What Makes Life Worth Living?

As I write this, I am sitting in at a resort in Nova Scotia listening to the ocean waves gently lapping at the rocks outside. The first day of intensive training in Integral Facilitation has been unexpectedly powerful for me: you know it’s a good training when you are moved to tears on the first day.

Emotional depth + Meaningful Conversation? Check.

Around sunset, a walk around Peggy’s Cove brought me here:


These works of balance-art are created from rock 415 million years old, and while I initially thought about the marvels of balance, I found myself thinking about how they epitomize three words from today’s training and discussion: effortless, selfless and timeless.

When I am doing work aligned to my personal deep sense of meaning and purpose: it feels effortless, I lose my sense of self and I easily lose track of time.

What makes a life worth living?

When was the last time you were engaged in work or play that felt ... effortless, ... timeless and ... selfless?

Mihaly Csikszentmihaly talks about how people find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow" (which these three words point to). For a deeper dive into some of these ideas may I suggest his quick Ted Talk or his book, Flow.