The Outlier – Thanks to The Way of The Livingness

Hello, I am an outlier, a statistical anomaly that does not exist in today’s approach to science.

In a world where normal is defined by the number of people that experience a certain behaviour, condition or lifestyle, it would seem that there are many things in the world that we consider normal but point to a world that is not doing well.

Becoming overweight or even obese is becoming normal.

Being dependant on sugar or caffeine is normal.

Using alcohol or other recreational drugs is normal.

Yet based on the above I am an outlier, as none of these things are part of my life:

  • I live without eating or craving sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrate, salt or alcohol
  • I am on the lower side of the normal weight range for my height
  • I wake up without an alarm early in the morning, ready for the day after a solid night’s sleep
  • I work with consistent energy throughout the day around the house and in my job.

This was not my experience of life 12 years ago. In fact, 12 years ago, I was pre-diabetic, overweight, using caffeine, sugar, and alcohol and not particularly happy in my job or within myself.

Joel Levin (Age 34)
Joel Levin (Age 34)

Joel Levin (Age 35)
Joel Levin (Age 35)

So my NORMAL has changed, which means this is not a story of someone with a genetic predisposition to a certain mode of health. Any genuine scientific researcher would look at this change and want to study it because the changes I made were not ‘rocket science’ but observable, repeatable changes.

The changes were founded on the principles of The Way of The Livingness, a uniquely and truly holistic approach to life that presents a combination of science, religion and personal responsibility that is, in my experience, both profound and unique in the world.

The Science Part of The Way of The Livingnessinvolves studying the science of my body more closely and observing the repeatable experiences I have with certain foods, moods and lifestyle choices and how they affect me. It also involves respecting and working with my GP and other health practitioners to monitor my health to ensure I am not deluding myself.

The Religion Part of The Way of The Livingness – involves appreciating the fact that while my life has a practical quality, it also has an energetic quality as well. This energetic quality is about the way in which I define my relationship with God (where even denial is a relationship). Over time I have begun to accept the fact that I can and do have a very personal and real relationship with Divinity and that life has a sacredness that is worthy of respecting and honouring in my movement and actions. I have learnt that I do not need to be beholden to a particular person or congregation, but rather have defined success as the honesty of my personal relationship with God, as it defines everything else.

The Personal Responsibility Part of The Way of The Livingnessinvolves knowing that if I am choosing to eat or live in a way that is harmful to me or others, I need to look at why. It makes little sense that we would choose to ingest poisons (alcohol), smoke, over-eat or do a myriad of other things that modern science knows leads to poor health, but we do. The fact is, I matter in the world and my choices affect me and others. So personal responsibility is looking at the choice and the reason for it. In essence it is perpetual choice to either respond or ignore the Science and Religion I am still discovering.

And while science is consumed with trying to cope with the ever-increasing rates of obesity and other lifestyle diseases, here I am, the outlier – thanks to The Way of The Livingness –feeling very normal, but hardly a blip on the radar of conventional science.

You only need to visit the before and after project on UniMed Living, to see that I am not alone. In fact, people from around the world have begun to replicate these changes, across gender, age, race, income and demographics.

Joel Levin (Age 47)
Joel Levin (Age 47)

Hello, I am an outlier, why don’t you join me?

By Joel Levin, 47

Joel Levin Joel Levin, is a student of life, himself and The Way of The Livingness. With a deep interest in what makes people and groups productive, effective and joyful to be around.

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Related Reading:

What is The Way of The Livingness
Being a Student of The Way of The Livingness
What Exactly is the Livingness?

The Way of The Livingness

601 thoughts on “The Outlier – Thanks to The Way of The Livingness

  1. These photographs are undeniable testament to the benefits of being an ‘outlier’ as a result of practicing the principles of The Way of The Livingness.

  2. I love the way you talk about responsibility here Joel that it is not just about taking care of numero uno but also about considering the bigger picture of how our actions or way of life is affecting everyone else and everything else on the planet.

  3. Each of us have a feeling of what an outlier is for him/her. This feeling is the other side of the coin to what an inlier is. All of this means not much in principle. Yet, it gets interesting when outlying only means excelling in true wellbeing.

  4. When we follow our truth we might be an outlier but this does not mean that it is abnormal to our natural way of being.

  5. Even denial is a relationship, now that has me smiling for there is truly no no really … we just say yes to something else. And here’s to being an outlier, and for more to join.

  6. It is crazy to see what the ‘norm’ has become – it reminds me of the movie Wall-E. Everyone is overweight, floating around in chairs making no effort to exercise, watching the TV screens, all entertainment provided and drinking oversized sugary drinks. Why as humanity would we want to settle for that as an existence?

    1. A great question to ask ourselves and truly take stock of what we feel or wish life to be, to then to be able to endorse what truly supports us and renounce all that is not.

  7. What my normal is today is totally different to what it was 10 years ago, and even 1 year ago, thanks to the Way of the Livingness. When we start to embrace life in a way that reveals to us how our behaviours and patterns impact on our health and society in general, it becomes clear that we constantly have to review how we are living and make adjustments to support ourselves as our bodies change.

