Health & Wellness is Bad for You. Just ask Charles Bukowski.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 27, 2012
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“Live your life so well that death will tremble to take you.” ~ Charles Bukowski

We blog a lot about Health & Wellness. Well Fear of Death is the worst thing for us. So here’s Bukowski.

Health & Wellness. Sure, taking care of ourself is good for us. Naturally. Health & Wellness: it’s one of elephant’s prime areas of focus.

But relaxing, enjoying life, embracing our “shadow,” as New Agey types call “real life”…that’s good for our souls, too. You think Blues players read books about positivity? Fuck you.

Health & Wellness, meet Charles Bukowski, one of the most degraded human beings ever to exist.

Whores and alcohol and cigarettes instead of oxygen. Health & Wellness? We’ll call it even.



From a Buddhist point of view, an obsession with staying young is counter-productive.

We’re gonna die. Enjoy life. Serve others. Be of benefit. That’ll keep you inspired and young forever. Buddhism talks about the font of ever-youthful energy. You can’t buy that good stuff in a pharmacy. You won’t find it in a $100 bottle of moisturizer. So love your wrinkles—they’re hot, if you accept them.

Still, Health & Wellness is, doh, important. Eat real food. Do away with parabens and GMOs and poison (pesticides). Exercise. Laugh. Dance. Do nothing, occasionally.

As the Buddha would remind us, it’s all about Middle way.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Health & Wellness is Bad for You. Just ask Charles Bukowski.”

  1. Spiral_dancer says:

    You're right! I l need to remember to strive for the middle path! Stretching to that perfect spot, weaving yourself into the fabric of the forest, mindfully exploring a glass of wine…It feels so good. We take ourselves too seriously sometimes, berating ourselves for falling prey to our harmful habitats. If nothing else, be sure to dance.

  2. Chelsea says:

    Buddhism is really sounding like the peaceful balance in life. I’ve thought, in the past, that it appeared selfish. All I’ve learned has been the polar opposite.

    -hot wrinkles.

    >>>”Incorrect source, offensive, or found a typo? Or do you want to write for Elephant?”<<< too cool, Way.

    By the way, the comment box, on what I would call the mobile page, is totally fubar. I had to copy and paste here.

  3. LJigme says:

    "You think Blues players read books about positivity? Fuck you."

    How do you know?