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April 04 2013

True Purpose

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

I feel like I am just existing. Why does it seem that everyone knows exactly what they are put here on earth to do. I haven't a clue. I ponder. I can't even name my talents. I'm 38 year old mother of a teen aged daughter whom I love so much. I know it's my purpose to be a mom. However, I also feel that deep down that I am supposed to do more. What can I do to find out my true purpose? Any direction would be appreciated.

Response:

While it is true that some people know at an early age that they want to be a dentist or dancer, and they follow that path for their entire life, there is more to finding your true purpose than having a clear and consistent job title. Knowing your dharma is a process of deep self-exploration, and even when you gain a sense of security that you are on your own authentic path, the self-exploration process only deepens.

So let that journey of discovery of your true self be your life purpose for now. As you continue you will learn what your real strengths, talents and gifts are. You will find what activities bring you joy and what help that you provide to others does the most good. As those parts of your self are revealed to you, you will know that kind of activity is your life purpose. It doesn’t have to have a tidy label to it, it only needs to be a feeling inside that you have found your unique style of living in the world where you are thriving and making the world around you a better place. You will find your purpose, not by eagerly awaiting a revelation, but by living that question in your daily life with openness, humility, and full awareness.

Love,
Deepak

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  • I was where you are 10 years ago AND I was married to a man who was living his dream, that made my self deprecation even worse! But I can tell you that when you search too hard or try to label one aspect of yourself for a myopic "purpose", that supposed purpose will always elude you. Also, I find that we use limiting human concepts and terms to define " purpose ". I personally always thought that an outward visible career path or grandiose event that I orchestrated could/ would define my purpose. But after a number of painful experiences along with day to day human interactions, I realized that purpose is sometimes a more "quiet" revelation. I started to pay closer attention to the common everyday interactions and started to view every single action with purpose...a smile to a stranger, a kind compliment to the cash register girl, an extra dollar in a tip. We are all connected and even seemingly minute efforts could set on action major shifts that we never even see the outcome of. You are here, by the grace of our Cosmic Creator, and that in itself is purpose. I hope you can recognize that the love you teach your daughter and which is quietly visible to those around you will reach farther then you could ever imagine and that is a beautiful purpose in itself. If you hope for additional avenues of purpose, examine each of your simplest of interactions and see how each makes you feel. I found out that by being a good listener and an honest intentioned communicator that one of my souls main purposes is to give courage and clarity when people seem to need it most, and this purpose shows itself in every facet of life (not just work or family or friends...with strangers too!). Take heart, your purpose is clear, you just need to quiet your mind and listen with your heart :) Best wishes on your journey!

    LW // 2013-04-04 19:00:45 // //
  • Excerpt... As we’re growing up, society is constantly asking us, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Meaning of course, “what do you want to Do when you grow up,” but embedding the idea, “what do you want to Be.” As if we need to ‘Be Something’ to validate our existence. But my dad always asks: “Can you live, create, work, play – without being something?” Well after being an artist, a designer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a rock-star, here is the beautifully simple answer… http://AwakeFree.com/Being-Living/ .

    Avatar // 2013-04-05 03:39:29 // //

 

 

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  • In my case is not only a matter of purpose. It`s getting to the point at 46 of not knowing what you like, what you would like to do with your life, what you are good at. I`m a white canvass and I know that because of my past, I simply lived pleasing others and followed what they liked. Assertiveness, as a concept and word, was totally unknown to me. Now, in what I thought was a very sad period, I realised that at my age, alone, with almost no family besides a sister, with no family of my own and a simple 8-4 job, I have the time to find me. this is going to be my purpose. I am writing a blog about it so that I can use it as a journal about the journey. and everyday is a discovery!

    luvi // 2013-04-10 17:03:27 // //
  • me gusta

    Elva Via C // 2013-04-08 14:41:28 // //
  • Such a beautiful response to a big question. What I would ask this person is "What do you secretly know about yourself?" A brainstorming session over that question could be incredibly revealing. When we do that we might find that we have many characteristics that society may not put much value on. If so, then we can be certain we are on a great spiritual path! And we can know that our spiritual path serves others because of the universal principle of oneness.

