Do you have a philosophy about life? Knowing your own personal foundation concerning what life is about and your ultimate purpose can be the grounding needed to weather life’s bumps. I imagine that we all do have a philosophy about life. The million dollar question is – is yours making your life more true and more of what you really want? Here is how you might flush out your personal life philosophy and then consciously modify it to be your life anchor. Ask your self these questions and record the answers without editing anything that comes into your mind. What do I believe I am here for in this life? What, if anything, do I experience and imagine as a higher power? What guidance do I use to make important life decisions? What do I believe about humanity? What do I believe about my future? How did I learn about all these questions from my past? How do I feel supported to grow into myself each day?
After you have answered these questions and can see your answers, does it make sense to you? Does it feel right and true? Do you believe in all you have written? Does it reflect your sense of highest good in life, in living with possibilities? Do you feel good, at peace, at ease, excited, happy, joyful, stronger when you read it? Put it down and leave it alone for a while. Come back and read it again. How do you feel? Does it fit you? Is it something you can rely on when life is most difficult? Do you, with all your heart, believe what you wrote? If not, then you have a journey ahead to discover your true personal life philosophy. Distilling our inner thoughts and beliefs into a statement that reflects our inner truth and potential is a powerful exercise.
Mine has been growing and evolving as I have. I examined it as I was writing this passage and modified it to reflect how I have grown in the last few years. It feels so good to read it and remind myself of who I am, what I am doing and how I choose to see life. I imagine I will continue to grow it as I evolve over the years. I love the freedom of knowing this.
An example of a life philosophy is:
- Life is unpredictable. Our life lessons are built into the challenges we face. Life will continue to throw us lessons, do not expect them to stop. As we learn from earlier challenges and become a stronger, more open self, new challenges are met with a more evolved and equipped self. If we do not learn what we were meant to learn from specific situations or relationships, those situations or relationships will reappear with a new face in order to allow us to learn our lesson. We have everything that we need within to help us get to where we want to go. Turn deeply within to find answers. Be still and listen. Others may love, encourage and help us, but we must find our own answers, our truth within. We know our truth because we feel its ringing deep within. We have a special way of recognizing this truth. It is our responsibility to come to know this part of ourselves, then let it empower us as a part of our own wisdom and guidance. And another
- There exists a divine intelligence and understanding that has the capacity to hold the complexity of all life in its comprehension. Although we are human, we are created in a bounded likeness in order to evolve towards this infinite divine wisdom. This divine comprehension cannot be fully understood through our minds. Rather we recognize it in parts through our experience of becoming more in tune with the divine through using all the faculties we have within. As we evolve and resonate with this higher understanding, our consciousness expands to include a sense of a higher, incomprehensible order, one that we may attempt to embody through purity of action, thought and intent.
When we find a life philosophy that works and embody it, we become grounded in our selves and in purpose. Knowing that there is a truth to examine, understand and learn from, we may more readily see where and how we are journeying in life. There are many religions and spiritual practices that can help us, that might support and encourage our learning. Ultimately these are rituals and guidelines, meant to help us evolve and grow. Developing our own, like a working mission statement, can help us more fully connect to what we are seeking, helping to bring to our consciousness that which we create each day that we live.