It may be that we need time in a serene and relaxed setting to contemplate the meaning in our lives. Or maybe not. Actually my interest in meaning in life began early in my life and has simply grown and deepened with time. That doesn’t mean that I have all the answers by any means. Perhaps it has simply given me more questions to ask.
Just last week someone asked my to tell him about meaning in life. I only had a few minutes and so summed it up quickly by suggesting he enjoy every moment and spend time with people he enjoys spending time with. Perhaps over simplified and perhaps not. Give it some thought.
That brief conversation did prompt me to pull my dusty thesis off the top shelf in my office. I have started to read it again with intrigue, joy and gladness to see that I have not lost what I learned in that process. My dissertation was a qualitative research approach where I designed a workshop and facilitative process that was aimed at helping well people enrich the meaning in their lives. In other words they were not in the darkness of meaninglessness, but rather perhaps at a turning point and wanting to make some changes related to what was meaningful. I guided them in their own process and them watched the changes they made, listening to their descriptions of it over six months.
It is a big book, this thesis of mine. I am not halfway through it yet. Expect to read more of what I learned over the next few weeks. The workshop I led was a two-day workshop much like the retreats I lead now. I still use some of the exercises that I described in the thesis and will revisit them for the fall retreat, likely incorporating more into the process. This excites me.
At the same time I am reading The Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman. I just know that these two pieces of writing are going to merge in my mind and help me create an even deeper retreat experience for fall and again next May. Maybe you will consider joining me. It will be held in that beautiful space you see on the right. If it interests you, read more about it here.
Till next time