Humanity is at a crossroads. We have tried the extremes to attain some measure of peace or happiness, and they have not worked. On the one hand: power, money bigger houses, faster cars, nicer clothes, better holidays. This way might give us some short-term kicks but not true, lasting, long-term fulfilment. We lurch to the other extreme: meditation, shrinking needs, simplicity, deep work and a quest for enlightenment. This may feel better and more authentic, and we may be able to better manage the angst, but something is still missing.
After spending the past 25 years zig zagging between the extremes of yoga and business, author Neo Morton offers ‘being real’ as a more grounded approach that combines manifestation and meditation. Being real acknowledges the past and the present while paying attention to the future. We can continue to avoid, ignore, pretend and hide behind the carefully crafted illusion we present on social media or we can be real – open up, lean in, show up and actively go looking for the issues that are holding us back. In Being Real for a Change Neo humbly draws upon both personal gains and major mishaps to elucidate his own journey to being real. Practical tools are introduced that unpack the what, the why and the how to make a start on the path of being real.
Life is a messy adventure that invites us to immerse ourselves in that chaos and use our real experiences to illuminate our path. To learn, grow, make mistakes, take risks and seek to become more tomorrow than we were today. Real is where the gold is.
Finally, thanks to Karen for our writing collaboration and for keeping me on track. Without you, this book would not have happened. You guided me through some very delicate murky waters of being real, and you were never judgemental. Instead, you listened to my life’s major pivot points and made it safe to expose the truth rather than perform the story version.