Stop what you’re doing – tune out the distractions and just listen. Listen to the silence. No matter what is happening; there’s always silence. Focus your mind, allow, and listen.
Listening is an art for which I have an ear. It may have taken some time to find that ear, but I did. I mean, I did go through a period where I waited to respond. Doesn’t everyone? And occasionally, I still catch myself.
No matter what is going on, I usually have a solution for any situation, and it doesn’t take long for me to see the steps. Am I always, right? No, but I do have options for solutions.
I learned to be an intent listener through my freelance writing jobs. At one of them, which I had for 17 years, I did stories on people. Being in Lake County, Florida, a lot of times it was older people. I learned some cool things from my elders during 30 to 45-minute interviews.
Backstory: I was the freelance resident who picked up stories on centenarians. I always enjoyed hearing their stories. The oldest I recall writing about was 106. It was great to hear about the ways of the older days – dirt roads, outhouses, one room classrooms – and the evolution of time. I loved to hear responses as to why they thought they were still around. The fun ones were a piece of chocolate a day, a bit of sherry nightly, bacon and a cigarette daily. But more times than not they’d say their purpose wasn’t completed yet. That truly made sense to me.
What is your life purpose? I feel I have many – to help others is top of the list. I’ve done just that through freelance writing – listening to life stories, writing them and ultimately sharing them with the community they reside in. I believe I assisted them and myself in the process.
Spend one day a month volunteering at an assisted living facility. Strike up conversations with older people. Your little bit of caring goes a long way.
I continue to assist others as a psychic medium, healer and teacher. I share with others through my blogs and books.
Another thought on my life's purpose is to work through my own situations to heal myself and others around me. Perhaps, we are all here to assist one another to heal. We must help ourselves first, though, so that we can help others.
Stop and listen to your inner voice. Take a walk-in nature – the park, the beach, the springs. Allow thoughts to flow. You may find your life purpose or expand upon it.
The more you listen; the more you learn.
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Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.