Allowing Aliveness

There is a mystery that moves us, literally that unseen thing that animates us -the breath that is so involuntary and so necessary. That first in breath at birth and that out-breath at death, and sure we can slow it down or speed it up or get more mindful of it in between – but ultimately while that mystery keeps moving through us we are still here. …. involuntarily breathing – how beautiful and how bizarre! it is the unseen that sustains us – surely so with qualities like soul , or silence, or nature – they are the things that for many of us recharge and re-inspire us…

That spark of life that we are born with may take some tending to. As children we naturally shine and as teenagers we may seek to burn bright. As adults we are solid coals that can be used to start other fires. All of that is age appropriate – we will all go back to ashes and dust when the time comes.

And yet at times we pull be wise to seek to fan our own flames, to dare to burn bright, to show upon and serve something outside of ourselves.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”― George Bernard Shaw

Don’t seek you aliveness some second rate priority my darlings. Don’t seek your passions and artistry as a way to make a living, use it as a way to make a life. Shine as way to make life brighter, dare to be here, to reach others to reach into yourself and to reach out.
Dare to show you beautiful beating burning heart to the world.

I know, I know, I know, you have a gazzlion things too do, the laundry, the emails, the this and the that; the endless to do’s…

Yet please prioritise your aliveness my loves.
Please don’t leave it for later.
Take the time today to savour something
To speak something
Tend to the spark of your aliveness my dears.

Let us let life in whilst we still can. Let us lean in. Let us reach out and tell those that we love that we love them whilst we can. Let our lives matter, let us burn bright and dare to do something that will make a difference. Let us rise bravely above the small stuff that bothers us so we can keep the focus on what matters.
Keep taking away that doesn’t serve. Get passionate about dropping the bullshit.
You may need to get fierce about finding faith amidst the mess of it all sometimes – you may need to delve deep into doubt. let it be utterly, immeasurable just as it is. the tears, the fury, the brilliance, the creativity, the generosity, the truth-telling. Let those impulses of life occurs through you when they come. This too will pass….

Tend to your own aliveness. take up space, step out, step in… show up. become who you are my darlings. Our aliveness and noticing what is needed will matter, our ability to forsake apathy for aliveness is an aptitude this planet needs plenty of right now.
have you seen the news lately?(!) This world is a terrible and wonderful place…. our own personal contribution can count….you are needed here…

Published by WildWords

Blog by Tess Howell. Tess is a 5 Rhythms dance teacher specialising in working in the woods and wilds, a Spirit Rock trained mindful movement teacher, an accomplished international dance producer and a specialist in environmental dance and eco-somatics. You can find more info at www.wildmoves.org "If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river." Anthony Bourdain www.wildmoves.org

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