Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Intention of Your Life

Susan's latest thoughts delve into the evaluation of intentionality in life.

I sit on a grassy field of a university here in Pittsburgh and look at the young people passing by. I wonder, “Are these minds pursuing degrees with the right intention?” As I look back, I know I didn't when I was in their place. We supposedly pursue degrees, jobs, promotions all with intention to better our lives and our families' lives. Some people think they have a good intention to do something only realizing it was a mask. The ego is very tricky like that.

One must question if we are on this pursuit to reach happiness by false terms? Happiness, afterall, is only reached by looking to external factors which makes it the opposite of the definition we think it should mean. Joy- now that is something!  Joy can always be reached by looking within, and it doesn’t even come with a six figure tuition. It's true. Why do we feel the initial "let down" after that diploma reaches our hand, the dream job comes, or all the wedding festivities are over with? I know you have done the same thing and asked yourself, "What Now?" We work so hard to reach a goal without embracing the journey. Once that goal is reached we have to put upon ourselves more goals, more of everything to please mom and dad, our friends, partner, and family. As I am completing another degree, I have to stop and ask myself, “Does this align with the true me and what I want?” Sometimes I have to make it a daily tradition. I am not saying that it is wrong to make goals. It is only detrimental to your growth if you identify with those goals and don't know who you are without the goals. I’ve learned this from personal experience.

Now that I am finding out who my true self is, it is sometimes difficult to see how my spiritual path and career path come together. Then a loving soul reminded me that they can always be intertwined. The fact that these two paths are joined make each individual path that much more enjoyable to walk along. I realize as I put my intention and the growth of my spirituality into my career, then my career in physical therapy will be that much more rewarding. This is true for everyone on their own unique spiritual path whether they be Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, etc.

So I ask you to contemplate what is the intention for your life? Are you truly embracing the journey you are on or doing it for someone else's affection instead of your own?

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.
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