The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.
What is your purpose in life? They say that living your purpose or your passion is conducive to happiness and joy. What if you don’t know what your purpose is? If there’s one thing I’d like to pass along to you guys: whatever your purpose is, or whatever title you go by, for example, lawyer, doctor, teacher, mother, father, etc. Those words don’t define you.
In other words, it shouldn’t be a part of what you consider as your “identity.” They are just words and concepts–mind-stuff made from the ego. What is left of you if you strip away your titles and labels? It is the true you, that which is timeless and nameless. It is not associated with a labeled identity.
For a very long time, I tried all my might to figure out my life purpose. I kept thinking, “Even though I have this title (teacher), I’m not a teacher. I’m not a this or a that. Who the hell am I?” I kept searching for an appropriate label with which I could identify.
I discovered that my self-worth depended on my title and what I was doing or not doing. As you’ve heard me complain countless times, I never identified as a teacher or inclusion facilitator, a writer, or an artist, though these are my labels. “Who am I? What am I doing here?” I’ve spent many years pondering these questions in my head, along with the feelings of self-defeat. Then, I heard something so simple yet so profound from Eckart Tolle.
He said, “Your purpose in life is to be conscious.” Now, this may seem a bit weird but focus on what he said. It doesn’t matter what you do or what concept you have of yourself in life. What matters is that you should always be aware and conscious of the present moment and the evolution of your consciousness with all that you do here on Earth.
In other words, make whatever you choose to do in life your spiritual practice, and that will serve as your purpose on Earth. Grant it; it may not feel wholly satisfying but trust me, it will be enough. Embrace each day with a positive outlook, no matter the situation. Leave time out of the equation and surrender to now. If you lead with your heart, you are guaranteed to be living with purpose. And know that all spiritual paths lead to God.