Meaning and Purpose

14 June 2010

On reviewing the PNI literature, it becomes apparent that a common source of negative chemistry is a mind set devoid of adequate meaning and purpose, termed hopeless-helpless. The negative chemistry referred to, is that which suppresses immunity and disrupts normal metabolic pathways. A mind set devoid of meaning and purpose in effect reflects an entrapment situation – one finds oneself working or interacting in a stressful environment which provides inadequate gratification, but one which we subjectively perceive as being unchangeable.

There are many reasons for the development of this life situation. One of the more common reasons is the fact that we live our lives in accordance with the expectations of the external environment rather than responding to our own genuine aspirations. This follows on from the fact that only a small minority of individuals make the effort to establish their own personal mission statement and then implement appropriate life changes.

Another important cause for the entrapment situation follows on from the fact that we are driven to live in the future. Everything is about tomorrow. Often the pictures of tomorrow are tainted with fear, usually fear of loss. As a result we live in the fearful pictures of tomorrow and don’t give ourselves a chance to savour the potentially gratifying aspects of the present. It is understandable that we need to plan for tomorrow. However, excessive planning becomes obsessive planning and we end up expending an enormous amount of energy just to neutralize our fear.

The solution of course is to establish a personal mission statement and implement appropriate changes. This takes some courage. Then we need to focus on the present and maximize those gratifying elements. Keep your eye on the future destination but savour the journey. Otherwise you’ll get caught up with obsessing about not arriving at the destination and lose out on the journey as well – doesn’t leave much opportunity for personal gratification!

If you subscribe to the need to enhance quality of life and longevity for the relatively short earthly sojourn, then it makes good sense to spend a little time reviewing your life situation.

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