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On Being Human; What is your soul mission and core life purpose?

Living in accordance to your soul mission expresses what you came here to learn and then to apply your expressed service to others in the time that remains in this human experience on earth. 

Try this: 
Inhale and Exhale. What do you experience in your body with reading this statement out loud:

– Inhale and Exhale. Repeat out loud: My Soul Mission is to evolve my Soul during this human experience. 
– Inhale and Exhale. Repeat again: My Soul Mission is to evolve my Soul during this human experience. 
– Inhale. Exhale. Close your eyes and repeat the statement. 

What do you notice? Feel? 
Do you notice any sensation anywhere in your body?


Let’s continue:

If your Soul’s Mission is to Evolve during this life experience as a human in a body, then how do we achieve the mission of Evolving?
Answer: We experience life, all of its lessons, ups and downs, challenges, highs and lows, joys and beauty. All of our experiences serve to learn whatever lessons we are here to learn so that, when the time is right, we can come to know, claim and own our Soul’s Core Life Purpose. To Evolve is to learn what your Soul came to Earth as a human to learn and then to bring this learning to life through loving service to others and to life. 

What exactly, is our Soul’s Core Life Purpose?
Answer: Something like this, but it is on your terms, your truth. Through our experiences, at some point we will likely begin to ask bigger questions, such as:

  • Who AM I? 
  • Why AM I here? 
  • What is Truth?
  • What is Divine Love?
  • What is it I am supposed to Be and Do in the world? This is the key question about Core Life Purpose. 

What if I told you your core life purpose is fulfilled through that which assists you to feel vibrantly alive and with a sense of immeasurable joy or contentment, peace, meaning and fulfillment?  You know that you are aligned with and living your reason for being because your steps become those of bold confidence and your actions reflect that inner empowerment and lights you up inside. 

Many if not most of us want to know our core life purpose, why we are here, and this question often triggers a spiritual awakening. Most human adults experience a life transition on average every ten years, in each decade of life. It is not uncommon to become discontent in a job, a relationship, an activity or role that prompts us to feel doldrums, thinking about what might enhance our level of meaning and fulfillment. Sometimes we experience a life altering or traumatic event, loss, illness or a spontaneous spiritual experience that awakens us to this question, triggering our quest to discover our truth of who we are, why we are here, what is real, what is divine love, what is truth.

Over the 22 years of my coaching practice with thousands of clients, I have been told or asked, “I have all the trappings of success, the money, the stuff, relationship, good friends, family, but why am I so stuck, so unfulfilled?” Another common statement has been, “I keep thinking that changing jobs is the answer, but when I move, I return to the same thought, could anything make me happy?” 

We often deeply contemplate why are we really here in this very strange harsh, and now rapidly changing world. 

There is a great purpose in why we were given life and all of the unique body, gifts, innate talents, mind and humanness that make each of us  the uniquely dynamic person that we are.

Your Core Life Purpose is linked to your Soul Mission. 
It is your highly orchestrated plan that no other human being can fulfill except you. Only you are gifted with this purpose, and with the gifts, essence, and talents that are what support you to fulfill your mission and purpose in ONLY the way that you can! This is what makes you extra special and sincerely blessed in the eyes of God/Divine Source.

Wondering what is your Soul Mission-supported core life purpose? Let’s start with one a few core truths:  TRUTH: You have one.  TRUTH: Your core life purpose is the reason you are here on this Earth school,  having this human experience. TRUTH: Fulfilling soul’s mission through your core life purpose is part of your sacred contract, also called a soul contract. For most humans, seeking it is, in part, what makes you happy and fills you with love, grace and gratitude.  

Think of your soul’s core life purpose like a river that moves forward, and there are many meandering channels, inlets and outlets. Moving forward, finding beauty and selecting the next most available channel when presented, also looking for one step beyond it, is in part, fulfilling your purpose. 

Every action you have taken up until this time is in fulfillment of what that purpose is.

Tapping your soul’s core life purpose is like developing a mission statement for a company that’s been in the business twenty or thirty years already.  It’s usually there in the clues. 

This blog article is about decoding those clues so that you’re able to live in greater alignment with it. 

