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What's Alive for You?

One of the questions that I routinely ask myself is, “What's alive for me?”   It's a great question for any moment in any day because it connects me to what is most important in the moment, and staying in the moment is something that I strive to do.


So, what's so wonderful about staying in the moment?  For one thing, it's where I am.  I will never have this moment again, so it would be nice to know how I'd like to spend it. It seems so simple, doesn't it?  But I find that it's not necessarily the way I live.  When I get caught up in fretting about the past or worrying about the future, I lose touch with the present moment.  That's not to say that I don't want to remember things from the past or plan for the future.  I do.  However, I want to do it consciously.  I want to dedicate some time to visioning... my next visit with my granddaughter, what I want to read this year, a vacation, how I'm going to address some dilemma that's affecting my life.  What I don't want is to find that I've spent the morning caught up in mindless routines or ruminations without having asked myself what I REALLY wanted to do.  I want to choose.


It's 9 am.  I'm an early riser, so I've already checked my email, shared some inspiration on Facebook, paid some bills online, put laundry into the washer, done some yoga and had a cup of coffee.  What do I want to do today? (NOT what do I have to do today?).  I take a deep breath and I know that I have some space before my tango class at 2 pm.  I want to take a walk.   It's a sunny day, the temperature is comfortable and I enjoy getting out.  When I think about taking a walk, something quickens in my body and I feel enthusiasm.  YES, my whole being says.  That's what's alive for me right now.


So, I think I'll take a break from writing and get myself dressed.  My neighborhood is pretty quiet, so there won't be many cars or much street noise.  And the trees are so green.


What's alive for you?

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