"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…
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.
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.