Our first chat in the month of October began with the topic of our spiritual inheritance. One of the questions that I asked during the chat was
What actions can we take to dynamically add to what we have inherited?
Among the many replies, one stood out in my mind. It came from my brother-in-law @acmullick (not that I am biased or anything like that :)) and he said
Don’t try and grow your inheritance. Let your inheritance grow you. ~@acmullick
I wanted to follow up his answer by asking ~ how do we let our inheritance grow us? What does that truly mean? While I haven’t had a chance during the week to ask that question directly, I have been reflecting on it. And perhaps one possible way to let our inheritance grow us is to examine our purpose. A purpose-driven life can lead us spiritually forward on the path where our spiritual inheritance can grow us.
When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. Seneca
We are all aware that we need purpose in all areas of our lives. When we lose our sense of purpose, like the flame of a candle which starts to flicker in a strong wind, we tend to lose our way. And we know that we need to regain it to feel Whole again. But where does this sense of purpose come from? Who or what can help us regain our sense of purpose? How do we get a dynamic purpose which fires up our spirit and builds persistence over time? How do we translate our sense of purpose into action?
I invite you to join the #SpiritChat community on Sunday October 14th at 9am ET / 2pm UK / 6:30 India as we explore some of these questions. If nothing else, perhaps you can share YOUR over-arching purpose with us. Yes, That which makes your spring out of bed in the morning… or That which gives discipline to your spiritual practice…
P.S. On a related note, my good friend on twitter, @EdwardColozzi – who has been with the #SpiritChat family for a long time – states that purpose can be viewed as a “calling”. He has an excellent article on finding our calling – a better way to navigate our choices. Thank you, Edward!
Update: Here is the html Transcript for the chat. Here is the pdf version for download. Also see the questions asked during the live chat held Oct 14th 2012 at 9am ET. Feel free to answer in the comments or tweet with hashtag #spiritchat to share your answers with the community.
Ready? Q1. Why is having a sense of purpose important to you? Or is it? #SpiritChat Q2. Where does your sense of purpose come from? Family? Teachers? Inherited? Or... #SpiritChat Q3. What are some signs that we have deviated from our core purpose? #SpiritChat Q4. How do we regain a dynamic purpose which energizes our spirit? Any specific techniques? #SpiritChat Q5. How does having a well-defined purpose affect our spiritual practice(s)? #SpiritChat Q6. What role does community play in helping you define/accomplish your purpose? #SpiritChat Q7. If asked, what would your family/friends/community say about what YOUR purpose is? #SpiritChat Reflect on Q8. Do YOU believe you are living your spiritual purpose? #SpiritChat