How to Live an Awesome Life: How to Live Well, Do Good, Be Happy

How to Live an Awesome Life: How to Live Well, Do Good, Be Happy

by Polly Campbell

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Overview

Awe. It is about wonder. About accessing the amazing to express reverence, admiration. Awe like this can show up in every aspect of our lives – even those we declare as not so great. When we can look at all aspects of our lives with this kind wonder and admiration, awe changes us. We are broken open by it. It forces us to rethink things. To tweak our behaviors and choices. To move toward things that matter. Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey says awe forces us to reconfigure our mental model so we can make sense of what we’ve seen and experienced. It broadens us, inspires us. Awe then, has the ability to awaken us. It can show us the beauty that already exists and remind us who we are at our spiritual core. It brings us closer to our purpose and passion and helps us create meaning. It helps us to live with the mystery in life, to survive the uncertainty of it all. It allows us to sink into the experience of living. To engage in it. To be touched by it. To participate rather than needing to manipulate, contrive, or control every moment, each experience. When you live in awe of your life you are open to diverse experiences. Some are easy peasy, comfortable and even joyous. Others totally suck. But you are okay because you know that within every experience the possibilities are limitless and experience is multi-dimensional. It is never just one thing. It is always more than bad or good. Polly Campbell designed this book to help you engage with the awesome qualities of your life. Do the exercises if you want – or not. Read this book chapter by chapter or go to the section that will help you most right now. Take what works, discard the rest. You will not be graded on how well you use this book. You won’t be judged. Living an Awesome Life isn’t about following a strict set of rules. It’s about living from your essence and using all that to catapult you into your best life. What that life looks like is up to you. You are the creator of your moments. They are shaped by what you believe, what you notice, how you behave. You get to choose. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, what you’ve experienced and borne, the very next moment can be awesome. Seriously. Sounds a little woo-woo, I know, but this is totally doable. When you discover the awe in the now, it transforms the next moment and makes it more possible, a bit easier to bear. A bit more awesome. When you string together a whole batch of little awesome moments, you can create a big, fat awesome life. Starting now. From right here

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632280374
Publisher: Viva Editions
Publication date: 10/19/2015
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 434 KB

About the Author

Polly Campbell is a writer and speaker specializing in personal development. Her work appears regularly in national publications including Psychology Today, Spirituality&Health, and on PsychCentral.com. She is also the author of Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People and How to Reach Enlightenment. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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From Chapter 1 – Becoming Aware of Awesome
Tuning in to Your Own Awesome

We are so obsessed with our to-do lists and getting everything done that we rarely stop to notice what it is we are doing. Are you acting with compassion? Are you doing things that are meaningful? Are you living an authentic life with purpose and curiosity and joy? Are you cultivating a life filled with awesomeness? Or are you just keeping busy? Going through the motions?

We’ve all got lots to do — work, family, chores, weekly television dramas. But on my best days – which, isn’t every day — I act deliberately, instead of by default. I want to be alive and engaged in this life. Play in it. Feel it. Smell it. See it. When you are tuned in and paying attention, and participating, awe is everywhere.

It’s time to notice. Awe is the anecdote to hopelessness and confusion and stress. It is the fuel of inspiration and creativity. It’s a way to feel better, to love deeper, to get off the bench and participate in this life. Think of it this way: the fastest way to create your best life, to elevate your experience, is to notice how good it already is. It’s time we marvel and wonder and feel the awe.

Awareness – The Launch Pad to Awe
We’ve got a little experiment going on around the house these days and the sole objective is to get the folks I live with to pay attention to the place they are living.

Each day, I change something up in the house where we’ve lived for 10 years. I turn a picture frame upside down; put a fork on the bookshelf when nobody’s looking. Once I put the ukulele music where the piano book should be, and a candle with the wooden spoons. Then, I wait and see who will notice and when.

My daughter, she’s pretty good at this game. This is surprising since it seems nearly impossible for her to see the bath towel in the middle of the floor, or the empty toilet paper roll on the counter, or the Barbie on the dining room table.

My husband is getting better at it too. Mr. J might miss a cereal box in the cupboard, but the guy had no problem seeing a fork in the flower pot. He is starting to notice the other subtleties of family life too. He’s more in tune. The game has helped me look at familiar things a new way.

It’s easy to become blind to the familiar spaces in our lives. We navigate our routine on autopilot and entire dimensions of our day become invisible.

You get so used to seeing her there at the sink, that you don’t even notice that her hair is a different color today or that she’s wearing sadness around like a cloak. Or, you expect to see the brewed coffee each morning so you forget he made it just for you, just because he loves you, even though he doesn’t even drink coffee.

We fail to see the blooms emerging from the shrub along the front window. We forget to watch as the shadows change along the bookshelf marking the movement of winter. But, I’ll bet you can remember what it looks and feels like to see the first tulip blooming in your yard after a 65-inches- of-snow winter. We notice those special things. Thing is, life is better when we notice the blooms and the love and the people – all of the time.

