Podcast: Life Purpose 101 by Rev Terry Hall

As this country reflects on the events of 9/11. There will be mourning, anger, regret expressed over these events. The slogan “Never Forget” will be bantered about. But from a personal, spiritual perspective, what lesson can we take away from those events and remembering them.

spiritual life purpose

Mostly that you may not be here tomorrow. There is no guarantee. Today may be your last day on this side. Any day that follows, may be your last day. Some people who face tragedy and near death, immediately and profoundly change their lives. They redefine their lives, their purpose and what it means to be alive and happy.

Does your life feel stuck, paralyzed. Do you procrastinate, have low energy, confusion, depression, confusion, fear?

You are on your path, but is your Life on Purpose?

Richard Lieder, author of ‘The Power of Purpose’ said it best:

Purpose is the conscious choice of what, where, and how to make a positive contribution to our world. It is the theme, quality or passion we choose to center our lives around.

Dalai Lama

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.

You don’t have to wait to consciously define your life, happiness, your work.

But where to start?
Personality Profile (Meyers-Briggs Personality Type)

  • I vs E – Introversion vs Extroversion (where you place your focus, internal world or external world)
  • S vs N – Sensing vs Intuition (look at basic information or interpret and add meaning)
  • T vs F – Thinking vs Feeling (logic and consistency or people and circumstances)
  • J vs P – Judging vs Perceiving (regarding the outside world do you “get things done,” completed or stay open to new info and options)
  • INFP = Rev Terry‘s Personality type
    • General Traits/Preferences
      • Idealist, Quiet, Reflective, Strategic, Future-Oriented, Empathetic, Cooperative, Loyal, Flexible,
      • Curious, Informal
    • Career/Jobs for INFPs
      • Actor, Architect, Artist, Bilingual Education Professor, Career Counselor, Child Life Specialist, Clinical Psychologist, Coach, College Professor, Composer, Curator, Customer Relations Manager, Desktop Publisher, Dietitian/Nutritionist, Editor, Fashion Designer, Film Editor, Health Technician, Home Health Social Worker, Human Resources Specialist, Industrial Organization Psychologist, Interior Designer, Journalist, Labor Relations Specialist, Legal Mediator, Librarian, Minister/Priest, Missionary, Musician, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Public Health Educator, Religious Worker, Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Translator/Interpreter
    • Famous INFPs
      • Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers), John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, Morrissey (British singer/songwriter), Chloe Sevigny (model, actor, director), William Shakespeare, Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbs), A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), Helen Keller, Carl Rogers (Psychologist, helped bring about Humanistic approach to psychology.)

Spiritual Practices

  • Find yourself, purpose and meaning within.
  • Meditate, Journal, Increase Awareness, Be Mindful.
  • Self Examination and Truth
  • Cultivate happiness and beauty in your life
  • Become aware of beauty and happiness.
  • Record happy and beauty before retiring
  • Seeds for happiness and beauty tomorrow

So you think, so you are. So you think you shall be, so you shall become.

From Tau Chuan Ling

Today’s sunrise offers a new change and opportunity to re-examine where you are, to reoritent yourself on your journey. Allow yourself to leave yesterday in the past and tomorrow in the future and walk today’s path one step at a time, purposefully.

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