In an effort to be in the moment, present, HERE, I have been practicing slowing down. Out of respect and remembrance of the typewriter and the QWERTY keystroke organization, I wrote this using the American Typewriter font in MS Word. Unfortunately, it did not convert over to the web page.
Now onto the lessons from the week. My Headspace guided meditation has been around happiness, empathy, joy and kindness. First thing every morning I sit quietly, listen to Andy from Headspace and exercise my mind. I get up every morning and go through a routine but lately it has been difficult to answer the simple question of "why". I learned the term, Akigai, from listening to the book, How To Be Here by Rob Bell. Akigai is a Japanese word for “Why do you get up every day?” What is your purpose in life? Basically, your "why".
By exercising my mind using meditation and practicing mindfulness, I have been able to answer that question. I now know why I get up every day. I now know what I bring to the world. I now know my why. I now feel an internal drive that is so much more powerful than just feeling responsibility. I feel a purpose for this life.
What is YOUR Akigai? Don’t worry if you don’t have an answer or if you feel a profound sadness when you think about it. The beginning is Right Now. The very next thought, step, word, action….that is the beginning. And then the next, well, that is the new beginning. Every moment has the potential to move in the direction of your choosing.
Choice…. Here we go, opening that can of worms. If you do nothing your path will be chosen for you. If you do not have a purpose, a why, a focus, an Akigai….you become a tool, a step a resource for those who do know what they want.
Figure it out, ask for help and get focused. The more you focus on your desires, the less you are a tool for others.
Know your why and live your life on your terms.