For many people, it’s not until they are well into their 30’s that they begin to question why they are here. Sure, there are those lucky few who ponder the question in between college parties and failed relationships, but let’s face it, it’s not until you hit your 30-something stride that things tend to start going wrong thereby giving you a glorious opportunity to reflect on its meaning (to you).
Rev. Dr. Lillian Capehart allows us into her world in this latest Californian post in which she discusses how the death of her mother opened the door to ponder her life’s purpose. Using meditation, Capehart at first struggled with her monkey mind. In time, however, her inner voice spoke.
Meditation wasn’t an easy practice for me initially. After the sudden loss of my mother during a time in my life when I was convinced that I had it all, I began to question my purpose in life. I was introduced to the art of meditation; I filled shelves with meditation books, CDs, DVDs. I tried controlling my breath, meditating on numbers, different postures, concentrating on the third eye, clearing the chakras. I listened to mantras, sacred chants and attended silent retreats. My mind wandered all over the place, from a long to-do list of essential tasks to wondering what I would eat today and wear tomorrow.
One day, I simply sat down at the altar I had created and heard a still small inner voice say, “Be still and know that I am God.” Through meditation, I realized that everything and everyone belongs to God.
Read more from Capehart on using meditation to find your purpose here.