  8. “It makes little sense that we would choose to ingest poisons (alcohol), smoke, over-eat or do a myriad of other things that modern science knows leads to poor health, but we do.” – This is a question I have been asking myself about a lot recently, especially in regards to making those self-sabotaging choices myself at times when I am actually feeling quite steady, centred, and joyful. Why would I want to intentionally disrupt those feelings? Well, to me it must have something to do with not wanting the responsibility of living that all the time in full and not standing out as the incredibly sensitive, tender, and caring man I know I am. This can really hurt, but having the honesty of why we are making these self-harming choices is key to healing them, as Joel has indicated here so well.

  9. Thank you Joel, I loved everything you wrote but I could not stop smiling at your photo, so filled with joy, a bit of cheekiness, and the gorgeousness of simply being you. The cuteness and purity of a little boy and the wisdom and power of a man. Welcome back home to yourself!

  10. I love what you shared here Joel, “And while science is consumed with trying to cope with the ever-increasing rates of obesity and other lifestyles diseases, here I am, the outlier – thanks to The Way of The Livingness – feeling very normal, but hardly a blip on the radar of conventional science”. This is such a true statement, we need to be explored for sure, we have much to share and we are a testament to The Way of The Livingness.

  11. What a joy Joel to be an outlier – I join you. You are an inspiration to me – a walking miracle. I am the same. I have gone from the depths of a tyrannical torturous abuse I played out on myself – not an ounce of appreciation in my bones. Now I walk appreciation from all the love I feel in my body and from God within. Talk about science – investigate and analyse me! The Way of The Livingness is the truth, love, harmony, stillness and Joy of God no doubt about it!!

  12. As an outlier sometimes I can feel a desire to be part of the norm, to fit in. Yet when I really look at that there is nothing there that is greater than what I currently live now. When I did live that life was challenging, I was tired, I was overweight, there were moments of ‘fun’ but in truth this was just relief from the tensions of life. I can say that I do not want to be part of that again.

  13. Changing our choices from those that actually harm us for example alcohol, overeating, or drugs to making more loving choices is all part of taking responsibility for ourselves and understanding that the choices we make really matter, and through the process of this I found the real me.

  14. I love the ‘marriage’ of religion, science and philosophy in The Way of The Livingness and feel very enriched that my life is not purely about being human, but that God and multidimensionality are leading in it.

  15. “appreciating the fact that while my life has a practical quality, it also has an energetic quality as well.” I really got this aspect of The Way of the Livingness. Both are incredibly logical and should be considered as being interchangeable if we are to truly live the love we are from.

  16. “So my NORMAL has changed,” The ripple effect of my ‘normal’ as a student of The Way of The Livingness is changing the normal of those around me.

  17. Currently ‘normal’ is constantly being refined downwards and the students of the Way of The Livingness deserve to be studied as they are bucking the current increasing ill-health trends by simple and practical choices in the way that they live that have transformed many lives including mine and supported me to become a much more productive and loving member of my community.

  18. The simple building blocks that have been ignored for many of us, for many many years. Its such a practical simple platform you describe Joel, and the proof is in the sparkle in that last photo. Its a true way and that is obvious to see.

  19. Many greats point made here Joel and this one spoke loudly today ‘…even denial is a relationship.’ We are constantly in a relationship with ourselves, our bodies, with others, with God and the universe. So the great question is what is that nature of our relationship and is it a relationship that embraces, honors and represents all that we really are, guided by our connection to our truth from within? With eternal and heartfelt thanks to The Way of The Livingness I walk beside you Joel and many others, now knowing what it means to live in a way that may not as yet seem ‘normal’ by today’s ‘standards’ but without a doubt feels absolutely natural as is reflected through my body, well-being and vitality.

  20. Knowing our value and that we matter is key to undertaking any assessment in how we are and how we live. In my experience The Way of The Livingness comes from a basis that we are it all already, but we may not be choosing to live it, and then it’s a matter of looking at any hindrances we may have, so rather than trying to attain something outside of us, we’re looking at letting go all those things which do not support us to be who we naturally. To be supported and held in an understanding that we are whole already is amazing and as Joel notes here, and I can say my experience is similar, it’s changed my life, and continues to do so. There is another way and it’s accessible to us all.

  21. “You only need to visit the before and after project on UniMed Living, to see that I am not alone. In fact, people from around the world have begun to replicate these changes, across gender, age, race, income and demographics.” Witnessing the changes people have made over the years is truly astonishing. Your before and after photos say it all Joel. Love your blogs…..

  22. Thank you Joel I am also an outlier too, having worked shift work for over 28 years now I cope better now than I did in my 20’s and 30’s, and I know it is because of The Way of The Livingness showing me there is a different way to live and move in the world that supports me to experience life with more love, vitality and true wellness.

  23. There really is no rocket science or anything remotely exciting about choosing to live by these very simple, practical principles you describe here. Yet, what we are seeing in these three photos tell us that the difference is a life apart. You do not even look the same person in the first two photos. Totally unrecognizable in many ways.

  24. When the outliers become the norm and what they do is the ‘normal’, outliers become those who rebel against the ‘normal’ and go one way and those who embrace themselves who go another way. The ‘normal’ feed the ‘rebels’ and are confirmed by them to be ‘normal’. The problem is those who embrace themselves. They do not fit well in the picture because in truth they are and represent the normal even if they are perceived by the ‘normal’ as abnormal.

  25. I’m an outlier too Joel. As a woman with a chronic thyroid condition I should, statistically speaking, be a lot less healthy than I am. Not only do I have wonderful medical support, thanks to The Way of The Livingness, I have an equally wonderful prescription for life that I joyfully choose to take.

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