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.

For the full back catalogue of Joel Levin’s writing, visit: www.joellevin.net

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

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

  1. I love that The Way of the Livingness ask nothing of us, allowing us to observe and choose what is true for us to live. We are worth the depth and level of relationship with ourselves that can be lived when we choose to honour responsibility in our movements.

  2. Our choices have a huge impact on not only ourselves, but those around us and more, ‘The Personal Responsibility Part of The Way of The Livingness – involves 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.’ Do I make choices that support and honour myself, or do I make choices that are harmful to myself and indirectly to others?

  3. Mmm really interesting Joel and well worth understanding when the rates for overweight and obesity, coupled with poor mental health, are rising at rates that will not be sustainable by our current health system.

  4. Many great points to consider here Joel, it is crazy to think what we consider ‘normal’ in life is actually contributing to higher levels of illness and disease. The Way of The Livingness offers us a way to live that is responsible, loving, and brings true healing to the body, and hundreds of students lives have benefitted enormously such as yours, through the simple, practical, self-loving tools that truly work.

    1. This is a big comment, that is worth paying attention to… the fact that what we consider normal are often things that contribute to ill health.

  5. Beautiful Joel- when we are part of the norm we are left alone when we step outside of this it rattles the apple cart but is well worth it as when you live honouring yourself then life starts to become lived not survived.

  6. Funny how what was normal is no longer so – for example as you have said Joel, it was the norm to not be overweight or obese, whereas in today’s world, it is the norm to be overweight. This means that ‘normal’ weight people are now seen as being abnormal or ‘outliers’! Crazy how our world has changed…and what we have allowed with regards to the change in the meaning of words.

  7. Cute… sitting out there on the edge of what is statistically normal. Most of my life I’ve been uncomfortable with that because it has felt lonely and I want to be in with the crowd. As I develop a better sense of myself I’m able to just be me and no longer get pulled along with by everyone else… and interestingly these outliers offer an alternative to the bell end of the distribution curve that perhaps there is a different way?

  8. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed in being a rebel, I never wanted to be a sheep that conformed to society. Ironically, doing drugs and dropping out of school was just another way of conforming, it might of looked like rebellion but in truth it was reaction to something, it was just the other end of the same seesaw.
    Joel, in this article you have summed up what I was actually looking for when I was a teenager, I was looking for another way. What I didn’t realise then, was that I was joining the masses of other teens that were checking out with drugs and alcohol and in fact I was not unique in my choices, in fact, I was like a sheep, prescribing to the same escape the rest of the world was. Now I find myself studying Universal Medicine, a school or teaching that explained that life can be medicine, that our choices affect everything, I am now an outlier too and proud of it, choosing to embrace and not escape from all there is to learn from in this world and beyond.

  9. It is fascinating what we accept as normal without questioning it- we just accept a mundaneness to life and a level of function. I myself wasn’t aware that life could actually be joyful everyday until I started to break out from what was normal and live what was true- they are two very different things.

  10. Being responsible does matter, especially as our choices affect myself and others, ‘if I am choosing to eat or live in a way that is harmful to me or others, I need to look at why.’

  11. Ooo Ooo, include me as an outlier! (insert raised hand emoticon here)
    The responsibility that comes with living true to ourselves and not up to what is seen as ‘normal’ today is very important, we need to understand that there is in fact another, truly well and far more healthy way of living and that it is possible. The reflection is needed amongst us all.

  12. I love this Joel . . . ” 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.” . . . yes this is a great reminder of the deepest relationship we can possible have that defines and deepens all other relationships.

  13. What I have observed is that sometimes science can be used to keep our comforts in place, to not challenge things and to justify certain choices or behaviours. In time we often start to see through this as the truth exposes itself.

  14. Hello Joel and I have said it before, I always love reading what you write. This is pretty simple and clear, “The Personal Responsibility Part of The Way of The Livingness – involves 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 would be great to see this trend catch on and become the norm. As hard as it is at times or may seem, what we see in front of us is chosen by us in some way or at some point even though it may not make sense at the time.

