“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama, Spiritual leader
Over 15 years ago, during meditation, I asked, “What’s my purpose? Why am I here?” The answer that I received was, “Love, gratitude, and service.” At the time I was surprised and didn’t really know what it meant. I’ve found that the more self-aware I’ve become I discover and remember deeper levels of understanding. As I reflected on the theme of ‘purpose’ this week these questions that I asked years ago are not unique. Many of you have spent your current lifetime exploring them. Some of you have found answers and others are still diving deep into the mystery of them.
This is true for most of the clients I’ve worked with through the years. I’m sure you’ve heard different answers from spiritual teachers, religious leaders, and friends. What I find fascinating is that the responses from many spiritual teachers vary. Beliefs include: we’re here to be happy; to experience a full range of emotions; to follow our passion; to love and be loved; or we’re here to help others, to name a few. Some people believe that there is only one reason they are here and their lifelong purpose is to figure out why! What do you believe?
As the Dalai Lama has said, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk has said that, “The purpose of the rose is to be the rose. Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are.” I agree with both of them. Isn’t it enough to be ourselves? It’s taken me a long time to accept and love myself. I know I’m here to help people and this includes family and friends. No longer do I search for recognition from my work and accomplishments although this was a path I explored and journeyed with for many years. It certainly fed my ego!
Well known writer, Mark Twain, has said that, “The two most important days in life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” My spiritual journey began consciously in 1985 and since then there has been no turning back. It’s been a journey of exploring the mystery of God/Goddess/All That Is – Source, letting go, seeking to understand, remembering, accepting, claiming, becoming more self-aware, loving and being loved. Everyday I’m grateful for being me and becoming more of who I am! I’m grateful to have another day of life here on the earth and be the best me I can be! I’m grateful for love in my life, friendships, and relationships! My purpose has developed deeper meaning through the years – to love and be loved, live in gratitude in each moment, to help others and to be me! What’s your purpose?
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