Purpose Of Life: Living A Meaningful Life

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Here I tried to gather top eight views of the ancient and modern thinkers about the purpose of life. I explored the purpose of life from different point of views.  What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?  There is short term purpose as well as long term purpose of life. Our purpose does not at all have to be something great or something BIG. My career and vocation is directly tied to my purpose, though the way we make our living does not necessarily have to have anything to do with why you are here.  The value of our impact on others and on the world has nothing to do with its scale.

Aristotle argues that everything has a purpose or goal, and that the purpose is always to attain some good. In Book Ethics, he considers perhaps the most vexing question that humanity confronts: What is the purpose of life? Finding and clarifying the life purpose and core life intentions can help us to move with greater focus and clarity every day of your life.  Aristotle argued that as we mature, we act less aimlessly and more purposefully. We try to develop a plan for living that unites all our various purposes. Without a plan for living, we do not know what we are trying to do or why.

aristotle31“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle

DL1“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

Amit Ray“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,” – Amit Ray

ALE“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein

rkennedy“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy

ER1“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Gandhi“The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Plato and Aristotle in The School of Athens fresco, by Raphael. Plato is pointing heavenwards to the sky, and Aristotle is gesturing to the world. Plato and Aristotle in The School of Athens fresco, by Raphael. Plato is pointing heavenwards to the sky, and Aristotle is gesturing to the world.

In Platonism, the meaning of life is in attaining the highest form of knowledge, which is the Idea of the Good, from which all good and just things derive utility and value. 

Give yourself time to explore the purpose of life and notice what touches and inspires you most deeply. Write down any answers or thoughts that come to you as you ponder these questions.

Top Ten Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something,it makes me incapable of doing it. When I believe I can,I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. ” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Top Ten Quotes That Lifted Me Up When I am Depressed

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” C. S. Lewis

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“At the core of your heart, you are perfect and pure. No one and nothing can alter that.” – Amit Ray

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou

“Most people think great god will come from the skies, take away everything, and make everybody feel high. But if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth.” – Bob Marley

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Gautama Buddha

How to Relax Quickly in this Beautiful World

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”  ― Amit Ray

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There are many ways in which you can relax, if I was to write a list of all the possible ways I would never finish it! Relaxation can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mental and physical wellbeing, helping you to cope with the challenges of everyday life. Relaxation is such a broad term, for instance, sitting at home listening music,  watching television or playing video games could be relaxing for you.

Relax Breathing

Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, keep the pace slow and regular. Slowly tense then relax all the muscles in your body, starting at your toes and working up to your head. Afterwards just take some time to be still and focus on how your body feels.

Stretching Exercises

Take a 5-minute break and focus on stretching exercises. Research has indicated that stretching  improves relaxation. It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep.

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 “I think best in a hot bath, with my head tilted back and my feet up high.” ~  Elizabeth Jane Howard

Mother quotes

Each of us choose the tone for telling his or her own story. I came into this world with lot of nice and beautiful memories of happiness. Particularly, my mother is a real mystery in this mysterious world. The early morning of my life was wonderful. There were lot of sensations and floating on the cloud. I know, many things of my mother left unspoken.  The best thing she has given to me is freedom – freedom to live my life. I understand her pain and her caring.

I want to think that I have a task in life. I have a solid mission – mission of getting freedom. I want to fill the pages of my life with colors. You are my angel and only in your presence I reach the divine ecstasy.

My mother

My mother

 

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving

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God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~ Rudyard Kipling

 

 

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Lonely people – looking for others to satisfy them

Sometimes the raw memories of the past gives me pain. The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. I can’t share it with others. I always feel that the memories to be shared and erased but unfortunately I could not find any ways to come out of that.  Now, it is difficult for me to catch and forgive the person who hurt me. The toughest part is that  I have tried to let go over and over again but unfortunately it comes back again and again. I feel I am left alone. Many people tried to support me. They don’t always know what to say or how to fix it, but their presence is also sometimes disturbing.  I have learned that these devastating events hold the most important lessons in life.

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ~ Haruki Murakami

A single candle can defy the darkness

I know my greatness lie in my character and goodness. I want to awake up the basic goodness in me.  I can awake my goodness only by doing good work, not  by speculating.  Only I can defy the darkness of the mass.

“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”  ~ Anne Frank

Basic goodness in life

Basic goodness in life