Awareness helps us to become present to the life we are leading. It is the antithesis of missing the stoplights on the drive to work. It roots us in the moment and connects us to the planet and the people and the things that we often just walk on by. These of course are the things worth noticing, because these things are tethered to awe. When we become more present – engaged in the single moment of our lives that is right now— we also see more to marvel and wonder about. We open the chutes of gratitude and appreciation. Lower the anxiety, and stress, and depression that can emerge when we are running around busy-like but not present to anything. When we live with awareness of the present moment, the little familiar things that often become invisible become visible again.

Three Ways to Practice Mindful Awareness
I’m not asking you to meditate for an hour or to move to a monastery. I’m just suggesting you breathe deep and slow down and practice paying attention to this moment now. The practice of mindfulness helps attract awesome and peace and clarity and other good stuff. Try it.
1. Slow down. Give yourself space. Make time for the pause. Build in a few minutes here and there simply to take a deep breath, sit silently and take in the moment. I do this between transitions in my day. Before I make the call, or get up to get the coffee, or start on the new project. I just pause and pay attention. You’ll be surprised about what you discover that’s been there all along.
2. Operate with all of your senses. Awareness grows when we use all that we are to experience the world. Taste it, see it, smell it, hear it, feel it. Notice textures and flavors and feelings and birds chirping in the background. Go beyond what you can see.
3. Stop doing and start being. We get so busy marking things off our To-Do List – sometimes I’ll even add things to my list just so I have the joy of marking them off — that we lose sight of what we are actually doing. We got a lot done, for sure, but does any of it matter? Did it excite you? Inspire you or someone else? Did it change the world for the better?

To live an awesome life, we must become aware of what we are doing and how we are showing up. Then, we can attend to the things that matter most.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Becoming Aware of Awesome
CHAPTER 2: Creating Your Experience
CHAPTER 3: Getting Real
CHAPTER 4: Pushing Your Potential
CHAPTER 5: Going for It
CHAPTER 6: Live with Passion and Purpose
CHAPTER 7: Tapping the Energy of Awesome
CHAPTER 8: Failing with Panache
CHAPTER 9: Access the Awesome of Others
CHAPTER 10: Create an Atmosphere of Awesome
CHAPTER 11: The Awesome Uncertainty
CHAPTER 12: Living an Awesome Life

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How to Live an Awesome Life: How to Live Well, Do Good, Be Happy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. True healing and joy takes work and comes from within. No quick dogmatic bandaid here. You have to think and participate. Exercises in book are good.
kellyreadsalot More than 1 year ago
How you live an awesome life? No, you don't win the lottery or marry George Clooney (he's taken). Living an awesome life starts with changing the way you think and act. Instead of focusing on what you want but don't have, you start focusing on what you do have--and looking for the awesome in your everyday life. But Campbell doesn't just tell you to do it--she shows you how to do it, with loads of practical exercises, suggestions, and strategies for changing your mindset, your outlook, and ultimately your life. It may sound kind of "woo-woo" to say that awesome is all around you, but it is--you just have to become aware of it and embrace it. Campbell suggests that you tune into what you really want--to look inside yourself and do the hard work of determining what gives you meaning--and to take steps, even small ones, to pursue that meaning. I read this book at the perfect time--I'm quickly approaching 50--and it's given me plenty of "Power Up" techniques that I'm already using to slow down, tune in, respond instead of reacting, and live a more present, focused, and yes, more awesome life. I'm going to be giving copies of this book to my mom and several friends because I can't bear to part with my copy.
jessiev More than 1 year ago
How to Live an Awesome Life is a very thoughtful book, full of intriguing things to ponder, questions that can bring startling clarity to situations that may have puzzled you, and understandable, comprehensive direction for you to make choices in this over-connected, crazy busy, at times less-than-awesome world. This is one book that you don’t want to skim, but rather, dig deeply and let it lead you to a life filled with awesomeness. Here’s the thing: Campbell is an awesome guide – she clearly outlines her points (using very human and relatable examples), and then gently brings you to think about various aspects of them, through questions, exercises, and space for consideration. Read this book with an open mind – the potential for awesomeness in your life will pop up. Somehow, wherever you are in your life journey, this book will bring a new clarity to the way you choose to live life – and do it awesomely. I find myself recommending How to Live an Awesome Life to just about everyone I am in contact with. It’s that thought-provoking and life-changing. I have bookmarked so many pages that the poor paperback is almost double its original size – truly, the goodness here is overflowing. Highly recommended.
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Was tried with Job and didnt do too much for him then curious enough no one paid to much attention to his wife who seemed to have managed without advice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man continues to seek, Jesus is the answer!