life as a classroom

Learning from the mirrors of life

We may be able to see the purpose of our lives in the challenges we find ourselves repeatedly facing. What is life trying to teach me? My purpose in life may be to learn a particular lesson, like how to love or act with integrity or claim my own power.

Our lives offer wonderful clues to our inner issues. Basically, when someone or something upsets us, it is because we are not owning that same situation in our own lives. As an example, if someone accuses me of lying, rather than blaming that individual for being nasty or unfair, I can ask, “How am I lying to myself?” If we don’t have issues within ourselves, the actions of others won’t bother us.

Do you see a pattern being repeated? Are you unable to stay in a job or relationship? Do you turn away from new opportunities? Have you suffered from repeated illnesses or injuries? They may shed light on your life’s purpose. Explore your reactions to life.

“Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.” – Wayne Dyer

Here is my favorite poem, which I have kept through many years and referred it again and again despite its simplicity. It always inspires me, what with my monkey mind which is prone to do mistakes again and again and face the same situation again and again!  And as this poem so aptly states, there are no mistakes, only feedback and lessons.  We only need to bow and say ‘Lead kindly Light, one step enough for me’!, to see the light in our situation.

You will receive a body
You may like it or hate it,but
it will be yours for the entire period
of this time around.

 

You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time
informal school called Life.
Each day in this school

 

You will have the opportunity
To learn lessons.
You may like
the lessons or think them irrevalant and stupid.

 

There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation.
The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the proccess
as the experiment that ultimately “works”.

 

A lesson is repeated – until learned.
A lesson will be presented to you
in various forms until you have learned it.
When you have learnt it, you can then
Go on to the next lesson.

 

Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that
does not contain its lessons.
If you are alive, there are lessons to be learnt.

 

Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate
something about another person
Unless it reflects something
You love or hate about yourself.

 

What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you.
The choice is yours.

 

Your answers lie inside you.
The answers to Life’s questions
Lie inside you.
All you need to do is
Look, listen and trust.

 

– Contributed by Dr. Harsh Mahajan.
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