“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. 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 resonance with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
These days, I’ve been leaning into aliveness, what makes me feel alive, because that is what holds the threads of energy and truth I want to follow. I tune into the crunch of snow beneath my snowshoes (YES, it’s still snowing in Minneapolis as I write this!). Aliveness is showing up in the rush of rage that sweeps through my body when I read the racism that was WRITTEN IN the deeds of homes in Minneapolis. I’m alive when I’m aware of my skin as my lover runs his fingertips over it, and the laughter that bubbles up when he’s teasing. I’m deeply aware of the joy that comes from a friend’s engagement, and how the next day holds a wave of sadness because she’ll be moving away from me. I’m aware of the focus that calls me HERE and the way it tingles in my hands. Aliveness has me smiling as I hear the birds in the trees in the morning.
Where do the threads of aliveness run through your world? Where are you noticing your aliveness? What makes you come alive?
These Soulful Sunday blogs go out weekly on Sundays to be used as a place to step back from the hustle and bustle and explore what your soul might be saying to you. Some folks use these as journal prompts and let loose amidst pages. Some folks bring them to the kitchen table and jam over coffee. Do you, boo.
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