The Importance of Doing What Makes You Feel Alive


Do you know what experiences make you feel alive, and if so, how often do you enjoy them? The business of life can easily crowd the simple and complex activities that light us up from within.

Take the time to write your unique what-makes-me-feel-alive list, and let it be your guide.

Writing Your Feel-Alive List

Some feel-alive experiences will be easy to make part of your daily or weekly life. For instance, many people feel alive when they walk, so they make walking part of their daily routine. Other enlivening activities, such as traveling to exotic places, may require months of planning.

You can give yourself a double dose of inner spark by combining routine and planned-for activities. An individual who thrives on walking and exotic places will love a walking tour in Tibet.

Other items on your list may be general and require periodic specification. For example, if you need challenges in your life to feel alive, then you will have to continually create challenging goals for yourself. One person may challenge him or herself to write a haiku poem everyday for three months. Another individual may learn to scuba dive. When those goals are met, they will need to be replaced with new challenges.

Certain feel-alive experiences might be outside of your direct control, such as receiving spiritual insight or searching out a cure for an illness. To honor these activities we have to make ourselves available to them, creating opportunities or environments where they can happen. People enlivened by insight might meditate and read inspiring materials. An individual who studies biology and works as a researcher may discover a cure for something that ails us.

Ten Examples of Feel-Alive Experiences

  1. Listening to people share their life stories.
  2. Moving and stretching my body.
  3. Being surrounded by people and music at a rock concert.
  4. Capturing the beauty of birds in photographs.
  5. Stretching my mind.
  6. Physical activities that get my adrenaline pumping.
  7. Finding treasures at a flea market.
  8. Nourishing others with good food.
  9. Organizing spaces (e.g., garages or closets).
  10. Making an old piece of furniture look new.

Now, it's time to write your list. It will be unique to you, something that symbolizes the essence of who you are.

I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


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