"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One of my most vivid childhood memories is the moment when I was perhaps ten years old looking up to the sky and asking, why this life and what for? The question of life purpose weighted upon me heavily until recently. I used to think of life purpose as a career or specialization in which to concentrate on making myself fit in, preferably at the top of the field. For a while I made myself insufferable and unlovable while busy searching for something to live for. As it turns out, when you live your purpose you live in a field so vast you don't have to make yourself so small trying to fit into it. When the mental wall and physical tension drop away you become an open vessel that love can flow in and out freely.
Purpose is a lifelong expression of love. Without a purpose we are incapable of loving--to love and to be lovable. I used to blame failures and unhappiness on my vast and varied interests. I could be a singer, dancer, artist, designer or philosopher, but which? I could do each one of them tolerably well. I could even fool others to think I had a natural talent. But none of the activities on their own could sustain me. Recently I realized that every single thing I love to do manifests in the work I've been doing for the last ten years as a yoga teacher. When I am capable of letting all my interests fit inside myself Instead of pushing some parts of me away, I feel lovable.
When the things you express are the expression of the things that make you, they're effortless. You are aligned with the flow of life. Even a great effort feels effortless--smooth and fluid. Designing a class, choreographing body movements, discussing philosophies and theories while animating energetic vibration are not just what I do as a yoga teacher but what I've always done since I could dance, sing, draw, and inquire. There is nothing more inspiring than a passion for life. If you want to be of service to others, embrace the things your inner child or the soul has been living for. Allow the world you live in to fit you, and not the other way around. Make a yoga pose fit your body rather than trying to fit your body into a pose. Allow the world to live and work for you so you can live and work for the world.
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robert Bryne