What is your philosophy of health? How healthy are you on a scale of 1-10? What practices do you follow in the service of a healthy life style? I recommend a 12-hour fast every day, from the last calorie you consume in the evening, to the first calorie you consume in the morning. I also recommend no alcohol and no added sugar, and no tobacco. And a 20+ minute nap when you can work it into a day. And an annual wellness exam to keep your numbers near the center of the normal distribution curve. Regular exercise and a good night's sleep. Reduce the amount of noise and complexity in your life. Increase the amount of peace and well-being. Live to be pleased and to be pleasing. Listen to your body (to your stomach's gut feelings, to what you know in your bones, to the Uh-oh feelings, and tightness wherever it may be found). Listen to your nighttime dreams. Listen to your spontaneous impulses, urges and responses, including "slips of the tongue." Expand the list to include all you have found to be helpful, and live by it religiously in the time left for living.
What is "just there"? "Just there" is "just so." "Just so" is who we are without expectations, agendas, motives, plans, intentions, desires, fear, drama, opinions... When we aren't striving/trying to arrange anything, or avoid anything, or gain anything like some advantage merit, profit, or keep from losing anything... When there is nothing in it for us, and we are just responding to the situation, to the circumstances, with what is called for in light of all things considered... When we are "Just being natural," with nothing at stake, with no emotion driving our actions, no desires, no fear, no anger, no hatred... When something is "just there," it is automatic, spontaneous, authentic, genuine, real, fitting, a "just right" response to the moment... And, evidence of our original nature and the virtues that are ours from birth at work in our life. Trying to get to our original nature and the virtues that come unbidden at "just the right time" as a blessing and a grace upon any occasion that has arisen, is consciously pursuing an unconscious source, like trying to get to the origin of our nighttime dreams. We are a mystery. We can say the words, "Psyche," "Soul," "Heart," but what we are talking about is total mystery. We do not know wereof we speak. But, when we live from there, magic happens. Magic is the purview of mystery. And the evidence of things unknown. We are "transparent to transcendence" just by walking about aimlessly through our life-- "foreign (even to ourselves) an enigma, a veil." Proof of that is "just there."
Do not take anything seriously. Respond to everything as it needs to be responded to-- with no emotional investment in the outcome. No desire. No fear. Just so. "Just so" is "right there." Automatic. Spontaneous. Natural. I was speaking to the captain of a trawler docked at some New England seafarer's museum, as my wife and I toured his now retired ship. We were the only people there at that time of day, and I asked him, "What was the biggest problem you encountered at sea?" Thinking about mechanical breakdowns, or storms, mutinies and pirate attacks, and he responded instantly, without pause for thought, and louder than appropriate for normal conversation: "GREED!!!" He continued, "Always, always, bigger boats and larger nets, and deeper, longer, runs-- with no catch ever being enough, and no trip out ever being satisfactory to the people in charge!" It was a moment of truth as it is rarely realized for all three of us in the wheelhouse. And, it was as sacred, as holy, as sublime, as any moment in my life. Because it was so "just so." "Just as it is/was." "Just there." The captain was responding to me, to the moment, exactly as it needed to be done, and his emotion was automatic, not contrived or intended, "just so." He was not serving some goal, or arranging some outcome. He was "of the moment," offering exactly what was needed, what was appropriate to the moment, unrehearsed and incapable of being reproduced. Stepping into each of our moments without trying to create/produce something, but just responding to what is there in ways appropriate to the occasion is being free to say what needs to be said, to do what needs to be done, with nothing at stake, nothing to gain or lose, taking nothing seriously enough to adjust our behavior one way or another, just curious to see what the moment will bring forth, to startle and amaze, and remain remembered all these years.