By Sandra Winter
There are lots of folks talking about life purpose these days. Maybe it’s got something to do with Mayan Prophecies or 2012 or lots of us are going through some kind of mid-life crisis. Or maybe it’s just that wondering what we’re here for is something that most of us do at least once or twice in our lives — much more frequently for us sensitive types.
Whatever the reason I’m hearing it discussed so much, I’ll just weigh in and say I don’t think that there is one pat answer to that question. My life purpose when I was a teenager is way different than how I perceive it now. But I do think there are themes that run through life, when we take the time to notice them.
My son, for instance, was fascinated by The Weather Channel from the time he was two or three. He is now a forecaster for the National Weather Service. You could say that his fascination with weather is a theme, but I wouldn’t call it a life purpose.
The themes in our lives can definitely lead us to a greater understanding and appreciation of our life purpose. And if we allow ourselves the luxury of focusing on what brings us joy more than the other stuff that doesn’t, it’s less likely that we’ll be worried about what our purpose is. We’ll be more intent on living it because it is revealed in living.
Each of us is born with certain talents and gifts that we can develop however we choose. Those gifts can bring us great personal satisfaction when they’re expressed. They can lead to wonderful works of art, technological developments, greater understanding among different cultures — all kinds of great stuff. When they’re not expressed, we can experience frustration, heartbreak and the gnawing feeling that something’s missing. I call the desire to express those gifts the Song of your Soul. This is life’s way of expressing itself in each of us.
Just as a song is made up of a series of notes, your Soul Song is the theme of all your gifts as they form expression in you at any given moment in time. But using my son the weatherman as an example, you could say that his desire to serve people by letting them know about the weather is one theme. His desire to be a good dad is another. His love of music is still another. The song of his soul would be an expression of his desires in one or all of those areas.
The reason this could be important to you is that when we are in touch with the song of our soul, it’s much more likely that we’ll be expressing our gifts and talents in ways that are fulfilling. When we’re aware of what we want and are expressing what we want with joy and confidence, it’s easier to get in the flow of life. It’s easier to be clear about which opportunities to say yes to and easier to see when we’re making decisions based on fear. The song of your soul is ultimately, a guiding anthem that can inspire you to confidently continue in the direction of your highest aspirations.
The song of your soul is generally heard in whispers from your higher self. These whispers come in many forms: a beautiful sunset, an idea in the shower, a call from a friend. It can come in the form of a song that really speaks to you.
When your soul’s song is externalized as a piece of music, it can be as simple as some of your favorite affirmations with beautiful music behind it or as elaborate as a song written specifically for you. Think of it as a musical vision board that communicates what is most important to you in this moment.
However your soul’s song is communicated, when you listen to it, give it expression and act on its messages, you’ll find it’s easier to live the life of your dreams.
Sandra Winter is singer/songwriter and holistic business coach who uses her transformational songs and business knowledge to help heart-centered solopreneurs grow their businesses. You can find out more at http://healyourpracticenow.com.