Wake Up Week 15 - Check in

The Great Wake Up! is a series of 40 fun experiments during the course of 2016, to help you find the time and energy to make your life a brighter and more fulfilling place. In essence, a strategy for life liberation! By breaking routines and experimenting with new, we force ourselves to become more conscious. Join The Great Wake Up! for all 40 experiments as they unfold or take your pick from what feels right for you... BUT be sensible and don't try anything which will put you at risk. We can't promise that these experiments will work for you and don't take responsibility for the outcomes. It is all down to you!

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We are taking another week off to 'check in' during week 13.

I am loving the way The Great Wake Up! experiments are developing. Personally, there have been great benefits in engaging with them, however, what keeps me curious is that I find it hard to predict which ones are going to be tough and which ones will be easier; which ones will tickle my energy and which ones will give me a profound shift in perspective.

It seems from the comments I’ve read that I am not alone!

We have had a quite a few illnesses over this month from the Wake Up! Champions and surprisingly some great learnings came from that: Namely, we must slow down and respect the fact that our bodies need time to recoup. Not rushing or expecting things to get better instantly. Injured Fi remembered “a lovely Welsh saying Daw eto haul ar ben y bryn – it literally means the sun will shine on the mountain once again.” Flu bound Mark wished he was in Japan where they would have prescribed him with 4 days of Shirin Yoku; forest bathing!

I will help a stranger every day. This has been super impactful to many including myself. What I’ve realised is that often I hold back from doing this because I am nervous of how my offer of help will be taken and how I will be perceived. This experiment has helped me get over myself and remember that this life is about humanity and connecting with others in a meaningful way. There’s no better way to do that than by offering help and support which is delivered from the heart. I always want to be the person that helps; please slap me if I don’t! Like Chris wrote in his post I am putting this in my ‘daily behavior toolkit’.

I will wake up an hour earlier every day to do something I have always meant to do. Waking up an hour early is often a struggle. I feel like I get up early enough as it is. Vanessa had the toughest schedule and ended up getting up at 4:30am! I did however appreciate that commitment is needed and it did make me realise that if I was always committed to the things I love to do I would make more of them happen. Since then my guitar has been played way more than last year. So I’m pretty happy with the result. Preeti found the same, that it helped her focus on the things that are important to her.

I will spend 10 minutes a day outside in nature, somewhere green. I’m very grateful to Jacqui who shared some research around the benefit of students walking a mile outside, to and around school each day. It made them feel calmer, fitter and more focused. For me, nature is so restorative so I can really understand why they feel calmer, more focused and more connected to where they live. If I am ever out of sorts I need to seek the outside. Everyone found similar benefits, even city lover Vicki!

We have just been filming some more experiments and can’t wait to see how they go down.

Keep seeing them as playthings and engaging them in a light way and I’m sure you’ll get lots back.

If you were able to take part in the 3 March experiments then we would appreciate 5 minutes of your time to complete a short survey. This way we will learn more about how the experiments work. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TGWU_March

The experiment for week 16 will be posted here on Friday the 8th so do come back then!

Keep on keeping on and keep on shining bright!

Huge love

Chris x

Chris Baréz-Brown

Author, speaker and founder Upping Your Elvis, Upping Your Elvis

Best selling author, speaker and business beatnik Chris Baréz Brown has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect. As we grow, develop and socialise we can lose touch with that brilliance and often become somebody we’re not. Chris founded his Dorset based company Upping Your Elvis in 2009 to help people reconnect with their inner genius and once again become confident in being who they truly are. The Guardian recently described Chris as a long haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard.