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[Movie by Laura Berman Fortgang and Mark Fortgang.]

In her book The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It, she relates a story about the Dalai Lama addressing a group of scientists and saying "Curiosity is part of my life, part of my self. Look at this body. Some areas have more hair, some less. Why?"

Fortgang continues, "Instead of answering the question, he stopped at the question.

"It is this feeling of wonder, openness, and curiosity that can give birth to so much as long as we can get comfortable exploring the vastness of the unanswered questions.

"Leading life in a meaningful way requires embracing the empty spaces, the blanks and vastness. Living in the gap, we find ourselves."

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"We accept that meaning-making is work, but it is the loving work of self-creation."

From article Making Meaning, by Eric Maisel, PhD.

Video: Eric Maisel on KRON-TV discussing his book
The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path
Through Depression.

Also read interviews with Eric Maisel.


       By Eric Maisel

    *  Quick Start Guide
    *  Live Deliberatively Guide
    *  Make Meaning Today Guide
    *  Maintain Meaning Forever Guide
    *  Meaning Solution Workbook
    *  16 Meaning Coach Interviews
    *  Two Months of Meaning Encouragement

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Brad Swift:
Be Do Have: An Overview of the
Life On Purpose Perspective

Since Oprah and Eckhart Tolle have begun their web cast series on awakening to your life purpose, some people have asked me to comment on various aspect of Tolle's book and perhaps in some way compare it to the work of the Life On Purpose Process.

Be aware that the video is 30 minutes in length. You may want to pause it a few times and reflect upon what you've watched or go through it all at one time.

I recommend before watching the video you take a moment to download and print out the Be-Do-Have Model.

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Eckhart Tolle on seeking and deeper purpose

The present moment has always been available to spiritual seekers, but as long as you are seeking you are not available to the present moment.

"Seeking" implies that you are looking to the future for some answer, or for some achievement, spiritual or otherwise.

E.TolleEverybody is in the seeking mode, seeking to add something to who they are, whether it be money, relationships, possessions, knowledge, status -- or spiritual attainment.

"Seeking" means you need more time, more future, more of this or that. And there is nothing wrong with it. All that has its place in this world. To make money, to gather knowledge, to learn a new skill, to explore new territory, even to get from A to B -- for all these things you need time.

For almost everything you need time, except for one thing: to embrace the present moment. You need no time to open yourself to the power of now and so awaken to who you are beyond name and form and realize that in the depth of your being, you are already complete, whole, one with the timeless essence of all life. 
For that you not only need no time, but time is the obstacle to that realization, seeking is the obstacle, needing to add something to who you are is the obstacle.

The story of your life, how it all unfolds, whether you succeed or fail in this world... Yes, it matters, yes, it’s important -- relatively, not absolutely.

Only one thing is of absolute importance and this is it. If you miss it, you miss the deeper purpose of your life, which I call the flowering of human consciousness. And ultimately nothing else will satisfy you.

Eckhart Tolle -- from a SoundsTrue interview.

His book: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.

A New Earth audio CD

Oprah and Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth
Online Class Podcast [free]

Articles by Eckhart Tolle
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   Related articles

How to Find Your Purpose in Life, by Suzanne Falter-Barns

The Power of a Clear Intention, by Kinney Dancair

Top 10 Benefits to Knowing and Living Your Life Purpose, Brad Swift

Making Meaning, by Eric Maisel, PhD

> Meaning and Purpose articles

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The Van Gogh Blues

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Life on Purpose:
Six Passages to an Inspired Life
by Brad Swift


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Life on Purpose Institute]

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