“I’m having trouble finding my goals and/or purpose for 2015. What should I do?
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
There are an infinite number of programs and prescriptions for developing goals and purpose in life. They each meet certain needs at certain points along the way in our spiritual growth and development.
I believe, however, that there comes a time in our journey when we begin to realize that we cannot really perceive that which is in our best interest. Our sight is too obscured and our vision too narrow and blurred. At this point, we become dependent on discerning God’s will for our life and we begin asking – over and over – that “Thy will be done in me and in my life.” We realize that the most rewarding life is that life which is devoted to serving the one will – God’s will. Ultimately, in fact, we realize that God’s will is our will. We want the will of God in our life more than anything else.
When this prayer, “Thy will be done in me and in my life,” becomes our mantra, we gradually begin to see signs and signals in our life that indicate how we need to act in terms of living out God’s will or purpose. We receive a divine nudge or an opportunity shows up that we know is right for us. We start living less with our intellect and rational mind and more from a space of intuition and discernment. We begin to allow our lives to be lived by the one presence of God of which we are a part.
Our personal goals and sense of purpose cannot always be trusted. Mastering the art of living in the will of God is always trustworthy and ensures the highest and best for ourselves and all others.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
If you find yourself struggling to find your purpose for the year and setting goals, I have good news for you. This just means that you are under the grip of the ego mind that wants control and doesn’t do very well with change. The best way to find your divine purpose is by not trying so hard, but rather relax into a more playful state.
Relax, take a few deep breaths as you bring your attention fully to your heart space. Centered in the heart you may even visualize a beautiful light, or use your imagination, to take you to a place where you feel calm at peace, and free. This is your inner sanctuary a place where you can dream. Here there are no limitations. In this place of stillness and beauty ask your heart, “What do I truly love? What brings me joy? What makes my heart sing? What are the things I love doing that I can totally lose all sense of time and feel totally immersed in?” Don’t try to figure anything out. Just feel the joy of Spirit as your heart begins to reveal its secrets. Spend some time in this meditative state. You will want to have something to write on as you come out. You will be amazed at the revelations that come through. Stay alert for you might receive divine inspirations in a dream or through unexpected ways within the next few days.
Another way to discover your hidden purposes is to ask God for the highest vision for your life. For best results you should be in a meditative state. Capture the feeling tone. Develop these qualities. See and feel yourself being that which you desire.
Instead of goals try setting intentions. Juicy intentions that you will accomplish joyfully. For example, instead of setting the goal of losing 20 pounds find something that you truly enjoy doing such as dancing or hiking. See yourself completing a marathon or find a dance class. Create a timeline and everyday do something towards your intention. And always, always remember to love and accept yourself in the process.