Writer’s Wednesday: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

The Primal ConnectionLately I’ve been digging deeper into health looking beyond just diet, and instead embracing the importance of all aspects of our lifestyle. The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness by Mark Sisson is the best guide I’ve found so far to get started on this. While there’s still plenty of things to dig further into, it’s an excellent primer on a wealth of topics, such as:

  • Touch
  • Barefoot walking
  • Posture
  • Movement
  • Sleep
  • Nature + Wilderness
  • Dirt
  • Daily rhythm
  • Slowing down
  • Social connections
  • Play
  • Art
  • Thrills

I’m talking about a life of physical challenge but ample leisure. I’m talking about living by the natural ebb and flow of light and darkness, season to season. I’m talking about living in smaller groups. I’m talking about play and creativity and getting dirt under our fingernails – a life of the raw senses and an overlapping of the self and the natural environment.

Not all of the suggestions might work right now, but there are plenty that help you bring these aspects into your life in little bits and pieces and I love knowing what I can work towards going forward.

I’ve noticed for a while that taking plenty of time for sleep, spending time in nature and generally slowing down is incredibly important for both my mental and physical health and well-being. The Primal Connection has helped me look at more ways to get these things into my day-to-day life, as well as pointing out other important areas such as playing with dirt – and playing in general. I highly recommend it!

How do you make sure to make time for sleep, play, nature in your life? Have you noticed these things making a difference?

As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.


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