What is your purpose in life? Do you know, ponder upon it or give it no thought at all? Is it an important question to ask yourself? I think, it is the most important question of all requiring deep thought, pondering and reflection, in stillness away from the hubbub of life. When you have awareness of your purpose, the journey of life is lit with strength and determination. It is an inner happiness state of being, freedom from the weight of struggles we face each day. It is through our greatest life challenges and darkest hours, our purpose is revealed.
A life of purpose changes the energy vibrations within us. We are able to skip over the obstacles laid upon our path of life because we know there is a reason for our being. With purpose we are reminded that no matter where we are right now, it is not forever. We know the purpose of our life is the goal, the direction we are headed. Purpose gives meaning to our life.
Can you bring to mind two people you may know, one with purpose and one who wanders without. What are the characteristics of each? The one living with purpose lives their own life without entangling themselves in the lives of others. They have friendships and relationships of every kind but, have firm boundaries between themselves and others. Individuals with purpose have no time to devote their lives to ongoing dramas and chaos because they know what they are here to do. Others are not required to direct their lives, tell them what to do, where to go and so on. Purpose filled people follow their own inner map of knowing and no one or nothing veers them off of their journey. Purposeful people have a deep inner knowing and understanding, a deep faith in their journey. When we have purpose we see life differently. Think of Nelson Mandela, Lady Gaga or someone in your community who makes a difference in lives of others. Each one born with a purpose no less or more than the others.
Individuals who lack purpose are wanderers, seeking. Lost and unable to find their path. The struggles of life harder, more complex, more chaotic. For some reason, they have lost contact with their knowing and inner voice. Often, it is the overwhelming traumas that have impacted their life, the basic unmet needs of love and nurture. Life purpose becomes the struggle for survival in countries overcome by war and suppression. Judgement by others has no place in their personal struggle for purpose but, deep inside of them it is still there, sleeping quietly.
While we are all born knowing our life purpose, life does cast a shadow on knowing for many people. And that is the reason and purpose we are all called upon to fulfill, service to others. To give back, ease the suffering and struggles, compassion and empathy. Without judgement, which I will be the first to say is not as easy as it seems. With the best of intentions, we still judge and struggle with service to others. Admitting this trait within us is the first step to overcoming. Our shadow sides must be acknowledged and worked on if we are to change or thoughts, actions and feelings. We must bring the shadow into the light. Perhaps if we think of service to others as a means of helping them find their life purpose, the choices we make would be gentler, more loving.
Again I ask you, what is your purpose in life? Dare to ask yourself, dare to follow the calling of your soul. Ease your journey.