    The Global Healing through Prayer and Consciousness Project // 2013-04-08 11:20:19 // //
  • True Purpose of Life : In my view becoming some thing as per our ambition is not the final goal. That is life style what you want to adopt. But life is different. It is the energy which is transforming from one form to other. Sri Vethathiri maharshi says that, the absolute space (called as dark matter)due to self compression started whirling into tiny particles which inturn in due course associated into various forms by having a change in quantity and speed. Intially the inanimate further leading animate into single sense like trees, ameebas etc. The same tree seeds formed into small creatures having two senses, further leading into three, four and five senses animal. The sixth sense is the final stage where human being started into exist. Once the sixth sense developed it has the capacity to think and realise what and who am I. By getting the answer it is being the same of intial stage that pure space, with the detachments it will merge and becomes unique into that silent matter there by completing the circuit and again ready for recycle. Thus its just cycle where it started and ending into the same. Being the Pure space, becoming into existence and after knowing the realised state it goes back rather merges into pure space that is absolute space which we call it god.

    S V Trinadha Rao // 2013-04-08 05:41:44 // //
  • Thank you so much for answering individual questions from your FB followers. Even though they aren't my questions, I learn something new and uplifting in every one you answer. Thank you so much Deepak! :)

    Lisa Marie Mitchell // 2013-04-08 01:56:47 // //
  • hello from buenos aires argentina deepak!!!!!!!

    Graciela Kries // 2013-04-07 20:07:02 // //
  • Um yes! Thank you for this! I'm living a breathing this truth now!

    Mistee Hansen // 2013-04-06 22:53:07 // //
  • Love this Carrie Stanhope thanks

    Walter Ferguson // 2013-04-06 20:01:09 // //
  • (y)

    Mariana Casillas Zuluaga // 2013-04-06 19:36:39 // //
  • What a great answer to such a tough question. As human beings we often take a question, analyze to death and then attach a very complicated answer to it. The simple truth is that most of the answers to our questions are really very simple. Follow your passion even if it`s simple small acts of kindness, a walk that reconnects you with you, or lending a helping hand to someone in need. It`s doesn`t have to be about a job or a career. The happiness you reap from that reconnection will bring you the joy you/we`re all looking for. We`re here to love; each other, as well as ourselves. Listen to your body. It will tell you if you`re on the right track. Some wise person once said, "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." Be kind. Smile, even when life is tough. Know you are never really alone. I can promise you, someone else is going through something similar. Take time to reconnect with the things that surround you. Joy and the inner peace that calms the soul will come to you.

    dawmse // 2013-04-06 18:24:34 // //
  • When ever I think what my purpose is in life, I think about just being here right now. What am i doing right now and do it. I try to have all my actions have purpose and meaning, my actions today will affect tomorrow, and so what i do right NOW is my purpose.

    brittany // 2013-04-06 16:04:59 // //
  • great words n very true indeed...

    Payel Das Bhattacharyya // 2013-04-06 09:32:10 // //
  • Deepak is a help to so many in the global community!!!

    Karin Weidemann // 2013-04-06 08:40:05 // //
  • Love u Deepak! U are a gift to the world:)

    Juney Vasquez Navarro // 2013-04-06 02:24:47 // //
  • Awesome response

    Lisa Weinstein Goldberg // 2013-04-05 23:14:22 // //
  • Nice pic. I like him

    Elizabeth Moniz // 2013-04-05 21:05:24 // //
  • Thanks for sharing I need to remind myself of this almost daily.....Faith can sometimes be difficult in a superficial world

    Teri Bedell // 2013-04-05 20:44:39 // //
  • He said nothing greamscape

    Joe Anguiano // 2013-04-05 20:15:23 // //
  • Very good _ Deepak .. as some would say _ 'That's quite Christian of you.' for as you know but fewer and fewer know or even care about here in the USA .. the Man or man Jesus was only a SON OF A CARPENTER AND A TEENAGE MOTHER WHO DID WE IMAGINE BECOME A LOWLY HOUSEWIFE ... WHO HIMSELF NEVER AMOUNTED TO MUCH MORE THAN AN ITINERANT PREACHER AND LOSER WHO ENDED HUNG UP ON A WOODEN CROSS BETWEEN TWO COMMON THIEVES .. YET MANY EVEN TO TODAY 2,000 YEARS AFTERWARDS STILL THINK HE WAS SMART AND ENLIGHTENED AND SERVED A GOOD AND GODLY PURPOSE. so _ thank you for your wise answer _ big doesn't always mean better .. in life or in thought or in one's spiritual life. francis a. novello UD franknkissy

    Frank Novello // 2013-04-05 19:52:03 // //
  • Profound and positive advice as always! Thank You! <3

    Dreamscape: The Art of Positive Living // 2013-04-05 18:08:16 // //
  • I love deppak

    Gynos Ruiz Lopez // 2013-04-05 17:55:42 // //
  • I love him!

