Do you want to have a presence that’s felt when you walk into a room?
How would it feel to do the right thing spontaneously in any moment that fills others with joy and relief?
Do you want to walk with purpose and direction, knowing exactly where you’re going and what you intend to do?
These are all things that I’ve craved. Perhaps craved is too light of a word. I’ve hungered from the bottom of my soul, and yearned like my heart and head was on fire, for the kind of depth and purpose that shakes the foundations with presence.
Like many I’ve felt these ecstatic hits of deep intention in short bursts at one time or another. But like quick hits of a drug, they fade and I’m left searching for a high that is sustainable — something that can permeate all my cells and seconds of each day.
Through much seeking, sitting, breathing, questioning and contemplating I’ve discovered truths, practices and mantras for getting back to purpose and depth.
What I’ve found is surprising…
In any moment, at any time you can come back to depth and purpose
But, there is a disclaimer (not for the faint of heart):
This is a lifelong practice. There are hours, days, weeks where I struggle and get pulled off course. This is inevitable. The more you practice, the harder it gets for you to be distracted. Proceed with a heavy dose of grit and devotion and you’ll find it easier to reset and get pack on the path.
With that said, that brings us to the first lesson.
1. Practice has an inverse relationship to distraction
The more you practice, the harder it gets for you to become distracted and thrown off.
So… treat your practice with seriousness, and don’t let the small shit drag you down.
2. Every moment is practice
Some quotes you hear and they stick with you forever. When I heard this one I couldn’t shake it off.
“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” —Suzanne Evans
When you see not just sitting on your cushion or working on the mat as practice, everything changes.
Treat everything you do as your art, as if your life is your greatest masterpiece. (Click to share this, thank you.)
3. Anchor your moment-by-moment practice with a morning ritual
I used to think that practicing in every moment was superior and that I didn’t need a morning ritual.
I was wrong.
When I anchor my day with meditation and depth as the first thing I do, my whole day feels more intentional.
4. Ask, “What is my purpose in this moment?”
Your purpose is NOT static. The sooner you can accept this, the easier things will be for you.
Your purpose will change, from moment to moment, depending on where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with. In one moment your purpose might be to play basketball with a kid without a dad, and in the next it may be to write a chapter in your novel.
Your purpose is whatever is most needed and feels best to your heart in that moment.
5. Your purpose has a theme
While your purpose may change from moment to moment, you do have an overarching theme. This will be determined based on your unique gifts, your life experience and the way love moves you.
6. Others can help you locate your theme better than you can
You’re too close to your gifts to see them clearly. And the more disconnected you are from your heart, the harder it is for you to see it.
Therefore, it can be extremely valuable to get feedback from others. They can be a mirror for you to see your greatness and potential.
Think about what people often thank you for and when you’ve felt most alive.
7. Becoming who you are is your deepest purpose
The more you become who you most deeply are at your core, the more you live your purpose.
However, you will be more limited in expressing your purpose if you don’t have your basic needs met. The more you’re loved and taken care of — physically, emotionally, spiritually — the more you’re able to give your gifts with power.
You can give your gifts regardless, but it can be much easier when you’re not weighed down with constant financial and home security.
8. Doing what makes you come alive serves everyone
When you come alive and follow your heart, you inspire others to do the same. When you do what makes you filled with joy, you create joy wherever you go.
The most enlightened thing you can do is what lights you up. (Click to share this, thank you.)
9. Your body can limit or expand your purpose
The way you stand and sit can transmit either peace or depression. Your purpose is lived through your body. The more you embody your purpose and are aware of your posture and movement, the more you can influence others.
The more you breathe deeply, the more you can become inspired with energy to give your purpose.
The healthier you are, the more energy you have to create, share and affect the world.
10. The way your purpose moves you will change with the seasons of your life
For some period of time, you may be called to serve in a certain capacity, perhaps through dancing and creating art. Then that calling may decline and you may be drawn to restoring vintage cars or protecting local wildlife.
Your gifts remain at the core of who you are, but the expression of your gifts may change over time.
Your work is to experiment, test and play until you find the expression that is most resonant with the core of who you are and the season of your life.
11. Paying attention to recurrent desires increases your attunement
Do you desire to feel alive, radiant, divinely feminine or filled with ease? The way you are drawn to feel most deeply and most often is a helpful indicator of where your purpose lies.
The more you align yourself with your desires and how you want to feel, the more attuned you become to your purpose.
You will also more easily be able to detect and shift course when things feel off, before you say yes to a job, gig or partner that won’t serve your highest good.
Your desires will lead you to where you want to go if you have the courage to trust them. (Click to share this, thank you.)
About being comfortable with uncertainty
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is the importance of becoming comfortable with uncertainty.
In fact, I’m living this lesson right now.
In the next week I’m going to share with you the next evolution of my purpose.
I don’t have all the details. I don’t have the perfect elevator pitch or mission statement. I’m slightly terrified that it will fail or that I’ll just confuse the hell out of people.
But, I’m choosing to show up and share anyway, imperfection and all.
So… what exactly is it?
It will be housed at JonathanMead.com, first of all. Because, I’ll always be me.
It will be about the art of developing your body, mind, heart and spirit to uncover and live your purpose. Why? So you can deepen your capacity to impact the world, and live on your own fucking terms.
The truth is that this is what I’ve always been passionate about. I just didn’t have the courage to accept it until now.
I hope that you’ve gotten something out of this article. It’s a taste of what you can expect with my new work.
One last thing: I need your help…
Would you mind leaving a comment and letting me know if any of this resonates with you?
I could really use your support and encouragement with stepping into these new shoes. And if you have any stories or wisdom to share about embodying your purpose, I’d love to hear about it.
PS: I’ll be launching June 2nd, 2014, on the five year anniversary of when I quit my job to follow my heart full time. This couldn’t possibly feel more right.
I’ll also be offering the best deal ever on getting all my courses and products in a big bundle of freedom-accelerating love. You won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned.