We need to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who are being questioned by life — daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the task which it constantly sets for each individual. These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from person to person, and from moment to moment.
(Viktor Frankl, 1905 – 1997)
Our spiritual theme this month is Individual Identity. Who are you? What is your purpose in being on this earth? What is your best self?
Many of us don’t really know. We follow and believe what others tell us from early on in childhood and those impressions are imprinted on our brains, sometimes as a lifelong influence. We need to do reflective work on ourselves, deep inner deliberation to confront those demons and angels that reside in our minds, about ourselves, about how we relate to others, about where we fit in this world. It’s hard. It is never easy to confront that which you wish to avoid. But that is exactly what I’m asking you to do this month. To confront those ideas and thoughts that do not serve you or others. What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror? Do you praise what you see or do you pick apart and name and criticize all that you see as imperfect?
Sometimes we need to break those patterns that do not serve us and the longer we’ve had them, the more difficult it is. Try using some of these techniques. Take a moment to sit quietly, begin to listen to your breathing, and meditate. Watch yourself calm yourself down. It could take moments, it could take many minutes. Then ask yourself some questions. What fills me with passion? What did I want to be when I grew up when I was 7 years old? Has your path taken you there? If not, why not and what can you do to change it? Is it still a passion for you?
Sometimes just asking ourselves the question provides the answers to us. Be honest with yourself, see what purpose arises for you. Then go out and pursue that. It’s never too late to create that life you are longing for.
Use this month to devote to you. Look inward, self reflect, process, be kind to yourself. Then go out and make a change. Our world depends on you.
Blessings to you all,