Your passion will come knocking...

Do you ever find yourself wondering (or maybe even worrying) about what your purpose is in life?

I know I do. Probably more often than I should.

Lead with your heart

I feel like I can look around at other people and come up with a general idea of what they are here to do, what they have to give the world and how they should share it. When it comes to myself, I often draw a blank. Is it yoga? Is it writing? Is it teaching? Is it something I have yet to discover? Scariest of all, is it nothing? The way I see it life is short. I don’t want to waste time. I want to cut right to the chase. I want to know what I am here to share and go give it. I was explaining my frustration of not knowing what my life is for (I know – dramatic, right?) with a friend recently and she told me to read The myth of finding your purpose by Kris Carr. These words jumped out at me: “When our purpose is external, we may never find it. If we tie our purpose or meaning to our vocation, goal or an activity, we’re more than likely setting ourselves up for suffering down the line. Your purpose has nothing to do with what you do.  There, I said it. Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way. That’s it. Everything else is your burning passion, your inspired mission, your job, your love-fueled hobby, etc. Those things are powerful and essential, but they’re not your purpose. Your purpose is much bigger than that.” All this time, I’ve been attaching my purpose to “doing” when really it’s about “being”. Being who I am and loving myself for it. Isn’t this a life purpose for us all? It’s one that I definitely have yet to fulfill but one that I certainly hope to. All the external junk aside, what’s a life without being yourself and really, truly, honestly loving that person? So thank you Kris, for making me see that our journey through life isn’t about how successful we are, what kind of job we have, or what we spend our time doing. It’s about nurturing a deeper more compassionate relationship with ourselves. Finding the freedom to be who we are and not criticize ourselves for it. In sharing this with you, I guess what I’m really trying to say is stop worrying so much. Stop obsessing over finding out what it is you were put on this planet to do. If you’ve found your passion, chase it with reckless abandon. If you haven’t, keep moving forward. Live your life. Love yourself. Your passion will come knocking. Your life will unravel just as it is meant to if you start by realizing and cherishing who you truly are. BPYI immersion
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