We are now in a world in which everything is constantly shifting, challenging us to make a pivotal decision — shall we try to remain firmly tethered to the dock, or will we allow ourselves to move with the changing tide?
We are fortunate to live in a time in which technology will significantly transform our lives for the better. This constant stream of change and the barrage of stimulation it brings, however, has left us panicked and unsure of our footing — especially as we recognize that our old footpaths are no longer viable.
That panic has birthed anxiety, depression, fear for what is to come, and just a sense of being “stuck.” It has led to constant fight or flight reactions and has over-stimulated our sympathetic nervous system leading to undesirable physical and emotional reactions—and paying your therapist and chiropractor way too much money!
We created MAPS to give you the tools to dance with these tides of change so that you can find both opportunity and pleasure in this new era. These tools will help you do more than just survive, They will help you to cultivate your own blueprint and chart a course to a future of your own design.
Although clinging to the dock is no longer an option, using MAPS, you will discover a life full of opportunity, enriched relationships, higher quality of life, and — our greatest hope — a life in balance.
Four Foundational Elements
MAPS stands for Mindfulness, Activation, Purpose, and Surrender and we believe that they represent the four foundational elements that will help you find and sustain balance in your life — and which, through that balance, will help you live that life in the most fulfilling and productive way possible.
We believe that finding and sustaining this balance is the essential enabler of our ability as humans to be innovative and creative at work, to have deep and fulfilling personal relationships, and in our ability to live a life that we find meaningful.
As a society, we are constantly discouraged from talking about this need for balance in our lives. Even more frustrating, nothing we learn at school or at work helps us understand the need for balance or prepares us to achieve it.
When approached as a daily practice, we believe that adopting the MAPS philosophy will give you the tools to find and sustain this malleability and balance. These tools will also help you to discover what is truly important in your life (your purpose) and challenge you to explore new ways of engaging in your work and relationships. You will realize your greatest potential.
MAPS is a research-based, integrated daily practice that combines thought exercises, movement, breath-work, and reflective engagement exercises — all aligned to one or more of the MAPS elements — building a practical foundation for your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being and growth.
You can see the four elements of MAPS as counter-balancing components, helping you to simultaneously be self-aware, while also being externally engaged and action-oriented.
A Daily Practice to Reignite Your Humanness
One of the core tenants of the MAPS philosophy is the willingness to “sit in your discomfort.” Adopting MAPS as a daily practice will demand vulnerability. You will be asked to question your actions, your motives, and your desires. You will be challenged to face your fears and to address self-destructive habits.
You will reignite the power of your HUMANNESS. And because of the nature of our humanness, you will naturally uncover power amid our vulnerability and, in that vulnerability, the space and desire to transform.
That’s right folks, transformation will not happen if we are constantly holding on to what we are “sure of” and know to be truth. That is the sure path to stagnation. MAPS is all about shaking the boundaries of what we know to be true, so that we will uncover our ultimate TRUTH, and align it to our personal goals and self-image.
The secret is this: the most challenging element will be un-doing what we have been taught all of our lives.
So, if you’re looking for a simple, color-by-number, approach — this isn’t it.
But if you’re willing to do the hard work of looking deep within yourself, to be open to new ideas and perspectives, and to diligently engage with and build a personal practice of mindfulness, activation, purpose, and surrender, you will begin to chart the course that will make all the difference.
So the question is, what are you going to do next? The important thing is that you do something. Here are some options to get started on your journey: