Why are we here? What is our purpose? How do we find our purpose? These questions have been at the core of an existential crisis for people for centuries. A sense of purpose and meaning in life has always driven human beings and without it, we often feel lost, useless and hopeless. So, how do we find our own sense of purpose?
When we can state the purpose of our lives in one, concise sentence, we are able to use that statement as a barometer to keep us on track as we move through the days of our lives. Often, we are so over-stimulated, over-committed and over-loaded with the daily activities and responsibilities of life that we can lose our sense of inner direction and just become overwhelmed!
Here are steps to locating your own sense of purpose and creating your life’s purpose statement. This can help to pull your life in a focused direction so that you are choosing to say yes to the tasks and commitments that are in alignment with your purpose as opposed to getting caught up in the business of life with no sense of purpose!
1. Make a list of all of the things that you love to do. This can include your hobbies and activities that bring you the most joy and contentment. For example, your list may include things like: hiking, yoga, hosting parties, volunteering, reading, having dinner with friends, meditating, etc.
2. Make a list of your core values – this list is not about activities that you enjoy engaging in, but instead aspects of life about which you are passionate. You are listing things that are important to you. For example, your list of core values may include: freedom, artistic expression, beauty, equality, love, transformation, spirituality, etc.
3. Think of a time in your life when you felt in alignment with your true self, or on track or felt like you were in a natural flow. Let the memories come into your mind and take notes on what you were doing, who you were with, what it felt like to be there, doing what you were doing. For example, perhaps you remember a time when you witnessed an accident and someone was in need and you instinctively felt compelled to help that person. You may have stepped into action immediately, feeling focused and calm and once they were safe, you felt really good about yourself and the event. This is an example of you being on purpose.
4. Create a list of words that describe the way that memory of being on purpose felt to you. Did it feel nurturing, powerful, calming? Did you feel like a light, a channel, director, organizer, conduit, creator or presence of love? These words that come to you are all indications of words that can be used to construct your life purpose statement! For example, a life purpose statement based off of the above example could be: “The purpose of my life is to be a calming presence of love and light to those in need.”
In her powerful workshop, The Art of Conscious Living, international healer, Kim Vincent takes her students through a series of exercises like the ones above to access their true selves and discover their life’s purpose statements. More information about Kim Vincent and her workshops can be found at www.changeshappen.com.
Play with this exercise until you feel that the statement you create really resonates with you and feels just right. This is statement is your internal compass, helping you declare who you truly are, why you are here and can help you focus your actions in the direction of your divine purpose.