    Lynn Deen // 2013-04-05 16:07:53 // //
  • Deepak for me you are the third JESUS!and your books the Bible of our days!thank you!

    Ileana Dina Herman // 2013-04-05 15:51:49 // //
  • sharing...thank you~ <3

    Carolyn Wind // 2013-04-05 15:34:16 // //
  • <3

    Carolyn Wind // 2013-04-05 15:32:47 // //
  • just what I needed to hear today!. Thank you very much.x

    Lili Gordian // 2013-04-05 14:24:55 // //
  • Wonderful :)

    Denise Parker // 2013-04-05 13:55:54 // //
  • Wonderful to hear! I have been struggling with that same question!!

    Fay Daniel // 2013-04-05 13:30:27 // //
  • Life is good-thank you for your response, Deepak

    Jane Davis // 2013-04-05 13:17:08 // //
  • i feel as thou i am stuck in a time warp .and not moving.

    Ramanan Narendra Hardeo // 2013-04-05 13:07:57 // //
  • You are such a wise person. Love you. :)

    Linda Schnapp Bick // 2013-04-05 12:31:29 // //
  • Im almost there it's been a journey and one that constantly unfolding, twisting and turning.

    Moon Child // 2013-04-05 11:44:57 // //
  • How about, to put it succinctly, the purpose of life is to procreate, worship the divine and live happy lives according to His laws!?

    Samy Chouia // 2013-04-05 11:39:17 // //
  • Wow. Well said. I will focus on joy.

    Cynthia Andersen // 2013-04-05 10:14:39 // //
  • Great...love it! I know exactly the feeling its inside of me trying to step out of my comfort zone. To get over my fears and explore what will fulfill my purpose.

    Michelle Dvall Mohan // 2013-04-05 10:12:53 // //
  • I have read almost all of your books. I am 72yrs, and after having a slight stroke I find that I do not take any thing for granted any more. Every morning that I awaken and get thought each day is a blessing. Because we are not promise the next second. So I enjoy the blessing of that next second So please keep writing I will keep reading. Thank you.

    Dianne Davis // 2013-04-05 10:06:06 // //
  • I wish we could convey this to the young...

    Vicente Aragon // 2013-04-05 10:06:01 // //
  • I was meant to be my OWN person. born to a teenage Mother who never developed a sense of individuality and only saw her children as competition made learning to accept that my gifts are mostly for my OWN sense of joy hard to accept,yet can be shared with those who have similar interests.had I been "switched at birth" , I would still have the same gifts . So, wether my OWN Mother or family can appreciate what I have has to be the least of my worries because this is exactly what causes alot of people to miss out on what they have to expereince. I'm reminded this every time I meet an unfullfilled bitter old woman.We must live our lives and do the things that make us happy each and everyday . The simple things are what matter to us most once we are no longer able to do them. the jealousy that comes from others can be a real obstacle . Once you know it will always be there , just walk around it, step over it, and leave it behind unless they are able to keep up.

    Deanna Stevens // 2013-04-05 09:19:13 // //
  • Thank you Deepak, for long time I read books like yours, and all the time I share the magic, thinking and feeling very good. Today I just discover it is not a hobby or a funy time with other. May be my porpose in Life....

    Fabian Di Vanni // 2013-04-05 09:16:05 // //
  • Enroll in an on-line class no matter what catches your eye. Once I began to be exposed to different schools of thought I was surprised as to what I was able to retain and express.

    Arron Honne // 2013-04-05 09:05:09 // //
  • I was a teenage mother and have so much empathy with this unknown mom trying to find her way. Your words of encouragement and acceptance that it's okay to not know and allow the present to unfold reminds me once again that all is well...always and forever all is well right where I am. :)

    Anita Adams // 2013-04-05 08:51:45 // //
  • Thank you!

    Kathryn Becker // 2013-04-05 08:49:19 // //
  • love

    Chinonye Nsofor // 2013-04-05 08:44:00 // //
  • <3

    Andrea Bacon // 2013-04-05 08:32:15 // //
  • Beautiful and so helpful. Love your willingness to be a light for those of us still in the trenches!

    Ada Rose // 2013-04-05 08:27:19 // //
  • Loving you!

    Debbie Pierro // 2013-04-05 08:01:13 // //
  • Wow!!! I needed this!!!!!

