You’re in a hurry. You have things to do and places to see.
But your keys are nowhere to be seen. You look everywhere. Under the sofa, in your pockets, and you walk around the house countless times.
And nothing.They don’t seem to exist.
Then you look in your hand, and there they are.
They were always right there, in your hand. If you would’ve been aware of the here and now, you would’ve found them without having to go through all the hassle.
Finding your purpose in life is the same way.
It’s always been inside of you waiting to be discovered. It doesn’t need to be found. You just have to be open to it.
The problem is that we’re so busy looking for our purpose that we can’t see that it’s right here.
We’re looking for peace in all the wrong places, when it’s always been inside of us.
I notice this tendency in myself, and I see how I’ve fallen into this trap many times in the past.
There are thousands upon thousands of articles out there on how to find your life purpose, and many of them operate on a not so helpful assumption.
And that assumption is that your life purpose is something you have to find.
Luckily, it’s not.
It’s much simpler than that. In fact, it’s so simple that most people dismiss it.
The Secret to Finding Your Life Purpose
So what’s the secret to finding your life purpose?
The secret is to become still enough to hear the whisper of wisdom inside you.
Notice what you feel compelled to do. Where do you feel drawn? What are you excited about?
You see, we all have an internal compass that is ready to guide us. But first, we have to be willing to become still and listen.
This isn’t always easy with all the thinking we do, because our internal compass operates on subtlety. It whispers, while the mind screams.
It nudges with inspiration, while the mind uses scare-tactics.
Deep down, you know what needs to be done, but thoughts of fear pop up. If you can anchor yourself in the present moment, you will realize that everything you need is already here.
Staying in the Present Moment
Dip your toes into the present moment as often as possible.
It can be as simple as being aware of your breath a few times each hour. Become curious about what it feels like to breathe when you’re extremely aware of what’s going on inside your body.
That’s all it takes.
After a while, the awareness will expand further, but start small. Start now.
There will be no salvation in the future, because when the future comes, it comes as the present moment.
When I become quiet, breathe and notice what I feel compelled to do, it’s almost as if life lives itself.
For example, I felt the inspiration to write this article. I still had to plan, outline and write it, but it came out of a state of stillness.
What If You’re Not Excited?
In some people the impulses, inspiration and excitement have been suppressed for so long that they are barely noticeable.
But they are still there.
You just have to start with what you have.
This is not something where inspiration will suddenly slap you in the face. The way life unfolds is much more subtle. The inner voice and the nudges I get are more like whispers.
And that’s why it’s so important to quiet your mind, because you can’t hear the whispers if your mind is in the way.
So if you’re not excited, that’s fine. You may still notice that you are interested in something. If so, start there.
And if you’re not interested in anything, pretend that you are and see what happens.
You already have what you need.
All you have to do to find your life purpose is to anchor yourself in the present moment. Your purpose is right here, right now.
You don’t have to try and figure life out, you just have to stay in this very moment.
So notice your breathing, your body, and what’s going on around you. Then listen to what you feel compelled to do.
In what direction do you feel drawn?
Sometimes you don’t feel drawn anywhere, and that’s because you need to rest.
Don’t make this into something you need to perfect. Play with it and see what happens.
But always remember, you can get in touch with your purpose by listening to your intuition. It has always been there, and it will always be there.
The more people do this in business, the more impact it will have on the world.
But the change starts within you.
By Henri Junttila and originally posted here.