Purpose: If I had all the time and money in the world, What Would I Do?

Whether or not you are a fan of Deepak Chopra, I find this to be a wonderful and inspiring take on the meaning of success and pursuing your dreams in life:

“For me it is not so much about seeking ‘success.’  Rather, it is about, “How do I fit into this web of life?” What is my unique talent?   How do I express my unique talent?

In Eastern traditions we call it the law of dharma, which says there are no spare parts in the universe. Every piece fits, its like a big jigsaw puzzle which we are a part of.  And if you were to ask me, “How do I know what my part is?”, I would say:

If I had all the time in the world, and all the money in the world, what would I do?  

How would I express myself, and how would I use that expression of myself, to serve the needs of the web of life of which I am a part?

Chopra goes on to say that this has the following effect:

When I do that, I will end up having all the money and time in the world.

First, I find this to be a beautiful message and it deeply inspires me. It inspires me to start doing what is most valuable to me, not merely what I think I should do to make money, or the limited things that I can choose due to time constraints.

Frankly, when I do reflect on time, I have more of it than I appreciate. Even if I work 40 to 60 hours per week, I still have time outside of work to make good on fulfilling my dreams.

This reminds me of a message of David Deida, who suggests that you Stop Putting off your purpose to a later time.  Many of us have some great dream or goal in life, but we always think that maybe we will do it later down the road — maybe when we have enough money, or when our kids are grown up, or when we have completed x, y, or z.

Deida’s message is that the majority of human beings keep putting it off, and it usually never comes.

He suggests that right now, today, you devote 30 minutes of your time to fulfilling your deepest purpose on earth.

To give your gift fully for just 30 minutes.

No matter how busy our lives, we can all probably find 30 minutes to put aside each day to put towards pursuing our dreams or what we feel our real purpose or passion to be.  And if we can’t find 30 minutes towards it, maybe we should consider how we can make that possible.

I am curious to know what readers think.  Are you currently living your deepest purpose and passion in your life?   Or do you think that you can put 30 minutes towards it each day, and could you imagine this beginning to transform your life?

To be honest, I have not made this step yet.  But the more I think on these beautiful injunctions, the more it creates a determination in me to do what is important at least a  little bit each day.  Writing in this blog is one thing that makes me feel like I am doing some service in this way.  So thank you readers for letting me share this with you.

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After a hard day, in the snow outside, a realization: “Just Give Your Gift”

Invigorated by the brisk walk late at night after a terribly hard and meaningless day at work in the classroom…

I walked out there.. Stay on your purpose.. I saw the trees, the snow…

Stood in the cool air light hail-snow, so light, so thin drops of tiny wet ice, not harmful, but tinkling all around.

And I felt the presence -I was the presence.

Deep inside – that was where I was – that was where I could give my gift from.

I realized that what was important was not to Take Take Take – in fact, you could never benefit from Taking.  You could only Benefit from Giving.  And not really Giving to Others, or For others – not necessarily (although that may be possible).  But more simply, more directly, from resting in your own deepest place – and then Giving what You Had to Give.

Giving from my own Deepest Reserves.

Giving my Own Gift.

If only I could remember this always.

A desire for “Sex” masking a desire for “Love”?

We have all heard about how sex is always the number one thing on the human male brain.

And many of us male human beings can likely corroborate that sex is something of great interest to us.

 

That said, I have been interested in the last couple of years, in my own experience, in examining the extent to which a seemingly insatiable “desire for sex” may actually be fulfilled or sated by non-sexual love.

 

That is to say, I have found that when I have been living, for example, in highly loving households or environments — even loving non-sexually — for example houses with good dear friends, or communities with many good dear friends,  that my desire for Sex seems significantly lessened.

 

Sure, Sex would be great in such situations, and I would likely not refuse it.  But in some of those living situations — such as a wonderful house I lived in with several friends in Vancouver — or at various ashrams in India — where I had for significant bouts of time no sexual partner, it was often not something on my mind in a major way, and I felt quite happy and satisfied with my life.

In other words, I felt that I was getting — and giving — enough Love, and felt no lack in that area.

 

On the other hand, it tends to be in places where I am living Alone, or in a place that is comparatively “Loveless”, that I feel a strong sexual urge often making itself known.  In the absence of a sexual partner, it would seem to call urgently for a little bit of “personal” action.

 

So this intrigues me.   It has also been suggested by some theorists, that what is often considered to be the “INSATIABLE” desire for sex that many feel today,  may actually have at its root simply a lack of LOVE in that person’s life.

Even in the absence of SEX, can we be satisfied by LOVE?

 

This is not to say that Sex is a bad thing (surely, “The world must be peopled” through it, and it can certainly be a beautiful art form),

But just to question whether sometimes our great desire for Sex actually just masks a Desire for LOVE in our lives.