The older I get, the clearer happiness has become.
1. Discover your life’s purpose.
2. Organize your life around fulfilling that purpose.
My purpose: help others discover their happiness by improving their physical and mental well-being.
Luckily, my career choices enable me to fulfill my purpose while simultaneously satisfying various aspects of my personality:
Creative. Creating blog posts and dance routines.
Intellectual. Reading, writing, teaching.
Spiritual. The study of Buddhist philosophy.
Physical. Exercise, dancing, and the study of movement dysfunction and pain.
1. Postural Restoration: Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual.
Postural Restoration is a form of somatic healing that teaches people to restore their ability to move correctly.
Much of our physical pains that are not caused by accidents, disease, and arthritis can be attributed to the inability to move correctly, and that the reason we can’t move correctly is due to the asymmetric design of our body and brain.
Interestingly, many of the tenets of PRI can also be found in Buddhist philosophy, such as the emphasis on human behavioral patterns, the way the human mind works, and awareness of our emotions, feelings and physical body.
2. Teaching a great group salsa class: Creative, Physical, Spiritual.
There is a lot of preparation that goes on in teaching a great salsa class. Among other things, you have to create a sense of community and exciting learning atmosphere, keep the energy level up, and teach moves that can be done by dancers who operate at different levels.
I think of it as a performance event. I have to be on my game at all times or you risk losing the crowd.
All of this preparation and teaching requires a personal creativity, flexibility, and the ability to adapt to conditions as you find them.
The movement part of dance is obvious, but the less obvious is the spiritual aspect. Dance and music is a core aspect of the human experience. It’s found in every human culture in one form or another.
3. Reading: Intellectual, spiritual
I love to learn just for the sake of learning. I find the world endlessly fascinating. At one point I considered this aspect of my personality a curse because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. Ultimately I was able to find a way to combine most of them.
People who don’t have many interests tend to be bored with life.
Ultimately they look for happiness externally since there is no other place to turn.
Food, drink, romance, social media, tv, and video games are some usual suspects.
They never really transcend what is troubling them as they get stuck in a vicious cycle of temporary excitement followed by boredom. Temporary excitement/boredom/temporary excitement/boredom. Life becomes very unsatisfying.
Can you fulfill the intellectual, spiritual, creative, and physical aspects of your personality while operating from an internal foundation of positive values?
If you can, a more lasting happiness awaits.