‘I don’t believe that people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive’.
I love this quote of Joseph Campbell – it defines exactly what I was really looking for. I was one of those people who always wanted to know the meaning of life. I thought, 'If I could just know what life was all about, I would be happy, and content, and able to enjoy my life'. I read books; watched movies; researched on the internet; but everything I tried didn’t work for long. Soon, I’d be off looking in another direction.
So how do we find a way to experience being fully alive now?
For me it was the choosing to let go of the desire to know what life was all about, to acknowledge that I might never know. It enabled me to enjoy everything that was being presented now.
When we find a way to remain present to what is right here and now, we start to truly experience being alive. Whatever life brings us, there is peace and calmness no matter what. There may be thought and emotion associated with the event, but it all moves through very quickly.
When we are willing to let thoughts and emotions come and then go, without identifying with them, and holding on, we see that life begins to live us. We flow with the river of life - there is no trying or controlling - just experiencing in every moment.
This is ‘truly being alive’.