Your Mission: Do YOUR Thing!

BridgetFall2013Your Mission: Do YOUR Thing!
by Starcat

What do you think about most often throughout your day? Work? Family? School? Housework? Relationships? If you’re like most people, your focus may often return to problems, worries, or pining for a better life. We’ve trained ourselves, as a society, to look most closely at what’s not working in our lives – just watch the news or glance at a magazine and you’ll see for yourself. The trouble with this approach is that it just brings more of the same. And who wants that?

All of that problem-solving and complaining leaves only dribs and drabs of time and energy to pursue your passions. This month, BlackLion and I will share many pathways that will help shed light on your own deep intentions. We’ll explore adding more of your true passions to your daily life.

You no longer need to cater to others’ expectations, blame your past for your current situation, or drive back into your habitual “ruts.” Instead, inject more fun and purpose into your everyday experience. How?

Start by figuring out what your thing is – or your things are. Most of us have multiple callings that we can integrate into a whole and happy existence. You might know your callings by heart, and maybe you’re even following some of them now. Great! Remember to check in with yourself from time to time. Passions change as we grow and evolve.

Begin your brainstorming session today! Make it fun. Sit down in your comfy chair with your favorite beverage. Get out the colorful markers and a sketch pad, or set up a special document on your laptop to capture your findings. Start a big list of things you absolutely love to do.

My own list includes writing and reading, as well as swimming, making pages in my art journal, drumming, helping people find and live their life’s purpose, dancing, learning about myself and my spirituality, watching and reading science fiction, laughing with friends and family, traveling to new places, doing yoga, and trying new vegetarian recipes. They don’t have to be things you’re good at. Practice will improve your skills. Start with things you love, that make you smile and maybe even jump up and down!

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you create your list:

What are my most cherished, long-held dreams and goals?

What was my favorite young childhood activity?

If money were no obstacle, how would I best enjoy my day?

What dreams have I set aside because I felt they were unrealistic?

This is the time for pure blue-sky brainstorming! If you really want to travel to outer space or become the queen of the world, write it down. There are many ways to satisfy your deep desires, and they will unfold as you pay attention to them. When you review your list, cross off any that you feel “should” be there only because you’re good at them or they serve others. This is your list, your place to focus on joy and expansion. “Should” is not an inspiring feeling. Let joy be your motivation.

Add to your list over the next several days, as you uncover more scrumptious goodies buried within you. Over the course of the month, check back in with us here at Feline Dreamers. As you surge forth on your joy-gathering mission, explore the many offerings we have to aid your quest. Integrate your favorite passions into your current lifestyle. You can do it!

Share one of your passions in the comments below!

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