What Makes You Come Alive: a body-mind writing practice

Howard Thurman said, “Don't ask what the world needsAsk what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Have you asked what makes you come alive lately? Have you slowed down a little and asked if you really want that thing or if it’s a should or a must? Have you paused before you started your weekend and asked what would be a more true path for you? Have you paid attention to your senses, to what your body might be whispering or screaming to you?

The answers don’t always spring forth. Sometimes they do. Sometimes we pay attention. Sometimes we deny or ignore. Sometimes we minimize or make excuses for bypassing the taps we receive on our shoulder, and that’s a really important thing to note along the journey. Most of the time, we have to practice this listening, knowing and acting on our truths, our deeper hungers.

Here’s a simple practice. You can do it by listing what messages or sensations come to your mind and body. You can journal it. You can dance, drum, walk, talk it. Be curious, compassionate and take care of what comes up. Come back to your breath. Come back to your body. Get to know the messages and sensations. Sit down next to them and be gentle like you would to an abandoned kitten or a wounded butterfly. Take what comes up to a trusted helper to explore if you need support. Most people do need another tender heart and ear to trust with these treasures they start to discover.

Get paper and a pen. Or your notes app on your phone. Set a time for 5 minutes at least and invite your breath and stillness:

Dear You: If you were feeling less anxious or overthinking less, or not obsessing about food or your body, what would you be doing with your time?

Feel free to comment and let us know what you find. <3

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