More exponentially now, a Luxe-Life is no longer solely about high-end experiences or externals (automobiles, houses, clothes, travel, wine, art, foods, accessories, yoga mats, gardeners, education) providing a sense of wellbeing, success, happiness and meaning. Yes, they traditionally convey achievement and the social capital, inclusivity or exclusivity, comfort and elegance accessible only to the few who can afford them and that is part of the undeniable allure, emotional value and power of an exquisitely crafted product, unique design, or exceptional service or experience.
What is altering is the perception that whilst the objects and services in themselves may indeed be truly outstanding, if deep within you personally feel unfulfilled, empty, disconnected, unhappy or anxious, for example, then no matter what the lifestyle, luxury object or service…happiness, satisfaction, personal wellbeing and meaning will be elusive.
You may well have your financial portfolio set, run a very successful company, enjoy travel and exquisite wellness treats, yet still experience lack of fulfilment and happiness.You may have a loving partner, children and friends, and still experience loneliness and depression.(In fact, it could well be that maintaining it all contributes to emptiness, depression, exhaustion, overwhelm.)
In other words, no amount of ‘stuff’ or people can fill the gap or make you happy.The happiness externals provide is only temporary: they cannot within themselves inherently deliver on tap, lasting personal fulfillment.
Millennials intrinsically understand elements of this in their prioritization of experiences, wellbeing and happiness over the things themselves. Through them (and GenZ), a luxe-life has evolved into one that is more meaningful and conscious (as well as inclusive, honest and sustainable).They are re-defining ‘luxury’ to include greater reach, access and relevancy, and coming from more thoughtful, conscious choices as far as ‘big picture’ issues are concerned.Relevancy to them is about ethical, positive contribution and that which supports them to further empower their wellbeing and happiness.
The rise in the global drive for wellness, health and happiness and the trillions spent through the avenues of beauty, wellness retreats, sustainability, fitness and athleisure fashion attest to radically changing perspectives and values.
And yet, all the green smoothies and living, wellness retreats and hours of personal training can only do so much if on an internal level you personally feel alone, ugly, devalued, inferior, unsupported, disconnected. It may look like a ‘luxe-life’, but it won’t feel like or be one.If our inner patterns are keyed-in at ‘unhappy, unfulfilled, anxious’ and remain so, for example, our sense of happiness, wellbeing, fulfilment and purpose will be compromised, no matter what fabulous footwear or time-piece we are wearing.
“Wherever you go, there you are”, as the old saying goes.
Leading-edge elements of the luxe-life centre upon personal transformation for a mindset shift and the self-actualization that cultivates happiness from within and the even fuller appreciation and realization of one’s potentials and gifts.
The luxe-life includes the material things that a given person considers significant, but is also mindset and an internal way of being that has been cultivated to feel connected, happy, rich, fulfilled and at one with oneself and with life. Not dependent upon the next purchase or a significant other to feel that way.
It’s a setpoint that is about being connected at deeper, transformed mind-body-emotion-spiritual levels that then manifest into richer experiences in wellbeing, health and happiness, along with more conscious, thoughtful, holistic choices and authentic actions.
Leading-edge science tells us that through contouring our thoughts, emotions and feelings we can change who we are from the inside-out, as well as consciously design our lives for the better when we know how.It is said that of the 60,000 thoughts we think each day, 80% of them are negative. That 80% of the chokehold in our lives comes from faulty conditioning.
The happiness and wellbeing we do or don’t feel is a reflection of our most dominant mental and emotional patterns.
The personal and spiritual development movements over the last 25 years have contributed immensely to the rising awareness of how happiness and wellbeing can be deliberately cultivated by choice, and how if we know how, we wake up to the understanding that life is about the thrill of the ride we are on. We drop toxic belief systems in favour of remembering that we ourselves are the happiness, joy and passion flowing through our lives.
We come into greater fulfilment and wellbeing.
As such, knowing how to transform negative and unhelpful internal patterns and being able to stay anchored in positive ones are huge keys.We create our lives and experiences more consciously, as well as lead from greater meaning, connection and contribution.
In this context, an authentic, modern-day luxe-life is an holistic expression of conscious, transformed, integrated mental, emotional, physical, material and spiritual wellbeing. It’s inclusive of freedom in a huge way:time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom, spiritual freedom.It’s friendships, community spirit and renewed faith in humanity.
We choose to cultivate inner happiness and wellbeing for the very best that life offers and for feeling one’s very best from the inside-out.The things and the experiences, then, powerfully add to all the beauty, freedom, happiness, generosity and joy cultivated within.
We are in massively shifting times where luxury as we’ve known it is shifting radically, evolutionarily driven by numerous, diverse factors globally.
These factors show us that the real Luxe-Life is sourced from deep, deep within, and it powerfully fans out.
The foundation of your Luxe-Life is you and to the extent to which you realize the worthiness, beauty, rarity and magnificence of you is the extent to which your happiness, wellbeing and fulfilment can flourish in all areas important to you in your life.