Pay Closer Attention To Your Purpose
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne
“Remembering who you really are is a subtle shift of attention from a tense present to the present tense.” So echo the words from author Jeff Foster, who calls us to reaffirm our attentiveness to the present moment. There is an aliveness to being grounded in the here and now, as we slip out of the intriguing dream of the past to appreciate this moment. If the past serves as accumulated memories, there is no depth to our experience of it in the present. Yet, if we are alive in the present moment, life materialises in that instance. The aliveness of our present experience transcends any distant memory we hold on to. It is through this connection of the now that we unlock the gateway to a deeper relationship with our true self.
Many people are oblivious to their deeper purpose. Just like mice in a lab experiment, they merely survive to the next meal before their time runs out; lamenting how life passed them by. Yet it needn’t be this way. You have a choice to overcome any limitations that are self-imposed or otherwise.
Consider your response to the following questions:
- What is your life story about?
- Why are you attracting these life experiences?
- What are the lessons contained within those moments?
These are questions to consider if we wish to pay closer attention to our purpose. What themes and struggles have followed you over time, to create the canvas of your life? Every experience is unique to you because it compels you to grow, otherwise you remain stagnant. While it may sound like New Age cliché, the wisdom you seek is contained within you. This is the same intelligence which directs blood supply to your beating heart and regulates the intricate division of cells in your body. To access this intelligence, we must disassociate from our thinking mind to the quiet space within. You may call it home, others liken it to returning to a comfortable, reassuring presence they never left. However you experience it; you are the expression of universal intelligence constantly shifting. You were conceived out of love, irrespective of the conditions that supported your birth.
I remember with fondness catching the train to school each morning in my pre-teenage years. I saw office workers clutching the daily newspaper under their arms, expecting the day ahead. Coincidentally, it was during my ride home where I observed the same people grappling with the same newspaper under their arms, appearing jagged and worn, having been read cover to cover. The paper was symbolic of how they felt working in a dreary job; worn out and listless. Therefore, I invite you to stop for a moment in your day to be alive; I mean really be alive in your surroundings. Notice your breathing, your heartbeat, your thoughts which arise and fall to produce the accompanying emotions. This is life functioning as the individual you call “I.”
Surrender The Idea Of Who You Think You Are
“When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It is no surprise that you are the director and star of your life’s story. Whilst you have a minor influence on how the plot unfolds, you have the power to direct the course of your destiny, instead of being stuck in your current circumstances. As a powerful co-creator, and through the power of your mind, you set this intention to coincide with your heart’s desire. What if this life is a dream, an actual dream? What if you were to awaken from this dream to realise you haven’t really lived or worse still, just survived? I’m reminded of the uplifting poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which reads: “What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
To honour our inner wisdom is the core of our soul’s evolution. We reconnect with our authentic nature by honouring the values which point us toward our true self. As we abide by these values, we awaken our genius, our potential and the willingness to see through the lingering fog of confusion. We were never disconnected from our source of knowing, rather, we lose our way back to it. There is a salient undercurrent which simmers beneath the surface of human-kind. This mysterious energy is unassuming and yet is known when you meet somebody who leaves a lasting impression on you. Some are fortunate to connect with this spiritual energy during their lifetime and accomplish their deepest desires. For others who stray from their core self, it heralds the path back home.
Therefore, I encourage you to surrender labels, ideas and beliefs of who you think you are. This is a formed image that keeps you safe in the world. You don’t need this persona anymore than you need reading glasses when your eyesight is 20/20. Similarly, take some time to answer the three questions I asked you at the beginning of the article. If you want to go deeper into the exercise, ask a loved one to review your answers and discuss them together to gain new insights. Life leads you to discover your unyielding Self and guides you to honour the foundations of your unlimited potential. To remember who you requires a subtle shift from struggle, worry and anxiety to surrounded by the richness of the present moment. Who we are is contained within those pockets of tiny moments, interspersed throughout our life. If we are not completely aware of them, they pass us by at the drop of a hat.