Having a sense of purpose in life is both beneficial to your mental health and living a more fulfilled and content life. When you find your life purpose you’ll feel more empowered, have mastery and control in your life. Here’s why…
This sense of direction may assist you in remaining emotionally balanced, not being overly affected by negative or positive situations. According to research, having a sense of purpose in life improves your mood and ability to deal with your intense emotions.
This can be incredibly empowering!
Living with a sense of purpose activates your positive outlook on life and enables far more positive reactions to stressful situations.
Your life’s purpose is unique to you.
Did you know that having an overarching driver in life can propel you through life’s mundane moments? Many things can provide us with meaning and purpose, like the following:
- Our interpersonal relationships and sense of belonging to a community
- Our spiritual endeavours
- Our creative endeavours
- Our work
- Giving back to our local or global community is an important part of our work.
But…does your life purpose need to be aligned with your professional life and career?
This is something I’ve been thinking about recently…
There’s this need in today’s society to have your life purpose fit in neatly with what you do for work.
It’s like there’s a tug of war between your sacred life calling…
…and your career choice.
For some people - this makes perfect sense. And they have zero issues with the idea.
But to others, this can be a struggle and becomes a source of significant anxiety and pressure throughout life.
You see, your work fills a large part of your life. But the notion of needing your professional career to be perfectly in line with your purpose might not be the best way to approach it.
I posted a short video on Instagram of what my thoughts are on this topic.
Would love to hear what you think.
Overcoming that sense of purposelessness
When any of us experiences a sense of meaninglessness or purposelessness, it may come with feelings of isolation from time to time. It also makes it more difficult to connect or find your purpose when you are feeling down, disconnected or even depressed.
If you feel you lack purpose in your life, you may experience this as being constantly bored, dissatisfied, or empty, as if life has no meaning. You may feel unfulfilled in your relationships with others, dissatisfied at home and at work, and anxiously pondering the meaning of life.
You may feel hopeless, desperate, or simply numb, unable to find joy in the things that used to bring you joy.
Feeling purposeless can also contribute to depression and anxiety, especially if you can't see a way out of your empty feelings.
So what can you do about it?
Self-awareness is one key to discovering your life's purpose. You must first reflect on your own nature. Awareness can assist you in clearing the things that are bothering your conscious ego.
Find meaning and purpose in your life by becoming more aware of your true, fundamental identity. It is a journey to the deepest values in a person's life.
Allow me to assist you in reintroducing the essence of who you are into your life so that you can reflect on your life's purpose.
Start with any one of the meditation programs or for a deep dive into uncovering your life purpose, join me and a group of dedicated individuals in our Zen Academy program.