My dear friends, we love you so very much,
Never in your life are you without purpose. While there is great value in "seeking your purpose" know that your real purpose here on earth is to see love, be love, and express the love that sources you in each breath. It really is that simple. In the moments you are doing this, you will feel that your life is joyful, meaningful, purposeful, and expansive.
While having a role you love, performing actions that feel 'significant,' or leaving a legacy may be expressions of your deeper purpose (to see love, be love, express love), they are not required to live a life that feels meaningful and rich with purpose.
You can humbly garden all day, and still find a purpose in being at peace. You can watch the clouds and feel that your purpose is to embrace stillness. You can help one person by opening a door and know that your life had meaning this day. You can take one small self-criticism and turn it to love, and know that there is great purpose in that act for your soul.
Try not invalidate yourself simply because you have not found an "activity" that makes you feel purposeful. Breathe... you have a purpose in that, for now, you are part of the ecosystem on planet earth, feeding the trees and receiving the oxygen they provide. Breathe again... you have just shared your energy with all of creation and you are taking in the energies of all creation. There is purpose.
Look around you. Find one thing that looks like love to you – a color, an object, a person. Shut your eyes now. Feel your heart. Think of one thing to love about yourself. Now perform your next action with great love. See how simple this is? You have just seen love, been love, and expressed love. You are living on purpose.
Dear ones, in our eyes you are all equal. From the vastness of the mountains to the lowest single-celled form of life, you are all made of the very same love. Each one of you fits perfectly in the intricate web of existence, and none of you are ever without purpose.
God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
Message From Ann
I did something very unusual a few weeks ago just prior to the Fourth of July holiday. I rested for four days straight. I ate, slept, and read and did absolutely nothing else!
In the past, I would have been frustrated that I didn't feel like working, hiking, crafting, or a million other things. For the first time in my life, however, I had no resistance whatsoever to listening to my body. It was delicious, rejuvenating, and highly purposeful time. It reset my mind, refueled my body, and helped me re-commit to a whole new level of self-care.
If you grew up like me, you know that our culture celebrates the purpose in our busy-ness, our activities, and our achievements. Rest, on the other hand, is often considered a luxury, a 'necessary evil,' a waste of time, or worse... laziness! It is so easy to believe we have purpose when we're achieving something, creating something, or helping someone. It is a lot harder to embrace being 'purposeful' when we're not.
Nonetheless, everything we do has a purpose if done with love. Your down time is just as purposeful as your "busy" time. Your rest is just as important as your exercise. Your time to daydream is just as important as your time to think. Whatever we do, as long as we do it with love and authenticity has a purpose.
I ended up reading a great book about Louisa May Alcott ("Invincible Louisa" by Cornelia Meigs.") I'm not even sure how it ended up on my kindle app but it was there, and so I dove into it. I had no idea the famous author of "Little Women" grew up around such amazing thinkers as Emerson and Thoreau, that she was a nurse in the civil war, traveled the world as a caretaker, and never gave up on her dream of supporting her family, nor allowed ill health to overtake her zest for living. My "down time," spent reading about her "up time" greatly inspired me.
So this week, if you feel inspired to act with love, then, by all means, do so, but perhaps you, like me, could use a little rest. If so, just know that your down time has purpose. God would not have invented the fall and winter if the trees were meant to bloom all year. Even they rest, knowing that in their slumber they are gathering energy for their next cycle of activity.
Here are a few pointers to help you find purpose...
1. Pick something you consider purposeless, and list at least ten reasons why it has a loving value.
The angels challenged me to do this years ago when I was whining about "wasting time" on housecleaning. They asked me to "love my house," give thanks for my house, give thanks for being able to share my house, for the furniture I loved, much of it with its own story. They showed me how "loving my house" was a way to share my love with both myself and everyone who visited, to save time in the future (because I could find things in an organized home) and to master the art of being present. Soon I was whistling while I worked!
Resting has purpose... it helps your brain loosen up its grip on preconceived notions and see things in a new light. Your body self-heals. You get new ideas, new guidance, and fresh perspectives. You are more apt to take better care of yourself when you rest because you let go of your addiction to adrenaline. Rest has great meaning.
Try it... Pick something you consider purposeless, and list at least ten reasons why it has loving value.
2. Before bedtime, ask yourself, "How would the world be different if I hadn't been here today?"
Perhaps you let someone move in front of you in traffic and that kind act made their day. Without you, they might have had an accident. Maybe you called a friend in need. Without you, they might have spiraled into a tough mindset. Perhaps you slept all day. Without you there would be one less ripple of peace in the cosmic pond... everything has value.
3. If you really want a "greater purpose" as we humans say, write down three of your biggest complaints in life. Explore how you can you contribute to the solution.
Seeing love, being love, and expressing love are purpose enough. The angels maintain your very act of breathing and being is a contribution. However, being human, many people want to find something to do that feels like a contribution to humanity. That is wonderful, but what if you don't know what to do?
Years ago the angels said something simple - "Your biggest complaints are clues to your greatest passion."
If you hate the fact that people are starving, find ways to feed someone. If you hate animal abuse, volunteer at a shelter or visit and share love with one of its residents. If you can't stand seeing people dis-empowered, teach empowerment. You get the idea. Your complaints do indeed show you your passions.
This week try to start looking at everything you do and everything you are as having purpose, meaning, and value. In that space, life takes on a new vibrancy and starts to feel more joyful. Never, the angel say is anything we do, or anything we are, wasted in the greater scheme of life.
Love you all!