When you’re in alignment with your purpose, people often celebrate in the peace, contentment and meaning it brings. But sometimes, a person’s purpose is to change a stigma, culturally, so that a greater collective of people are celebrated. Meaning, you won’t always find immediate social buy-in or popular acceptance of your purpose. 

This is why your purpose must be something you come to love because there will always be times when your heart and soul are the main guiding beacons and your conscious mind wants to resist or challenge it. 

Discovering your core life purpose can be found in exploring your gifts, what lights you up, what brings you meaning, and reflects the meaning that you already have and are.

It can sometimes be identified and clarified in working with a skilled intuitive coach, or while experiencing a sojourn deep in nature. For some, it can be revealed through a dream, a memory or even a traumatic event. At times a spontaneous spiritual experience may awaken one’s awareness and recognition of their core life purpose. Regardless of what outside input you have to validate it, it’s important that once you know what it is, you feel it in your heart. This is what will keep you connected to it no matter what is happening on the outside.

The reason you are here on Earth is to discover and uncover the truth and meaning of who you are and what you are here to learn and share in service. 


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Find the Calm in the Chaos; Go Within

We are now in a monumental time of change on our planet, and I’m so grateful to know that we are all in this together. At this stage in my life, I am resolutely settled into my purpose as expressed in my life work. I am devoted to supporting you in creating well being in all areas of your life. I am so honored you are here, and I look forward to co-creating even more blessings together.

If your experience of late has been anything like mine, you might have noticed yourself feeling a little more concerned about the state of the world. We live in challenging times, with political upheaval, economic uncertainty, infrastructure collapse, civil and social justice discord, and environmental distress. And as the pace of change increases toward an uncertain future, many of us succumb to the overwhelm of fear, stress, and anxiety. I know for myself, there are mornings when glancing at the news feed makes me feel like crawling back under the covers. But this is our clarion call for TRANSFORMATION. 

As Harriet Tubman suggested, 

“If you are tired, keep going; if you are scared, keep going; if you are hungry, keep going; if you want to taste freedom, keep going.”

We must find the strength within to somehow, just keep going. One step, one breath at a time, one after another. 

Last month I spoke to a group of industry leaders and facilitated a leadership visioning process for a leadership team based in the U.S. and Canada. The topic was “Finding the Calm Within the Chaos.” 

There is a Backstory 

For years, I experienced a frequent wrestling match with my mind. It was exhausting. My mind spent endless hours thinking, ruminating, concocting storylines and “what if” scenarios. Sound familiar? 

Endlessly streaming thoughts created anxiety, depression and stuckness. Oddly, this relentless thinking machine often failed my capacity to focus, concentrate and reach clear decisions. Again, sound familiar? 

Reaching a breaking point, years later, I concluded in my heart (not in my mind), that this was getting me no-where. I was tired of all the wasted energy and it getting me nowhere. It was like the washing machine getting stuck on the spin cycle. 

There was a glimmer of hope. Somewhere, deep inside beyond my mind, there was a whisper of a voice telling me to learn to quiet down. I read about yoga in a complimentary copy of the Elephant journal. This was waaaay back in 2000. I was inspired by a book written and published by my Aunt, Nancy Roberts, who was among the first female yoga teachers in the USA, trained by Indra Devi in the 1970’s. I read her book. I searched for a yoga school and found Rodney Yee in 2001 out west. I completed a year long yoga teacher training and began to meditate daily. I discovered yoga and the power of the BREATH. And that’s when so much about the mind, the ego, began to make sense to me. As the mental chatter quieted down (one of the many benefits of meditation and classical yoga practice, the fog and the frustration lifted. The anxiety and depression lessened. I began to feel like “myself.” My mind started working properly— day dreaming, being, creating, writing, reading, deepening. The more I meditated, the more the useless mind chatter disappeared. The more peaceful, content and calm I became. Ahhhh, this is what BEING means. 

When I share with clients about my once mentally overactive mind, one of the first questions I get is:

“How can you help me quiet my mind?”

Often the first words to come out of my mouth are “mindfulness and meditation” but there’s actually much more to it than that. Aside from daily meditation, I keep my mind quiet by following these four simple practices.

