When do you most feel fully alive?
“To be fully alive means to be open to the whole human experience. It is a struggle to climb a mountain but the view from the top is magnificent. Fully alive individuals have activated imaginations and cultivated senses of humor. They are alive, too, in their emotions. They are able to experience the full gamut and galaxy of human feelings – wonder, awe, tenderness, compassion, and both agony and ecstasy.”
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As I’m thinking about myself and when I most feel fully alive, it’s when I’m in alignment with my values and my purpose.
What do I mean by that?
Many of you may have taken some of those tests that told you what your values are. I took my first one in my my first personal growth class back in 1974, at 19 years old.
I have taken some others over the years and one of my top values is still the same. Helping others.
I was a nurse early on in my life, working mostly with cancer patients. I was dubbed “Super Nurse” by my peers. As I chose to spend as much time with my patients and their families as I could, some of the other nurses were in the break room, charting and talking.
I didn’t really think about it at the time, only I was living from my values.
It hurt my feelings a bit that some of the other nurses teased me with this name, only I knew I felt good as I looked in the mirror before going to bed at night.
Later as I became a certified Dream Coach, we learned a valuable exercise for ourselves and to take our clients through, to discover your purpose.
My purpose is to “Live in joy and to inspire others to live in joy”.
If you would like to go through this less than 30 minute exercise, let me know.
As I’ve moved along in my life, being fully alive has lots to do with slowing down and appreciating. For those of you who read my articles regularly, you know I talk about this quite a bit.
Writing these weekly blogs is one way I hope to help others. It’s one way I’m in alignment with my values.
Sharing daily inspiring social media posts is something I enjoy doing that I know is helping others. I get responses each day from people on Facebook, and some other social media channels. Some people reach out to me privately as well.
What I know for sure is, life is a journey. Some days are way better than others. When you keep this in mind, and know that “this too shall pass”, it gives you hope.
Hope that you will find your joy to live within more of your present moments than not. Also, to have the awareness of whether you’re living on auto-pilot or are you slowing down, paying attention to others and what’s going on around you?
Will you always be living in joy? No. You’re human and you’ll go through an array of emotions throughout your day.
I often think of the Emotional Scale I’ve shared at the bottom of my blogs. As you look at it, the left side has higher vibration emotions. Some would call them positive emotions. On the right side are lower vibration emotions. Some call them negative emotions.
When you choose to become aware throughout your day, of where you’re at on this scale, you can then shift if you choose, to a higher vibration on the right side or move over to the left side.
However, you may also choose to stay within whatever emotion it is, for awhile, if you need to be there.
My thoughts are, the longer I stay within an emotion on the left or right side, the more it’s becoming what I’m experiencing in my life. So, you get to choose where you want to be and for how long.
All of this awareness is helping you to be fully alive.
It’s when you shut down and you’re not feeling anything, I would suggest you reach out for help.
I’ll share the Emotional Scale again at the bottom of my article. My suggestion is for you to print it and keep it in a place or a few places, where you’ll look at it often.
Here’s to being fully alive!
Love and appreciation for you,