    Melissa Mateo-Castro // 2013-04-05 08:00:15 // //
  • Wow you really have so much wisdom!! Thank u for always sharing it....

    Pretty Faces // 2013-04-05 07:52:46 // //
  • Truth talk, thank you

    Debra Diana // 2013-04-05 07:43:04 // //
  • Enjoy the journey, seek positive support from people in your life, and give of yourself to others

    Rich Montgomery // 2013-04-05 07:31:41 // //
  • Deepak - you always have the most wonderful, clear, concise responses!

    Patricia Keene // 2013-04-05 07:28:05 // //
  • Love to you Deepak...Amen!

    Lori Rae Silvers // 2013-04-05 07:08:37 // //
  • I needed that too! Love you, Deepak!!

    Lora Lee // 2013-04-05 07:04:43 // //
  • Love it

    Rajeev Bhalla // 2013-04-05 06:51:59 // //
  • Thank you, Deepak! You're response to that question is just what I needed! Namaste

    Madeline Correia // 2013-04-05 06:06:07 // //
  • Thanx sir

    Deepak Sohnia // 2013-04-05 04:15:04 // //
  • GRACE OF DIVINE INTELLIGENCE OPENS A DOOR TO DIVINE TREASURES THAT LIE DEEP WITHIN OUR OWN BEING! This door opens up only when we truly trust our master within through the process of communicating with divine form most dear to our heart( any divine master from any religion)...Because we live in a world of forms, our divine master is our connection with the Supreme Source of Divine Intelligence-God. I know and I am aware that when we are centered in the circle of sacred love,being consciously connected the Divine Intelligence-God through the divine form most dear to our heart, we can even become invisible in a any challenging situation. To open this invisible door it requires PRACTICE to dive within. Those who just swim at the surface of the ocean won't find any treasures! We must dive within.At least once a day,we chant the Divine name most dear to our heart 108 times while visualizing the divine form we love so much, with the hands in blessing towards us, followed by Divine Connective Resonance Meditation( which is not just a relaxing meditation). Lay down on a coach, on the floor or wherever you feel very comfortable, turn off your phone, close your eyes and listen. This is all the effort the Divine Intelligence requires from us. When we practice every day, Grace of Divine Intelligence will bless us in ways human mind cannot even imagine.Without this every day practice, we will continue to run like a chicken without head in the never ending circle of pain an suffering. I will post below 2 links with 2 Divine Connective Resonance Meditations I put together while I was crossing the valley of darkness. You can alternate these two meditations meaning listen one day to one and the other day to the other one. These meditation are a divine gift and I promised to share with the world as a gift meaning no charge. You can share with anyone that crosses path with you but make sure NOT TO BE SOLD! Do not try to make any form business as material gain and fame speaking. Divine Love heals but also burns when humans use the divine energy for personal gain and fame. Lots of health, patience,tolerance, joy and infinite love to you all, Simona Rusu Here are the links: Link 1. NAMASMARANA DIVINE CONNECTIVE MEDITATION...by listening to this meditation you will be blessed to know all you need to know in order to free yourself from the heavy chains of pain and suffering of any kind. http://youtu.be/11pcXl_xsqY Link 2. SURRENDER TO LOVE DIVINE CONNECTIVE MEDITATION The first 6 minute you will listen to sacred music for inner peace followed by guided meditation. http://youtu.be/hM1v32Ixunw

    Simona Rusu // 2013-04-05 03:51:26 // //
  • Thank you for the encouragement on my journey, I needed this this morning. Thank you.

    Arno Holopainen // 2013-04-05 03:42:06 // //
  • The response is quite nice. It will definetly help me.

    Ayush Bharadwaj // 2013-04-05 03:41:47 // //
  • Excerpt... As we’re growing up, society is constantly asking us, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Meaning of course, “what do you want to Do when you grow up,” but embedding the idea, “what do you want to Be.” As if we need to ‘Be Something’ to validate our existence. But my dad always asks: “Can you live, create, work, play – without being something?” Well after being an artist, a designer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a rock-star, here is the beautifully simple answer… http://AwakeFree.com/Being-Living/ .

    Avatar // 2013-04-05 03:39:29 // //
  • Lucky is the person whose vocation is their occupation! I do believe that Joseph Campbell's spiritual truism "Follow your Bliss" is something that we all can use as a guidepost in our journey. @Bernadette - thank you fellow vet for your service! Wishing you joy and success on your new path! :-)

    Jeff Hampton // 2013-04-05 03:27:34 // //
  • Awe......

