How to live a more fulfilling life: People seem to spend a lot of time searching for the meaning of life, or at least how to live a happier, more fulfilling life. We tend to nurse our wounds and seek happiness by accumulating stuff. We buy bigger, better, more expensive things, from cars and homes to watches and designer handbags – sometimes with money we don’t really have. Others may attempt to satiate their hunger for validation by becoming workaholics.
It begs the question: Does it help? Of course not. Just collecting more and more stuff doesn’t make you happy. It makes you frustrated and dissatisfied. Additionally, your job title most likely won’t be inscribed on your headstone. The answer to fulfillment is rooted in simplicity. It’s within your deepest self.
The innermost you is full of potential. All you have to do is look beyond the externals, beyond the ego, to discover your true purpose and blossom into your best you.
2. Tune into your innermost you
Meditation is the easiest way to cut through the noise of everyday life and really listen to your innermost you. Meditation carves out space where you are detached from the bustle and demands of your day. Even better, developing a regular meditation practice will help you cultivate inner peace and a new calmness that stays with you even outside your meditation session.
3. Choose clarity
People who are content and leading a more fulfilling life don’t have illusions about finding happiness in possessions. They know and accept their true selves, their strengths and weaknesses.
You can cultivate clarity by meditating on the fundamental soul questions: Who am I? What do I want? Why am I here? Think of the times in your life when you felt happy, useful, purposeful, and whole. Think of how you felt during the process rather than the outcome.
Keep a journal to write down all the insights that come to
you during meditation. The clarity you gain from these insights will help guide
you in taking aligned action.
4. Live mindfully
You can integrate your new clarity and awareness into your regular daily activities by choosing to practice one-pointed awareness. Simply take one activity, which can be anything from washing the dishes to brushing your teeth, and give it your full, focused attention. During this time, make this activity the only thing that exists. Don’t let your attention drift, just stay in the present moment and observe every aspect of this activity. This form of mindfulness meditation can have a powerful effect that helps to build your "present moment" muscles.
If we follow these simple guidelines, we are more likely to live a more fulfilling life. It’s up to you to take that first step. Will you?
I wish you peace.
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