I’ve talked in some of my previous blog posts about discovering your life purpose as a way to increase your daily satisfaction. Today I’m going to talk about passion as a cue to your life purpose. Think back to when you were little. What were the things that grabbed your attention, kept you focused and occupied for hours on end, and about which you felt great excitement and passion? Those things can be cues to what you are truly meant to be doing in your life.
When we are on track with our life purpose, we feel excited, happy, and centered. When we are engaged in activities that pay the bills, but don’t feed our soul, we often feel depressed, anxious, flat, and unenthusiastic. Do a feelings check with yourself right now. What would you say is your overall feeling state on a day-to-day basis? If “passion”, “passionate”, or “impassioned” are words that you’ve chosen, you’re likely on track with your Life Purpose. Again, your feelings are a great cue to whether you are on track or not with your life purpose.
Oftentimes, when someone is seeking to make the changes that will bring him/her into alignment with life purpose, the Conditioned Self roars to life with protests about dire consequences of following that path. This can take the form of fears of failure, fears of abandonment, fears of loss, feelings of inadequacy and more. Simply because you experience those feelings doesn’t mean you are mis-stepping. It may just be a confirmation that you are actually heading in the direction of your highest purpose to which your Conditioned Self, which loathes change, is going to loudly object.
So how do we manage the Conditioned Self when it is howling in protest? Yelling back, shoving it aside, ignoring it are all methods most of us have tried…with limited results. If you see your Conditioned Self as a wounded child, the answer becomes obvious. Comfort that child as best you can and keep moving forward with your goals. Point out to that wounded inner child whenever there is progress in the path to your life purpose and the child self will begin to relax a bit as those successes pile up.
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