Finding Meaning: Create a Meaning-Full Life

Finding MeaningNote: this is the cover post for the February 21, 2016 Twitter chat #SpiritChat which would normally appear on Kumud Ajmani’s blog. Please see the chat details in the last paragraph.

Plato wrote, “Man – a being in search of meaning.” Our search lends itself to crafting stories about our lives. Unfortunately we also may distort reality either creating a meaning out of nothing or misinterpreting what we perceive. While following our internally created storylines we might also miss opportunities to invite meaning-full relationships, activities, and community into our lives. Kowtowing to “shoulds” may detour us away from what we crave at a soul level.

The words we use and the way we talk to ourselves influences our experience of meaning. One of my favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride, contains a funny scene where one character exclaims, “Inconceivable!” to which another replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think that means what you think that means.” How can we leverage words and language to communicate authentically and from the heart?

We often read meaning into our own and other people’s actions. Our filters and conditioning come into play here. Even well-intentioned parents may leave their children feeling not good enough or believing making mistakes equals failure. Sometimes what feels true needs updating.

Meaning-full relates to what you find personally resonant. Cultivating and prioritizing these meaningful-to-you activities can help you create a meaning-full life. Thornton Wilder wrote, “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” How can we fill our lives with meaningful, love-enriched practices, activities, and people?

I invite you to join us Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 9 A.M. Eastern Time as I guest host the Twitter chat #SpiritChat exploring various aspects of meaning and how to create a meaning-full life. For those new to Twitter chats, I recommend attending #SpiritChat via this link: SpiritChat

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