Living a vibrant life.
The key to creating a more vibrant life that is richer and more fulfilling starts with having the ability to become ever more conscious and aware of one’s life as it exists now in the present moment. Recognizing and being grateful for the life experience that you have now is the first step in becoming more aware of your life as it is now.
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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”
Henry David Thoreau
1817 – 1862
Martin Ward | May 5, 2020
A Therapist’s Perspective on living a vibrant life…
When you’re stuck in a rut, feeling frustrated and dissatisfied, then the idea of living a vibrant life is hugely attractive.
That sense of wanting more from life, wanting to live with a sparkle, with vitality, and with the dynamism of a vibrant life is what prompts many clients to seek therapy.
One of the therapeutic approaches I use with clients is to encourage a here-and-now focus, an increased awareness of the present moment.
That’s the approach this blog adopts. There’s plenty of practical self-help pointers for how to live a dynamic and vibrant life. A vibrant life can be yours if you take the risk of living in the moment, in the here-and-now.
Living and Creating a More Vibrant Life
Recognizing all of what life has given you in the past that has been good, which has carried you into this moment in time is a very important and powerful tool when trying to find peace and contentment in your present life situation.
Creating a more vibrant life does require a constant effort and search within oneself for a more conscious and aware acceptance of their life as it is now.
Part of this effort is recognizing and working towards removing the negative thoughts that we all seem to have carried with us from our past as well.
Reaching a point of present-awareness can allow anyone to experience a life that is unencumbered by the typically repetitive negative mind.
This can obviously take some time, effort, and probably some study or training. However, it can be the most life-changing effort that someone can make.
When you begin to accept yourself and your life as it is now, you will find that you begin to have a more productive and more vibrant life.
It is not about who you will become in the future or who you have been in your past, it’s about who you are now.
No one can enjoy life now or move forward if they are worried about the future or held hostage by the past.
Knowing your own heart, your soul, and your spirit and accepting what it is that truly makes you who you are and loving who it is that you are right now will create a more vibrant life for you.
Then you can extend that love and that vibrancy outward and into the world around you.
The 1-Vibrant-Life site intends to help you find and create a more abundant, productive, successful, and vibrant life regardless of the stage of your life that you are experiencing.
We can only offer some different ideas, perspectives, suggestions, and examples of how you might do that.
You will need to do the work.
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“The secret for health for both mind and body is not to morn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”– Buddha 536 BC
Is it Being or Becoming? That is the question.
Creating a vibrant life is not about doing something to become someone or something, it’s about being the someone that you are now.
Being someone that is whole and complete and in tune with the flow of life itself.
For example, a person can attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and that would be an extraordinary experience and one of life’s significant accomplishments.
However, as time passes and the excitement fades, they are most likely still the same person they were before they started up the mountain.
Granted, the experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro may be life-changing and can even help someone look at the world and themselves very differently.
A truly vibrant life starts from the inside, looking outward and not the outside looking inward.
When doing something like climbing a mountain, parachuting, or even running, it forces us into the present moment or the conscious moment.
This is when we can experience the feeling of being alive. Doing something like this can silence all of the thoughts, worries, and problems that are continually flooding the mind 24/7 but only for the time during the experience.
It’s much better to find within yourself a more conscious and peaceful state of mind now, before doing something like running, climb a mountain, or parachuting from a plane.
Being fully alive and aware of the life you have now can make doing any activity so much more fulfilling in every possible way.
Merely doing things or going places to keep yourself busy will only pull you further away from the peace and contentment that you seek in your life.
A genuinely vibrant life will get out of bed along with you; it’s not going to show up when you finally get to the gym.
Living a vibrant life means creating the kind of life that is free from worry, anxiety, and stress. These are all things that are created by the repetitive thoughts in our minds.
The simple truth is that most people don’t work at or try to free their minds from the stress and anxiety that their minds are continually creating for them.
It’s hard for human beings to free themselves from the constant negative and repetitive thoughts in their minds.
An example of this would be continually thinking about what they did in the past, what they need to do in the future, or their current set of perceived problems they face.
As Buddha would say,
“Being free from the burden of yourself.”
A foundation for living
Building a strong foundation of contentment and peace allows you to enter the world more relaxed to be your true self each day.
Enabling you to enter into a life full of new possibilities and living a more present-minded and vibrant life.
