One of the most common questions among mankind is “What is my purpose?”
It’s also quite likely one of the most difficult questions most people have to answer.
Many of us feel pressured to have some grand purpose and tend to think about it in terms of the logical and analytical mind.
But what about our feelings? Our creativity? Are we out just to make a lot of money or do we actually want to enjoy our day to day work?
Most people at their very core desire to experience peace and love. Sure, people say they want a good job to make decent money so they can do this or that, but behind all of that is their need to feel peace and security.
If they feel at peace, they will be more apt to feel love toward themselves and others. Humanity yearns for peace, but tends to reach for it via measures that get them off the road to peace and on the road to anxiety and stress.
In fact, the United States is one of the most stressed out cultures on the planet. Anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are in the hands of millions because of the anxious state of our society.
There’s not enough money in the bank to pay bills, there is no great health insurance, there’s fear of COVID, the pain is unbearable, the addiction rate is increasing, and people are tired, sad, and apathetic. Not everyone, of course, but far too many.
I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the years. I usually end up saying “more money” or “successful career,” but the last few years I’ve been saying “peace”. I just want peace. Yes, I need to make a living and yes, I want a career I love, but first and foremost, I want peace. Those external things will not give me the peace that I desire.
Peace means quiet. If we all want peace, why in the world is there so much commotion all the time? There’s not only external noise, but seemingly incessant internal thoughts and noise as well.
If you want peace, learn the art of getting quiet. Sitting quietly with yourself is a great way to just start listening to your own thoughts, and letting them wash over you without agenda. Many people consider this a form of meditation.
The practice of meditation has become ever more important, and according to thegoodbody.com, the number of people practicing meditation in the United States has tripled since 2012. Basic meditation is simply you. Sitting in silence. Focusing on your breath.
It is there in that secret place that you will not only find what you want, but who you are.
You may discover the infinite, amazing spirit that you truly are. And, feel a peaceful river of joy and love flowing ever so smoothly through your entire being.
When thinking about how to live your life and asking yourself the hard questions, keep conscious of the fact that you can live your life from the inside out.
When you do, your heart and mind will align and the result can be a life full of peace and joy despite outward circumstances.
If you’re not into meditation, that’s fine. You can contemplate, pray, or just sit in silence. Getting out into nature helps many people get better in touch with their true selves.
Haven’t you ever seen some beautiful landscape and peace just swept over you? In those moments, you weren’t worried about anything. You were just basking in the wonderful glory of creation.
The more we can bask in those types of feelings, the more at peace we will feel.
Even if you don’t know exactly what you want out of life, if you simply know that you desire to experience as much peace as possible, that’s a good start.
Today, become mindful of the moments where you feel peace inside. Even if it’s just for a few seconds while you’re petting your cat, become mindful and offer gratitude for it.
You may be surprised at just how much more peace you feel throughout the days when you make this your practice.
It’s easy to get stuck in life on autopilot. You just do the same things day after day. Think about beginning a daily practice of journaling to jot down goals and dreams.
Consciously stir up your desires as to what you want out of life. All the things we see were once just a thought or plan in someone’s head. They had an idea and brought it to reality.
You can do the same.
Write down your thoughts, ideas, and goals and envision them coming true. It doesn’t take much time. Get into the practice of this and watch how your life starts changing – and observe how much more peace you feel along your journey.
You’re living life from the inside out!
If you are not in the spot where you want to be in life, it’s time to make some changes. I assure you that things can change if you take the time to make some new goals and take the steps toward achieving them!
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