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Your Purpose

Your purpose is not about what you do;

it’s about who you are.

Quote from Abraham Hicks

 

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is in this life? You’re not alone. Practically everyone has struggled with this question, sometimes multiple times throughout life. It’s not an easy question to answer until you realize that it’s not about the “what” it’s about YOU.

You are your purpose.

Once you focus on creating the best you, then everything else falls into place.

It’s not so much about your chosen career or lack thereof, it’s about who you are and how you present yourself to others in your daily life, including at home, at work, with friends, or with strangers,

Your purpose is about who you are.

You can apply the “your purpose” mantra or formula to almost anything you are struggling with in life, or anything you wish to improve upon. Just substitute the word “who” with the word “how,” and in most cases you will have given yourself a new perspective.

Examples:

  • It’s not about what you’re teaching; it’s about HOW you’re teaching it.
  • It’s not about what you’re selling; it’s about HOW you’re selling it.
  • It’s not about what you say; it’s about HOW you say it. How many times has someone acted offended by something you said, and you’re bewildered with the “What did I say wrong?” question?

Here’s a hint: It’s not what you said; it was the way in which you said it.

The tone with which words are spoken can change the flow of a conversation. Your purpose in any situation should be to achieve a worthy goal or a positive outcome for yourself, as well as for those with whom you are interacting.

 

  • Sincerity matters. (Do you really care?)
  • Passion matters. (How deep are your intentions?)
  • Attitude matters. (Are you feeling positive, confident, and kind?)
  • Devotion matters. (Are you devoted to the highest good for all, including yourself?)
  • Energy matters. (Are you allowing uplifting energy to infiltrate your life, your speech, and your actions? Are you focused on sharing positive energy?)

If any of your answers to the questions above are negative in nature, do not despair. You can change them. Look for things in life that bring you joy and give yourself access to them daily, or several times a day.

Take time to journal as often as possible and be sure to include what you love about yourself. If you are feeling defeated, then think back to childhood. What do you love about the child inside of you? Be the parent to your inner child and see how truly lovable you are, because all of us are lovable. Everyone deserves love.

Part of your purpose is to become a person that shares love, kindness, compassion, and empathy with your brothers and sisters, and we are all brothers and sisters.

 

 

When I was a freshman in college, back in the day, the card game Spades was very popular and you could usually find a group of us playing daily. If you are familiar with the game, then you know that a spade trumps the other suits and you win the trick, unless someone else plays a higher spade than you. Your purpose was to win the most tricks.

So think “SPADE” when you need to remember the five attributes listed above to help you approach a situation, uplift your mood, or for problem solving with a positive outlook.

Remember…

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Mindfulness for Schools

According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term “urban youth” refers to young black people living in the city. I don’t know if that’s correct or not, but it does have relevance to what I am about to talk about.

Earlier today, I saw an article on FaceBook, posted by the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding urban youth and the problems they face. What disturbed me was the comment by an obviously disengaged viewer. I have included a snapshot of the comment below.

The post stated:

Many urban ‪#‎youth‬ are repeatedly exposed to significant negative stressors including violence, poverty, and substance use. A new study suggests that a ‪#‎school‬-based ‪#‎mindfulness‬ program may lessen effects of these stressors. apapsy.ch/school-mindful‪#‎mentalhealth‬

The post linked to this article:

School-Based Mindfulness Program May Help Urban Children Deal With Negative Stress, which is linked to PsychNews.org.

Ignorant comment

As you can see, I did not black out my name with my response to this person. I am still shocked by such disregard for the problems that face people today. Those with no problems seem to have no heart or mind for hearing about the unpleasantness of growing up without money and resources.

What this male does not understand is the definition of pathetic. What is pathetic is the attitude of people sharing his belief that education should not include teaching people how to cope with desperate situations, how to have hope in the midst of trouble, and how to remain focused on preparing a better future for yourself.

There are many mindfulness curriculums already in effect in many inner city schools.

Goldie Hawn has had success with her curriculum on mindfulness, which is sold through Scholastic. You can read more about her program, MindUp, and the many great reviews at the Hawn Foundation.

You can also follow their progress on their FaceBook Page.

Mind Up provides this extremely affordable curriculum in three age groups, covering ages 3 to 14. You can find them at http://store.scholastic.com.

It is never too late to learn to be mindful, to learn to still the mind and focus on this moment, which is all we truly have for certain.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

You can also purchase tools for using at home. If you know a student who would benefit from the art of mindfulness, perhaps consider becoming a mentor and teaching this unique yet simple approach to a small group.

Meanwhile, let us continue to expand the awareness of those people who are out of touch with the realities and suffering of young people all over the world.

Namaste.