    Nirav Sanchaniya // 2013-04-05 03:25:32 // //
  • Thank you Deepak , I'am sharing it ...

    Carlos Monllor Cola // 2013-04-05 03:24:27 // //
  • thanks deepakji. i was having the same question. thanks for wonderful guidance.i

    Yesha Trivedi // 2013-04-05 03:19:55 // //
  • when you see inside you cant live in a magic world

    Marisa Viviana Abelenda // 2013-04-05 03:15:57 // //
  • "the journey is the destination" Dan Eldon

    Birgitte Søvsø // 2013-04-05 03:07:32 // //
  • I share the same feeling, thank u!

    Paroshnie Naicker // 2013-04-05 03:06:46 // //
  • My purpose is the journey.... Awesome.

    Maureen Geraghty // 2013-04-05 03:05:37 // //
  • Wonderful!

    Maureen O'Hanlon // 2013-04-05 02:44:12 // //
  • Be honest whit yourself... Think what kind of things you liked when you was a child... That's helping me right now

    Yosef Carlos Calleja // 2013-04-05 02:32:36 // //
  • _/\_

    Pol Van den Abeele // 2013-04-05 02:30:21 // //
  • My question is the same at 46!!! I know what my passions are and what I want my purpose to be; travel and animal care, but putting it into reality is the challenging part! Thank you Deepak, I shall trust in the flow xxx

    Jeannine Rouillon Van As // 2013-04-05 02:28:53 // //
  • You are not alone. I joined the military right after high school never having any other job. I have no clue what to do in two years once I retire from the military. I don't even know what the civilian workforce is like. I 100% agree with Mr Chopra but the job I would like to do doesn't pay the bills. Good luck on your journey!

    Bernadette Jelks // 2013-04-05 02:25:02 // //
  • Thank you. Needed that!

    Brandon Borgelt // 2013-04-05 02:21:11 // //
  • Only by fleeing your confort zone do you start a journey of self discovery.

    Michael John Rowley // 2013-04-05 02:09:02 // //
  • Amen'

    Malia Young-Brohn // 2013-04-05 02:05:37 // //
  • LINDO !!

    Nina Marin // 2013-04-05 02:04:14 // //
  • What a beautful answer to a simple question. Brilliant !

    Les Warren-Smith // 2013-04-05 02:04:09 // //
  • Great remark from proficient adviser creates successful leap. - Alpha

    Larracas Alpha // 2013-04-05 01:57:28 // //
  • Thank you Deepak !

    Lélek Fény // 2013-04-05 01:51:26 // //
  • The one way I found is also to look at what kind of books, magazines, movies, music and the type of conversation I have with friends/family that bring me comfort and insight. You may find a common denominator. I found they all seemed to be health and spirituality.

    Sandy Reider Gellatly // 2013-04-05 01:49:24 // //
  • Namaste

    Anita Wamuyu // 2013-04-05 01:48:06 // //
  • Thanks..

    Gunpreet Khullar // 2013-04-05 01:43:17 // //
  • When individual identity is merged in SupremeConsciousness of DivineGod Head personality surroundings us by regularly eliminating the doer sense of self and practicing every work ,every thought as the execution of divine spiritual programs coming and originating from Universal Absolute Server, and thereafter one's self(operating system) connected to Universal Server(Father),true and hidden talents in one's self(Operating system) flashes and find application in one's social life.Self exploration ,however deep and meticulous be can not create spiritual programs that direct our life to divine reality,and in turn divine flourishing of talents hidden in our subconscious mind.You have to surrender before or after self exploration to Him..

    Ashish Chaurasia // 2013-04-05 01:34:06 // //
  • All my life from a young child people believe i can help them.In hard times my parents unempolyed i went out as a child and looked what i can do to bring food home and i always did. To this day i feel 4 people and they always at my door

    Althea Amelia Haigh // 2013-04-05 01:32:47 // //
  • One does not need ask more questions after this. Find your purpose; Live that purpose :)

    Krishnamurthy Ravela // 2013-04-05 01:31:08 // //
  • Thank you Deepak. A wonderful explanation and reassuring too.

    Kate Arnold // 2013-04-05 01:28:38 // //
  • Your passion =Purpose (Dharma)

    Beautifulmind Soulbodyspirit // 2013-04-05 01:24:25 // //
  • Thank u Deepak, I've known u for a very long time

    Kim Alexander // 2013-04-05 01:23:11 // //
  • Be happy for what is and what to come is for some the hardest to be

    Lotte Aagaard // 2013-04-05 01:02:11 // //
  • Deepak, you rock!

    Elizabeth Barraclough // 2013-04-05 01:01:21 // //
  • Think for yourself, be a person and have a life, find something that gives you meaning and live ! Do not rely on self help books and philosophies !

    James Bono // 2013-04-05 00:56:12 // //
  • <3<3<3 I am so grateful for your sharing!

    Lanni Zephier Smith // 2013-04-05 00:53:07 // //
  • I've known my purpose since I was 5 and most everything in life prepared me to carry it out ~ teaching. Unfortunately that dream as a class room teacher was cut short by an illness but I find that I teach and learn everyday as a life coach and <3 it!

    Rita Lott // 2013-04-05 00:52:19 // //
  • Mil bendiciones Deepak Chopra .................http://www.facebook.com/pages/Escribiendo-de-la-vida/360490887389319?ref=ts&fref=ts

    Ximena Menares Flores // 2013-04-05 00:45:35 // //
  • Thank you Deepak Chopra.

    Jenny Mansbach // 2013-04-05 00:42:16 // //
  • I want to know why is it so complicated? Why would finding purpose be so complicated? Why is everything so simple in your youth and the older you get the more complicated everything becomes.

    Melinda Ladner // 2013-04-05 00:35:16 // //
  • Do the artists way by julia cameron. I think that will really help you as it helped me when I was in the same place

    Mansi Poddar // 2013-04-05 00:25:33 // //
  • Going though the same thing!!!!! Wondering.......who am I? What is my purpose? You are not alone as you can tell many of us ponder the same question!!!

    Amy Joyce // 2013-04-05 00:23:19 // //
  • Psalm 37:4

    Colleen M. Loxterkamp // 2013-04-05 00:22:08 // //
  • That was awesome and I'm a 37 yr old mother with the same feeling. Thanks, Deepak.

    Amelia Petersen // 2013-04-05 00:19:09 // //
  • thank you dear Deepak <3

    Wancharat Thongupakarn // 2013-04-05 00:18:13 // //
  • Thanks I needed that!

    Andi Metz Morton // 2013-04-05 00:18:10 // //
  • Go get what you seek God will gide you.

    Kevin Parker // 2013-04-05 00:17:53 // //
  • I had the same question! Thank you for your insightful answer! :)

    Shannon Keya Neubarth // 2013-04-05 00:15:56 // //
  • Great question, perfect answer. Thank you both :-) Namaste!

    Alexia Lopez // 2013-04-05 00:14:05 // //
  • Just that you're asking the question says to me you're already on the path of discovery

    John Little // 2013-04-05 00:09:14 // //
  • Well said...it is somehow comforting to know I am not alone feeling like that... Thanks Deepak for this enlightenment!

    Christine Gervais // 2013-04-05 00:08:42 // //
  • I am older and still don't know!

    Roya Rokni // 2013-04-05 00:08:05 // //
  • Awesome

    Jacqueline Pagan-Ocasio // 2013-04-05 00:05:34 // //
  • Beautiful question. Beautiful response.

    Mama Needs A Refill // 2013-04-05 00:02:06 // //
  • Nice to hear this question and answer. I'm an author working to make a start and help other authors. It feels good.

    Dan Chiaki O'Brien // 2013-04-05 00:01:43 // //
  • A lot us don't know till we are older.

    Melissa Hart // 2013-04-05 00:00:00 // //
  • <3

    Kristina Thorson // 2013-04-04 23:59:30 // //
  • I know it's not like this for everyone as we all have our own paths towards purpose, but it took the death of my Mom and the birth of my son for my dharma to emerge. I walked around like a zombie for 10 years questioning why I was here (also believe knowing now that I am a Starseed missing home). I firmly believe in Soul Contracts now. 4 years ago I would have not! We all align in our own time...or in some instances have to be hit over the head a few times if we ignore what could be right in front of us :)

    Laura Davis-Monteiro // 2013-04-04 23:57:19 // //
  • Perfectly expressed, your answer illuminates and inspires at the same time. Thank you! :)

    Sheila Lafleur // 2013-04-04 23:55:50 // //
  • Lady, what your doing to yourself is pointless. I know exactly what you mean, but your wasting time wondering. Just keep going, it will all make sense in the future..

    Rebecca Mae Evans // 2013-04-04 23:55:11 // //
  • Thank you Deepak...i needed to hear this. Living in the questions & embracing uncertainty w/ much patience & trusting i am exactly where i am supposed to be.

