Are you in touch with your inner self?  Do you know what your values, needs, and fears are?

Do you live according to the things that are meaningful to you?

We live in a constantly changing world. We are exposed to new ideas and concepts on a regular basis. We are actually information overloaded!  How do you process all this?  How do you know you are making the right choices?  How do you know you are living a life that resonates with whom you really are?

This message is an exploration of the different messages we receive and how we deal with them. As many of you know, I like to see the human being in a holistic manner. Therefore, we will take a look at our different dimensions. We will start with the physical.

What is healthier? What kind of exercise should we do? How often? Should we eat red meat or become vegetarians?   Do we take time to rest?  Do we take time for leisure? Are we satisfied with our lifestyle?

What about the social dimension? What is most important?  Our work?   Our friends?  What about social media? Do we need to have a Facebook page?  A twitter account?  What if you are a professional? Should you have your profile on LinkedIn?    How do we communicate better?  Is it through texting or making a phone call? Are you communicating at a deep level or you have lost that connection?

Now, let’s explore our emotional dimension.  Is it possible to be happy?  Does the same concept of happiness apply to everybody? What about grief? Do we all grieve the same?    What helps? Does grief counseling help? What about self-help books? What about support groups? Do they work? 

Are you carrying pain in your heart that prevents you from becoming the person you want to be?

What about the spiritual dimension?  How does praying help? What about meditation? Does it give us personal fulfillment?   Is there a difference between spirituality and religion?  Can we be spiritual without being religious?   Are we nourishing our spirits on a daily basis?  Are we exercising our souls, as much as our bodies?

We may have all these messages and different perspectives on how to live our lives…and we may be confused. Still, something we need to be clear about is, knowing who we are, and how to live a life with meaning.

So, I ask you….who are you?  What are your values? What is important to you?  What inspires you?  What motivates you?  What displeases you?  Do you live according to your values?

Our fulfillment and joy resides in knowing who we are, and living according to our purpose and values.  Still, if you are slightly confused in this area, I suggest you take a piece of paper and, on the top of the page write Who am I?  Open your heart and open your mind, and write.   Do not be afraid. Connect with your real essence and you will discover that, the answers to live a life with purpose, have always resided within you.

Remember…your life has meaning!

Ligia M. Houben