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14 April 2020 Day 19 (Balance 5) – Purpose
Welcome to Day 19 (Balance 5) – Knowing your purpose in life provides fulfillment and a reason to live.
As Kelly Turner noted in her study of people who have achieved radical remissions of life threatening diseases has discovered, people who survive disease and traumatic events have a strong purpose in life in common. Knowing your purpose in life provides fulfillment as well as a strong reason to live. Your life’s purpose gives life meaning and joy. In popular vernacular, when you lose your game you lose you will to live.
Yet one’s life purpose seems to be a mystery that many find frustrating and hard to define. Jim had a business professor that had the class write their obituaries and look back on what they hoped to accomplish and leave as a legacy. This professor believed if you asked an American who they were and what their purpose was they would list the jobs they have and accomplishments they made – a small part of who they really are. He believed that a European would answer that she/he would not know until they had lived life. And this is one of the keys; we create our life and our purpose incrementally as we live it. It is a moving target that is refined as we live. The theme may remain similar but the focus and details expand.
We do know that our ultimate basis of life is Happiness. As the spiritual master Abdu’l-Baha said: “As to spiritual happiness, this is the true basis of the life of man, … life is created for happiness, not for sorrow; for pleasure, not for grief. Happiness is life; sorrow is death. Spiritual happiness is life eternal.” This may be our best advice and guidance to finding our purpose, does it create happiness? And that is our journey in life to discover and live the life we are meant to live full of joy and happiness. Notwithstanding the moments of contrast that spur us with increased resolve to launch new desires for a better life and the fulfillment of an ever-evolving and expansive life purpose.
Today I investigate what is my life purpose. Start by entering a short meditation to center and ground yourself. Close your eyes and do 8-12 full yogic breaths deeply breathing in to chest and belly and out, come to a resting place with eyes closed for another couple of minutes and sit in stillness returning attention to the breath or a simple mantra like “So” on inspiration and “Hum” on exhalation for a couple of minutes. Then open your eyes taking a piece of paper and writing at the top “What is my life’s purpose?” Write the first answer that comes to mind on the paper. Then ask again and write the next answer. Continue with this process until the answer feels right, hits you emotionally as the true right answer (maybe you cry at its simplicity and rightness). Don’t stop until this occurs, you may have to write 100 answers, 500, or more but when you exhaust the surface answers it will reveal itself. Do over several days until it feels right. When you find your true purpose it will feel joyful and make you happy.
Now the fun begins (continues) as you take your Hero’s journey to becoming. In reality the journey uncovers and expands what we already truly are at our deep inner core. The knowing of it, however, can give us much confidence and solace on our journey living life fully.
Take Away (Balance 5): Live life fully, unfolding your great purpose for being with confidence and happiness.
Practice this for 21 days to see the effects first hand. Continue the practices from previous days for the entire program to fully experience the benefits.
Enjoy your Balance 5,
Dr. Zaida Rivene, D.C.
083 290 1283
and Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic counselor
071 959 0786
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