I gathered some good stuff to help us grow with deeper questions. If you are seeking inner personal truths, direction for your life or just want to make sure you know what you want, here is some great info.
From Martha Beck article:
You’re about to change your life. The more honest you are, the more you’ll find yourself doing what you love, with people you love, in places you love. You’ll realize that nothing really true is ever unloving, and nothing unloving is ever really true. That wild creature, your true self, will come to meet you, then trust you, then guide you home, one day at a time. Honestly.
Her question: Am I living my deepest truth right now? Journal it out.
From a great article by Liz Kimball, Oprah
“You know who you are, and you know what you want.” -Lao Tzu
You have ‘shoulds’ disguised as wants.
Journal her following questions to see what comes up.
I should _______________ today because _________________.
I should _______________ this month because ___________________.
I should _______________ this year because ________________________.
But when someone’s voice deadens and they tell me that they need to stay at their company 5 more years…or collaborate with the fanciest person they know because they feel like they should, I know I am having a conversation with a person whose shoulds have drowned out the voice of their own soul.
And that soul voice is the one in which I’m most rigorously interested in, because it contains directions for how you are meant to evolve.
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.” -Howard Thurman
Her question: Today, the genuine sounds like ______________________________.
Social Psychology researchers and developers of the Self-Concordance Model of achievement Dr. Kennon M. Sheldon and Dr. Andrew J. Elliott found not only that we are more likely to put sustained effort into self-concordant goals (goals that are aligned with who we are and that make our hearts sing) and therefore are more likely to attain them, but we also gain deeper well-being when we actually accomplish them.
Her question: What secret dream am I keeping close to my heart?
Your soul is oriented by evolution–not targets–and cares much less about the particulars of what you do and much more about fulfilling what in you is wanting to grow.
8 questions from Deepak Chopra
Who am I?
What do I want?
What’s my purpose in this life?
What sort of contribution do I want to make?
What are my unique skills?
Who are my heroes?
What is a meaningful relationship–what do I expect from one, and what do I give?
What am I grateful for?
What do you do or have done in your life that makes you happy?
What have you always wanted to do or try, but were afraid to?
What values do you hold most important in your life?
What are your greatest strengths and talents?
What books and movies are your drawn to? This is a good question because you can see the patterns of what you put into your life. I found a few years ago that I only wanted to watch movies that left me feeling good. Evaluate the things you are putting in & make sure they are uplifting and leave you positive.
What answers are you seeking for your life?
How would you describe yourself to someone? This question will help you see What beautiful things would you say? What things you may find hard to face about yourself.
What do you feel you attract into your life? Positive or Negative?
What makes you feel ALIVE? This is a good question because it makes you evaluate the things you do, the people you associate, the places you venture, the hobbies you have, your beliefs…what makes you feel alive?
Do you like change? Answer this one honestly. smile. smile. I have found change to be what you make it. I have moved and moved & faced change time and time again. I learned to embrace it & at times miss it. It is like anything. It is what you make it. Change helps you see new things, try new experiences, meet new people, find places within yourself that feel exhilarated by change. Seek to embrace it.
What drains your energy? What recharges your energy? Are there people, activities, job requirements, daily tasks, expectations, etc. that drain your energy? Begin to notice these things and make the necessary changes to rid your life of toxic energy & fill in the spaces with things that light you up.
Well, I don’t want to overwhelm you with so many great questions, so this is it for today. I think this is a great start. I will follow-up with more questions at a later date.
Have a beautiful day. Know you are blessed and loved. Peace to you. -H