Three Pillars of Spirituality Part 3: A Meaningful Purpose in Life

Three Pillars of Spirituality Part 3: A Meaningful Purpose in Life

Perhaps the two most important questions you can ever ask yourself are: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”. These two questions, ubiquitous in every culture, are the catalysts for profound thought. The question, “Why am I here?” speaks to the heart of finding a meaningful purpose in life, and while it may appear that the answer changes over time, there is an underlying purpose to everything we do as well. As a teenager, it may seem like the purpose in life is to have fun. Later on, it may be to raise a family or care for family members. While all of these are valid reasons for living, philosophers speak of greater meaning in life such as learning to love. Viktor Frankl, in his classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, speaks of a purposeful meaning as being the most important aspect on the spiritual journey. It was Frankl’s observation from his time spent in a Nazi concentration camp that people who had found meaning in their lives found a reason to live through the horrors of the Holocaust, whereas those who had lost meaning succumbed to death.It was Frankl’s opinion that suffering arises when meaning seems to evaporate, yet we can always find a new meaning in life (8). In the words of Carl Jung, “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”(9) From The Art of Peace and Relaxation Workbook by Brian Luke Seaward
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