1. Breath

Breathing is a natural remedy for stress, pain and grief, and can assist in greater clarity. I personally believe that the breath is the portal to greater self awareness, self empowerment, intuition and inner development. Breath awareness fosters mindfulness and a  “felt sense” and becomes a great guide in life. What I am referring to as “felt Sense” is bodily awareness. Infants, babies and children innately experience their “interior sensations” that is the “felt sense” experienced very early in life. The felt sense was named by philosopher and psychologist Eugene Gendlin in 1978, and in his best selling book, “Focusing”, and described as:

Felt sense is not a mental experience but a physical one involving bodily experience. It doesn’t arrive in the form of a thought or words or other separate units, but as a single thought often puzzling as a complex bodily feeling (1981, 32-33). A felt sense is not just there, it forms. Awareness emerges and surfaces by attending inside the body. A felt sense is the body’s sense of a particular situation….it is a body sense of meaning (1981, 10) (2).

An example that comes to mind is a situation where I have said yes, when inside I wanted to say no. Being incongruent in this way leads to a heaviness in my entire torso. My felt experience is a physical experience of lead weight and an anchor in my solar plexus. My felt sense in my body is the message that I am out of integrity with my inner truth and outer commitment. Note to self, say Yes only when I mean yes, and no when I mean no.

2. Personal Observation

There is something about the process of meditation that changes the energy body and the electric circuits in the brain-heart- mind- body that brings us to a state of “coherence.” Here I use my “Hmm…that was different, from a mindful and intentional state of observing.  I practise so that being and remaining present (in the here and now moment) assists in cultivating the inner fine art of observation without judgment. It is like watching the play without being a character in the play.

Now, when I observe a thought that’s not congruent, or it pops up from ego and I notice, observe and smile. “Hmm…that was interesting to observe”.  I use those words as recognition that I’ve observed a thought or internal voice that is not congruent with higher frequency is coming from a place of fear, shadow and judgment.

After a few deep breaths in & a  few slow exhales, I just let the thought float away without judgment. Repeat a few breaths and move on.

3. Practicing self-tenderness and compassion

I’m human. I have flaws. I make mistakes, I sometimes fail and can royally mess up like everyone else. I celebrate success with gratitude. I’m not trying to be perfect. And not beating myself up. I’m just me. Learning, growing, observing, practising, trying, getting dirty in the joys, missteps and messiness of life. I no longer practice self loathing. Sometimes the “if only I would have, should have, could have” wants to creep in. But this serves no purpose. I breathe it out. Let it go. It takes practise. But you will get there! 

Rather than the ego trap of useless self-loathing as a defense mechanism to stay in control, you can experience the peace and freedom of truly being ok with who you are right now.

4. Slowing down

Except for sprinting and playing with my Daly, my dog, or pushing myself to pedal faster in a higher gear on my bike, I really do consciously slow my activities down. Stopping to breathe, deliberately and slowly – not once or twice, but 5-10 or more times. I cut my vegetables slowly or take a little longer than usual to brush my teeth. If I have some sort of “deadline”, I make sure to sit down in silence and be still for a little while before work. It slows me down and calms my energy. 

I once thought that slowing things down, not jamming my life and schedule chock-full was a waste of time. I enjoyed being one of those people who could multitask, and do it all. Until I didn’t. The more I practised meditation and mindfulness, the more I began to appreciate and relish the moment. 

Doing things mindfully exponentially increases my productivity. How? Because the mind stays quiet, calm, focused and precise. It is more creative. More enjoyable.

5. “Switching off” before sleep

And I don’t mean sitting in front of the TV or scrolling through facebook or emails. Watching an episode of the nightly news or CSI isn’t “shutting off”. LOL! This is where I usually do my 2nd meditation of the day. I usually listen to 45-60 minutes of relaxing solfeggio music. Other times, I just sit quietly with a candle with one of my pets next to me for snuggle time. 

Try it. 

Quiet your mind down and see what happens. You may be amazed at just how quickly your life will change.

6 Minutes to Your Power of Breath Meditation

 

Love Being Human,

Nina