Happy Thursday, and welcome back to my little blog. Today, I want to share a technique with you that can help you center yourself, focus on what’s important in your life, love yourself, and live your purpose.
I should say that this technique actually comes from my mom (thanks, mom!), and I am just the messenger. But it’s just too good not to share!
If you don’t know by now, I LOVE lists. (See my post about gratitude journals or any number of my posts that are organized in list form). Lists help me keep my life *somewhat* together. If you haven’t gotten into making lists habitually, I would recommend it…although it can be highly addictive. Hehe. Anyway, this series of lists I’m about to share with you is one of my favorites. If I’m ever feeling lost, confused, or like I’m not really sure what I’m meant to do with my life, I break out my pen and paper and start writing. It always helps me feel more on track, and it’s such a simple practice for when I need to do a little bit of soul searching. The lists:
1. Who am I?
It seems like a simple question, but maybe you haven’t thought about it as much as you should. When you begin making this list, you might start with relationship words such as “a sister,” “a friend,” or “a father.” Then you might move into hobby-related words such as “a writer,” “a car enthusiast,” or “a runner.” From there, keep digging. Go deeper and deeper, and don’t be afraid to write whatever comes to your mind. Look into your soul. Who are you in your soul? Write it down.
2. What do I want?
Sometimes, life gets chaotic. Our thoughts move all over the place, frantically. When life is hectic, it can be easy to focus on what we are afraid might happen or what we don’t want to happen. But by the law of attraction, it is far more productive to turn our attention to what we do want in our lives. That’s what this list is for. Feel free to ask for whatever you want—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, or otherwise… and remember that you are worthy of everything good. You are deserving of all the wonderful things you put on this list.
3. What are my unique gifts and talents?
If you have been struggling with issues of self-love, or if you have been told by others that you’re not good enough, this list might be difficult at first. But dig deep! Take a moment to truly appreciate yourself as you are, and make a list of the things that make you unique. (This is not the time to be humble.) Maybe your gift is that you are really nice to people. Write it down! Maybe you are an amazing piano player. Write it down! Maybe you make a mean lasagna. Write it down. Anything you can think of, write it down. By focusing on what we are good at, we can get a better idea of how we can not only contribute to the world around us, but love ourselves, too.
I highly suggest trying out this list series once in a while. It will center you, focus your attention, inspire self-love, and help you move toward a path on which you will be happily living your purpose.
Do you have any soul-searching techniques you love? Tell me about them in the comments!