You will create and live a more vibrant life within yourself and perhaps through your own chosen spiritual path.
Or, as we might say, living your 1-Vibrant-Life? After all, we only have one life to live here on Earth.
The dictionary description of the word vibrant is simple and yet beautiful. It is the result of freeing oneself from the weighted and heavy repetitive negative mind which most of us carry 24/7.
The word vibrant means; full of energy and enthusiasm.
Some of its synonyms are equally as wonderful:
Spirited, lively, full of life, full of spirit, high spirited, energetic, cheerful, vigorous, vital, full of vim and vigor, animated, sparkling, vivacious, dynamic, colorful, electrifying, dazzling, stimulating, exciting, dashing, passionate, fiery and determined.
Maybe some of these descriptions fit your personality already, or perhaps you would like to have some of these added to the narrative that you and others might have for who you are.
The key is that these are descriptions of who you want to be now, not what you’ll become if you do something or get this or that, or you go here or there.
If you don’t feel that you are living a vibrant life at this time, you are certainly not alone, as most people aren’t. Most people think that to live vibrantly means that they need to go out, get or do something exciting.
So, living a vibrant life is a life that is energetic, vigorous, vital, etc., just because it is, not because it’s going to be. One can only be done through daily practice and action or work to calm the mind and search within.
If or when that work stops, the mind and the flood of negative thinking will begin to take over again.
1-Vibrant-Life is all about helping you find and create more vibrancy, more happiness, and joy within yourself. We have an entire post that you might like to check out, How to live with more happiness and joy.
You can also investigate meditation and learn how that may help you shut off the noise and repetitive mind with the calm mind package.
We are living in some very volatile and unsettling times in the world today, and we can all feel more emotionally uneasy than we usually do.
The 1-Vibrant-life site is intended to be a place for thoughtful, calm, peaceful communication and respect for one another. It’s designed to be a place for you to escape too and find some peace and some solace.
We’re relatively new, so it will take some time to expand the number of articles and posts for you to check out, so please sign up or subscribe. We’ve got plenty of places throughout the site for you to do that.
Check out our blog page with all our current posts, and some are on this home page. We are working hard to get new blog content up as soon as we can.
The hope is that you can take some time to reflect on where you’re at in your life and perhaps get a better picture of what the next step(s) forward might be for you.
We want you to live your 1-Vibrant-Life fully!
We’ve most likely all had things we’ve done in our lives we’ve found a passion. Perhaps it’s writing short stories, poetry, playing or creating music, woodworking, pottery or art, business, etc.
There is still lots of time left to find a way to follow any passion that you may have, whatever that might be.
It’s never too late to live a life that is more passionate, more fulfilling, and more vibrant.
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My Name is Marty Ward and I’m the creator and publisher of the 1-Vibrant-Life blog.
At the age of 26, in 1984, I was injured in a car accident in which I sustained a traumatic brain injury.
At the time of the accident, I was having a fairly successful life as a musician in Chicago, which included a recent appearance on Star Search 84′ with Ed McMahon and preparing to be included in a group major independent recording contract.
However, after my accident, I was unable to perform or play my instrument. I was out of work and I had lost all confidence in myself and my abilities, felt lost and with no direction.
My injury and my recovery led me down a path of self-improvement, and self-discovery which gave me my life back filled with many amazing experiences and a newfound sense of hope. Learn more about my story on the 1-vibrant-life about page.
CBTCP Certification (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Practitioner) | 10-16-2021 Certification From The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, in The Transformative Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT
Claire Law is a UK-based Counsellor and Psychotherapist from Preston, Northern England. Claire became a therapist after a career of almost two decades of High School teaching experience. She’s also worked extensively in the Social Care and Charity Sectors, and as a Mental Health Advisor in Higher Education. Claire combines her current Psychotherapy practice with freelance writing on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Psychology topics. She has a passion for Social Justice and environmental causes.
Claire holds a degree from Nottingham University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Leeds Trinity University College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Central Lancashire. She’s completed a wide range of extensive training and certifications in Domestic Abuse, Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence, Suicide and Self-Harm, Expressive Arts Therapy, Gender Variance, Online and Telephone Counselling and Polyvagal Regulation developed by Stephen Porges, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and “Distinguished University Scientist” at Indiana University.