    Rachel Salamanca // 2013-04-04 23:53:58 // //
  • thankyou deepak

    Mark Stone // 2013-04-04 23:51:48 // //
  • Maslow theory says that if we struggle with meeting our basic needs we can't be concerned with higher level of understanding.Child raising may postpone that process for mothers. Julia Child didn't begin her career/passion until she was 50 yrs old...past child bearing yrs.

    Phoebe Cannon // 2013-04-04 23:50:54 // //
  • Your awesome Dr Chopra Totally awesome Thanks for the personal advice Has been a very interesting journey to say the least Is gonna make a great book when I'm done Just sayin..... :)

    Anna Lee Hoover // 2013-04-04 23:48:11 // //
  • <3

    Lee Ferreira // 2013-04-04 23:47:01 // //
  • perfect timing. thank you

    Punch Skin // 2013-04-04 23:45:55 // //
  • Thank you for this ...I AM experiencing this presently and enJOYing the journey. soul searching is Amazing, always!

    Thelma Harvey Mitchell // 2013-04-04 23:43:17 // //
  • Sometimes self discovery takes awhile including taking 'detours' as the journey unfolds...I am trying to enjoy every simple moment

    La'Donna Hola // 2013-04-04 23:42:03 // //
  • Me too Cynthia

    Cordova Sandra // 2013-04-04 23:40:44 // //
  • Love this!!!

    Stephanie Martin Goss // 2013-04-04 23:40:44 // //
  • Thank you for these mindful words to aspire to.

    Debby Speight // 2013-04-04 23:40:22 // //
  • I've just completed the 21 day meditation I am around the same age and it put me in a new direction

    Lynne Schilling // 2013-04-04 23:36:31 // //
  • Thank you Deepak for posting that, I am aware of that but I so needed to hear it right now.

    Marcio Pereira // 2013-04-04 23:36:11 // //
  • Simplicity..... To finding happiness within and share it to the world .... Hope it becomes contagious!!!

    Catherine McGinnis- Fiorello // 2013-04-04 23:35:18 // //
  • I needed this! Thank you!!!

    Dawn Tappy // 2013-04-04 23:33:15 // //
  • Extremely helpful response! I've been struggling with the concept of dharma & felt overwhelmed by it. Your explanation was extremely helpful & I now realize I've already discovered my dharma :0).

    Danielle Moser Brooks // 2013-04-04 23:29:06 // //
  • It is true that the path to self-discovery deepens. It's actually quite difficult to examine one's self. I only hope I make headway before my life is up.

    Christopher Wilhelm // 2013-04-04 23:28:27 // //
  • I love this response

    Kelly Allardyce // 2013-04-04 23:28:00 // //
  • Beautifully expressed.

    Tom Lewis // 2013-04-04 23:26:32 // //
  • At the current moment this really hit home, and I love the response. I have always felt that when my time came, I would know, and If that time never comes, then I have had one hell of a journey trying discover that answer...Never regret...Just learn...

    Garold R Callicoat // 2013-04-04 23:24:19 // //
  • Perfect!

    Judith Estrada // 2013-04-04 23:24:01 // //
  • This is great!!!

    Carolyn Kujolic-Reitz // 2013-04-04 23:21:19 // //
  • I've tried to live my life this way for a long time now.

    Tom Casalinuova // 2013-04-04 23:20:45 // //
  • A great response and always a much needed reminder when we *lose* ourselves...

    Kim Orlesky // 2013-04-04 23:19:20 // //
  • beautifully said

    Diana Pehlić // 2013-04-04 23:18:17 // //
  • Our being here is such a blessing. Your words confirmed again in me that it is wonderful to be just where and as I am.

    Pat Thorpe Justice // 2013-04-04 23:17:47 // //
  • could not have said it anybetter. Awesome response.

    Lumen Castaneda // 2013-04-04 23:17:40 // //
  • Excellent

    Mark Peter // 2013-04-04 23:17:06 // //
  • we all wonder at times

    Janet Murphy // 2013-04-04 23:16:59 // //
  • So true!

    Lizette Bracamontes // 2013-04-04 23:16:59 // //
  • I sure needed this, that has been my question also.

    Barbara Woods Gilmore // 2013-04-04 23:16:51 // //
  • what a great read.

    Tiffani Albrecht // 2013-04-04 23:16:32 // //
  • THIS. Thank you, so well said. I've been pondering my dharma this week as well and this is very validating. Namaste.

