In today's society, there is a lot of pressure on us to be 'happy'. Social media, mass media, and the influence of others can make us feel that we are not living up to expectations of what a 'happy' life should look like. This pressure can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and depression. All of this is due to false role models that have been inoculated into mass culture by the mass media through Hollywood movies, novels, etc.
But what is the secret to unlocking true personal happiness? The answer lies in understanding the connection between meaning, purpose, and personal happiness.
In this article, I delve into the intricate relationship between life meaning, soul purpose, and personal happiness. We will explore why understanding this connection is essential for leading a fulfilled and joyful life.
What is Life's meaning, soul purpose, and personal happiness in life
To truly understand the link between life meaning, soul purpose, and personal happiness, we must first define these concepts.
Life Meaning refers to the significance and value we ascribe to our lives and experiences. It is the belief that our actions and existence have a purpose beyond mere survival.
Soul Purpose, on the other hand, is the reason behind our actions and the driving force that gives our lives direction. It is the motivation that propels us forward and provides a sense of fulfillment. By identifying and aligning our actions with our purpose, we can create a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.
Personal happiness, then, is the overall sense of well-being and contentment that arises when we live a life aligned with meaning and purpose.
The paradox of pursuing Happiness
Happiness is an emotion that we all experience, but it is not a constant state of being. It is a fleeting feeling that comes and goes, often influenced by external factors. We may feel happy when we accomplish a goal, spend time with loved ones, or enjoy a favorite hobby. However, happiness is not always within our control. It is not something we can force or achieve through material possessions or external circumstances.
The paradox of pursuing happiness is that the more we focus solely on being happy, the less likely we are to find it! Happiness is NOT a destination; it is a byproduct of living a meaningful life! By focusing on finding meaning and purpose, happiness will come naturally.
The sources of happiness are basically two:
Body sensations: In this case anything that gives our body some intense pleasure is considered happiness like winning the lottery, taking hallucinogens like drugs, having sex, having a massage, having a night out with buddies, listening to some good music, watching a show we resonate with, etc.
The inner feeling of fulfillment and meaning. It is an overall sense of well-being and contentment that arises when we live a life aligned with meaning and purpose by serving a higher aim than just our personal gain. Imagine what Columbus felt when he discovered the new unexplored land that he thought was the Indies! His exploration was his Soul’s Calling in that life. Or imagine what a painter feels when his paintings are praised by the most famous art critics and the public fights to purchase them. Both served a higher purpose than just a gain for themselves.
The relationship between life meaning, soul purpose, and personal happiness
Meaning and purpose are often intertwined, as individuals seek to find significance and direction in their lives. When we have a clear Purpose, it provides us with a sense of direction and a reason to keep moving forward. It gives us a sense of meaning and fulfillment that can greatly impact our overall happiness and well-being. One's Purpose in life is given by his soul's agenda for that life.
Finding Meaning and Purpose in life is crucial for our overall well-being because it's the sign we are aligned with our soul's agenda or Optimal Path in Life! When we live a life devoid of meaning and purpose, we may find ourselves feeling lost, unfulfilled, and unhappy. Without a clear sense of direction, our actions lack intention and our lives lack a sense of significance and drift away from our soul's purpose.
On the other hand, when we have a Purpose, it gives us a Reason to wake up every day with enthusiasm and motivation. It provides us with a sense of fulfillment and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
It can be found through relationships, work, volunteering, spirituality, or pursuing a passion. By finding meaning and purpose in our lives we can cultivate a sense of inner peace and contentment that lasts long term, while happiness might be just a spark that comes and goes!
Life is unpredictable, and we will face challenges and setbacks that may affect our happiness. However, by developing Emotional Resilience, we can bounce back from these experiences and continue to find meaning and purpose in our lives.
The connection between our Soul agenda and our Purpose in Life
We, as souls, have come to this physical realm to undergo life experiences, learn from them, increase our awareness, and progress to the next one until our journey comes to a close.
Yes, moments of joy and happiness will come your way, and you must be grateful for them. However, do not lament their fleeting nature; instead, pick yourself up, brush off the dust, and forge ahead.
Living a life aligned with our purpose and filled with meaning leads to personal happiness. This is because a meaningful life gives us a sense of fulfillment and contentment, indicating that we are walking our optimal soul path!
We feel a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that our actions are contributing to something greater than ourselves. Personal happiness is not a fleeting emotion but a lasting state of being that arises when we live by our values, passions, and ultimately by our soul's plan.
How to discover your own Life Meaning and Soul Purpose
Living a life filled with meaning and purpose has a significant impact on our mental and emotional well-being. When we have a clear purpose, it provides us with a sense of direction and a reason to keep going, even in the face of challenges.
