Life. Wow. What a strange, beautiful and often remarkably challenging thing. I get asked this a lot... “How do I find my purpose?” “Why am I here?” This so often comes from people who have worked long and deeply entrenched in perhaps the corporate world or who have felt directionless just out of college or a major job change.
Also.. some people incarnate and feel blocked when it comes to following what in their deepest knowing they feel is there direction to move in their life... they listen to everybody else, never themselves, and at some point feel the call of the unknown somewhere deep inside that they can no longer ignore..
Look, life is challenging. No matter what. My favorite quote of all time is, “All beings suffer, some too much and others too little...” by The Buddha. It may appear on your Instagram or Facebook feed that everybody has it sorted out, except for of course, you. But this truly.. is not the case. We never know the deeper purpose of why people have the lives they have, versus the life that we ourselves have. I am not digressing here, simply getting to my point...
So, how to find your purpose. It is simple, but it can also be very complex. The question of it’s simplicity versus its’ challenge is this: how authentically can you listen to what you feel? and how authentic can you be? And how much action are you willing to take? Being yourself in this world is a challenge because we have been conditioned by society and capitalism to believe that our authentic self is flawed and is not to be trusted or listened to. Many beings have no idea of what their authentic self is, they just move through life perhaps with a feeling that something is missing, but never have the courage to face this internal calling and explore it further...
Finding your purpose takes courage and it takes authenticity.
Some thought provoking questions are this... are you willing to go after what you truly want? Are you willing to fail? to feel alone? to feel misunderstood? and even judged? Because I almost guarantee that as you move either onto, or more deeply, into your authentic self and path you will meet everything that challenges you, inviting you to go back to the “cozy” vibe of the status quo. You have to be strong and you have to be willing to listen to you.
I didn’t make the rules of the Dharmic path, and these are only my perceptions based on my own experiences. I invite you to ask yourself the following questions and see what your heart has to say.. not just your mind.
Your heart will speak to you in feeling, your mind most often in fear (which expresses itself as judgement and doubt...) If you get an excited/nervous feeling with some of your answers, pay attention to that... that could be your heart trying to get your attention.
Ok, here we go:
1. how authentically can you listen to what you feel?
2. how authentic can you be?
3. are you willing to go after what you truly want?
4. what do you actually want? what scares you the most here?
5. are you willing to fail? to feel alone? to feel misunderstood? and even judged?
6. how do I find my purpose? Why am I here?
7. what calls to me but i'm afraid of?
8. what am I willing to do about it?
I recommend this as a journaling exercise, if you’d like to do them in accordance with the lunar cycles this is great. New Moon or Full Moon. New Moon= starting anew, fresh energy. Full Moon= releasing old energy, letting go.
I truly hope this has assisted you and I would love to hear what you think. xx, Natalia