, more creative, more productive human.
And the key to it all is dynamic periodization.
What does that mean?
Simply put, you want to weave into your life just enough solid foundational practices, combined with weekly, monthly and seasonal spikes to keep your transformation on a steady simmer. Too little heat and your ingredients will get stuck together. Too much, and your pot will boil over and make a mess.
But who’s to say what’s the right time, right way and right purpose for shifting states for you?
That’s where the dynamic calendaring part comes in.
Because the only person who knows what’s right for you is you. And you won’t really know that for sure until you conduct the experiment and dynamically calibrate your own hedonic calendar.
If things are getting a little too hot and bothered, you turn the dial a few clicks to less often. If things are still lukewarm and not that interesting, you turn up the heat to more frequent.
And that’s where the alchemy can happen––when we dial in a consistent heat to burn away everything that’s not essential to our core passion and purpose. What’s left is us––in our purest and most potent expression.
You get to stop seeking the next bright shiny thing, or worrying that you’re chasing states a little too often (or not nearly enough), and you get to show up fully engaged, deeply inspired and ready to put a positive dent into this world of ours.
Right time, place, people, and reason, to light your fire, and keep it lit, through good times and bad, to illuminate your own way, and to serve as a beacon for others.
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