Your Authentic Life

5 Ways Purposeful Living Improves Your Health and Well-Being

When we want to improve our health, we often start by changing our diet, exercising more, or maybe practicing relaxation to reduce our stress. These approaches are all valuable, but they necessarily fall short because they are only small pieces of a much bigger puzzle.

Ultimately, your well-being is linked to the innate human drive to search for Divine truth. To make the leap into genuine happiness and wellness, you must reflect holistically on your life. Where might you be suffering from disconnection from the Divine? How might you be living out of alignment with the truth? Physical, mental, and emotional health all rest upon the foundation of spiritual well-being.

True health arises when the three primary needs of the soul are fulfilled. The first and most important need is to find and connect to the Divine. Second, the soul needs to discover its authentic ways of being in the world, its own particular spiritual states such as joy, love, gratitude, compassion, and freedom. The soul is then ready to meet its third need: finding its true purpose by expressing its unique gifts and talents. Once the soul’s needs are met, it can freely give its fruits, nurturing the world in return.

How, exactly, does meaningful living improve our well-being? Why does it matter that we know our purpose?

A sense of meaning brings us into balance. 

If we dismiss the spiritual dimension of our lives, we strip everything we witness of its sacredness. We run in circles trying to fix, control, and manipulate our life and the lives of others. This is a fundamentally imbalanced state. Your journey in understanding your true nature enables you to live a more meaningful and balanced life.

If things are not working out for you, that’s a sign that your soul is seeking balance in order to meet its needs. Nurture yourself on each of the three levels. Seek truth and learning in every situation presented to you.

Meaningful living reveals the Divine purpose of our creation. You become stronger from the inside as you know who you really are and what you want to do in this world. You fall into your own vibration that allows you to fulfill the intention of your creation as you express your natural talents. We humans are by nature inquisitive, and we strive endlessly to find answers in order to align ourselves to the truth. As you move deeper into the mystery, issues and problems play a smaller role in your life. It becomes your mission to feed your soul with truth.

Our purpose reconnects us with the world and with other people.

When we dissociate from our true selves, we cannot live to our fullest potential. Disconnection is the root cause of all suffering; it can lead us to harmful attempts at self-soothing, such as overeating or even addiction. Our inner disconnection not only affects our own physical health, it also ripples outward, leading to more pain and suffering for those around us.

We are by nature spiritual beings who long to connect with our world and the other people within it. Everything around us has the potential to inspire questions that will lead us to the truth.

Purposeful living connects us with Divine guidance and protection. When you commit to purposeful living, you give your life and your path over to your Creator. You wholeheartedly say, “Guide me. Take care of me. I am here to acknowledge the truth about you while I do good in the world.” In alignment with the Divine, you move and act the same way the rest of God’s creations do, secure in your awareness of the higher power that guides you.

We find peace when we surrender to the Divine. The journey to find and connect with Source naturally culminates in surrender to the Divine. The moment of surrender is a moment of deep openness of the soul. It is an invitation to trust the Divine while you open your heart to the unknown. The soul sighs as it finally recognizes that Source is available to support it through its journey. Stress is a symptom of disconnection from the Divine, and it can be an obstacle to good health. Embracing surrender requires us to become more discerning of what is within our control and what is not. The next time you feel overwhelmed, give your worries over to the Divine and allow your life to simply unfold. Both physical health and happiness arise when our spiritual needs are fulfilled. Spiritual well-being comes from the journey through which we find, connect with, and surrender to the Divine. As you discover your true purpose, you bring authenticity to the world. You live with fluidity, joy, and an entirely new level of well-being.

Eiman Al Zaabi, author of The Art of Surrender: A Practical Guide to Enlightened Happiness and Well-Being, is a life coach, energy healer, and spiritual teacher who helps clients transform and live authentically.  In addition to her private practice, she offers online coaching and works at New York University, Abu Dhabi campus.  Find her at eimanalzaabi.com.

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This article is a part of the Aug / Sept 2017 issue of Whole Life Times.