What is Free to Live Healthy?

I call Free to Live Healthy a journal of natural and Biblical living.

At the risk of being redundant, there’s something natural we might anticipate in a blog about either natural or Biblical living. With either topic, we might assume one who lives naturally or lives Biblically does so from some intrinsic core of themselves, that living in such a way is fundamental or even the way they’ve always been.

I approach both subjects–natural living and Biblical living–as themes to my life that I value and to which I am still attuning. There’s something that feels very authentically Biblical about that to me. For thousands of years, or, maybe even since the dawn of this world, that attunement, that alignment back to G-d across the abyss is something with which creation struggles. Natural living in this era of civilization feels, paradoxically, somewhat unnatural too. In both cases, there’s a movement against the grain of modernity that feels alienating and atomizing at times.

So you could say that one reason I write is for that elusive internet age goal of finding my tribe, of connecting to those people who see modern living somewhat critically (yet engage, at least somewhat with the apparatus of machinery and globalizing tech), who are going back to the plant teachers and the homesteads and the old time religion for answers, whirling, with a little hope, across the way at the same time back towards greater connectivity with our Creator.

I write sometimes passionately and even angrily about aspects of society that I feel are failing us and delivering us into perpetual or worsening sickness. I aim to write hopefully as well about another kind of world we could nourish to health. And I write nostalgically with folk remedies, traditional lore, and an eye on things that ought not be lost.

If there’s one constant to the content I post here, it’s my weekly Torah commentaries. Part of my motivation there is to challenge myself to read and study Torah each week. Sharing my thoughts comes also from this renewed belief I’ve found in adulthood that the Bible is valuable and meaningful to contemporary life.

My inspiration is a little bit Chassidic, a little bit New Thought, and a healthy crunch of back country living.

Free to Live Healthy is all of that, and an invitation for you to find greater health too.

-JP

7 Tevet, 5782