How purposefulness (finding purpose in everything) can improve your spiritual journey.
While it might not be as difficult as other obstacles you could face in life, the decision to go on a spiritual journey is not exactly a walk in the park. It requires a lot of introspection, self-awareness, and the ability to admit to one’s shortcomings as well as your strengths.
There can be a lot of missteps on the path to self-improvement. With the speed at which the world moves today, it’s easy to get swept along by the latest advice from pop psychologists. You might travel down a certain path for days, weeks, months, or (God forbid) even years before you realize it’s a dead end.
However, if a person understands the concept of purposefulness, then they can resist the urge to jump on the bandwagon of these questionable “experts.” Not only will this save you a lot of heartache when you realize their teachings were useless, but it will also save you a lot of time.
What is purposefulness?
To understand why purposefulness can assist in your spiritual journey, we must first understand the term.
As the name implies, purposefulness speaks to the intention behind things. What purpose does a particular action serve?
It means “the quality of having a defined purpose.” Furthermore, the online Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the quality of knowing what you intend to do.”
Purposefulness as it relates to your spiritual journey
With that in mind, it should be easy to see the direct path from purposefulness to your spiritual journey.
You have a goal in mind. Today you are weak in Area A. Tomorrow you want to be stronger in Area A.
Identifying your goals is a good start, but it is only the first step. Now you have to figure out how to get there.
How do you do this? Well, it’s not all that different from looking at a difficult terrain and figuring out what vehicle would get you across it.
For example, if you were standing on the shore and saw an island that you would like to explore, you wouldn’t look at the water and think, “I could use a Camaro to get over there!”
The same amount of thought should be put into the method you use before you embark on your spiritual journey.
What would benefit you? A treatment method like cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, Freudian therapy? Would you do better to delve into the writings of Nathaniel Branden, who wrote about the power of self-esteem? Or do you want to look into methods that are more readily available to you, like whatever is addressed on Dr. Phil’s afternoon show?
The only way to know what would benefit you is to investigate each method and determine what purpose they serve. How do they propose to help people on their journey? It shouldn’t take long to learn this, and when you do, you can ask yourself, “Does this thing’s purpose serve to take me in the direction I want to go?”
Spiritual journeys are never short. We have only one life to live; we can’t afford to waste time wandering on paths that either lead us nowhere or (even worse) take us in a direction opposite of the way we want to go.
That is why being able to grasp the purpose of everything is such a necessary skill.