First of all, one thing that I learned when I was reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle its that your main purpose in life is to be yourself and live your life. Pure and simple. I know this isn’t always easy to wrap your head around cuz it doesn’t feel like you can just be yourself and that would be enough but this is truly your primary life purpose and learning to love yourself and love your life will just make the most difference. But if you mean your life purpose as in what your dharma is ...
When considering your Dharma in this life… Know that we all have a purpose in life, our own special gift, a unique talent to share with others. It's the sharing of this gift with others that ignites the fire in the soul and lights up the spirit. - The Numinous
Or, what it is you were put on this earth to do, what will feed your soul and fulfill you, here is a couple journaling prompts that might help you figure it out.
A twist on the someday/today list (borrowed from Minimalists, introduced to me by Jocelynne Flor on Instagram)
In my case, in the first column title SOMEDAY, I wrote down all the things I wished to accomplish and have in my life. For example, I wrote “have a loving family; give love to the world; inspire young souls; help people in need; stand up for what I believe in; be the change I wish to see in the world; make others smile; save a life, etc.
In the second column, TODAY, I wrote down one way I am already doing this thing or having this thing or working towards it. For instance, for inspiring young souls I wrote that I make youtube videos; for stand up for what I believe in I wrote that I make conscious choices about who I want to be, etc.
Then I decided to take this prompt even further and on the following page, I started creating mind maps around the main someday items on my list. around the main “purpose” that I wrote in the list, I wanted to list all the actions I could take to do or have what I wanted. I realized that some of these items were parts of other larger items.
Around the purpose “give love to the world”, I wrote live without judgement (which was one of the items in my someday list), help people in need (also on my someday list), celebrate differences, stand up with the marginalized, do what I love, show love, respect and compassion, raise kind children, and left space for other actions.
Around be the change I wish to see in the world, I wrote be love, be vegan, be low-impact, be kind, be non-judgemental, be spiritual, be healthy, be happy, be successful, be in love, live mindfully, live intentionally, life minimally, love myself, be gentle.
Around save a life, I wrote share my story, rescue a dog, donate my organs, donate blood, adopt a child, foster. It doesn’t mean I will get around to do all of those things or that I will be able to be all those things all of the time but it gives me a clear idea of the actionable steps I can take to be more and do more of what fulfills me.
I hope you enjoyed!
Watch my video on the subject: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQP365n4Jvk