Blogging is like gardening. You go back several years, 6 or 2, you read your old posts and you realise how far you have come. This morning I’ve had an urgent urge 🙂 to summarise everything I’ve learned about life purpose. I have went through the purpose related posts on this blog, carefully pruned them (find top ones here) and summarised key insights below (see the end of the post). I then thought – are we even meant to have a life purpose? and jotted down the possible scenarios. Behold the bubble diagram!
Some believe there is no life purpose and our existence is a random outcome of the laws of large numbers. Some believe that our existence is purposeful in itself – we are the Universe, the One looking at itself through our eyes. If we are meant to have a life purpose, is everyone meant to have it or only a few? Have we perhaps already realised our purpose and just don’t know it yet? Are we meant to uncover or find the life purpose and if so, how do we go about it – actively, through experimentation, or passively, through non-doing, to let it crystallise, come to us?
Versions 2 and 4 make sense to me personally, being biased towards buddhism and having read Kris Carr’s amazing post The Myth of Finding Your Purpose. Of course, ultimately any reflection on ‘life purpose’ is just our minds trying to over analyse what just is. It is all lila – play and nothing should be taken seriously. Have a wonderful purpose-ful or purpose-less weekend, fellow seekers 🙂
What could be our life purpose (if we are meant to have one):
- Anything that makes us feel alive, brings us joy.
- Whatever our heart/ soul tells us to do (compulsion rather than passion*).
- Self discovery, authenticity – living a life true to our values.
- Play, lila, fun, creation for the sake of creation.
- Healing, self-love, away from unworthiness and towards light, HOME, God.
*as per John C. Parkin