January 16, 2016
Gregg Levoy discusses his book Vital Signs – The Nature and Nurture of Passion. This exuberant and compelling work explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset – a stance – that helps bring vitality to all your engagements, from work and relationships to creativity and spiritual life. Vital Signs examines the endless, yet endlessly fruitful, tug-of-war between passion and security in our lives, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves, and shows us how to stay engaged with the world and resist the downward-pulling forces that can drain our aliveness.
Vital Signs also encourages courageous inquiry into our dis-passion – where we’re numb, depressed, stuck and bored in our lives – so that we can rework these tendencies in ourselves, claim our rightful inheritance of vitality, and get our spark back. Drawing from centuries of history, art, science, psychology and philosophy, as well as in-depth interviews with people who rediscovered and reignited passion in their own lives, Vital Signs offers an expansive menu of possibilities for how to claim and reclaim your passion, and will help you maintain a keen awareness of where the pulse is and a determination to plug into that place.
Carl Jung, consumerism, Gregg Levoy, health freedom, Indigenous societies, Individual Freedom, Joseph Chilton Pearce, materialism, meditation, philosophy, popular culture, psychology, psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud