6 tips to a passionate life

When I asked my friend to suggest a topic to write about for the next article, she suggested writing about living a more passionate life. She had no idea what the article was for. So, I decided it was meant to be. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that we don’t often get much advice about this in the health world, and yet it’s absolutely crucial for great health. After all, who wants to live a passionless life?

What makes me qualified to talk about this? I’ve noticed that the two (nice) words used to describe me most often are knowledgeable and passionate. The former has always been there, but the latter is quite new, only appearing in the last year or so. I wondered why? What had changed? How can I use what I’ve learnt to guide you to experience life with more passion?

My life has definitely become more passionate since I became dedicated to following my passion full time — helping people to be the best they can be by improving their health and energy. However, was that the thing that made me more passionate, or was it being more passionate that led me to accept nothing less than the life of my dreams?

Ultimately, from a Taoist point, there is no separation between spirit, mind, body and emotions, and I find this totally true in practice, so it’s ultimately impossible to say for definite what came first; the health and energy or living with passion. This much is obvious from experience — when a person has an abundance of energy, and their organs are healthy and balanced, a passionate life is inevitable.

So what do we need to focus on? Two organs are related to a passionate life. These are the liver and the kidneys. The liver gives us the spark that actually ignites our passionate energy, while the kidneys provide the fuel to sustain that energy for as long as we need.

In my opinion, passion particularly relates to the wood element and therefore creativity, contribution, decisiveness and focus. People sometimes describe the ‘hot’ negative emotions associated with the wood element, like anger and jealousy, as passion, and in a way they are, but these negative emotions won’t serve you, only poison you with emotional and literal toxins.

Is it ok to live a life with little to no passion? Is it normal to spend your waking life going between what you don’t like and ways to escape the fact you’re doing what you don’t like the rest of the time? I’m not judging, this is exactly how I lived most of my life.

However, let me be clear: this is not natural. As Shazzie so wonderfully puts it, to be passionate and ecstatic is our birth right, our destiny. It’s ok to live a passionless life, but is it living up to your full potential? You better believe it’s not. And no matter how much of a rut you may feel you’re in, I have some great news for you: there is a way out!

It’s never too late!

So how can you live a more passionate life? Other than working on your overall health — a crucial step which I highly recommend you do if you lack passion and enthusiasm in your life – there are six simple tips I highly recommend you incorporate into your life.

Top tips for a life full of passion

1) Learn to embrace life as it is

Say yes to life on a moment to moment basis. However much you may want things to be different, you can’t change how the world is right now. The most you can do is change how it unfolds later. So always accept life as it is.
Practical tip: every day, list at least ten things you’re grateful for. Say them aloud if possible. Really feel the gratitude.

2) Learn to say ‘no’ to people and situations

The skill of saying no is usually massively underemphasised. Most of the suffering you’ve experienced is the direct or indirect result of not saying no to things and people. An example: how many overweight people do you know who can say no to unhealthy food? How many angry people do you know who can clearly say no if they don’t want to do something? How do you know when to say ‘no’? (see tip number three!)

Practical tip: say no to at least three things you know are bad for you. Observe any guilt that comes up, and let it go. Remind yourself you have the right to say no.

3) Listen to your gut

Passionless people have lost contact with their gut instinct. Frequently, this is reflected by excess weight around the gut. Scientists have discovered that the gut is actually like a second brain, with its own nerve clusters. It is related to the reptilian part of the brain, and gives you an instant knowing, not based on reasoning. It will always warn you about threat if you listen. It will tell you when to say no. The more you speak from the gut, the more passionate your voice is.

Practical tip: breathe into the gut. For more training in this regard check out this free video.

4) Immerse yourself in the moment

Anything that shuts off the chatter in your head is good for your health, for your soul, and it’s even good for your head as it gives it a break. Some people refer to this as meditation, a wonderful practice, but often difficult for fiery, passionate types. If you can’t force yourself to sit still and think of nothing, instead aim to immerse yourself in whatever you’re doing. Focus on it completely. Don’t allow distractions in. You’ll soon find you’re in a flow state, also known as a peak state. Intense passion is born from these kinds of activities.

Practical tip: every day, watch for anything you do that makes you lose track of time. Notice I say do, being passive and watching TV doesn’t count. It should leave you feeling energised and invigorated. Then try and do it more often, or make it your full time occupation.

5) Heal your liver

It’s almost impossible to feel any spark of passion if your liver is overloaded with toxicity or angry emotions. These have to be cleared out first. When the liver is healthy, passion becomes a matter of course, the only question is what to do with it. My suggestion is dedicate it to helping people and making the world a better place. Hiding your light under a bushel doesn’t serve anyone. When you’re ready, put yourself out there. So long as you are focused on service and not yourself, there really is nothing to fear.

Practical tip: if you feel your liver needs some help, come and find me and book a consult. Within a short time period we’ll have it firing on all cylinders again. The liver is an astonishingly regenerative organ.

6) Heal your kidneys

While the liver relates to that initial spark, the kidneys relate to the fuel to keep it going. The kidneys correspond to the central nervous system too and control your levels of neurotransmitters. On a biochemical level, you need adequate amounts of these, especially dopamine and seratonin, to live a passionate life. While these can be supplemented, in my experience it’s so much better to restore overall health to the organs, especially the kidneys, and let them come to their own natural balance. This is exactly the approach I’ve ended up ultimately taking and I’m so glad.

Practical tip: almost everyone’s kidneys would benefit from being stronger. Unlike the liver, they’re quite tricky to optimise, so I created a special program dedicated to this, called The Easy Exhaustion Cure. It really has everything you need.

Imagine a life where every morning you wake up full of joy and enthusiasm for your life. Already there? Wonderful, start sharing! If not, see it, feel it, believe it, and take action with these simple steps and you’ll be there soon.
To quote one of my favourite people ever, Tony Robbins:

“Live with Passion!”

Elwin xx

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