Have you ever wondered, perhaps in the wee hours of the morning, what your purpose is in life? This happened to me recently, after I returned from my second instalment of the 300-hour yoga teachers’ training in San Francisco. I was training with Jason Crandell, one of my favourite teachers, who urged us to understand the human body and to think about, then define the ‘purpose’ we want to achieve when creating a sequence of asanas. It got me thinking about my own purpose in life?
I’m sure that you too have, at some point, contemplated the meaning of life asking yourself “Why am I here?” or “What’s the reason behind me being in this world?” I have to tell you, it can be quite daunting. However, over time, I have found that it’s important not to put pressure into finding solutions, because answers to such questions come in their own time.
In the last few months, we’ve been conducting our ‘Living Awake’ sessions, where we’ve been relaying the message of understanding oneself through self-reflections and living in the now. Personally, I find that reconnecting with my inner self helps me see answers to the more altruistic questions in life.
I’ve come to realise a few central insights for navigating our real life purpose, which I’d like to share with you.
- We are all here for a reason and every soul has a role to play. In the grand scheme of things, we are small parts of the puzzle that makes up this world; and each of us with our distinctive talents are meant to service others and make positive contributions to our world.
- We are all unique, and so is our purpose in life; that’s why we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others.
- One’s purpose can change with time. So we must take a step back occassionally to analyse our journey towards fulfilling it; sometimes the journey may transition and adapt to the changing circumstances. This is completely normal!
Now, if you do want to go on this journey of discovering your own meaning in life, or a purpose to live for, I suggest you to be patient and start by truly understanding your own self. Here, I’ve compiled four questions to ask yourself, which might help you in finding the answers you’re looking for.
Who am I?
Your very core is where this practice begins. Through mediation and cleansing your mind, build an open dialogue with your inner self and with the universe (or whomever/whatever you believe in as the source). It opens the door for you to start hearing the answers come from within.
What do I want?
We all have a number of material, spiritual, ethereal, physical, and emotional wants. Try not to judge the answers the come and simply allow yourself to listen.
What gives meaning to my life?
Find answers to what you are most passionate about, what gives you the most happiness and what makes you feel alive – the things that make you bounce out of bed in the morning. This will help you find your life’s purpose that you can happily work towards and live a more fulfilling life.
What am I grateful for?
Gratitude plays a huge role in improving the quality of your life; it helps you stay grounded.
I hope this piece answers some of your questions and helps you in finding the true meaning of your life and your soul’s purpose in this world. Remember, the journey to finding this answer, needs to start from your very core – your own self. The answers lie within, and understanding how to navigate your own mind and emotions will help you in finding them. If you’d like to share what you find, our Inspire community would welcome hearing what you have to say and you can support others with your story.