Are you Participating in Your Own Life?

by | Jun 30, 2014 | Balance | 0 comments

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How are you showing up for yourself?

What I mean by that is how are you choosing to participate in your life and are you even participating at all? Are you walking around living life from a place of truth and integrity or walking around feeling a bit lost in life as if you are living your life for others?

I can remember a time when I just went through the motions day in and day out.  It was the same thing over and over again, every day. I’d wake up, shower, get dressed, go to my job, work work work, get home late, eat dinner, maybe exercise, wash up and go to bed.  Weekends was playing catch up and here and there I might catch some fun with friends and family.  I was never fully engaging in life though. I wasn’t living out my truest desires but instead looked at them as distant dreams.  I wasn’t enjoying life in the way that I knew I could be. I was so hard on myself to please others and be appreciated yet I wasn’t fully appreciating myself enough to gift myself the space to do the things I love.

Luckily I woke up from that nightmare and rather than just daydream about those things I wanted to do in life, I went for it.  I began to tap into my body and ask, “what do I really want to be in this lifetime?” What do I want to do?  What do I want to enjoy and who do I want to serve? What would really light me up?  I was so exhilarated by my waking up to the fact that I CAN do anything I want at any given time and that I just had to choose differently and say yes to myself.

I can remember looking up at the sky one night and recognizing the beauty of the moon.  I remember thinking back to when I use to love to stargaze in wonder as a child at the twinkling lights and wonder how they got there or how the moon would change it’s shape each night.  I realized in this moment that I hadn’t seen the night sky in so long.  When was the last time I actually looked up to acknowledge it?  When was the last time I looked up at the clouds so that I can create shapes out of them like I did as a child or danced in the rain?  It seemed like too long ago to even begin to try and figure out.

Basically, I was not participating in my own life.  I was walking around “neck up” and not in full participation of what life had to offer.  To think I had all of these wonderful senses that I wasn’t using in order to absorb all the beauty around me day in and day out.

So I will ask the question again as to how you are participating in your own life?   If you’re realizing in this moment that you are not participating in the way that you’d like than I invite you to try these few tips below and see how it goes so that you can fully participate in your own life and embrace everyday to your fullest potential.

  • Meditate every morning for 10-15 minutes and let go of any worries.
  • Engage all of your five senses to your fullest capacity. Some examples are to take the time to smell and taste your food, notice how things feel to the touch, look up at the beautiful sky, listen to the birds.
  • Do one thing you absolutely love each day.
  • Be present in everything that you do from washing your hands and feeling the water to getting dressed and acknowledging your body.
  • Every night write down 5 things you are grateful for from that very day.

I guarantee life will be so fulfilling once you put yourself in it!

 

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