  15. Too amazing for the world of science to even see – a blip, this made me chuckle for at some point – the tipping point will be reached and The Way of The Livingness will be known for the amazing extra-ordinary that it has always been.

  16. ‘The Science Part of The Way of The Livingness – involves 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.’ Well said Joel, it is a simple choice to listen to the body’s wisdom and be guided by what feels supportive or not, and when we do the changes in our health and well being can be quite amazing as your experience so beautifully confirms this.

  17. “The Science Part of The Way of The Livingness – involves 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 paragraph above should be apart of our mainstream education, the amount of diseases that are lifestyle related is disturbing, as they are preventable. A lot of people don’t realise that it is actually very empowering to get involved with your body in this way and if you love your body, there is a high possibility that it will treat you well too, giving you plenty of warning signs when something is out of balance.

  18. Thank you Joel for another great read, We seem to in the past have joined the masses and become part of what is considered normal even though it means abusing our bodies, being irresponsible with our choices and blaming others. We are now indeed blessed to have The Way of The Livingness as the truth of Science Religion and an understanding of what Personal Responsibility means as our new normal.

  19. Joel, knowing that life has a practical quality as well as an energetic quality to it, brings with it a responsibility to live our lives with integrity, as how we live will have an affect on the energetic field that we all live within.

  20. ‘The fact is, I matter in the world and my choices affect me and others’. This does bring a responsibility to be clear and honest in the way we live and to be free of judgement and expectation that others live a certain way. I too, am an Outlier and today my connection to who I truly am and Gods presence in the world will be celebrated and confirmed.

  21. Normal is a disease in itself as it condones ill behaviours that suits a lifestyle of the majority. We often don’t question what you know is not supporting our body and life if we look around and see the same unloving choices reflected back to us. It confirms our ill ways and gives a seeming excuse to continue to make those choices. That’s why our reflection is so important. Us outliers need to be reflecting what true change looks like and give normal a new name and image.

    1. Rachael, could it be that we tend to use what we think is normal as an excuse to not take responsibility for our choices, our health and the care of our body? I definitely used to do this but not anymore, thanks to The Way of The Livingness I am living like an outlier, setting a new normal.

  22. “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.” So true Joel, how bad does it have to get before the majority of people in the world recognise that there is something very wrong with what we consider and accept to be normal and that we need to be honest and take full responsibility to redefine what normal truly means to initiate true change to live in a way that supports us all equally as The Way of The Livingness reflects to us.

  23. The Way of The Livingness sets a new marker of what normal is, one that is based on a true foundation of care of the body for self and others and a connection which is spherical with everything there is in the universe.

  24. I love what you offer here, Joel, that there is another normal to the accepted normal, and that you are part of it, and that you became part of it through the choices and changes you made in your life; so this is in fact accessible in anyone, you do not need to be special, just committed and willing to be honest, and see what does and doesn’t work in your life and take responsibility – it’s isn’t rocket science but it is science, the science of our relationship with ourselves and with God.

  25. “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.” Coming to understand and feel the energy in everything has been the greatest revelation for me and has been the inspiration to be aware of the choices I make and the effect this has on myself and everyone else.

  26. We are here to set a new normal in the Way of our Livingness, where self love takes the place of self abuse, where taking responsibility for the choices we make in understanding that every choice and the quality of that choice affects not only us but all mankind, instead of us living with shame blame and guilt, our new normal is to learn to live from the love that we truly are.

  27. Brilliant Joel – I especially loved the science part and I have found that GPS and health professionals are very supportive of the choices I’ve made inspired by Universal Medicine. In fact sometimes they seem surprised that a patient is taking full responsibility for their health. This is interesting as it tells me that many people go to the doctor wanting to be ‘fixed’ rather than truly looking at what they need to do to support themselves. I know that’s what I used to do.

  28. I love reading this blog. The part about our relationship with God stood out for me today. This is one relationship I have given my least attention to yet it is one that will support me in all my other relationships. Huummm interesting to notice this and a note to myself to start paying more attention to developing my relationship with God and to be more aware of when I tend to avoid this and why.

