Posted on March 1st, 2010
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman
To live life fully is to embrace the richness of each moment, each experience, each encounter. Life is filled with an array of experiences, some pleasant, some not. If we shut our eyes to the unpleasant side, we miss out on the wholeness and fullness of life. When we are present in every aspect of our lives we rely less on external circumstances to fill us up as we know we are already complete. We are then free to enjoy the different scenarios without attachment. Like the turn of a kaleidoscope, each day offers a new picture.
Some miss out on the fullness of life because they are too afraid to participate; they live vicariously while their life sits on a shelf like a book waiting to be opened. Others fill their days with so much busyness and distractions their life becomes a blur, similar to the terrain when you zoom past it on the highway.
The fortunate ones are those who live life fully; they enjoy the subtle essences as well as the vibrant colors; they balance the active moments with stillness and silence; they appreciate the depth of a dull, gray day as much as the sun’s radiant rays.
Life is not meant to be compartmentalized into what’s good, bad and okay, but viewed and experienced from a bigger perspective where experiences flow together into one grand design.
Insights on Living Life Fully
♦ What aspects of life do you avoid? What underlies this - fear, judgment, guilt? What do you miss out on as a result?
♦ What parts of life do you embrace? What supports this - courage, enthusiasm, connection to others, spiritual practices? What do you gain as a result?
♦ What gets in the way of fully enjoying life - duties, obligations, lack of boundaries, addiction to drama, isolation? Are you ready to let any of these go?
Inspiration into Living a Full Life
♦ Use water as a metaphor to describe your life - is it the gushing torrent of a waterfall, crashing waves on the beach, the gentle swirl of a stream, a still lifeless pond? Are you content with it? How would you like it to flow? Close your eyes and tune into the vision and vibration of a water scene that resonates with how you would like your life to flow. Feel the speed and movement. Let your body match this energy. Now envision your daily activities moving at this pace.
♦ Throughout the day, stop doing and enjoy being. Let go of the past and future and embrace the present moment. Touch into the essence of your current experience. Shift out of the head and into the body. Make decisions from your heart and soul.
♦ What would your life would be like if you lived it fully in a balanced way. What would you do differently? What would you do more of? What would you do less of? Set an intention to live this way today and every day.
Was something stirred within you? Please share your insights below.