Do you ever feel so grateful that your heart could just burst at any moment? Just burst into a million bright lights and disperse out into the world.

Do you ever feel so alive, it hurts?

My heart aches with this burning passion setting fire in my soul. My heart is made of fire and my mind is made of water. Flowing thoughts make their attempt to wash away my present being.

But this passion for life, this aliveness, is more than just a spark.


Gratitude for life and letting go of the ego

Do you ever have those moments where you feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude come over you? In these moments, my thoughts and ego are able to completely dissipate, leaving me in a state of pure bliss. I think this feeling comes to fruition when we are in a state of complete presence – even if it is just for a moment.

It’s completely normal for our ego to return to the forefront of our mind. It is almost impossible for it not. When we start to fuel our identity with ego driven thoughts, it is easy to forget the importance of connecting back to our present being. Instead, we create attachments to our environment, making it more difficult to connect with ourselves and others on a deeper level, to find resilience through times of change, and in reaching a greater sense of fulfillment in our lives.

I think it’s about becoming more attentive with our thoughts and, without judgment, watching how these thoughts impact our daily stress levels. By becoming more mindful of our limiting thought patterns, we are able to face challenges with more ease and strive for our goals with less fear of failure. It moves in a cyclical fashion; the more presence we have, the less attachment we hold to our outer identity. The less attachment we have, the less anxiety and fear we hold. The ego is driven by fear, so with less fear, the more present we are.

Reaching a state of unconditional compassion for self

It is also in this present state that we can express unconditional compassion for ourselves, even through times of perceived failure. It’s easy to find this appreciation when life is going the way we want it to. It’s a lot harder when we aren’t reaching our goals as fast as we would like to. When we feel we are not reaching the full extent of our capabilities, it is almost inherent for us to turn to a place of frustration and anger. These are the times where we should be holding the greatest appreciation, kindness, and understanding for ourselves.

You don’t need a quick and easy guide listing out ten ways on how to live your life to its fullest. I am learning it is life’s challenges that provide our most influential life advice. It’s about enjoying the hardships for what they are – life lessons. With acceptance of this, we can truly appreciate all the things life throws at us. It’s like the saying, “we grow through what we go through.”

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