The Multitudinous Meanings of Life
A starting place for many people on a spiritual journey is that classic question: “What is the meaning of life?”
I suggest that a much more fruitful and practical question would be: “What makes my life meaningful?”
While I can see the attraction to a one-size-fits-all, philosophically elegant answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, I can’t see how it’s possible. Each person is unique, with their own world view. Not only does each culture or tribe, going back into antiquity, have its own take on spiritual meaning, but each individual also has their own personal spiritual experience, within the context of their culture or perhaps beyond it.
Breaking it down even further, we each find meaning and purpose in differing ways at different times in our lives. It’s unlikely that your beliefs as a teenager are the same ones that uplift you today. There may be similarities, yes, but depending on your needs right now, your interpretation of truth will vary quite a bit.
So, let’s go with the premise that the meanings of life are as diverse as the life forms that inhabit our world. Self-examination then becomes the order of the day. What beliefs, ideas, experiences, people, things, places, and activities do you find significant? If you feel a lack of purpose, what do you imagine would fill your cup?
The answers are already within you, though they might be hidden from conscious view. Look within. Attune with the energies of the cosmos. Ask your questions. Look for signs from the universe (like the big dragonfly, the first of the season, who just buzzed by me with a hello as I sit in the sun writing these words).
Imagine, ponder, and daydream. The universe is full of meaning. Find your connection to what makes you feel purposeful, and then set out on the path that unfolds from there. Many blessings on your journey!