Day 117 – Why are you here?

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I started meditating because I needed to find a way to cope. I have a tendency to internalize all of my client’s problems. When you practice bankruptcy law, you see a lot of suffering. That’s a lot to carry with you 24/7/365.

What I didn’t expect when I started meditating was the fundamental internal changes I would experience. Sitting with my eyes closed, focusing on my breath, watching the air flow in and out of my body and observing my thoughts as it wanders off and comes back, gives me the space to consider my life with a little distance and detachment. It gives me space to consider lofty questions like “why are you here?”

When’s the last time you paused to consider these questions?

  • Why are you here?
  • What is the meaning of your life?
  • What brings you joy?
  • What is your purpose?

Recently, someone asked me these questions.

It was unexpected. I wasn’t prepared. And I bursted into tears. How could it be that I’ve lived all of my life without ever asking myself these questions?

I’ve been sitting with these questions for the past few weeks and I’ve also started asking others the question: “why are you here?”

Yesterday, I asked a woman at a Wisdom 2.0 event this question and she said “to find kindness.” That answer resonated with me.

In my meditation class, the teacher suggested an exercise – to ask ourselves the question “how can I be kind to myself?” and remove any need to find an answer. It turns out, your brain sort of freaks out when you simply ask a question and give it permission to not find an answer. Then something amazing happened. I noticed is that I can be a bit more gentle with myself and notice when I’m being unkind to myself. It wasn’t about finding THE ANSWER. It was simply a practice of kindness.
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