I'm not sure if you have contemplated life's purpose nearly as much as I have, but it's always alluded me. A big mystery, the whole and sum of it. How could one summarize it? Every life is different, each person has a different purpose, so how do we measure or define it. There is no real way to generalize, however I did find that Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth, Awakening To Life's Purpose provided some great insight.
"Many poets and sages throughout the ages have observed that true happiness -- I call it the joy of Being -- is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. Most people, in their restless search for something significant to happen to them, continuously miss the insignificant, which may not be insightful at all." -Eckhart Tolle
Here is a good exercise to become more present!
PERCEIVING WITHOUT NAMING:
1- Choose an object close to you -- a pen, a chair, a vase, a plant -- and explore it visually. Look at it with great interest and curiosity.
2- Give your complete attention to the object, every detail of it. If thoughts arise, don't get involved in them. Take the thinking out of the perceiving. Look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions or comparing.
3- After a few minutes, allow your gaze to wander around the room, or whatever area you are in. Notice your alertness and attention lighting up each thing that it rests upon.
4- Listen to any sounds that may be present. Birds chirping, rain, cars moving in the distance. Some may be pleasant, while others are not. Don't differentiate between good and bad, just allow each sound without interpretation.
"When consciousness is no longer totally absorbed by thinking, some of it remains in its formless, unconditioned, original state. This is inner space."
And so it seems that the key is to create the stillness within that allows you to consciously expand your awareness and become one with all that is. We are here to BE, and sometimes that is the only true purpose.
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