When Wayne Dyer passed on recently, I was reminded of one of his well-known quotes: “Don’t die with the music still in you.” It’s a profound message. You don’t know when you are going to die—or like Wayne, just not wake up again. Those who have been given a terminal diagnosis can surprise the medical world by living years longer than expected. And at the other end of the spectrum, any of us can be hit by that proverbial bus at any moment. So what should you be doing between this moment and that inevitable one? Expressing your passion, your “music.”
What is it that makes you feel most alive, most vital? It could be mothering—your children, your parents, your pets, your community. It could be any of the arts—music, dance, theater, writing, painting. It could be your intellectual pursuits that fire up your imagination, like turning your fascination with 17th century Scotland into a series of historical novels. Whatever it is, it is yours!
Have you turned away from the things you were animated about in your youth? Did your love of dance, for example, fade when you had to go out and earn a living? If you spent every free minute in college in the art studio, what happened to your inner artist when you entered the “real” world?
If you are one of the lucky ones, your youthful enthusiasms morphed into the driving purpose of your life. Your love of reading became a career in publishing. Your basic instinct to mediate the fights of your siblings and school friends turned you into a counselor. The zeal with which you helped mom make dinner grew into becoming a chef or organic gardener.
But if you’re like many, your life’s journey has not been a straight line. Many of us had to survive various forms of abuse before we could even think about our passions. If you look back at your life, from the vantage point of who you are now, can you follow the dots—seeing what created your life as it is today?
I know that, for me, music was a passion. It touched my soul in a way that I didn’t understand until I discovered the inner music of meditation and the spiritual path of energy healing. I grew up in an abusive household. I ran from the abuse, straight into various addictions. A nasty medical diagnosis turned me away from addictions and into what became not only my passion, but also my life purpose: energy medicine.
Do you know your life purpose? Why you are here on Earth in this particular time and place? With these particular people in your life? Look at your present situation, carefully. Is there someone you know who has the expertise in an area you would just love to develop? Is there some way to incorporate your love of design into the work you do?
Here are a few ways to discover your passion and live your life purpose:
- Slow down and unplug for at least a half hour a day. Go for a walk. Do yoga. Sit and stare out the window. You’ll be able to hear your inner voice more clearly.
- Be your unique self. There is something you have to offer that no one else does. Don’t be embarrassed by being different; let your uniqueness shine!
- Look for recurring themes in your life. What are you repeatedly drawn to? What parts of your life touch you with joy and light instead of discomfort and pain?
- What do you consider fun? What makes you happy?
- If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you be doing? Is there a way to bring whatever that is into your life?
- Don’t let fear stand in your way. What’s the worst that could happen? Why do you care what others may think of you?
- Believe in yourself. You can do it.
- Meditate. Meditate. The more you connect with your Higher Self, the easier it will be to navigate through life with passion and purpose.
Or as Wayne Dyer put it, “Don’t die with the music still in you.”