Y is for You and Your Purpose

Today, I have another Guest Post for you written by Laurie Buchanan, PhD, HHP, CHT, RMT. Laurie is the owner of HolEssence and a Holistic Health Practitioner, Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioner. Her specific areas of focus are Energy Medicine, Personal Growth and Spiritual Awareness .

I met Laurie almost three years ago when we were both speaking a Women in Management Weekend Retreat. I was immediately engaged and educated by her Blue/Green Brain“.

I have enjoyed Laurie’s newsletters and now I subscribe to her blog. I look forward to her post that are consistently thought-provoking and filled with knowledge, insight, comfort and creativity, including her remarkable photography.

I attribute Laurie’s alphabetical blog posts to her “Systematic Green Brain”. What a cleaver idea. I eagerly awaited a new letter, photos and helpful information.

When “Y” arrive in my email and I read Laurie’s words, I knew I had to share it with my readers. I trust Laurie’s words will resonate with you, as they did for me, especially at the beginning of 2011!

I have used the American Sign Language illustration for the letter “Y” because of Laurie’s and her husband, Len’s interest in ASL (American Sign Language).

Y is for You
“There are times during a session when I ask a client to tell me who they are. I preface this by saying, “I don’t want to know whose mother, wife, or daughter you are, what you do for a living, what group(s) you identify with, where you live, what you collect, or what you drive. When you take away all of those trimmings, who are you?”

This question usually causes a long, thought-filled, inward examination. It’s a question that’s important for each of us to be able to answer for ourselves.

I remember Olivia (not her real name) who thought quietly about this question for the longest time. Eventually, tears slowly began to roll down her cheeks, but she was smiling. When she finally answered she said, “I am enough.” That was the most powerful, profound answer I’d ever received. This is the place that we all need to be—I am enough!

An equally important question is why are you here? Not your geographic location, but your life purpose. Knowing why we’re here provides us with the most concrete and basic thing we can know about ourselves—that there’s an individual reason for each of us being here.

Many people believe that we “find” our purpose. Not me. I believe that we determine our purpose. There’s a big, whompin’ difference.

Who am I? you ask me.
I’m an extension of Source Energy; an expression of Divine Love.

What’s the purpose that I’ve determined? you’d like to know.
I determined that my purpose is to be a mindful agent of heart-based change—body, mind, and spirit.

What about you—Who are you? Why are you here?

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.”
               — Lily Tomlin , American actress, comedian, writer, and producer

Listen with your heart,
Laurie Buchanan

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” – Laurie Buchanan
Y is for You… “Thank you Laurie!”

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