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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karin Anderson Abrell

You Have to Live to Feel Alive

I love this quote. William Pullen just randomly said it in our conversation on my podcast this week. It just rolled off his tongue. And I grabbed a pen to capture it. It resonated with me. Probably because there was a time in my life when I wasn’t feeling alive. Sure, I was living. I was breathing. I had a pulse. But I wasn’t feeling alive. I was going through the motions. Phoning it in. A spectator in my own life. I didn’t “feel alive” and couldn’t “feel alive” because I was stuck—living in the past. Beating myself up for choices I wished I could do over. When I think back on those days, I can’t believe I was ever in such a dark space. I no longer recognize that sad, morose girl—the girl who was living, but didn’t feel alive. But I’m not the only one. Many of us have been there, felt that—we’ve spent seasons living but not feeling alive. We’re trapped in the past, ruminating over events we can’t change. Or we’re paralyzed by “what ifs”—frantic about a future yet to appear. That’s no way to live.

Psychotherapist and author William Pullen shares ways to feel ALIVE from his book, Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to help with low-mood, anxiety, stress, and depression in episode 45 of Love & Life. @d_runningtherapy

Photo credit:  Jay Evans

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