Living Intentionally

Awake #2

February 20, 2016

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Yesterday I talked about living fully awake. What does that look like for you?

Here are a few things that make me feel fully awake to life. They seem to SLOW time for me, and make my heart burst with warmth, energy, and excitement.

Nature: I love, no NEED to be outside… A LOT. The limitless-ness of no walls and no ceiling has a magical effect on my perspective and my mood. It’s like drinking an elixir of possibility! And my very curious, busy mind finally fills from jaw the dropping AWE of nature.

I’ve also had my favorite conversations with people outside. Outside talk just can’t compare to inside talk. Early morning walks changed my marriage!

Taking pictures: When I pick up a camera and focus on something it feels like I am truly seeing all of what I’m seeing…. my eye sees it, my heart sees it. I can extend a moment and see the light rays and eye crinkles. Moments move fast, never stopping. Pictures capture moments and let me look again.

Writing: Writing allows me to brush out the tangles in my head. I’ve heard pen and paper have eyes into the soul, and I have found this to be true. Writing has been the safest place to unravel, unwind, and name what I am actually facing. When you can name it, you can face it.

Reading/listening to podcasts: New information sets my mind on fire! I LOVE learning! Giving my mind new things to munch and crunch on during a day is invaluable for me! It has gotten me out of countless bad moods and discouraging thinking patterns, and the results are immediate! It’s like my brain literally lights up when it is given a new idea! Reading has completely changed my life.

Any form of Generosity: When I give (without strings attached) I feel ALIVE!!! There is hardly a better feeling in the world! God created us this way!

Adventures: I LOVE adventuring/seeing new anything! Seeing new places, new faces, new roads puts me out of my comfort zone and helps me think in new directions.

Creating/projects: When I sit down to paint, or sew, or draw, or re-arrange a room I feel my skin tingle with excitement. When I have a creative project going I absolutely thrive!

How about you? What makes you feel fully awake to life?

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