  29. The beauty of living from our own choices and responsibility within those choices is how it connects every facet of not only our lives but of everyone else’s too. Every movement within our choices has a ripple affect on the all and that is something worth pondering on how and why we live as we do today.

  30. This blog is enormously supportive for anyone wanting to bring change to their current way of living, so many in our current society are settling for a reduced way of living that lacks any vitality, commitment, energy, or true health. The Way of The Livingness is a complete package that offers the body a different way to live and to make responsible and loving choices that support your body to truly heal and to live as an ‘outlier’ and experience the many benefits that come with embracing the body as a living science.

  31. I like that The Way of The Livingness encompasses all aspects of life. I will be visiting my doctors later on this morning because I am not feeling well. In the past I would probably not have gone and made an assumption about what I had and decided on what medication to take. These days I feel I am taking greater care of myself and part of this responsibility is about checking things out with the doctors. The Way of The Livingness really is a holistic approach to life.

  32. “This energetic quality is about the way in which I define my relationship with God (where even denial is a relationship).” Great point Joel – we can’t escape the relationship to ourselves and to God because we are in constant relationship with everything, even if our perspective is isolated to just our thoughts or wants.

  33. I love how you have presented that that there is more to life, that we are in an inescapable relationship with science, religion and responsibility, that we have access to a greater awareness than just following the ‘norm’ so to speak. We all have a sense of what is true and what is not yet we are choosing to not engage this. Understanding why we choose to avoid our responsibility to live from our inner-most has been nothing short of empowering. I have found that The Way of The Livingness has supported me to no end to re-discover that within me, and us all, is our guide to knowing all that is truly our normal, and to explore my relationship with humanity, God, the universe and as such living my Divinity in the world.

  34. What I find with The Way of The Livingness is the simplicity that it starts with us choosing to be honest. No one is telling us what to eat, what to do – but by being very honest I have learnt how what I used to think I ‘love’ was really not supporting me or in fact actually very harming to myself. And it became so clear how our ‘normal’ is actually not natural to us. It’s been a quite incredible, humble yet totally self-empowering process.

  35. We get so comfortable in our so called ‘normal’ way of living not questioning it because with everyone else around us doing the same thing we convince ourselves it is normal. It is only when we see the reflection of something else or we are brought to a stop to do a stock take of our life that we are able to start to observe and consider that we have accepted a way of living that perhaps is not so responsible, healthy, supportive and vital as it naturally ought to be.

  36. I never really enjoyed science at school, but now I absolutely can’t get enough of it. It’s exploring all the fine details of our daily lives and how we move express and nourish our bodies that brings the outlier truly out into the world and seeing just how joyous it can be to live and share in this way. The inner wisdom we hold in our bodies is the true science and one that allows us to continually deepen and explore more and more of what makes us tick. Thank you Joel and thank you Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

  37. You say it so well Joel, the outlier speaks very clearly and very succinctly, and shows that we all can choose the same. Your line ‘So my NORMAL has changed … ‘ is key, it’s saying it’s not a matter of being special, having special abilities or genes, but the willingness to look within, get honest and make choices that truly support.

  38. Your outlier status won’t be so for long Joel… I am joining you too! The fact is there is proof from lived experience of many now that shows that change is simple when Love is the purpose and founding Way and this is something science is sorely missing.

  39. Joel, this article is Gold. I love the line “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.”, this resonates deeply with me.
    And the photos share it all – the joy, light and sense of fun in your most recent photos is beautiful and gorgeous to feel. Thank you.

  40. For too long we have accepted the abnormal as the normal and it is time that collectively we made the shifts in our ways to correct this fact.

  41. Yes, to often we also shift the bar of what is normal. When recently looking at some portraits of people 50 years ago- the state of their health and their bodies were very different to the bodies you see today. Yet we have shifted the bar and normalised what would have been considered unhealthy in those days to just be the norm now.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s