Vitality

How to Find Your Purpose in Life

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Do you ever feel that there is more to life than just waking up to get ready for work, getting stuck in a traffic jam on the way there, rush home but on the way you have to stop by the grocery store to get food for the family and arrive home to prepare it and than clear it up and make sure the kids have done their homework, finish answering a few emails before heading to the showers to get ready for bed … only to do it all over again the next day? Have you ever wondered if there was a way to find the purpose of your life?

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein. The way to uncover what your purpose in life comes from your willingness to break free from the grove of your daily routine.

Be in Motion

Our ancient roots stem from us being hunter-gatherers. Movement is important to our vitality. You will discover what brings passion into your life by actively doing things. Set goals and actually move towards them. You begin to get clarity. You will start to feel life pulling you towards those things that bring light into your life. The very way to describe it is reaching your goal. Then stretch yourself again and grow. All growth is movement. When you have an idea, move towards it. The how will show itself as it unfolds.

Be Proactive

This is a natural follow on from being in motion. Here’s the definition of proactive: Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. Being a cause agent in your life. Make choices based on what you are good at, what you get excited about, what you like to do and the people you like to be with. Call up the yoga teacher you’ve been thinking about taking a class with and ask them questions and than go DO the yoga class. After you’ve been to the class than you can choose to go again or you can realize that perhaps yoga is not your thing. That’s okay too. It’s all part of learning what works for you and what doesn’t. The main thing here is to be proactive and you will discover that you are able to create the situations which cause something to happen. This is an awesome way to live your life.

Be Heart Centered

Take a moment and be still, where in your body do you sense laughter? Where do you feel joy? And where do you feel in your body a sense of accomplishment? If you truly focus I’m sure you’ll realize that most if not all of those sensations reside in the heart. This is because the heart is where unlimited potential stems from.

Do the following exercise at least once a day for the next week to increase your awareness of being heart centered. Set your alarm clock to wake you 10 minutes early. Open your eyes with a smile and have a gentle stretch. Then take a deep breath in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth with a whooshing sound. Continue to breathe in this manner for a few breathing cycles. Then as you breathe in for the fourth cycle imagine that your breath can touch your heart, to bathe your heart in peace and calm. Allow any sensations to flow through you and feel your awareness of your heart to grow. Do this with mindful attention for 5 to 10 minutes … when you are ready end this gentle breathing into your heart with a big smile. Now you are set to face the day.

Be Alert to Your Inner Guidance

Each one of these ‘Being’ steps flows nicely into each other. With the growing willingness to be heart centered you will begin to get whispers from your inner guidance. It will come to you as a whisper at first and as you begin to open yourself to the possibility you will recognize the voice of your inner guidance. It has been there all along. Being open to hear and to act upon this inner guidance is one of the best ways to discover how to find your purpose in life. Heart centered is the gateway which opens the way to hear and to act upon your inner guidance.

Be Willing to Be Uncomfortable

This willingness to act upon your inner guidance is not always the most easy thing to do. The reason is that you may be having to do things that are not the usual approach that you are used to using. Stepping out of a familiar habit can have you feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable is a good sign that you are moving toward your highest potential. When a new idea is born there is a transition that must happen to make space for the change. The main side effect of that newness is a sensation of discomfort. The discomfort stems from being in a space you have never been before and space that has no rules. In this space you are vulnerable and at the same time very much alive and in the moment. This is where joy and passion are born, from the launch pad of this exquisite discomfort.

Be Open to Wonder

Here’s a wonderful way to win the day. Wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. Do a lazy stretch and recall some happy moments; when you were a child, watching the sunrise, hugging your special someone, you catch the drift here. Pull those great memories into this moment now and gaze out at the world through the eyes of your child-like self. It is that simple to be in wonder.

Passion + Daily Action = A Purposeful Life

Each step of the way brings you out of the day to day routine and you begin to create your day in the moment. Making choices as they come to you. Take these steps of beingness and doingness each and every day. It will create a new habit. Just to recap these are: Be in Motion, Be Pro-Active, Be Heart Centered, Be Alert to Inner Guidance, Be Uncomfortable, Be Open to Wonder. Once these steps are your new habit, than you realize that you can easily discover how to find your purpose in life. Enjoy the exploration of your awesome life which flows from the passion within.

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Christina Piccoli

    “What is my purpose in life?” That is a question I ask myself often. It’s like I know there is ONE, but how do you FIND it? I love all of your ideas here, and I definitely think I am more aligned with figuring out my purpose when I’m doing all these things you mentioned. Especially moving my body and listening to my inner guidance (when I can. Sometimes it’s hard.) I definitely need to work on being uncomfortable. That is a big one for me that I KNOW could propel me forward. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

    • Calm Hearted

      Hi Christina, Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. Movement is the key to getting our creative juices flowing. I like to begin my day with some gentle yoga stretches. Being willing to listen to the higher wisdom of our inner guidance often leads us into areas of new territory and the unfamiliar. That is when being uncomfortable steps in and know that is the time to stick your courage to the sticking point because that is the secret sauce to moving up to a new level.

    • Calm Hearted

      Hi Paulette, Thank you for having a read of my articles. Glad to be of service to help you have another point of view. Perhaps then you can try a bit of the idea of trusting your inner guidance and stand in your uncomfortable zone. Trust me it will bring deep satisfaction because that is where the true you resides. Best, Julie

  • Fran Kelso

    You have done a great job here! You have written about a subject that has been covered by many, but you have given a few insights that I have not thought of before. I like your “be” list. You have given suggestions that all of us can follow, and that should lead to a better understanding of where we are and how we reach our goals. Keep up the good work!

    • Calm Hearted

      Hi Fran, I appreciate your encouragement. The do be do be do list is a helpful reminder of what the higher self is requesting all of us to lean into. Best, Julie

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