The Experiences of Life

by Lance Ekum on · 85 comments

“The big ques­tion is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adven­ture ” ~ Joseph Campbell

How are you choos­ing to live?  More than the work you do, more than the things you have — what are the expe­ri­ences in your life that make you feel fully alive?

The Expe­ri­ences of Life

Life is a series of moments.  Strung together, these moments are the life we are liv­ing.  Many of these moments are sim­ply ordi­nary moments.

Eat­ing din­ner.  Sleep­ing.  Watch­ing a movie.  Clean­ing the house.  Dri­ving to work.  Etc. Etc.

And per­haps these moments feel just that way — “ordi­nary”.  Espe­cially those which we repeat­edly do.

How do we make even these seem­ingly ordi­nary and daily moments come more fully to life?

The Adven­tures That Stim­u­late Our Lives

Step­ping out of the com­fort zone we’re liv­ing in is such a pow­er­ful way to re-energize our senses.  And in ener­giz­ing our senses, even the most basic of daily rou­tines can become new again.

The photo above, is of my wife, Lora — just before she headed out on the track at the Mil­wau­kee Mile to race in a stock car (a very awe­some and cool expe­ri­ence!).  In early June, she com­pleted twelve laps in the Home Depot #20 car — being able to feel the exhil­a­ra­tion of rac­ing, of speed, of cor­ner­ing, of get­ting out­side of the norm.

Note: If you’re hav­ing trou­ble see­ing the short (and slightly humor­ous) video, click here.

Being out­side of the norm, this moment in itself was filled with much excite­ment and with the sense of doing some­thing new.

It’s so much more than that, though. 

This moment is just that — a moment in time of this life we are living. 

…just a moment…

Per­haps, though, that moment is one which some­how changes us.  See, we are not the same per­son we were.  We’ve had this expe­ri­ence (what­ever that is).  And from that expe­ri­ence, if we choose to let it be not just the expe­ri­ence itself, but some­thing more…

…some­thing more…

The expe­ri­ence of being alive, of being in that moment — of feel­ing (really feel­ing) a sense of con­nect­ed­ness to self, to pos­si­bil­ity, to “being”.

What Can Be

Then maybe, just maybe, we can be more fully in the sim­plest of moments in our lives.

Aware of the tex­tures of the foods we eat, the feel­ing the grass between our toes, the watch­ing of the stars and feel­ing like part of some­thing so much bigger.…

This expe­ri­ence of being alive, of not just going through the motions…it is pos­si­ble.  And it does not have to be just one-time flirts with expe­ri­ences.  It is pos­si­ble even in the sim­ple moments of our days.  It is, when we choose to honor the self within and expe­ri­ence the moment. 

Expe­ri­ence the Moment

This is a tough one.  Oh, maybe in those exhil­a­rat­ing moments (like the race car), we are in that moment.  What about all of our moments, though?

It would be a lie for me to say that I’m really (and fully) expe­ri­enc­ing every moment of my days.  And I’m sure it’s that way for you, too. 

We get rushed.  We get dis­tracted.  We zone out.  And many more.  Many more things which keep us from being fully alive to the expe­ri­ence of the moment.

So, this is not some­thing that we’re going to wave a magic wand at, and sud­denly we’ll be so alive in every moment. (hmmm…doesn’t work that way, I guess)

Small steps.  Small steps in the direc­tion of being more fully awak­ened to the moments of your day.

The Chal­lenge

Pick some­thing.  It can be any­thing really — as long as it’s a reg­u­lar part of your life.  Break­fast could be a good one.  Or brush­ing your teeth.  Or dri­ving to work.   Some­thing you do regularly.

Okay — now actively choose to be more aware dur­ing what­ever thing you have chosen. 

Aware of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes, the feel — really, all that can be in that moment. 

And in this aware­ness, let that feel­ing of being in that expe­ri­ence (as sim­ple as it might seem) awaken you even more fully to the expe­ri­ence of liv­ing this life of yours.

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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