The energy of desire can be a beacon to finding what you want out of life and what your purpose is in this particular incarnation. In the yoga tradition, this type of desire is understood to be the deepest expression of the creative power of your will. Your will is a powerful inner quality uniquely yours. Desire is your personal expression of consciousness in divine form. It’s not about the desire of ephemeral things that we really ultimately want. At the very source of your desire lies an impulse that represents the energy of the great life force moving within you.
In the following meditation we’re going to work with our different desires and transmute them into a powerful inner knowing of what we truly long for at the core of our being. We are going to find our purpose.
Begin by finding yourself a comfortable meditation seat and closing your eyes. Feel the inhale and exhale as it moves through your body. Get completely present with your breath. Can you sense that your breath comes from a sacred desire of consciousness wanting to express itself through you? Take a moment to feel into this truth. With each inhalation and exhalation feel into your breath as a desire to express the longing of pure awareness and pure consciousness expressing itself through your unique body and mind. Take a moment to consider the desires that have driven your life since you first came into being. Really feel into the desires that have motivated you in your life. Check in and ask yourself what that feels like. (Learn more in 6 Techniques to Staying Present.)
Now, bring into your mind’s eye a desire that you deeply long for. Is it for creative success? Harmony in a certain relationship? A new home? Feel into the strongest desire occurring in the moment. Can you feel into the ache of it? There is a desire that’s driving you forward, showing you what your purpose really is. Where does it show up within your body? What kind of thoughts and emotions surround this desire? Really get into the felt sense of this particular desire. It’s showing you something about your purpose in life.
Now bring into your consciousness the picture of this desire being totally fulfilled. Visualize your desire manifesting before your eyes. Take a moment to feel the feeling of being in this state of fulfillment. How does your state of being change when you feel into the fulfillment of this desire? Completely allow your body to be full of these sensations.
Now consider for a moment if there is something deeper, beyond that desire. Can you find a desire that rests at the very core of who you are? Once you tap into that let it come forth and experience the felt sense of this deepest desire. Again, immerse yourself in the sensations that arise out of this desire. Visualize this desire being fulfilled. What does this fulfillment feel like in your body and in your mind? Be present with your feelings of this particular satisfaction.
Now we delve deeper still. What is the desire that you discover within you at the moment of fulfillment? What is your deepest longing – the one that lies at the bottom of your heart and soul? What is it that you most deeply want and need? What does it feel like? What are the thoughts surrounding it? Feel into the felt sensation of this desire – the one that you’ve made the goal of your life. This is your purpose. This is what your soul longs for, and it’s at the core of all those other desires. It lies at the very heart of every other desire you’ve ever had. Feel this purpose being totally and perfectly fulfilled. (Learn more in Finding Happiness.)
Imagine this purpose manifested in the material world. See yourself living from this place. Let your entire being feel this purpose. Who are you as you live this purpose? How are you as you live this purpose? Allow yourself to sit with yourself as this person, completely fulfilled in their life’s purpose. This is you. This is who you are. Rest in this place for several more deep inhalations and exhalations.
When you’re ready, open your eyes and simply be with the feeling that remains. Whenever you feel lost. Whenever you feel as if your life is not following the path of your purpose, take the time to practice this meditation. You are just one meditation away from finding your soul’s purpose. It’s always been there. It’s just been waiting to be discovered and fulfilled. (Read more in Is There More to This Life?)