But how do we uncover our purpose? It starts with Self-reflection and Introspection, understanding our passions, values, and what truly brings us joy. Reflect on your past experiences and identify moments when you felt most alive and fulfilled.
This sense of purpose gives us Resilience, helping us navigate life's ups and downs with greater ease. It also provides a sense of identity and self-worth, boosting our self-esteem and confidence. The assistance of a life coach or spiritual coach to achieve resilience can be invaluable.
Moreover, living a meaningful life allows us to cultivate a sense of Gratitude and Appreciation for the Present Moment, leading to greater happiness and contentment.
To discover your purpose in life start a list and ask yourself honestly:
What activities or pursuits brought you the greatest sense of satisfaction? – For instance “talking in public”, “doing delicate things alone”, “drawing”, “socializing and making people feel good”, “problem-solving” etc.
What activities do you hate most? – For instance “working in a cubicle”, “talking in public”, “noisy places like bars”, “open spaces”...
What values do you hold dear, and how can you align your actions with these values? – For instance, “honesty”, “fortitude”, “laid back people”, “street smart”, “courageous”, “emotion sensitive”, “resourceful”, “nurturing”, and so on.
Make a list of the above, write them down, and give a mark to each in the range 1-10. Ask some people you trust and that also know you for long like very close friends, or family members, to confirm your marks. If you are on average 20-25 years old or older, your true purpose in life, your soul calling, should begin to take shape out of your list.
Be sure to separate things that make you feel good like drinking with buddies, a coffee with the girls if you are a woman, attending football games, getting high on stuff, etc which are rather body pleasures, and the ones that fulfill your inner calling and are rather particular.
The result of your research is not a job or an occupation, but your Life's Mission, your Soul's Calling, such as 'connecting people', 'making people aware of their inner power', 'exploring the ocean', 'relieving people's burdens'.
There will be a range of jobs and occupations that fit each of these. For example, Columbus’ soul calling aimed to provide humanity with new territories for exploration and expansion. Michelangelo's mission was to elevate humans' aesthetic sensibilities and inspire them to reach higher levels of creativity.
Engage in activities that bring you joy and provide a sense of purpose. Keep exploring and experimenting until you find what truly resonates with you. Remember, the journey of self-discovery is ongoing, and our meaning and purpose may evolve over time.
The role of Gratitude and Mindfulness in stepping on your Soul Path
Gratitude and Mindfulness play a crucial role in cultivating personal happiness.
When we practice Gratitude, we shift our focus from what is lacking to what we already have! It allows us to appreciate the Present Moment and find joy in the simple things in life.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us cultivate awareness and be fully present in the Here and Now. It allows us to let go of worries about the past or future and focus on the present moment.
Once you have discovered your life meaning and soul’s purpose, it's essential to align your life with them! This involves setting goals and taking intentional actions that align with your purpose:
Break down your goals into manageable steps and create a roadmap for achieving them.
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who support and inspire you.
Seek opportunities that allow you to contribute to something greater than yourself.
Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
By aligning your life with your meaning and purpose, you will experience a greater sense of fulfillment and personal happiness.
Overcoming obstacles and challenges in the pursuit of meaning and purpose
The pursuit of meaning and purpose is not without its challenges. Along the way, you may encounter obstacles and setbacks that threaten to derail your progress. It's important to remember that these challenges are an inherent part of the journey. Embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning.
Cultivate Resilience and Perseverance, knowing that setbacks are temporary and do not define your worth or potential. Surround yourself with a support system that encourages and uplifts you during difficult times. Keep your focus on your purpose and the impact you want to make in the world.
With determination and a positive mindset, you can overcome any obstacle in the pursuit of meaning and purpose.
Embracing the journey towards soul purpose, life meaning, and personal happiness
In conclusion, happiness is a valuable emotion that we all want to experience, but it should not be the sole focus of our existence. By finding meaning and purpose coming from our souls in our lives, cultivating emotional resilience, and understanding the paradox of pursuing happiness, we can lead fulfilling lives that go beyond just happiness.
Our careers or occupations play a significant role in our pursuit of meaning and purpose. When our work aligns with our values and passions, it becomes more than just a job. It becomes a means of self-expression and a way to make a positive impact in the world.
Finding an occupation that aligns with our soul purpose can lead to greater career satisfaction and personal fulfillment. It allows us to bring our authentic selves to work and make a meaningful contribution.
If your current career does not align with your purpose, consider exploring new opportunities or finding ways to infuse purpose into your existing work. Remember to embrace your spiritual journey in this life, have fun along the way, and learn to love life!