Current research reveals what intuition has suggested all along: Those people who have discovered and engaged in a meaningful purpose in life tend to live longer and for that matter, healthier lives. Conversely, those people who feel like their lives have no purpose tend to have many health related issues. And how can anyone forget that the vast majority of heart attacks are known to occur on Monday morning. The implication being that a lack of a meaningful purpose chokes the human spirit which then wrecks havoc in the body. A meaningful purpose in life, it should be noted, is the hallmark of spiritual well-being. It is fair to say that one’s health status is a complicated phenomenon. Yes, there are biological factors, and hereditary factors, even environmental factors. But let us not forget the health of the human spirit, which contributes so greatly to our physical health as well. When allowed to bring forth it’s vibrancy, the human spirit ignites every cell in the body to hum with happiness.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Time to take stock in your life today. What gives you meaning? Is it your family? Perhaps your job/career? Is it your passionate hobby? It makes no difference what it is, only that you have something passionate to live for. In the course of our lives, we will have many meaningful purposes. As one chapter closes we must become aware of what the next chapter will be, even if we have to write it ourselves. There are many spiritual luminaries who will tell you that accessing your meaningful purpose in life is THE most important aspect of being alive on the planet earth. So what is your passion? What matters most to you? Do you merely think about what matters or does your passion call you to do more than think about it; in essence act on it. A meaningful purpose in life calls you to engage in life. Take time to listen and answer to this call.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
While there are many, many books to suggest, if you have not read Victor Frankl’s classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, please make it a point to read this book ASAP.
And while there are many movies that may inspire you, please consider viewing St. Ralph!
Quote for the Day:
“He who has a why to live can endure any how.” —Friedrich Nietzsche
Photo for the Day:
Today’s photo is an image I took of the Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland. Though I may have already used this image in a previous blog entry, I think it’s worth looking at again. I hope you agree. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the forthcoming, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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