“Our true nature is divine and eternal. Our true purpose of life is to awaken and realize that permanent divinity that is within us.”
– Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step
This semester, I’m taking a class where the topic is “Create a Meaningful Life” and I believe that it’s important that we all create a meaningful life and live our life with purpose. It doesn’t matter where you believe that purpose comes from. It can come from God, fulfilling the Dharma, achieving enlightenment, or from within yourself. We all have a purpose here on earth and if you think that life is meaningless, then you are going to live a meaningless life.
Benefits of Living with Purpose
When you live with purpose, you have a clear path in which you should go. For example, my purpose right now is “I exist to show love and compassion to those who feel unworthy or undeserving so that I can help make the world a more loving and joyful place.” I plan to fulfill this purpose by becoming a doctor and showing my patients that there is at least one person who cares for them. I also plan on doing a lot of volunteer and charity work around my community to help spread positivity.
Having a purpose also fuels passion and sets clear goals that fulfills your life. It doesn’t matter if your purpose involves you being a homemaker or a lawyer, you have those goals and those passions and you can live a fulfilling life. Don’t let other people dictate what your goals should be. Don’t let others tell you what you should do with your life. Ultimately, it’s your life, not theirs, so look deep inside and find your purpose.
How to Find Your Purpose
Finding your purpose is not exactly the easiest thing to do, so I’m going to guide you through the process that we went through in class.
Identify your stance
Ask yourself these questions:
- What would you do if you only had 6 months left to live?
- If you could have only one wish granted, what would it be?
- If there was a zombie apocalypse, what would you do?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- If someone decided to fight you, what would you do?
Using the answers from these questions, create some statements starting with “I stand for…”
For example, my statements are: I stand for love and compassion. I stand for helping others. I stand for protecting myself. I stand for openness and community. I stand for protecting the environment.
Identify Your Values
From the list below, choose every values that connects to you.
From those values, narrow it down to 10 values that you connect with the most.
Once you have done that, narrow the list of 10, to a list of 5 and prioritize those values.
Write down how you live your life according to those five values.
My top five values are:
Find Your Passions
Find something that you are extremely passionate about. Something that you want to advance in your life. My passion is learning.
Using the previous exercises, find a way to use your stance, values, and passions to create a statement that explains your purpose. Think about how you want to be remembered when you die and what you want to accomplish during your lifetime.
Use your purpose to live a meaningful life that will fulfill you and your passions.
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Lots of love,