So I was wondering if any of you share this similar feeling with me; that as you begin to find yourself in the world and realizing your ‘purpose’ in life, that there is a sense of urgency to reach there.
I appreciate the feeling of knowing what I want in life, but how do you really embrace it with calmness and peace instead of stress and anxiousness?
When I know what I want I feel like it’s my duty to achieve it, as a duty to the universe. Do you understand where I’m getting at here? It’s good to be heading in the right direction, but it always feels like I should do more and more and more, just because I have the potential to do so.
In practice: say if I’ve completed all my tasks I set out to do for the day, but still have hours to go. It’s hard for me not to think I should spend them productively, instead of relaxing, but my energy level might be to low to do so. I guess I don’t feel deservant of taking rest occasionally, and then this feeling of stress comes over me. Can you relate?
As one last pointer: what I’m trying to achieve here is a state where me and the universe have this understanding that yes I should strive to become the best version of myself, but it’s still my life and I choose how I want the outcome of it. That it’s okay to progress in my very own pace.
One of my favorites quotes are “Once you align yourself with your souls calling, universe makes sure you are taken care of”. Help me to embrace this statement in reality.
I have had this experience in my life. I live with an underlying urgency to fulfill my purpose, partially because we never know when we are going to die and I believe we need to give life our very best.
I have embraced it by realizing life is about balance. Charging (being active, sending energy out into the world in the form of your purpose) and decharging (rejuvenating my energy supply). I also will do a 20 min. power nap or 20 meditation when I want to continue being productive with my day but have low energy. It’s also important to give yourself permission to have a break.
Love the quote!
Do you feel like you are doing your souls calling? I am also a Spiritual Coach and help people live relentlessly awesome spiritual lives. If you have any other questions I am happy to help!
Yes, I get that sense of urgency too, but then I realize that I still have a lot of life ahead of me, and there will always be new goals to focus on and reach.
I don’t think there’s some point where I’ll stop and say, “Okay I’m here! At my full potential!” there will always be higher things to strive for and new levels to advance to. It’s more like an ongoing process than getting from point A to point B.
Plus I am still figuring out what I want to do specifically.
I imagine that a lot of us here on highexistence have felt this – with our interesting combination of fullfill-your-dream-ambition with chill-out-dude-spirituality :P The other two posts are pretty awesome and I’d definitely take their advice.
This is something I’m still figuring out for myself, but I think the balance thing is key. There’s a passage in the Tao about non-interference with life that ends with the line “Do your work, and then step back”.
To me that means go as hard as you authentically feel you should, and at that point let the universe take over. Work on your ambitions to the point that feels satisfying for you, and at that point let yourself stop. I think that’s the perfect balance point. Where you get enough done to feel good about the job, but not so much that you’re burning yourself out. Make sure to leave the universe some room to work for you :P
If you feel held back by low energy then I’d say your mission should be to find a way to increase your energy so you can work to the point of your personal satisfaction. Try eating better, not drinking caffeine after noon, get exercise, establish good sleep habits, and when you do relax: ACTUALLY RELAX. Stop thinking about your work and worries and chilllll. Changing these habits is hard; I know the last one is especially tricky for me. That and I drink too much coffee :P But if you work at your habits one at a time you’ll build your energy level.
Don’t worry about being the superhuman that does it all. Work to your personal satisfaction level.
Then chill :)
Ben @ http://www.syntropulse.com
I can relate to what you’re describing. I was suffering from depression for a long time, but experienced a sort of awakening from that after discovering my core self, my potential, and all of the things that have shaped me into who I am. This skyrocketed me into an intense productivity and vitality I felt had been lacking in my life so far. But I also felt stressed, because suddenly there were so many things I wanted to do, feel, see, experience and discover before my death. I was suddenly very aware of the fact that I was going to die, because I felt so alive.
I feel like I am young, but I also feel like I have little time on this earth, even though I plan on living until I am 120. Our lives are brief glimpses of the huge manifest that is the universe, and our time of existance is precious and should be treated with respect. I think it is a good thing you keep on working forward in alignment to yourself. But it can also be terrifying, so I think you and I are both very brave people for grasping on to that opportunity.
What has helped me is slowly coming to terms of having faith in the process. It’s about having faith in whatever will come to me will be. This doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t actively strive to fulfill one’s aspirations, but rather know that if something is in tune with who you are, it will be. Everyone is equipped with the highly powerful inner compass of emotions. Tuning into that helps me decide what is aligned with myself and what isn’t, in order to keep a clear perspective of the path. You mention stress in your post, and it makes me wonder if you’re tuning in enough to listen to your needs. I believe it is imperative to always keep striving forward, but to that purpose there is also the element of lovingly doing so. Do you strive forward while also tending to yourself, doing so out of self-love and an intent to learn? Or do you strive forward in an urgency, out of a fear and an intent to control? I believe those are key elements in feeling peace of mind; to always listen inwards and see when you are trying to control and when your heart is truly open.