Purpose in Life

I’m at a juncture in my life, re-evaluating my career direction. At a deeper level, I am really re-examining the question what is my fundamental purpose in life?

The instinctive rote answer, the one I long ago arrived at, is that my life is about “being the most loving person I can be.”

But what does this mean, concretely? And how is it that I have been living a life so disconnected from my purpose as I defined it long ago? “Being the most loving person I can be” was little more than an afterthought over the past several months, during which I was mostly caught up in my work, and stressed.

My meditation practice became less and less consistent, more and more perfunctory, optional and expendable, when I should have been prioritizing and protecting it. This, despite my fondness of the following quote:

“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” – Saint Francis de Sales (or Zen proverb?? the internet can’t decide)

In searching for clarity about my purpose in life, I know that my meditation practice is key. I can’t arrive at the answers purely intellectually. It’s tough to explain why meditation is key…I’d like to be able to explain this more articulately at some point, but for now, I’ll just say that meditation connects me with myself and with my truth. I know that I need to firmly re-establish and prioritize my daily practice and that the answers and the wisdom will come. I’ve made some bold decisions and am giving myself the space to do this. Have a great day!

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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