Life does not always keep up with the script.
In fact, many times life contradicts our rules and anticipation. When this happens, it can be easy to question the meaning of your life, the meaning of the things that are happening, and how you should respond to them.
One way to find deeper meaning in your life is to recognize and replace false beliefs and some conventional ‘truths’ with alternative ways of thinking and dealing with the jambalaya of life.
Here are some helpful steps to get you started in finding greater meaning:
Should you go with the flow of life or should you strive to change things and make things happen? The amazing truth is that you can work hard, strive to make things happen and still be able to let go when necessary.
But, just because you practice the art of letting go does not mean you are a quitter or that you are easily dissuaded. The ability to let go, to practice patience and to go with the flow can accord you peace of mind and a fresh perspective.
Think about the last time you were stressed about something that was not working out ‘your way.’ When you stopped fighting the flow or striving so much to make it ‘go your way’ it is likely that you calmed down and found a new perspective to approach the issue in a way that was favorable to you.
The lesson: Even as you strive to attain certain goals, know when to let go and to go with the flow.
In his book, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh observes, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
A major reason why people hang on to unnecessary stress or worry is so they can demonstrate that they care about someone or something. But this is more of an unhealthy attachment than a genuine expression of care.
You can choose to stop feeling responsible for another person’s happiness or unhappiness. With this choice comes the realization that suffering and stress are not symbolic of your depth of care.
The truth is you can still care about something or someone without being too attached.
There is a general belief that we are not in control of many things in life. This perception is often a source of confusion for anyone trying to find meaning and a sense of purpose.
Without a doubt, the social environment that one is brought up in influences many of our decisions. It is almost as though these decisions happen on automatic without much of our input.
Yet, it is also true that you are in control of many of the things that take place in your life. You may not be able to control everything but you can still be in charge of how you respond to everything that comes your way.
It is absolutely liberating to know that majority of the time, you can exert your free will and therefore remain in control of your life irrespective of the external circumstances.
Change can bring with it good fortune or it can be a source of enormous disruption and fear.
More importantly, people are afraid of change because they think they will be unable to deal with the new reality. But this is simply untrue.
The truth is, your authentic nature is transcendent and therefore you are more than capable of handling the precarious transitions and evolutions brought about by change.
Without eliminating false beliefs, it is not possible to attain your highest possibilities. Yet embracing the truth about yourself allows you to realize your life purpose; it enables you to constantly find meaning in your life.
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