Are you seeking an answer to the age old question, “What is the purpose in my life?” If so, you may just be living your purpose. Until we have found our purpose, our purpose is to find our purpose.
If you truly have the desire to find and live your purpose, then you will surely accomplish just that. It isn’t as simple as just wishing for the answer and it magically appears, but that desire will help lead you to it. There are many paths that will take you there along with many different modes of transportation. There will be obstacles in the way and influences that will lead you away from finding your purpose.
Most people never find their purpose simply because they never looked. They may have thought about it, but had hoped that their purpose would just show up at their door someday. It may have even done just that, but when they went to answer the door they did not recognize it as such. This does not need to be your fate and you will find your purpose if you begin looking for it.
How Do I Find My Purpose?
You really don’t need anything more than the desire to find it. But as I mentioned before, the path is going to include obstacles and distractions. If we are going to embark on a journey, we would want to be prepared to undertake this task, right? We would want the right shoes and clothing. We would want to use the best method of transportation and have shelter along the way. We would want to be ready to handle adversity and emergencies with patience.
There are a lot of tools available to help you along your journey, but you still must make the journey. Don’t stay stuck at the start trying to acquire all of the tools you think you need to make it to the end. Trust that the right tools will present themselves to you along the way as you need them. Looking back on my own journey, I would have embarked on the journey with only 1 tool: mindfulness.
Mindfulness as defined by Merriam-Webster is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
It is simply to observe without judgment all that is. When we are able to do this, we are able to identify that which will assist us in finding our purpose and that which will detract us from our mission. Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed with practice. This was a large part of my journey.
The most difficult thing for me was to get rid of judgment. In fact, I’m still working on that aspect of mindfulness. This is where the obstacles along the way help. I used to avoid the obstacles. I would just turn around and look for another path only to run into more obstacles. Once I began to observe the obstacles, I found that they were there to help me remove those judgments.
The Answer is Within
There is no map that exists that will take you to your purpose. It is something that only you will be able to find. I found my purpose when I realized that I knew it all along. The journey I took was a long one when I suddenly realized that I had the answer to “what is my purpose?” the entire time.
Even though it was with me the entire time, I would not have found it had I not went on the expedition looking for my purpose. At times the journey was painful. It was lonely. It was terrifying. It was fun. It was worth it. I went through years of severe depression. I suffered anxiety attacks that sent me to the hospital to find out what was wrong with me. It opened my closed mind even though I thought it was open. It helped me remember my true purpose.
The only advice I can offer you is to go where your search for your purpose leads you. If you find the path to be too difficult, confusing or overwhelming look for tools that will make it less so. Find a mentor that can help you look objectively at your own experiences, thoughts, and emotions. The self empowerment coaching that I offer may be the tool that you are looking for.
Reiki was the final tool that I came across that assisted in the remembrance of my purpose. Most of the benefits that are often talked about with Reiki are the health benefits, but the main benefit is enlightenment, which is to know one’s purpose.
I wish you well on your journey and I know that you will find what you are looking for.