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The Love of Life

October 4, 2009

Recently, I’ve been trying to ingrain a sense of a general love for life into myself. It’s been tough, but, at the same time, it is one of the better things I have ever done.

It is a near-indescribable feeling: it is a sense of peace, yet exuberant. It is a surefire way to bring yourself into presence, if coupled with focusing on breathing. You suddenly appreciate that you are here, alive. Not dead. Probably not affected with a horrible disease that restricts your life in a big way. Not an animal. A live human, with the capacity to think, talk, interact, eat when we want, sleep when we want, and enjoy leisure time. It is so crucial to understand

The thing is, your love of life has to become the number one thought in your head at every possible moment. It literally has to color your thoughts at all times. You have to get it to the point where you’ll be in mid-thought, and BOOM! Your train of thought will have been hijacked by love for your ability to live. Or love. Or anything. No, it doesn’t seem logical at all, and it seems quite insane to someone who isn’t into this self-improvement stuff. But I think it just makes life worth living, though it always is that way no matter if we acknowledge it or not.

If you think your life sucks and it’s worth nothing, or if you’re hopeless, or just not feeling too great today (for things “out of your control”, I’m sure), here’s an exercise for you.

Sit down, and think of the complexity of the life you own – that is, your life. Since I’m a big chemistry buff, what helps me really love life is to realize that everything in the universe is composed of the same elements, just in variable combinations. What makes you you is essentially the same that makes up your fellow man, your computer, a tree, paper, the planet – everything. The same set of elements, but different combinations yield different things. You beat the odds, and out of all the things in the universe that your atoms and molecules could make up, they made up you, a human being capable of thought and a host of other amazing things, like building civilization. Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t it amazing that you have the capacity to read the words on this page, to see, to feel, to hear, to breathe?

If you cannot truly feel a glow inside yourself, or at least feel good by appreciating what life has dealt you, no matter how “bad” it is, then you’re a lost cause. Or not. Pull your focus into your natural warmth and energy; your body temperature is 98.6 degrees (37 degrees Celsius for my non-American readers) – can you feel it? That is the feeling of being alive. Focus on this more often, and it will feel better with time. It feels great, doesn’t it?

So many people go through life, without realizing fully that they’re alive – and how wonderful it is. To just have the opportunity to do the many things we’re capable of is a blessing in and of itself. Thus, we can automatically feel good about ourselves in any situation. Why? Because we’re alive. We still have the ability to feel and act. There is no greater privilege.

But how do we apply this love of life, this feeling of appreciation for the fact that we can feel? Simple. Watch your motivation for doing things. If you want to do things correctly (and become present, but more on that in a later post), simply use your love of life as the drive for your actions, not anything else. Thus, you act from a place of positivity, of love, simply because you can, because you’re alive.

It’s so simple but so effective. Change your reasons for doing things so that they are means unto themselves rather than means to ends. The easiest way to do that is by saying, “Why am I doing this? Because I can -I’M ALIVE BABY!” It sounds ridiculous, but I promise that it’s really fun and eye-opening in practice. Things no longer exist for some future reward; doing them is their own reward. Why? The task in front of you becomes a reward for being alive.

I ask you, what else could you want?

The Prince

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 9, 2009 10:50 pm

    Leap, I so admire your dedication to your path. Commendable post! I really have nothing to add. I do like your advice to “Watch your motivation for doing things.” Excellent. Best to you!

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