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Finding Your Purpose
Recently, we’ve received several inquiries from people struggling with how to define their purpose. They explain that despite their strong desire and the time they’ve spent thinking about it, they find themselves still struggling. Ironically, it is often when we are not thinking that the deeper connections to the best parts of ourselves appear unbidden.
For most people, defining our purpose is a long, and in some cases a lifelong journey. There are several steps that can be helpful in the process, beginning with defining what we stand for and how we want to show up in the world. The next step is to live and express these values more consistently in our every day behavior. From an energy perspective, living our values in every day behavior makes a difference because it simply makes us feel better about ourselves.
To get a clearer sense of your values, try reflecting on the following questions:
1. Think of a person whom you deeply admire. What are the qualities in this person that you appreciate?
2. What are the qualities in others that you can’t stand? Now list their opposites. These are typically the qualities you DO value.
Once you identify the values that are most important to you, try to engage in activities that nourish these values and that connect you to the best part of yourself. The goal of these activities is to stay connected to who you are and who you aspire to be. We refer to these activities as spiritual renewal. This is highly individual. It could mean spending time in nature, through exercise such as running or yoga or dance, from a spiritual practice that might involve prayer or meditation.
In each of these activities, you are quieting the mind and moving out of your “thinking” brain, the left hemisphere, and shifting to a more open-ended, imaginative brain, the right hemisphere, where you can connect to your most deeply-held values.
This can be a challenge given the world we live in, where the focus is always on doing, and everything is moving at an extremely fast pace.Be patient with yourself. If you create positive rituals, highly specific behaviors that become automatic over time, it will become easier to connect to what is most important to you.
Sometimes, if our work does not relate to our purpose, we have to start with small behaviorswe do every day that fuel us with a sense of purpose and meaning. It can be as simple as how we treat people, or why we are working. For example, your purpose at work may be related to providing for your family. Spiritual energy is derived from serving something beyond yourself and aligning what you say is important to you withhow you actually live.
You might start by simply addressing these two questions:
1. How can I add more value to others?
2. What are the gaps between what I say is important and how I actually live?
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Reflection > Self awareness > Change > Repeat Not simple but valuable.
@ 2011/09/13 01:27:55 PM