Tag Archives: Passion

Living Your Passionate Life Purpose

4 Jun

Today is the fourth day of the Hay House World Summit: a free ten-day event which broadcasts a dozen interviews a day with inspirational writers and speakers such as Louise L. Hay, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch and Deepak Chopra.

Alan Cohen

Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Alan Cohen, who talked about “Living Your Passionate Life Purpose”. Alan Cohen brought up some fascinating ideas about how to find your authentic voice, how to discern between your ego’s and your soul’s voice, how to overcome challenges whilst pursuing your dreams, and how to follow the signs that God sends you.

I would like to share with you some of my favourite elements from this interview. (“I” refers to me in the text below).

On finding our calling in life.

How do we know when something is our calling? When we can’t not do it.

Even if we reject all signs that tell us to do it, the signs continue showing up, they are offered and reoffered.

I can’t not write. For one, my day feels unfulfilling if I do not write. Secondly, I have been receiving signs over and over again that this is what I should be doing. I often brush these signs aside, saying “It’s just coincidence”, but they just keep coming back.

On meeting obstacles along the way.

Overcoming obstacles

If it is our dream or our calling to do something, it does not mean that it will be easy to achieve.

If it is my calling to write a book, I will nevertheless face challenges along the way.

Just because God wants you to do it, does not mean he will hand it over on a plate to you – you have to work for it!

“When something very big is trying to be born, the labour is hard and the obstacles are many” (Joan Borysenko quoting a canoe-carver she once met).

On listening to signs.

I am often in doubt when making decisions – I am rarely ever sure whether I should pick A or B, got left or right, stay or go.

I ask for signs but I haven’t been very good at listening to them. Why? Because I keep asking for signs while at the same time ignoring all the signs I don’t want to see.

If it’s not the sign I hope for, I ignore it. Or I don’t even notice it.

If we truly want guidance, we must be willing that ‘it could go either way’. God could point us to A or B, he could suggest us to go left or right, he could encourage us to stay or go.

We mustn’t be attached to one result when asking for signs – we need to accept letting go of one option, even if it is the option that we think we would prefer.

Quotes for thought.

On being persistent: “If anything can stop you – let it” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Spirit does not want us to worship genius, Spirit wants us to express genius: “When I forget who I am, I serve You; when I remember who I am, I am You.” ~ Hanuman in the Ramayana

“Everything always works out in the end, and if it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end” ~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

6AM Writing Challenge – Week Three

23 Nov

I am quite possibly the first 20-something to have done gardening at 8AM on a Sunday…in November. I laughed as, covered from head to toe in several layers of warm clothes, I pulled out weeds from our small patch of grass – how many people in my neighbourhood were even awake at this time on their day off? Let alone doing something active, let alone doing something outside, let alone – gardening at 8AM!

The past week of my 6AM Writing Challenge has brought some surprises. On some days, waking up at 6AM brought me a bundle of energy which made me very productive and very optimistic. Other days, waking up at 6AM meant that by mid-day all I wanted was to go back to bed and screw the rest of the working day, which was barely just beginning. And, of course, there were days when I was awake for so long (twenty hours) that I simply didn’t manage to get up at 6AM the next day.

girl stretching in bedroom morning

However, no matter what time I woke up, I still wrote for an hour before starting my day. And this has made me realise that only doing something I love could make me accomplish things I never thought I could accomplish. For example, while working as a freelance editor from home last year, I never managed to wake up at a reasonable time. And I never managed to motivate myself to do it, no matter how much I persuaded myself to ‘wake up earlier tomorrow’. Why? Because my work didn’t inspire me or fill me with joy or even interest me enough to be of more importance than a few extra hours in a warm bed.

But writing is. Because it has been the only thing that has motivated me to get up in the cold and dark for the past three weeks.

So what do I write about while most of the people I know are still sleeping? I have mostly been writing Morning Pages, because it is still difficult for me to get my brain or creativity going so early in the morning. However, I hope that as soon as the habit sets in, I will be able to move on to writing something that requires more concentration and effort.

One more week left of the 6AM Writing Challenge, and this week I am determined to not make any exceptions to waking up at 6AM every day.

Today’s sunrise

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

12 Nov

I came across this video on the Numerology for Smart People blog and found myself shedding a tear or two in astonishment. Inspiring, touching and so so TRUE.

For the Love of Writing

24 Oct

When asked why they would like to write a novel, most of the students in my writing class replied with reasons such as money or a change of lifestyle. No one in the class said “Because I love writing”.

Writing has become a business. In almost every issue of Writer’s Magazine there is an article explaining to readers how they can make a million pounds with their ebook, blog, self-published novel etc. One article I read recently stated that in order to have a successful book, writers must pick out a target audience before getting started and then write their book to meet their audience’s desires, in order to guarantee sales.

This purely commercial attitude to writing saddens and disheartens me. Personally, I do not write because I want to become filthy rich, but because I enjoy writing. I write about things I love or things I believe in, and I am always deeply fulfilled to finish yet another article or poem or story. Writing in itself brings me joy, and I write every day precisely because the act of writing makes me happy.

I am worried that if writers and the publishing industry continue to focus purely on sales, then future generations will never discover the fun and pleasure of writing as an art. Even today, I wonder where I could find a teacher who could teach me the beauty of written expression, rather than the technique of creating a bestseller.

If you know a writer who writes for the love of writing, send them my way! I have many things I would like to talk to them about…

60 Days of Doing What I Love

13 Jul

It has been sixty days since I started the 120-day “Do What You Love” Challenge. Sixty days! That means I am half-way through!

When starting the challenge, I was scared of not being able to complete it – I had never has a strict regular writing practice and was overwhelmed by the thought of having to write every day for four months.

In the first two weeks of the challenge, I rediscovered my passion for poetry. By the end of the first month, my enjoyment of writing overpowered my fears about it. Now, at the end of the second month, I feel like I have broken a wall of fear, of doubt and of denial.

Writing every day has now become a habit, like brushing my teeth. Today, I cannot imagine not writing every day, and a day without writing now seems like a day without purpose.

I wish I had started doing what I love earlier. The whole world seems to change when we are fulfilling our passions. Our vision of life shifts when we add just a drop of our loved activity into our lives. Things suddenly fall into places and our lives take on a new meaning.

We are happier. The center of our day becomes our loved activity, rather than the chores and tasks of every day life. These fall into the background, and become just small passing elements.

When, in our every day lives, we start doing what we love, we see signs everywhere confirming that we are destined to pursue this particular passion. And, for once, we follow them.

We stop caring about what other people are up to, because we know that we have found what is perfect for us, and that no other activity or job could make us happier, even if it makes us richer or more important or more popular.

We lose our bitterness towards the world, which previously did not fulfill us with its daily routine of work, eat, sleep. We realise that no exterior person or thing can give us happiness and fulfillment – we have to create it ourselves.