Is it really possible to live the life of our dreams? or is it an old cliche? or maybe a lucky strike that only hits a few fortunate ones? What does it really mean to live the life of our dreams? Do we actually know?
Living the life of your dreams has little to do with accumulating wealth or reaching specific standards of comfort, but it has a lot to do with living with passion, with presence, living in the flow and being happy and grateful everyday. Living the life of your dreams simply means aligning yourself with your own unique purpose, with the fulfillment of your own and unique mission in this lifetime.
Each one of us came to this world on a mission (believe it or not), it is not by chance that we were born, and it is not by chance that each one of us is unique in many different ways. There is a purpose for our life and our passage into this earth, and it is not until we connect with that mission and purpose that we can truly live the life of our dreams. Living our mission has also a lot to do with contributing to the world in a unique and meaningful way. If we only focus on what the world can give us, without focusing on what WE can give to the world, we will most likely miss our purpose altogether.
Every child is born with a little seed that carries their life’s purpose and potential in it. if a child is given true freedom to explore their innate talents and interests from the very beginning, and is respected for their strengths instead of labeled for their flaws, that child has a much better chance to figure out his/her purpose in life. More often than not, we try to make children “fit into” the cookie-cutter model of the person they are supposed to become as opposed to allowing them to blossom into the person they already are.
Teaching our kids to compete, to be better than others, to be “winners”, etc. is really damaging, because it teaches them that there isn’t enough for everybody, that in order to be happy one has to win and to be better than others to make sure they have their fair share. This brings in a world of competition instead of cooperation, a world of individuals instead of communities, a world of have and have-not’s, a world of winners and losers, a world that is far from ideal… this is the world we live in, and we can change it, one child at a time. We all have this responsibility as adults and role models, and we need to keep this in mind.
We don’t need to be better than others, we just need to be the best version of ourselves, we need to let our baby seed blossom, not by winning over others, having more than others, comparing ourselves to others, but by finding our unique purpose and living it, then there is no room for competition, just for fulfillment. Every person has a totally different purpose and they are all worthwhile.
Living the life of your dreams or rather finding your purpose and embodying it, may take a lot of deconstructing old patterns and beliefs, it may also take you away from people or situations that don’t support you truth. But there is no wasted time, life is a journey of discovery and growth, so instead of resenting all the time spent in less than ideal situations, relationships, jobs, etc. be thankful for those experiences and struggles as they will probably bring you closer to finding yourself.
When you find your true purpose and mission in life and you start to embody it, you will live from a place of authenticity and truth, so everything else will come into alignment with that truth: your work, the place you live in, the relationships in your life, etc. Living your truth takes courage, but living in such a way is not only a dream but a necessity, because if we don’t, our whole system (our body) starts to fail.
Ayurveda, which is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago, refers to the divine role in which each soul participates from birth as an important part of healing. Healing is a matter of supporting the body to fulfill its birth role, thus allowing the soul to fulfill its spiritual task for this incarnation.
The word Dharma, used widely and sometimes misunderstood, basically means the Law that “upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe”, according to this law, every single one of us (and every other living being) has a role to play in the harmony of the whole, which is to say we all have a unique mission and purpose that will bring harmony not only to our own lives but to the whole world.
In that light, I would like to share two excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita about Dharma:
“Better is one’s own dharma thought imperfectly carried out than the dharma of another carried out perfectly”
“Better is death in the fulfillment of one’s dharma, for to follow the law of another brings great spiritual peril”
In the search for the life of our dreams, we can start by finding what really moves us, inspires us, attracts us, interest us, and see how that aligns with our unique talents (because they usually go hand in hand), and try to bring more and more of that into our lives, even if that means making changes, sometime small sometime big, but do not be afraid, if you are in the right path, everything else will fall back in place….
I wanted to share a video that really moved me, it is about a young girl that was lucky to find her passion and calling at a very early age, her story is remarkable and at the end she encourages us all to not give up on finding our mission for this life, it is a little long but a true gem. A 23 year-old mother of 30
An last but not least, another Inspiring video (shorter and more generic)
Have a good week!
How to find yourself when you have lost yourself by Rebecca Lammersen
Rumi, Dharma and Passion by Catie Joyce
Living my Dream by Dagmar Spremberg