Here are two concepts about understanding who you are and how you want to live that are so compelling, so refreshing, so out of the Western mindset – they make my heart quiver and sing.
Our purpose is to look for the intersection between our deep gladness and the world’s deep need.
Let the greatest aspiration for your life, organize your life.
If these resonate with you, how do you discover it for yourself? Slow down, sit down, and close your eyes. Let yourself hear the silence: the birds chirping, the breeze passing, your breath going in and out.
Every excuse will pop up about why you don’t have time: cleaning, sleeping, errand running, showering…believe me, I’ve succumbed to these a million times, and I still fight them daily. I think it’s because I’m afraid of what I might find – it might be different than how I’ve lived in the past. Those habits are familiar and comfortable and very ingrained.
At the end of the day, though, I want my life to reflect both of the statements above (well, I’d like to at least get close to one). And, I know – deep down inside – getting quiet is how I will get there.