What is your motivation for meditation?
It is funny, I started writing this article on February 5th, 2021 and while doing it I’m reflecting on what my motivation for meditating is and what it was. You see today on Facebook, a 4 year old memory popped up and it was stating what my motivation was for meditation in 2017. I thought it might make for an interesting article and so here we are.
What is MY motivation for mediation today?
Well, things have changed quite a bit since 2017. Today, I’ve moved on to MINDFULNESS (the lifestyle of awareness) to describe what I do. MEDITATION is only a small part of the lifestyle I have created from the seeds I planted and nurtured for the last 8 years. My motivation today is tied to something new I’ve learned about from my Buddhist teachings over the last 3 years. Today I am working towards being a Bodhisattva.
A Bodhisattva? What the hell is that?
I’m sure many of you are asking this right now. Ha!
Well in the buddhist world a Bodhisattva is a person who is on the journey of enlightenment, not for themself, but to help all beings reach enlightenment.
Tricycle Magazine has an article where they describe this a bit better. Their article, What Is a Bodhisattva? gives a quick answer of (It’s an ordinary person who acts like a true adult.)
So basically, I am motivated to master my craft, as well as I can, in order to help as many other beings join me on this journey. You see in Buddhism we are seen as interconnected and you are I, and I am you. If I neglect you and do not help you live your best life, then I am also not living my own best life. I want you and I, and every living being to live their best and most fulfilling life.
My motivation today is to continue to read everything I can get my hands on to learn deeply what it means to be a wonderful person living a wonderful life. This is not about achievement, wealth, and fame, but living with purpose and a very intentional life. My purpose in life is to challenge people to become innovative leaders so that we can change the world together. This purpose has come about (at least in a written down and memorized state) over the last 4 years and I now use it as a filter for much of what I do in life.
In 2017, I started down the path of evolving my business. What I didn’t realize then was I would also pivot my business a bit to live my purpose. I now started a new side business focused on helping others reach their fullest potential in life. Today, I have this site branded Hellagood Life to describe what I want to help people achieve – a hellagood life, and I also have an 8-week training course to do that. The course is called the SELFCARE Mindfulness Course and in January 2021, I started officially training people on mindfulness and helping these students to reach their fullest potential.
There is an old saying I have been pondering for about a decade – how can I change the world? What I found as an answer surprised me, it is… “by changing ME”. Yes in order to change the world I must change myself first and I have been doing that for close to a decade maybe two, but less focused on bringing the world with me in the previous decade.
You know the old saying… BE the change you want to see in the world. I hope I am doing that and helping others do it because that would be a life worth living!
And What was my motivation for meditation in 2017?
Here is what I wrote back then as I did an exercise to reflect on WHY I was doing my daily meditations. I hope you find it interesting and try this exercise yourself.
EXERCISE FOR YOU TO TRY AT HOME:
“Why am I doing meditation?” or
“What is my motivation for my meditation practice?”
…and then see what YOU come up with.
Here is the full post (not just the screenshot). On February 5th, 2017 I wrote…
Motivation for Meditation?
Well, even in 2017 I guess I was seeking to be a Bodhisattva, but didn't have a word for it back then, but now…
Yes, now my motivation is to invite others to join me on this path of awakening, joy, coping better with stress and suffering, and way more sustainable happiness.
You might also like our article: Finding Happiness Through Daily Meditation.
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