Have you ever asked yourself such a question? Why is having a purpose in life crucial for wellbeing? Have you ever found yourself wondering what your purpose and mission in your life are? Or does your life feel a bit empty? Then it’s time to do something about it. Here are a few ideas that can stir you in the right direction. Feel free to share this article with people who might find it useful.
Did you know, we as human beings have been wired to have purpose? If we don’t our mental wellbeing suffers badly. It’s one of the key elements that make us happy and fulfilled. This may surprise you but age actually does not come into it at all. There are old people having a blast and young people feeling terribly depressed. It’s sad, we live in an age where we are connected to one another through technological advances yet we feel empty inside and disconnected.
Across the board – young generations find it hard to find a place where to belong and be understood, finding something they are good at, mums whose children grown up and left home feel an empty gap, older people might find that there is no space for them as they cannot catch up with the world moving fast… It could be the loss of a job or an end of a career such as the famous football player in the 1990s Paul Gasgoine who started drinking after he ended his career. One of his friends Gary Lineker (now a successful broadcaster) advised him to replace his football career and find a new purpose in his life. He need a reason to be good at something again.
Having no purpose in life makes us terribly vulnerable!
we may feel anxious, bored or even depressed and can lead to addictions. Not good place to be.
Having purpose in life works wonders!
On the other hand, if we do have a strong sense of purpose, it can work wonders for you and has an incredibly positive effect. You look forward to each morning to get on with your work. Life becomes joyous and fun and more of the positive stuff is attracted to you like a magnet. Your mind is super focused and there is simply not much space left for negativity to creep in.
Why is purpose so beneficial for our health?
By concentrating on something external instead of focusing our energies on the worries and troubles of our life is the trick. If we give the chatterbox in our head a chance to talk it will toxify your mind with negativity for sure.
My mentor gave me a brilliant advice
“ Align yourself with success, with something bigger, with something more significant”
Why? Because then your troubles will seem a lot smaller and you won’t spend as much time thinking out them. And as a result our sense of wellbeing will go up.
What’s more, when we have purpose in life we are in the flow. The more in flow we are, the happier we feel.
Living a purposeful life makes us glow and radiate. In other words – our self-esteem grows.
Even though we are experiencing challenges, we accomplish them with grace and success. We see progress. We are getting closer to achieving our goals.
Another great thing to note, purpose is actually connected to hope. Depending on the purpose – it could be that you want better life for yourself, or cleaner environment, or helping elderly or homeless, volunteering to live in a fairer society or simply recover from and serious long term illness. When you are overcoming an illness you not only exercise your patience, but also be positive and have the vision/hope you are actually going to get better.
There are different kinds of purpose:
Basic Survival purpose
We need to have certain basics covered such as food, shelter and be save.
This is more seen in third/fourth world countries, countries at war, countries with brutally oppressive government or countries that had a natural disaster.
Once this need and purpose has been fulfilled we naturally move up a notch to find another purpose.
Purpose with religious meaning or sport
For example if you are Christian your purpose is very clear: to pray and convert many people to Christianity so you can be rewarded and spend eternity in heaven.
In sport if you follow for example a certain football team, you are part of a framework that’s given. Your purpose is to support your team at every match to win the season or tournament etc.
Personal purpose with cumulative effect
It’s about wealth, status and success. In today’s modern society where society is driven by consumerism and accumulation of things, some people thrive for becoming famous, have a status, a better position at work or be in power…
Personal and spiritual purpose in self development
A) self exploration and creativity – for example and artist whose purpose is self-expression or someone who loves learning new things constantly, developing new skills, etc. B) spiritual development – such person is driven by a strong motivation to transform their state of being to a higher level using practices such as meditation or following certain spiritual paths i.e. Buddhism, Sufism, the Kabbalah.
Altruistic or Idealistic Purpose
It’s a higher level from personal. It’s a broader sense of purpose. It’s not about improving your own situation it’s actually about others.
This one could be divided into two groups:
A) to help the world – it’s a desire to help the society, the environment from the ecological destructions.
B) Focusing on other human beings, to improve their life, help them develop in ways they can eventually help themselves.
The trans-purposive state
It’s the highest form of human purpose; it’s a form of altruism/idealism. In the spiritual traditions you hear the term “state of being awakened” which means the individual gives up their own free will, so that the divine can flow through them and they become a channel for a greater force.
For better understanding here are some examples:
In Taoism the term ming means a state of no duality and separation. The people follow a the wu-wei chih-Tao, ‘the non-striving Way of Transcendence,’ In other words: they live in a state of ‘actionless activity’.
The Christian tradition talks about ‘self-annihilation’ and ‘self-naughting’ which are used in a similar way as in Taoism.
This is something my mentor talks a lot about:
In the Bhagavad-Gita, a great deal of emphasis is placed on ‘unattached action’ – acting without being concerned about results, simply doing what is right and appropriate.
In Sufism you come across a state referred as “awakened”, a person has no will on their own but lives in and through God in a state of ecstasy. These people have no need to plan their own life or make thing happen. Life unfolds naturally and spontaneously through them by virtue of the divine power.
You may feel this is far fetched for you but it’s actually it’s more common than you can realize.
The nature of us humans is to grow. Nothing on this planet is static, there is growth and things are evolving. And we always have the need to thrive for something better, right?
When we live our life on purpose – here I mean a higher purpose, when we have our basic things covered and we can broaden your sense your purpose and add more meaning to it. we find ourselves in the flow. We manifest things we only dreamed of, we are attracting people to work/collaborate/live with… as a result we are positive and we feel happy.
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