Jul 21 2008
What gets your juices flowing and your heart pumping? Whatever it is my friend, are you honoring it?
So what brings you alive? Is it natural beauty, a big hug, taking a risk, driving music, a crisp morning, a touching moment? What brings you alive and are you honoring it often?
Do you know what brings you alive? Do you know what makes your heart sing? Not certain? Then look at the people and activities in your life that are way too small for you.
Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.
David Whyte, from his poem, Sweet Darkness.
What definitely does not bring you alive? What’s killing the core you? Take an honest gaze at what’s killing you and you’ll find what brings you alive.
Another good trail to follow is to look for what you want. Then ask, “What about what I want is enlivening to me?”
Another hint is to look in the opposite direction from prevailing wisdom. Sometimes we’ve got to be radically bad to find the boldness of aliveness. I mean, the heck with what they say. They are way too small for you. Be radically bad and declare your freedom from all those cultural “shoulds” that are weighing you down.
What rocks you at the core of your being?
Here’s another clue. Answer this question about your dreams or big life goals. What matters most to me in my life right now and am I working on it?
Self-confrontation is one doorway to inspiration.
So, my friend, what matters most to you today and what are you doing about it?
Walking this brave path means heartily welcoming all of life. It shouts to life. Bring it on, I’m ready. I am here, I am now and I’m alive!
Often by frequently engaging in smaller aliveness activities we can nudge open the doorway to greater glory and the accomplishment of dreams.
Aliveness is a choice that could move your life from “ho hum” to “ah hah!”
Gratitude, inspiration and enthusiasm are life’s jumper cables. Use them to recharge your aliveness battery.
There is no good reason to refrain from simple pleasures that bring you alive. Rejoice in your peculiarity!
In your comment, tell us three easily engaged in activities that bring you alive.
- Laughing out loud
- Singing my heart out
- Anticipating the first big hit in a rugby match
What brings you alive?
(Image by Rey Nocum on Flickr, via Creative Commons license)