By Kathleen Rose
Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
– Viktor Frankl
The lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment and consciousness not merely because of its inherent beauty, but because the flower itself is fed by what lies beneath in the unknown. Digging into the depths in order to consider that territory which seems inferior and unknown within ourselves as a way to aid what is challenging in our everyday lives. We might be excited or afraid of this unknown territory. So, what compels us to venture there? Perhaps it is a thought we cannot quiet, a frustrating pattern in relationships, the feeling of being stuck or anxious. We need to look into the depths to heal the hidden pain and heal. We are never stuck. Change is always possible. We are always in process. We are always becoming.
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We are all hungry for meaning, for purpose, for the feeling that our life is worth more than the sum of its parts. Spirituality is generally considered to be broader than any religion one might practice, as it takes into account cognitive and philosophic areas of thought as well as aspects of emotions and behavior. Some might describe spirituality as the attempt to understand one’s nature or the meaning of one’s existence, but spirituality is also linked to internal awareness and happiness . Many cultures and belief systems hold that a spirit is the essence of one’s existence. In these cases, spirituality may also describe a person’s connection to others and to themselves. It’s through our spiritual lives that we find meaning.
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We have a need to belong. We might want to belong within our families, or to a group of friends. We might want to understand where we belong in this life- our meaning.
We intuitively know that we want meaning in our lives, and that meaning helps us thrive, but we rarely stop to ask:
“Why do we need meaning? How does meaning affect us? What even IS meaning?” How will that help me feel that I belong to something bigger ?