If you’re like most of my readers, you’re a thoughtful, intuitive person with a capacity for experiencing life intensely. You are committed to cultivating depth in your inner life, and—equally important—developing a meaningful relationship with the world around you. You strive to grow, deepen, and live out of a profound sense of spiritual purpose. You want to transform the world, but understand, to do so, it is you who has to be transformed.
But there’s a problem: you never quite feel like you’ve arrived at the meaning and purpose you’re supposed to be living out of in your inmost self. Maybe you feel like this reader:
I feel like my spark has gone out. Or become severely dimmed. The one period in my life I felt in tune spiritually was in college, and even then only for brief moments. A child, a marriage, a divorce, and what seems like a lifetime later, depth in my inner life seems like a distant dream. I know there’s something more to life, but I don’t even know where to begin to look. I do enjoy my faith community, but there are many times I still feel lost on the spiritual journey.
Does This Sound Like You?
- Do you feel like you’ve lost the thread to a vibrant spirituality?
- Do you fear that life has permanently become one long to-do list, with no coherent purpose?
- Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
If so, you’re not alone. For many, this is the starting point for turning inward:
I Know How You Feel
I know what it feels like to be completely stuck spiritually, feeling like whatever lives of depth and awareness life and faith was supposed to lead to, it never did—to begin to see the frustration begin to take its toll, attachment to an idealized past or unhealthy focus on the future, of never quite being where we are, of developing resentments and blame for the inner lack, often with others paying the price. Or else stuffing the feeling down and doing our best to get on with things, but still feeling somehow we’ve settled for what Thoreau called a life of “quiet desperation.”
For years, I, too, struggled with knowing this was not the “life and life abundant” I’d been taught about growing up. Frustration, resentment, anger. Now manifesting. Now dormant. But always lurking somewhere. I was certain I’d made a wrong turn somewhere. I wanted my life back. Though deep down, I knew the only satisfaction I had ever felt was built on sand, was temporary at best. I was ready for a lasting peace.
As third culture kid, and a long-time teacher in the inner city, I had to confront my own built-up frustrations, disappointments, and resentments, to let go of the attachments to perpetually led to a sense of pointlessness and futility, and move toward a state of deep inner acceptance and peace. The strategies for cultivating this inner state are readily available to you.
If you’re like me,that means developing practices that bring meaning and awareness into every facet of your life, integrating spirituality with family relationships, intellectual pursuits, work, creativity, and the greater world. It means moving toward wholeness.
My Goal in Writing This Blog
Through my blog and podcast, my mission is to help overwhelmed adults stay oriented towards wholeness through spiritual practices and teachings that promote greater self-awareness. From contemplative practices and teachings, to examining the lives and teachings of mystics both ancient and modern, to reflective exercises, my goal is to provide you with insights to help you move toward your true self.
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Yes, you can find inner purpose and lasting peace. All it takes is the intention and a pointer in the right direction.