    Julia Swancy // 2013-04-04 23:16:27 // //
  • This will help my son who's asking himself where is happiness and why I can't accomplish anything

    Cecilia GT // 2013-04-04 23:16:12 // //
  • I need to find my path. Thanks so much Mr. Deepak Chopra.

    Marcelita Díaz // 2013-04-04 23:16:04 // //
  • Thank you! I now feel at peace with my journey... <3 <3

    Susan M Benoit // 2013-04-04 23:15:32 // //
  • Thank-you very much for these wise words. I needed them.

    Jeremy Miller // 2013-04-04 23:15:23 // //
  • Deepak, good luck on that one. I'm over 60 and still wondering the same thing...

    Cynthia Griffin // 2013-04-04 23:15:05 // //
  • Thank you so much

    Dave Delgado // 2013-04-04 23:14:08 // //
  • Oh yeah

    Itsallgud Sanchez // 2013-04-04 23:13:56 // //
  • <3

    Lorena Rios Sierra // 2013-04-04 23:13:52 // //
  • i love it Thanks

    Mária Tóth // 2013-04-04 23:13:43 // //
  • Deepak rocks!

    Thalia Mercado // 2013-04-04 23:12:27 // //
  • I always love to read the words of Deepak

    Linnda Wilson // 2013-04-04 23:10:55 // //
  • Excellent!

    Heather Keeping // 2013-04-04 23:10:44 // //
  • wonderful! thank you for posting this! we will reshare on Meaningful Life Design (MLD) <3 blessings

    C Shannon Watson // 2013-04-04 23:10:00 // //
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wisdom Deepak!!! Sharing this on Living from the Inside Out...thank YOU! ♥ :-)

    Living from the Inside Out // 2013-04-04 23:09:41 // //
  • Love that!

    Kim Edmunds // 2013-04-04 23:08:44 // //
  • I agree wholeheartedly!

    Dave A. Oelke // 2013-04-04 23:08:40 // //
  • Deepak ... You Rock!

    Dallas Washburn // 2013-04-04 23:07:39 // //
  • <3 <3

    Jennie Lee Steele // 2013-04-04 23:05:57 // //
  • Maybe her soul purpose is a care taker and some people do get to be content with just being mom then when mom is over they find themselves taking care of others in some other way.... nursing, daycare, fostercare.

    Carra McClain // 2013-04-04 23:05:55 // //
  • Andrew Poindexter ;)

    Ashley Poindexter-Tarmy // 2013-04-04 23:05:51 // //
  • Great thoughts! I appreciate you Deepak.

    Vanessa Marie Kuri // 2013-04-04 23:05:17 // //
  • Thank you Deepak!

    Summer Rose // 2013-04-04 23:05:04 // //
  • Well said the joy is in the journey!

    Geraldine Laudino // 2013-04-04 23:05:03 // //
  • sharing

    Sally Bodmer // 2013-04-04 23:04:58 // //
  • great response

    June O'Reilly // 2013-04-04 23:03:58 // //
  • I was where you are 10 years ago AND I was married to a man who was living his dream, that made my self deprecation even worse! But I can tell you that when you search too hard or try to label one aspect of yourself for a myopic "purpose", that supposed purpose will always elude you. Also, I find that we use limiting human concepts and terms to define " purpose ". I personally always thought that an outward visible career path or grandiose event that I orchestrated could/ would define my purpose. But after a number of painful experiences along with day to day human interactions, I realized that purpose is sometimes a more "quiet" revelation. I started to pay closer attention to the common everyday interactions and started to view every single action with purpose...a smile to a stranger, a kind compliment to the cash register girl, an extra dollar in a tip. We are all connected and even seemingly minute efforts could set on action major shifts that we never even see the outcome of. You are here, by the grace of our Cosmic Creator, and that in itself is purpose. I hope you can recognize that the love you teach your daughter and which is quietly visible to those around you will reach farther then you could ever imagine and that is a beautiful purpose in itself. If you hope for additional avenues of purpose, examine each of your simplest of interactions and see how each makes you feel. I found out that by being a good listener and an honest intentioned communicator that one of my souls main purposes is to give courage and clarity when people seem to need it most, and this purpose shows itself in every facet of life (not just work or family or friends...with strangers too!). Take heart, your purpose is clear, you just need to quiet your mind and listen with your heart :) Best wishes on your journey!

    LW // 2013-04-04 19:00:45 // //