Some folks in the non-dual world are skeptical to words such as meaning and purpose. They may say just do inquiry on it, or it’s all made up by the mind, or it doesn’t exist.
To me, that seems a little one-sided.
It is helpful to do inquiry on meaning or purpose. I get to see how my mind creates its own experience of meaning and purpose (Living Inquiries). I get to question stressful thoughts (The Work). The charge and stress tends to go out of it, or is at least softened.
At the same time, I find it equally helpful – and enriching – to have a sense of meaning and purpose in my life in a conventional sense. To have a direction, something I am passionate about, something that has meaning for me and is aligned with my values and interests.
As usual, the two are not mutually exclusive or opposed to each other. They work together.
Examining my ideas of meaning and purpose tends to soften or release the stress in it. And finding meaning and purpose in an ordinary everyday sense gives me a sense of direction life.
- meaning and purpose
- can do inquiry on, UI, see how the mind creates those ideas, lose charge/stress
- and also, can use in conventional sense, create a meaningful life, find a purpose (a direction, something to put energy into)