Two of the hardest questions you can ever ask yourself are these: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” These are great questions to ask and we should revisit these questions with great frequency, as most likely the answers will change each time the questions are asked. These two questions, perhaps more than any others, are the hallmark of human spirituality. Your purpose in life is your destiny. It is revealed in the work you do, the friends you make, and the light that shines from your heart through your eyes. You know when you are fulfilling your destiny because things simply flow. Each of us has a meaningful purpose in life. What derails our efforts to fulfill our destiny? A great many things do, from laziness and apathy to scores of distractions (more commonly known as addictions). Sometimes roadblocks on life’s journey can reveal one’s purpose, as best described in this sage passage: A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Joseph Campbell described one’s destiny this way: “Follow your bliss.” Good advice! So today ask yourself this question: “How can you best follow your destiny? The world is waiting for your reply.
Stress Tip for the Day:
How would you best describe your bliss? What makes you happy? Are you doing what makes you happy? If not, why not? How can you best fulfill your destiny? Try this: First, sit quietly and clear your head. Breathe. Take a deep breath and breath again. Keep clearing your head. When your mind stops racing, pose this question: how can I best fulfill my purpose in life, my destiny? Pause, breath and pause again. Then take a deep breath again. Let the answer come to you without forcing a response. It will come as a word or a short phrase, not a half hour soliloquy. It may even take a few tries to hear the answer without ego distortion. You’ll know when you get the answer… it will bring a smile to your face.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Here is an essay on finding your destiny… Enjoy!
Quote for the Day:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” — Carl G. Jung
Photo for the Day:
A sidewalk artist in Florence, Italy brings beauty to the eyes of tourists like myself. He was fulfilling his purpose, and definitely following his bliss. 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 12 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 newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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