What Are You Passionate About?

What are you passionate about? Is this a question you ask yourself or is it one of those reflective ones that you never have the time and quiet to focus on? Do you have difficulty defining what passion means to you? Is it hard to imagine things, beliefs or ideas that stir your soul and take your feelings to a deeper level?

Begin by taking a brief respite from your daily responsibilities and drudgery. Sit (or lie down) in a quiet, comfortable or favorite place. Put on music that inspires you or if outside, let the sounds of the natural world fill your consciousness. Then close your eyes and ask yourself to SEE what is beautiful and sacred to you- what you value most dearly and would be incomplete without. If you fully open yourself up to this process, many images could come flowing into your thoughts. No doubt they will revolve around your family, creative and spiritual lives.

If you are beginning to feel stirred by these thoughts it is because you are getting in touch with your true nature. This may be something you have difficulty doing as you live in the roles you have chosen or that appear to have been chosen for you. While in these roles you may feel confined and unable to see the joy that is possible for you. Until you can learn to step outside these spiritual confines and transform the thoughts and behaviors that accompany them you risk feeling trapped in a life that never reaches the level of fulfillment and contentment that knowing your true nature would allow you to achieve.

Try imagining your perfect life. What key elements would need to be present? Most likely they would be central to having a healthy intimate relationship, work that satisfies you, a home that offers rest and comfort, interests that excite and challenge you and help you to connect in meaningful ways with others and an inner life that gives you joy and guides you through the rough times that lay ahead. In each of these areas of your being lie your passions. Get in touch with them, nurture them, and grow them into realities as you move through your life. They will give you insight, courage and the right map to follow as you decide which road is best for you and with whom you want to travel it.

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Toni Coleman, LCSW
Phone: 703-847-1768


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