There are five practices to help you find your purpose:
1. Daily journaling for ten minutes
Write for a minimum of ten minutes daily on ‘My purpose.’ Don’t stop even if you are clueless; continue to type or scribble till you complete the quota of ten minutes daily. Within a few days, you will emerge out of the darkness into the bright sunlight; things will be as brilliant as the midday sun.
The key here is consistency. If you think thirty days is too long to find your purpose, remember that it’s nothing compared to a whole life spent in confusion. Still, if you aren’t inspired to spend that much time, you could try answering the same question in one go. Stop only when you are clear about the answer to this question: What is the purpose of my life?
It’s essential you don’t write from the head; let your heart rule the pages. As you let your emotions pour out, you may even cry. Cry if you must, but don’t stop the pen. Journaling is not only therapeutic but also a great tool for self-discovery. Journaling becomes a reliable companion who reflects your feelings well and helps you connect to yourself better.
2. Introspection – ask what’s important to you
Ask a simple question: What gives me fulfillment?
It could be anything; helping others, caring for children, writing, or composing poetry. Here you seek to go deeper than your mind and senses. The pleasure titillation felt by the senses are fleeting, but an activity that’s an intersection of two circles – of what brings you joy and that which also makes a difference to others’ lives, is your purpose. When your passion meets the world’s need, you have found your calling.
Ravish was a monk for over two decades in our monastery. I began to notice him get distracted and unhappy. I asked him if he needed help and he promptly said that he wasn’t happy in the ashram.
As I heard him more, I realized his busy schedule meant that he wasn’t doing any of the things that were important for him.
To be continued…