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The Pursuit of Passion

Text by: April Ruffner

Passion comes from the Ancient Greek word paskho meaning to suffer. By finding your passion, you are being molded and shaped into a better version of who you were meant to become. We all make mistakes during this process, and these mistakes may make us question whether or not it is right to pursue a particular passion. "Suffering" through our mishaps makes us stronger, which is the foundation of any passion. We may be required to suffer in order to achieve bliss. Deepak Chopra wrote in The Book of Secrets, "Passion releases all the energy you possess. At that point, you put yourself on the line, for if you throw everything you have into a pursuit, your defects and weaknesses are also exposed. Passion brings up everything." This is why many people do not pursue their passions — because they are seeing their weaknesses. They then interpret their pursuit of passion as a failure.

Mountain climber Greg Mortenson tells an amazing story in his book Three Cups of Tea. It was his longtime passion was to climb K2 mountain range in Pakistan, but due to weather conditions and altitude changes, he never made it. He stumbled upon a village in the mountain range Karakoram, however, and what he witnessed there changed his life. The children did not have a formal teacher or a school, so he promised them he would one day return to build them a school. Not only was he able to keep this promise, he eventually built 55 schools in the Taliban region. What I have learned from this story is that his failed attempt to climb K2 led him to find his true passion and purpose. Greg Mortenson's apparent failure to make K2 became his greatest success. It led him to an unexpected passion with a deep purpose.

I believe that purpose and passion are interconnected and both lead to inspiration. When we are inspired, we are in touch with our higher self or spirit self. What keeps us from an inspired path is fear and doubt. Wayne Dyer states in his book, The Power of Intention, "When you feel inspired, what appeared to be risky becomes a path you are compelled to follow. The risks are gone, because you're following your bliss, which is the truth within you. This is really love working in harmony with your intention." You know that you are living your passion and following your purpose when the truth within you outweighs the risks and fears. When you follow your passion, your spirit self knows it and recognizes this truth. I have often wondered why some people such as surfers would ride a wave that could kill them. It is all because they are pursuing their passion and the love of what they are doing outweighs the risks.

The pursuit of passion is being true to the human spirit within. It gives a deep sense of satisfaction. When finding your passion, there may be times when you question if it is the right road for you. Your inner guidance system will let you know. Listen to the stillness within. The intuitive part of you will know if it is right to pursue a particular passion. Remember that failure does not mean that what you chose as your passion is not right for you. It may be something that is opening up another door like it did for Greg Mortenson, or there may be refining that needs to take place to get to the pure essence of what you are meant to accomplish.

Follow your bliss and it will lead you to your pursuit of passion…