In last week’s blog post, I talked about the connection of one’s pain to one’s purpose.
Had you ever thought about that concept before?
The more life examples I see regarding pain to purpose, the more validity I find in this concept.
Not everyone is living their life “on purpose,” but for those that are, I think this pain to purpose paradigm is on point.
People living on purpose have a story, an “ah ha” moment, something that compels or propels them in the direction of their purpose.
- My brother is a Catholic priest. While working as a paralegal, in PR, and in politics as a young man he became so stressed that he quit his job. After that and dealing with the death of our grandfather, he found he was happiest when he was volunteering which led to his calling as a priest.
- My health coach suffered from an eating disorder, recovered, had her first child, gained weight, and was stressed out trying to work crazy hours, barely seeing her son, and still holding onto the baby weight. She lost the weight by doing home workouts, and started building that business at home so she could be with her boys. She now helps moms with the same struggle.
I’m sure you could come up with some examples of people in your own life whose story fits the pain to purpose pattern.
During my conversation with Amy Banocy about passion and purpose, she explained that there is a process to living on purpose.
When we discussed it, I realized I knew this pattern as I had done the steps in my own pain to purpose story.
The steps to living on purpose are:
Let’s talk about awareness……how can we cultivate this?
Many people that I encounter have a pivotal moment–an “ah ha” moment of realization. This could be an event or simply a “knowing” inside that brings everything to light.
Do you know what that compelling moment is for you? Or do you need more clarity and direction?
To obtain awareness, the best thing you can do is quiet your mind!
Some people have a dedicated daily meditation practice, others might walk in nature. It is simply about getting quiet, releasing resistance, and being open to answers.
I know that I can’t sit too long without thoughts coming into my mind. I think this is pretty normal. What we don’t realize is that when we are quiet, these thoughts are usually inspired and aligned with your soul’s purpose. Part of getting quiet is asking questions, listening to answers, and trusting your intuition.
Perhaps my practice will help you. I like to sit quietly for about 10 minutes every morning. Sometimes I use an app that plays ocean waves in the background, other times I don’t. Just sitting in peace is very grounding. When done I try to write down any thoughts or ideas that popped into my head. Sometimes they are inspired blog post themes, or maybe the topic of “patience” keeps coming up. I might simply need more patience in my daily life.
I want to live in my light, my truth, and on purpose. When we do the work to get to that place, we become open to the limitless possibilities. Awareness is a key step.
Take the time to get quiet each day to increase your awareness. If you need help in developing a daily practice, check out this past blog post.
Next week I will share how our beliefs can limit us, and how we can change our beliefs to expand our potential, open up possibilities, and live with passion and purpose.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a pivotal story that brought you awareness.