Finding Your Passion in Today’s World

With everything going on in the world today, it is easy to forget how to smile. Looking around at our current circumstance, we wonder “What used to get me excited about the day? What made me laugh?”. I know it seems unfair that a lot has happened this year and plans have probably changed unexpectedly. I know that there is a lot of sadness, confusion, and evens tons of disagreements. But in spite of all of that, you still deserve to live your passion. And, if you forget what it was, it’s possible to remember. By living out your passion, you can bring joy back into the world that has been dimmed. And, as you do you will inspire others to do the same. 

By living with passion, you can stay on track when the road gets rocky and motivated when you get distracted. Passion is a very important key ingredient when working towards your goals. But, what if you don’t know where your passion lies? What if you don’t know what passion feels like? Setting goals without passion will make your endeavors feel like a task, a chore. It will feel like something you should do or need to do, instead of something you want to do or get to do. Without passion, there is just no fun or meaning in achieving anything. By identifying your passion, you can achieve things greater than you ever imagined. Your passion is your “what”. What do you like to do? What makes your heart sing? 

            So, how do you know? There are a few ways you can identify your passion. One way is to look to your daydreams and fantasies. Just about everyone has daydreams throughout the day. You know, when our mind starts to wander and you find yourself in that magical place where everything is just right, things are going your way, you can have anything you want. So, when your mind goes there, what do you see? What are you doing? Who are you with? You could be creating housewares for newly rehabilitated individuals. Maybe you’re writing music in a beachfront bungalow in a tropical area. 

            No matter what your dreams or fantasies are, it is important that they feel right, they feel good. Dreams and passions should illicit a feeling of joy and enthusiasm. It should make you feel like you are bursting at the seams with excitement. If your daydream or fantasy doesn’t feel like that, it may not have enough power to keep you going through to see it to completion. When something ‘feels right’, that is a good indicator that you should follow it, no matter how silly or far-fetched it might seem. 

            “Everything is impossible until it’s done.”     

Nelson Mandela

Everything idea, invention, or creation seemed silly and impossible at one time. So, don’t worry about how stupid your dreams may sound. Love them anyway! Release your judgment of them. What is it that makes your heart sing? What could you do all day and not even feel like you’re working? What is it that brings you joy and satisfaction? That is your passion. Now we are going to do some exercises that will help you identify what your true passion is. 

Passion Meditation
This meditation is designed to help you discover what your passion is. Take a few moments each day to practice this meditation and see what you unveil about yourself. There are no right or wrong answers, so feel free to use your imagination! Find a quiet, pleasant place to meditation, turning off all distractions while you do. 

Start by finding a quite spot. Take a moment to get comfortable in your seat, adjusting as you need to. Then, turn your attention to your inner world, allowing the outer world to fall away. Begin to focus on your imagination, your visualization center. Imagine yourself lying in bed, waking up for the day. Now, imagine your day going exactly as you want it to. Imagine yourself going throughout your day living your best life. What do you experience? What do you do with your time? Imagine yourself living in a way that makes you feel alive, free. Allow any distractions to float by, making no effort to engage in them. Savor this feeling for as long as you choose. Now, when you are ready to return to the outer world, simply open your eyes. 

Passion Exercise

Ask yourself these questions, be honest with you answers. A good time to answer these questions could be after a meditation on your passions. 

If I could do anything for the rest of my life, what would it be? 
What do I enjoy doing so much that I forget time is passing? 
What do I think all people should know about? Experience? Learn? 
When I close my eyes and dream of my ideal life, what am I doing? 

Your passion is extremely unique to you. It is something that comes from the heart. It is not necessarily something that changes over time, although it may evolve. You may also have many passions, and you may gain some and lose some. Passion is not something that is a check box on your to-do list, rather it is a reason for doing what you do. It cannot be completed or fulfilled; rather it can be expressed. Start to identify ways, small and larger, that you can live out your passion each day.