aliveness

A Quote by Charles Tart on joy, aliveness, life, experience, and awareness

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

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by David Abram on earth, magic, life, living, aliveness, relationship, landscape, and language

In truth, the human experience of magic – our ancestral, animistic awareness of the world as alive and expressive – was never really lost. Our senses simply shifted their animistic participation from the depths of the surrounding landscape toward the letters written on pages and, today, on screens. Only thus could the letters begin to come alive and to speak. As a Zuni elder focuses her eyes upon a cactus and abruptly hears the cactus begin to speak, so we focus our eyes upon these printed marks and immediately hear voices. We hear spoken words, witness strange scenes or visions, even experience other lives. As nonhuman animals, plants, and even “inanimate” rivers once spoke to our oral ancestors, so the ostensibly “inert” letters on the page now speak to us! This is a form of animism that we take for granted, but it is animism nonetheless – as mysterious as a talking stone.

And indeed, it is only when a culture shifts its participation to these printed letters that the stones fall silent. Only as our senses transfer their animating magic to the written word do the trees become mute, the other animals fall dumb.

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 131

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on opportunity and aliveness

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Thomas Jefferson Quote

Contributed by: ~Kes

A Quote by Kaya McLaren on wake up, live, awake, aliveness, purpose, kaya mclaren, and church of the dog

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

Source: Church of the Dog, Pages: 144

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by John Updike on love, alive, aliveness, live, and we are

We are most alive when we’re in love.

John Updike (1932 -)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Anne Hillman on anne hillman, the dancing animal woman, longing, being, be who you are, passionate, aliveness, love, yearning, real, depth, heart, authentic, and authenticity

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

Source: Anne Hillman, The Dancing Animal Woman

Contributed by: Robin

A Quote by Daphne Rose Kingma on beauty, aliveness, interest, challenge, juice, vitality, passion, cells, morning, and a loving moment

Aliveness
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

Source: The Future of Love, Pages: 164

Contributed by: Kundan

A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on magic, aliveness, and real

There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior

Contributed by: Kimberly

A Quote by David R. Hawkins on all, radiance, and aliveness

All things radiate forth an intense aliveness.

David Hawkins

Contributed by: Rob

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