This blog post is a little deep and a little spiritual. Fair warning, in case you aren’t interested. This really made me feel good when I found it last week, and I wanted to pass it along, in case it does the same for anyone else.
Today, I want to share a video. I found this Friday night while sinking deeper and deeper into the internet.
And it was exactly what I needed to hear.
It was a chat between I Lo Inspired and Christine Hassler. It was all about purpose and spirituality. It was about a lot more than that, in its 28 minutes, but those were the parts that I was desperately in need of.
Remember when I said I was struggled with serious, big picture issues? No? It’s ok. I have been. And this is exactly what they’ve been about. I’ve been thinking about what it’s all about. What I’m all about. And it’s been a little bit terrifying.
Really, all that’s helped so far has been to get out of my own head. Realize there is so much more to it. And there is a reason, even if I never get to really know what it is. Here is the video. (If it doesn’t work, you should be able to find it through the link above.)
I want to share a few notes I wrote down that were my favorites. They’re from Christine’s talk, so the “I”s are really “she”s.
- The people I met in Bali are some of the happiest people. And they have nothing. How can this be?
- First: They put their spiritual practice first. They know their purpose in life is not to run a company or register at Crate & Barrel and get married. They know their purpose is to become a better spiritual person – be more conscious, more loving, be a good person… someone who lives with honest values: kindness, love, the best person they can be.
- Second: They have no expectations of life. They don’t think it’s their right to have some big career or to find an amazing soulmate. They don’t expect that. They just feel so lucky to be alive.
- In our culture, it’s hard to escape the messages we hear about the key to happiness being finding a great job or a relationship. We blur who we are with what we do.
- So how to we get to that happiness and stop struggling?
- Develop a spiritual practice, even if it’s just getting out and connecting to nature. Something that reminds you that it’s not just you and your mind and this body and all of these external things. That there’s something greater to you that you’re connected to… whatever we want to call it.
- Then, focus on the things that really bring you joy. When you start to cultivate more of these activities that aren’t outcome- or goal-based, you start to find more alignment, and start to find what your gifts and talents are.
- And then, get really clear between what is expected of you and what is true for you. Those can be two very different things.
So that’s what I took from the 28-minute video. It was incredible to find late Friday night, when I found myself struggling again. And I still have plenty of positive things to think about for the next few days.
Christine wrote a book called 20-Something, 20-Everything, and it’s officially on my list to read this summer.