November 2nd, 2015: Project Neoteny / by Malik Lloyd

Hello everyone, it’s Malik.


About a year ago, I made a post about this thing I named Project Neoteny. For those who don’t feel like looking up the definition, neoteny is a biology term for a trait that carries over from the juvenile stage of an animal to its matured form. Basically, I was examining what characteristics I had as a child and which of those characteristics have carried over into the person that I am today. All this kicked off my crazy adventure into mindfulness.

At the time, I was in a weird state of recovery from - well, let’s just call it a “traumatic experience.” I had to come to terms with a torrent of new perspectives that I honestly had never taken the time to consider in the past. So, in an effort to improve the quality of my life, I started acting on all the different advice out there on “self-improvement” and “self-help.” There was nowhere to go but up from there, right? So I used the almighty multi-tool known as the internet to find every possible bit of information on the idea.

After a year of dedicating many days and nights to meditation, social exposure, and a stream of diverse Internet media, I ‘ve finally decided that it’s worth the effort to truly invest myself in this blogging idea.


This blog is going to act as a collection of my thoughts.


One of the many things I’ve learned along the way is that we have the ability to bring ideas into reality - and it starts with using your voice and projecting this into the world. So, as deeply as I think and feel about all the concepts I’ve spent so much time processing, it’s all for naught if it stays stuck in my head. So I’m using this blog as a way to document parts of the experience. Also, in the span of 6 months, I had 5 hard drives fail, so as a safety measure, I’m putting this all on the internet.


I’ve had to come to terms with and accept a lot about myself and one thing that I’ve definitely had to build up in order to get to this point is confidence. It’s crazy when I think about how many amazing people I’m surrounded by, but I have to reserve a special thanks to a few. I’m not gonna throw your names out there, but I’m sure that if you’re reading this you know who you are. From showing your support for my projects to being there to listen to me vent about some crisis I was dealing with - you all truly mean the world to me.


Anyway, I will make at least 1 post a week. Please feel free to curse and yell at me if I don’t stick to that. I swear that if I can go an entire year without eating chicken or beef, I can spend a small chunk of time each week to cover one of the many topics I’ve been wracking my brain over. A year from now, I’ll look back on this project and see if I’ll keep it up or not; I’m not locking myself into this for a lifetime just yet. But we’ll see.


Here’s to November 1, 2016!