How to Notice That You’re Alive

The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.

Excerpt #1

Life is beautiful. There’s a lot to take into consideration while we occupy our material bodies—our outer form. First, we are alive! When you close your eyes, try to feel the aliveness within you.

If you concentrate, you can feel movement within. That movement is a miracle. Sometimes I can feel tingling in my fingertips if I really concentrate and focus. Sometimes, I can feel my heart beating. If you lie still, you can feel all sorts of things.

It’s important to connect with your body in this way and realize the inner workings that are keeping you alive. It brings you to the present moment as well—this is where all happiness resides.

Try this exercise to become more aware of your senses. Go outside. While you’re sitting there, lying there or resting there– listen. Try to count all the different sounds you hear. Once, I counted 22 different sounds. Try to do the same thing with the sense of smell. This is harder to do. I do better with this one when I’m taking a walk. It’s even better if you’re on a motorcycle or bike.

The most perceptive of our senses is our sight. When you’re done with your eyes being closed, continue to sit there, lie there or rest there, and look around. I mean, really look around from the most mundane little thing (a tiny stone on the sidewalk) to a magnificent tree.

Here’s the test…don’t conceptualize it. In other words, don’t label it as I’ve just done. Just appreciate it—but, don’t literally say in your head, “I appreciate this or that.” Just look and feel whatever feeling you have towards it, in your heart. These are healing exercises and a great habit to create in your daily life.

Whenever I’m overwhelmed, distracted, disoriented, feeling defeated, upset, worried, anxious, or angry, I return to these simple experiences. Returning to nature and being “inside our self,” is very healing. If we look to the outside to heal, we’ll never find it. The external world is scattered and over-identified, much too conceptualized and robotic.

Everything we need is inside of us and no one and absolutely nobody can help us, “get there.” It’s during the quiet moments in life, when you can truly feel the pure love and joy that is our birthright.

Some people find this joy in church or organizations such as help groups, etc. This is all good. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter which group you belonged to, how much you’ve helped others, how your profession or vocation led you through your journey. What really matters is the alignment of your self to your soul energy.

For some people, this connection comes easily. I’m assuming for most, it doesn’t. I can say, though, if you allow yourself the experiences of quieting the mind and observing your ego without judgment, this alignment will unfold for you, naturally.

You must give yourself this time. I cannot stress it enough. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the ways of this world. It’s very easy to listen to the little voice in your head tell you that you have limits or that you’re not enough.

You are limitless. There’s nothing that you can’t do. Anything is possible. We know this word, from Source Energy or God. Always listen to your heart for that is the key to connecting your Self to your Soul.

Published by Frequency Facilitator

Hi, I'm Nettie Vaughan. I work in a large school district as a Transition Coordinator. I've been in the field of special education for over 20 years. My newest endeavor is to bring my skill set to you from a more spiritual perspective as a Frequency Facilitator. On my website, blog, Facebook page, Instagram page, and TikTok channel, it's my hope that I can point you in the right direction to organize your life, create fun habits and raise your vibrational frequency.

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