Discovering Your Purpose

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  • November 26, 2013
What’s your purpose in life? Is there even such a thing as a “life purpose”? And if so, how do you know what it is?

Well, if you’re curious, here’s a little something you might find interesting. It’s a transcript from Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s Desire and Destiny: 21-Day Meditation Experience.

“Each of us has a unique, essential purpose, if not many purposes, to fulfill in this lifetime. There is no one else on the planet that is here to be who YOU are and give what you have to give.” – Oprah

“Just as your DNA and your fingerprints are uniquely you, so is your life’s purpose. And your life’s purpose is always evolving. It is not something you create, it is not some great idea you come up with, purpose is there all the time and it’s always calling you…

As Kevin Cashman says,

Purpose is spirit seeking expression.

When we tap into that expression we find the defining thread running through our life and we integrate all of our life experiences.

When we recognize our purpose and our innate talents and share them freely with one another, we create a world of peace and harmony and love. We fulfill not only our destiny, but we begin to change the world. That’s how you do it – by fulfilling YOUR purpose!”

– Oprah

Deepak Chopra

“Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life, here to make a unique contribution. Woven within the very fiber of our being is our divine purpose, our distinctive essence waiting, even longing, to be expressed as a gift to the world and ourselves.

I believe that the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness… that when we identify those things that bring the greatest joy to our lives, we are on the trail of discovering this inner truth.

According to Gautama Buddha, your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

When we live in alignment with our true purpose, our dharma, we are happy and create a ripple of good that emanates from within, extending to everyone around us.

Let’s look a little closer…

The concept of divine purpose is more like a winding path along a mountainside than one specific destination.

There are many views and stops along the way, and yet it is always the mountain that we are traveling upon.

Our essential purpose is always with us and is designed to be revealed and experienced over the course of a lifetime.

This path is our destiny. A collection of meaningful self-expressions that come to us spontaneously and in the moment at times, in waves or seasons at other times, yet always present in the expression is the essence of our true selves.

So, maybe my destiny and true purpose in this moment is to smile at the person I see while on my walk who looks sad.

It may be to take action on the longtime dream I’ve held to start a business. It may be to show up as a loyal and supportive friend. Or even to take a gardening class.

What is your destiny today?

I invite you to spend time contemplating your destiny. Observe and listen to the cues your heart gives you. Give yourself permission to express your dharma and destiny. Shine your unique light freely.

You’ll be surprised how beautifully the path of your life will unfold for you.

As Joseph Campbell once shared,

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

As we settle in for meditation, we’ll focus on our centering thought:


Now, as you take your comfortable seat with your hands on your lap and your eyes closed as we do each day, begin to pay attention to your breath. Allow the sensation of relaxation to wash over your body and release any stress and tension as best as you can. Silently introduce the mantra, repeating it effortlessly.

Om Varunam Namah
My life is in harmony with the universe.

If you get distracted by any thoughts, noises, or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.

Om Varunam Namah

Continue meditating. I’ll mind the time. At the end, I’ll ring a soft bell to let you know when it is time to release the mantra.

[ soft music plays for 10 minutes ] [ after 10 minutes, a soft bell rings ]

Release the mantra and come back into your body.
Take a moment to rest.
When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, think about what it is you love to do and contemplate our centering thought.



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You can find more from the Desire and Destiny 21-Day Meditation Program here.

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Wishing you a wonderful day!

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