I retreat into nature to become restored, to pray, to meditate, and to bath in the natures bounty. I was on a hike a few years ago, contemplating the meaning of my life and this thought popped into my head:
Faith is not about believing in a God, Divinity or Hight Power. It’s about believing in the significance of your own life and purpose.
Purpose is one of the words that hangs on you like a heavy plowing yolk. As we become more awakened and invested in the collective raising of our world–finding our purpose can feel like the only thing we should be doing.
My own Swami Sivananda Radha in a teaching said, it’s not about finding the meaning of life, it’s about finding the meaning of your life. When I heard her say this I felt like a weight had been taken off of me. For years I had contemplated the meaning of life and been completely overwhelmed by how to contribute, how to live my life in a way that was in alignment with all life. It’s too much for one person.
Nate Berkus, the famous interior designer after losing his partner in the terrible 2004 tsunami catastrophe and alchemizing that situation said something to the effect that our purpose is in the mundane daily interactions of life.
Both Nate and Swami Radha are right. Our purpose is both large and small, it’s both simple and complex. More than anything the common denominator in both of those ideas is that we are at the center of that purpose. By just being born into this world. That our life has value and meaning because we are standing on this spinning planet, suspended in space, warmed by a Sun many light years away. We have to have faith that the reason we are here is to fulfill many purposes–small, medium, and large and that they all matter to every person we interact with regardless if we can see the outcome of our interaction or not. And even if you never create anything that changes the masses or cures a horrible disease you have fulfilled your destiny by being you in this world.
Your purpose is simple. To live fully into your life as You, to do as little harm to those around you, to leave this place a little better than you found and have fun while you’re doing it.
Find your purpose, large or small every single day. I have faith in you, that you will.
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