November 10, 2010

How To Have An Awesome Life

For some reason or another, I've been kind of wishy-washy lately - and tired. Very, very tired. I slept eleven hours on Sunday, then took a three hour nap an hour later. And yesterday, I could barely be coaxed out of bed - I knew I had to go to work, I knew I had to get there early, I knew I had so much work to do. But I could not motivate myself to get out of bed until the absolute last minute possible. It's weird, because even though I'm not the world's greatest morning person, I'm still usually okay with getting up and getting ready on time.

So when I got to work, I was reading the news online, and somehow one link lead me to another, and I ended up on this page. And I'm so glad. I love how the universe always gets you exactly what you need precisely when you need it...

How To Have An Awesome Life
By Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.


Find Awe at Any Age
You can have a life filled with awe at any age. You can awake each morning, potentially inspired, centered, with a sense that many options and opportunities stretch before you. Awe is a power unto itself, and by its very nature transforms us. The best part is it is free, natural and continually available. All you need is the willingness to awaken to awe, and to do so by trying a new approach to life.

Appreciate the Wonderment of Living
You're alive. That in itself is a reason to rejoice each moment. msi chicagoYou may have your rough days and your sad days, but as long as you are breathing you can access awe. When you get out of bed in the morning and put your feet on the floor, give thanks that you are part of a great adventure, an ever-expanding journey.

Get Your Day to Day Needs Met
Find a way to subsist, that is, put bread on your table and a shelter over your head, otherwise it will be very difficult to pause and appreciate the marvels of creation. If you are currently without these necessities, then go to a city or county-run assistance program to get back on your feet. It is a start for which your body - and your soul - will thank you profusely.

Savor Each Moment
Each moment is a gift. Savor it. Be in it. Even in the tough times, take a moment to breathe, ground yourself and become present in the moment. There is much more to your experience, right now, than you realize, such as the fact of your aliveness, the possibilities for discovery, and appreciation of a human connection.

Focus on What You Love
Life will be much richer - livelier - if you can direct your attention to what really matters to you, whether that's a person, a place, or an activity. Take time to consider bigger questions, such as how you are willing to use the space and time left to you.

Create the Capacity to See the Big Picture
Try to view your life as a passenger on an amazing journey. Realize that you are MORE than petty or narrow judgments about yourself. The destination is the journey as much or more than the journey simply leading to a destination.

Be Open to the mystery of Life and Being
An appreciation for the fact of life. Tip: Stay open to the possibilities and surprises of life, they may be around the corner. When you're in conversation or working, or just simply being, realize that change - often positive change - can spontaneously occur; and you can help to promote that process too.

Understand that Pain is a Teacher
Understand that as difficult as it is, pain can be an opening - as well as closure - to a new way of life. For example, if you are sad, perhaps you can view the sadness as a long neglected chance to slow down, appreciate subtleties, and consider life anew.

Develop an Appreciation of Balance
We all experience fragility and resiliency. To cope best with this life, acknowledge both your limits and your possibilities. msi chicagoRecognize that limits and possibilities play off one another and that to live fully one must be open to tearfulness as well exhilaration. Alone time, in-depth therapy, and meditation, can each play a vital role in the cultivation of a life of balance.

Stay Present and Accept the Change
Life is ever-evolving. An ability to stay present to, and accept, the evolving nature of life is a powerful skill. As painful as conflict can be, realize that, like everything else, it too shall pass, and something new will emerge.

Surrender and Trust in the Unknowable
Strive to develop the ability to give yourself over discerningly to the unknowable future. Realize that no matter how hard we fall, there is always a beyond that can "catch us." To the extent you can risk being open in these ways, you can derive continual benefits, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Take a Leap of Faith into Your Future
There have been many people throughout history who have suffered unimaginably and yet found solace in the wonders and puzzlements of creation. They have found a way to rise above the worst of times and grow from them, and find gratitude for all that is good. You are so much more than what you think you are. So take the leap if you dare, follow your grandest visions and dreams, and partake of the greatest investigation ever known—your own awe-filled life. Breathe in the awesomeness of life!

3 comments:

Anne H said...

You are so upbeat !!
I love it. It's contagious!

~Shannon~ said...

Take a leap of faith into your future...I like that title.

fatgirlwearingthin said...

Well, that settles it then; I think the universe must have led me right to this post - today - because I needed to read it. Especially Understanding Pain as a Teacher. I will be posting that on my refrigerator this evening as I'll need to be reminded of that. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog....you were sent there so I could be sent here :)