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#580279 - 01/24/10 02:58 AM What Makes You Feel Alive Inside?
Cara N. Offline
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What makes you feel alive? Is it listening to your favorite music? Or is it going on a beautiful hike on a nice summer day?

For me, writing, singing and taking walks in a park rejuvenate me and make me feel alive again after a long day.

Please visit the Philosophy home page for this week�s new article What Makes You Feel Alive?

Share your mind on what truly makes you feel alive. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Loving thoughts to all. smile

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#580403 - 01/25/10 02:09 AM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Cara N.]
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I was feeling a bit disconnected this morning and came across this beautiful article from Phyllis at the Native American site Ancestral Lands Of Woven Tapestry.

...just came back from a nice short walk in the park... after hugging a few trees and watching a puppy play with its owner, I feel a lot better. Sometimes hugging trees is just as good as singing for me!

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#580440 - 01/25/10 05:40 AM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Cara N.]
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Cara, you are such a gentle, loving soul! Thank you for the kind words and for referring to my article. Writing about and being in Nature makes me feel alive inside. What a great question to ask - to make one ponder on. Thank you.

And what a great article! If I may quote you:

Feeling alive is a sense that we are embraced by joy and hope.

What a lovely thought to keep in mind.


Edited by Phyllis, Native American (01/25/10 05:43 AM)
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#581237 - 01/28/10 10:29 PM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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Great thoughts! We should move through each day with the feeling of being alive. What joy! I needed this reminder.

What makes me feel alive? Nature, definitely. My spirit feels as though it melts into the Universal energy. A oneness. Even though my personal identity is muted, there is an exhilarating sense of being a part of the ALL and I can experience everything through everything.

I love that you feel the way you do, Cara, because I know that there are others who are moved by the simple acts of life. The other night, I watched a show about John Muir who wrote in his journal that he often walked and sat on rocks and asked them from where they came and to where they were going.

I am so glad that there are others who talk to rocks. And hug trees! smile

Don't you feel the heartbeat of the Universe when you do?
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#581239 - 01/28/10 10:33 PM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Lori - Marriage]
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Oh, other things besides Nature that make me feel alive:

Breathing freely and deeply.
Swimming through the ocean or clean water.
Listening to beautiful music.
Hearing children's laughter.
Offering or hearing a prayer.
Watching the goodness come out of ordinary people when they are kind to one another.
Holding a little baby. Human or not.

The list goes on...


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#581457 - 01/29/10 07:19 PM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Lori - Marriage]
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Originally Posted By: Chi-Japanese Food

I am so glad that there are others who talk to rocks. And hug trees! smile
Don't you feel the heartbeat of the Universe when you do?


Yes! I do.
And yes, I am so glad that I am not alone in the tree hugging activity.
When I was younger, I used to worry about people looking at me.
But now, I feel the freedom to hug any trees!... well, expect for the spiky ones.

I came across a type of short palm tree the other day, and decided that I could not hug it. It was just way too spiky after its trimming.

"Love shouldn't hurt!" I said to my friend. laugh LOL!

I sent it good thoughts instead.

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#581458 - 01/29/10 07:24 PM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Lori - Marriage]
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Originally Posted By: Chi-Japanese Food
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Watching the goodness come out of ordinary people when they are kind to one another.
Holding a little baby. Human or not.


Thanks for the great list. Watching kindness in action always brings so much warmth to my heart... and Yes, animal babies are so adorable. When I get sad, I google baby animal images. How can someone not feel good after seeing a few of them? smile

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#582994 - 02/04/10 07:29 PM Re: What Makes You Feel Alive Inside? [Re: Cara N.]
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Cara, Great question and article. I love Chi's list too, and think many of the things she mentioned also make me feel alive. Being in nature, playing with my kids, and meditation would top my list I think...
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