How To Find Inspiration In Your Day Job When You Are Seeking A Life Purpose

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For quite sometime I really grappled with the fact that my daytime job wasn’t “my life purpose.”

There was this niggling feeling that I should be doing something more meaningful with my life and that I am “wasting” time.

I would ask myself, couldn’t I be doing more to save the planet ? Yet there was this internal conflict as I still had to feed, clothe and shelter my family. How do I combine the two?

I feel this sentiment is shared throughout a lot of society today. There seems to be a growing level of discontent with people and their careers in the world as they search for that income stream that is sourced from their mission or “calling”.

100 years ago men and women, well mainly men, would rise out of bed, pull on their boots and head off to labour through the day for the purpose of making sure their was food on the table and shelter overhead.

This was their number one priority. It was the driving incentive for heading off to work each day.

Digging coal from the coal face, shoeing horses, tilling soil, working the printing presses, carving stone all day, laying slate tiles on roofs and so on. Once they had decided that this was their mode of raising revenue to fund the family, very rarely did they change it as there just wasn’t the choice and their wasn’t the expectation.

Now though there is a strong yearning to be fulfilling our goals through our careers or revenue sources. If we are not, then there is a big question over our head and a growing level of discontentment.

Writing a book, teaching yoga, recording music, painting artworks, building schools in Africa, working with street kids or setting up a large philanthropic fund… many of us are searching for this life purpose with a belief that it will also be our career.

This brings me to the word dharma. Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means life purpose or path.

Like many of these sanskrit words that seep into our dialogue they often get distorted and misinterpreted.

Usually when we hear the word dharma we think of career, AND life purpose together. I’m not sure how the career part snuck in there but it has.

Our career or revenue making is usually totally separate.

There are a very small minority who are capable of merging the two. Successful writers, movie makers, musicians, sport stars, spiritual advisors. So if we can come to terms with the idea that our dharma and income stream are two separate things altogether, then we might feel a little bit better about pulling on our boots and heading off to the coal face each morning.

This doesn’t mean we have to surrender the idea altogether of not following our dharma. Our income stream can become a fund-raising mechanism for our life purpose.

In more cases than not, our income stream is a source of funding FOR our dharma, not FROM our dharma.

By surrendering one night a week out drinking with your friends or sitting in front of the TV watching a reality show, throw in a lunch break here and there, or a small portion of your weekend, and you will find that there is a way to merge the two.

The other option is to follow the path of Bill Gates. Now one of the world’s leading philanthropists, he took his time patiently. He built up a stockpile of funds from his career (a substantial one at that!) and then proceeded full time into his dharma.

So if we change our perspective of our work life and see it as a stepping stone to enable us to one day take a similar step like Bill Gates, then it should help us realise a sense of relevance to pulling on those work boots everyday.

Plant that seed, set an intention, and you will find inspiration in crawling out of bed each morning.

Just remember, even Superman had a day job !

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I Went To Byron Bay For A Holiday, And Didn’t Expect This!

 

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Ok, so the 4 days of lying on pristine beaches didn’t quite unfold as I’d expected. I paid a premium for flights at the last minute to take my family away for a holiday to one of my favourite destinations in the last weekend of school holidays.

Byron Bay!

A multitude of glorious beaches, rolling lush green mountains, organic cafes, meditation and yoga centres and an energy that is incredibly blissful and healing.

Hmm, although I didn’t quite plan on the cyclone that rolled in on our first day, the fallen power lines, the flooded rivers, the black outs and the cancelled top dollar flights!

  •                Have you ever had that experience where things just didn’t go according to plan?
  •                Was there a time when your expectations weren’t met?
  •                How do you cope with life’s randomness?
  •                Are you tossed and turned and thrown about emotionally by unexpected events?

Life is a variable, it’s like the surface of the ocean, it has crests and troughs. Every day within each moment there is the potential for it to be a crest or a trough. 

Most of us live life in that thin layer of relativity, that surface of the ocean, where our entire experience is based upon the outcomes of the ebb and flow of life’s randomness. This is why we are so subjected to the ups and downs, those peaks and troughs, and get thrown about by the constant change and unexpected events that keep popping up.

How do we live in a state of calm and consistency when there is so much chaos and inconsistency in life?

One word…’transcendence’.

What is transcendence?

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There exists deeper layers of awareness for us to dive into that take us beyond the realm of subjectivity.

This place is called Pure Consciousness.

This is a field of being awake and aware yet not in the future or the past, the black or the white, the good or the bad. It’s a place of Stillness, of Silence, of non-change. Each day when you sit in Stillness Sessions you are connecting to that deeper level of the life. It’s like a deeper layer of the ocean that isn’t subjected to the relativity on the surface.

Over time, through regular contact with this deeper layer, it becomes part of our waking state. Whilst one is in amongst all the chaos and randomness of life on the surface, they simultaneously experience a non-changing bliss at a deeper level.

So amid cyclones, fallen power lines, black outs, floods and cancelled flights, there is a silent observer that moves through it all with a mild fascination, unperturbed, unflustered and in blissful awareness.

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