What is Passion?
When Passion Can Begin
As a child, I was inspired to read and write. Children’s passions are often reinforced by the adults in their world, and at school and home, I received accolades for my writing. This encouraged me to write even more. Sometimes it’s a good idea to look back upon our childhoods, and think about those areas where we received praise and encouragement, and determine if that’s where our happiness may lie.
When I sit down to write, there are higher forces that speak to me, and sometimes while writing, I enter a trance — I transcend universes where the deepest of creative forces are at play.
When I studied psychology in graduate school, I learned that those who are deeply passionate about something have an urgent need to make a change in the world or to serve humanity. They are possessed by their passion. Mine was teaching others through writing.
Passion as Bliss?
Doing what we were meant to do with our lives, can lead to a sense of bliss, which may be about ridding ourselves of habits, situations, and relationships that no longer serve us, and replacing them with those that do. Finding our calling is about bringing into our lives all those things that bring out our potential and help us live life to the fullest.
Once we open our eyes and are aware of what brings us joy, the universe will send opportunities our way. As my own experience shows, following one’s bliss usually involves connecting to one’s life theme. It is also a key component in achieving a sense of well-being.
Bernie Siegel, in his book Love, Medicine, and Miracles (1986), said that if people manage their anger and despair and are happy in general, they typically do not get sick. He said, “One’s attitude toward oneself is the single most important factor in healing and staying well. Those who are at peace with themselves and their immediate surroundings have far fewer serious illnesses than those who are not” (p. 76).
Here are some ways to discover our passion and
what makes our heart sing:
- Think about what our natural talents are, or what we love to do.
- Surround ourselves with like-minded individuals or those ideas or passions resonate with us.
- Be mindful about what annoys us and what makes us happy.
- Think about an activity where we lose track of time. Chances are it’s connected with a passion.
- Maintain a clear and open emotional state by engaging in self-care, through meditation, exercise, spending time in nature, and setting intentions.
- Think about favorite movies and the common thread that runs through each. This might be connect to life passion.
- Ask close friends to describe or tell us, “What would be our one thing?”
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Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com