I felt that my life’s purpose was terribly elusive the majority of my life. I kept seeking clarity, looking for signs, waiting for everything to fall into place. I would pray on it, meditate about it, and set intentions around it. Whenever I was sad or felt less than, I always defaulted that it must be because I don’t know my life’s purpose.
In the mean time, I was living my life with all the ups and downs. I enjoyed yoga and meditation classes, and I pursued them both most of my adult life. I accumulated certifications, shared what I was doing with close friends, and organically began teaching. This evolved over many years until one day I found myself in a familiar mindset. I was sad, felt lost, and was bemoaning my missing life’s purpose.
As I sat down to meditate once again on this seemingly unattainable concept, my intuition whispered to me.
What if you already have what you’re looking for? You cannot miss out on experiencing your life’s purpose. You can fail to notice it or fail to appreciate it, but you cannot miss it.
I knew in that moment that my life’s purpose was to be a meditation teacher and to teach people how to nurture a strong relationship with their own intuition. If you are going to be a teacher, you have to also be a student, and I loved being both. Now with my realization, I still had a tremendous amount of fear. I was so worried what other people would think when I told them my purpose. I come from a very right brained family, career, and social group. This endeavor was a very left brained concept. Again, my intuition whispered to me.
You’re not telling the world, you’re only telling the people who want to listen.
My intuition was absolutely right! I have told certain people that I am a meditation teacher, I have introduced them to my meditation friends, and I have invited them to a meditation class. Then, these same people are always surprised that I teach meditation, they literally cannot process it.
Hindsight being what it is, I thought about how much time and energy I had spent chasing a life’s purpose that I was already living. In doing so, I compiled this list of questions, that had I considered, would have all pointed me to the answer. That being said, I don’t know if answering the questions would have delivered me to the conclusion any earlier. There is something to be said for timing, collecting experiences, and believing in yourself. Nevertheless, I pose the questions to you. It is my intention that they lead you closer to your answers. When you consider them, look for themes and convergences, it may not be black and white. As I always say when guiding people to stillness, feel with your heart and listen with your intuition.
13 Questions to Recognize Your Life’s Purpose
- What did you want to be when you were in elementary school?
- What views do you have that are not shared and/or not discussed by your peers?
- What themes do you keep returning to in life?
- When did you feel really proud of yourself for the first time?
- When did you feel empowered for the first time?
- When did you feel that what you said or what you did really resonated with people?
- When did you feel that what you said or what you did really resonated with your soul?
- Who did you most admire as a child? Why?
- Who do you most admire now? Why?
- What are you afraid of? If something scares you, really scares you, you may be headed in the right direction.
- What internal dialogue are you repeating to yourself to remain stuck?
- When is your time, are you ready?
- Do you already have what you seek?