I don’t think there’s just one answer, but from my position as a movement teacher and getting to work with people and observe their troubles and triumphs, the way someone moves has a lot to do with whether they have clarity around their purpose.
For some people finding their purpose is a pretty clear path. Other people struggle finding the one thing they were born to do.
I have always loved working with animals and for a long time I thought that might be my purpose. Then I discovered that working directly with animals wasn’t actually what I wanted to do. I knew from a young age that I did not want to sit at a desk. I wanted to work with people and I wanted to work in health. So I followed that and my path became clear. As a yoga teacher, I get to combine my love for animals with my interest in helping people move better. Firstly because yoga teaches the principle of living without harming other beings, secondly because when people move better, they feel better about themselves. And then they often are more open-minded and more open-hearted to extend the compassion to other beings.
If you need more clarity about your purpose, ask questions like:
- What lights you up?
- What are you doing when you lose track of time because you’re so fully absorbed in the activity?
- Who do you want to be in your life in a big way?
- What is it that you love to do?
- When do you feel your best and your most clear?
- What puts you in that that flow where you can work really hard but it doesn't feel like arduous work?