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Are You ALIVE?

By Denis Korn

ALIVENESS is a noun – the state of being ALIVE.  Here are 2 of the definitions of ALIVE from the Encarta Dictionary, on-line: (adjective)

4. full of life

Full of energy and vigor, and with a zest for and interest in life.

5. animated

Active or animated, especially full of busy activity or a sense of excitement.


Those of you who have read other posts I have written know that I value attitude as an essential factor in emergency preparedness and outdoor adventure.

I read an excerpt from a book recently that has had me reflecting on my attitude and state of mind as I go about my daily routine.  I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts, insights and quotes on the value of ALIVENESS.

I’ll begin by sharing two quotes.  The first from the excerpt I read, and the second from President Harry Truman – put on the side of a design-it-yourself mug given to me by my daughter:

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

— From a spiritual mentor of Gil Bailie as quoted in Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it.

— Harry S. Truman                                                                                                                            

The more I study and observe the current political, social, emotional and moral state of our society the more I realize how mentally and spiritually numb most people are today.  People are out of balance and out of touch with the realities that are all around them.  They are incapacitated by fear, unhappiness, confusion, dependency, indoctrination, ignorance and the list goes on and on.  Folks hope for change and security – without the capability for feeling ALIVE and DYNAMIC.

While I feel blessed to have finally grasped the true value of ALIVENESS, I am filled with compassion and sorrow for those who have not realized its worth or who have been distracted by the false security of many of our deluded contemporary institutions.  The less than honorable agendas and schemes of those who exert the most powerful influences on our society today have robbed so many of the ability and yearning to feel and act ALIVE.

The difficulties of the present have enabled many people to seriously consider and critically assess their response to the uncertainty and anxiety of these times.  Use this opportunity wisely.  Don’t allow your fears to rob you of joy and felling ALIVE.  An ALIVE soul is a discerning soul.

Evaluate – embrace – and embody the actions and attitudes that awaken in us the exhilaration of ALIVENESS. Quietly reflect on what it is that makes you feel truly ALIVE.  We all have had times in which we have felt joy, passion, excitement  inspiration and fulfillment.  What were you doing when you felt these emotions?  Strive to do it again and again!  It is never too late to grow and be transformed from just existing, mindlessly reacting and tuning out – to waking up and LIVING.

Because what the world needs are people who have come ALIVE!!

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

— Thornton Wilder

I did not know I was on a search for passionate aliveness.  I only knew I was lonely and lost and that something was drawing me deeper beneath the surface of my life in search of meaning.  There is a hunger in people to go to those deep depths; to know that our lives are sacred; that our hearts are truly capable of love.  It is a yearning to be all the we can be.  A longing for what is real.

— Anne Hillman

Aliveness is energy. It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds, and our eyes open wider than ever before. Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.

— Daphne Rose Kingma

There is a joy in the actual taste of vanilla ice cream that does not come from knowing the chemical formula of vanilla. There is a joy, an inherent aliveness in the body that you can experience if you pay attention to your body. But if you live up in your head, in your words all the time, you don’t notice it.

— Charles Tart

We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest — which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all become wolves.

— Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

I don’t know quite how to say this.  I want to wake up.  I don’t want to live half-assed anymore.

— Kaya McLaren

You are encouraged to Wake Up!

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