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23 of the Best Practical Resources to Discover your Purpose in Life

Ever since I started this blog, one question I’m often asked is how to figure out your purpose in life. You know, why we’re here, what the point is and how one can go about solving this mystery once and for all.

If you know anything about me and my ways of thinking, you know that for me, the purpose is to find your own true path. Find what brings your life purpose. There is no general, universal one size fits all purpose, instead, we each need to do the work to figure what makes our soul sing and brings us alive.


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This journey isn’t black or white, it’s not as though you either have your purpose in life figured out or not. It’s all about the journey. And I’m hoping that these resources will help you embark on your own journey.

Although some of these recommendations do have affiliate links (links that give me a commission if you buy – at no extra cost to you), I wouldn’t recommend anything that I don’t personally love or know can bring value.

This list includes all types of different resources: websites, apps, blogs, courses, books, etc. Some of them are to help you connect within, some are to help you strengthen your bond with others, and some are about specific areas in life. But as a whole, they’ll provide guidance to help you find your own life’s path. It’s from there that you’ll find your life’s purpose.

Withou further ado, here’s the handy list of resources. And to help you find what you need easier, it’s broken up into the following sections:

  • Yoga resources
  • Meditation resources
  • Mindfulness resources
  • Retreats
  • Books
  • Blogs, websites and podcasts

Yoga resources

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For me, yoga has been the gateway to getting into the wild world of finding my life’s purpose. This path started out innocently enough with casual gym yoga and has brought me to where I am today. It’s a great tool to become better at listening to your body and connecting within. 

Here are 2 YouTube channels that provide tons of free yoga classes.

Meditation resources

If you’ve been tuning in for a while, you’ll know that for me meditation is the #1 tool I go to for all things well-being. It keeps me grounded, connected with myself, connected with the world and helps me take each step consciously. That way, I have a clearer idea of how to stay on my true path. And when I stumble off track, meditation is also the tool I use to get back on my journey towards my truth.

I’m a sucker for anything and everything cheap or free, which is why I’ve provided links to some free online resources I know about. But sometimes, paying a small fee is just what I need to force myself to commit. And if that’s what you’re feeling about meditation, I’ve also provided a link to a paid course that could do just that. Plus, as a bonus, the course is super practical and easy to follow for anyone who’s starting out with meditation.

Free resources

Paid resources

  • Master you Mind – An in-depth 5-week course specifically designed for beginners. The guy’s pretty legit and provides tons of handy tools to help you build your own practice.
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Mindfulness resources

Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. Although that can sometimes mean sitting down to meditate, it can also just mean being conscious and present with what is in this very moment. It teaches us to stop obsessing about the past and freaking out about the future and instead, accepting what is happening in the now.

Mindfulness is often taught as an 8-week course. If you’re gonna look for a course near you, search for Mindfulness Based Stress Redution course (or MBSR).

Here are to free online mindfulness courses. I must confess that I haven’t done these specific courses, but I have done an 8-week MBSR course. So I can definitely vouch for the value of the information that is provided.

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Retreats

Retreats are an amazing way to disconnect from your fast-paced life and reconnect within, connect with other like-minded folks and an ideal contexts in which to rediscover the beauty of nature. Some of my biggest realizations or steps forward on this path to finding my purpose have been during retreats or courses.

  • Ecodharma – I’ve written about this place and the amazing, life-changing course I did there a few times (check out this article). Basically, from this eco-community, found in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, you can take courses related to things like sustainability, Buddhism, activism, personal development and permaculture.
  • Yoga retreats – A few years ago, it was from this site that I found the yoga school where I did my yoga teacher training. The site is ample and has tons of different types of yoga retreats in places all around the world.
  • Meditation retreats – Or use the same site to find a meditation retreat near your home or in a far off paradise island.

Books

Books to help you find your purpose in life
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As much as I love to write, my love of words truly stems from my love of reading. I could write a list of hundreds of books that have shaped me, but I doubt if such a mega list would benefit anyone. So I’ll keep this book list to the bare minimum. Here, you’ll only find books that rocked my core being, in the best possible way.

Note: If you click on any of the links, you’ll notice that I collaborate with Better World Books instead of some of the big names like Amazon or Indigo. Their values just seem much more in line with my own. And as an added bonus, their books are often cheaper (as sometimes they are used) and they ship for free around the world.

  • The Art of Happiness by the Daila Lama and Howard C. Cutler – Eastern spirituality meets western science throughout this dialogue between Buddism and psychology. I love the balance it creates. A psychologist sits down to chat with the Daila Lama about the basics of connecting within and finding peace and wellness in a world of chaos.
  • The Power of Now – By Eckart Tolle – My whole world was put upside down when I first read this book many years ago. It was pretty much my introduction into the world of present moment living. Although I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of how Eckart Tolle writes, his message is powerful and incredibly valuable.
  • A New Earth – By Eckart Tolle – This is by the same author as The Power of Now, but goes way deeper. I only recommend this book if you’ve already been digging and exploring things like consciousness, the ego and are ready for a massive perceptive shift.
  • 10% Happier – By Dan Harris – This is self-help and meditation but from the point of view of a hardcore realist. I like how pragmatic and practical he is about finding a path that better suits him. He talks about his life as an achorman, and the unlikely path that led him to a 10-day silent meditation retreat.
  • The Road Less Traveled – By M. Scott Peck – Although the cover of this book is super old school, the book is filled with insightful gems. I would 100% recommend it to anyone ready to embark on the adventure of bringing meaning and value into their life.
  • The Untethered Soul – By Micheal A. Singer – This book goes eloquently to the point of helping you figure out who you really are beyond all the superficial stuff. Although the cover makes it look super fluffy, it’s actually quite practical and explains all these deep ideas in a beautiful and easy to understand way.

Blogs, podcasts and websites

I’ve gone through phases in my life where I’m registered to a million newsletters, and following a bunch of different websites to constantly feed my desire to learn. But this last year, I’ve opted out of most of them except the ones that truly serve me. And here are the ones who have made the cut.

  • Mark Manson – For all things wellness, personal development and psychology without any of the fluff, this is your guy. He is wise, yet direct. So if you don’t like someone calling you out on your shit, this may not be the blogger/writer for you. Check out his site, his courses or his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.
  • Marie Forleo – Her motto is “helping you build a business and life you love” and “the world needs that special gift that only you have”. She often has super interesting chats with authors and gurus in the field of finding your purpose in life. She’s smart, smiley and truly brings value to be for my business, my relationships and my personal growth.
  • Jess Lively – I listen to her podcast and she is deep. She’s all about consciousness, spirituality, and following your intuition. If you’re new to all this kind of stuff, I’d say this might not be a good place to start. But if you’ve been on the path to finding your purpose for a while, she might worth checking out.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with my list.

Take what serves you, and leave the rest behind.

This article isn’t going anywhere, so bookmark only the stuff that might actually benefit you today. And if in 2 weeks, 6 months or 3 years you’re ready for new tools to help you find your purpose, come back and find it here.  

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  1. This is something out of the box info. The thing we need to be able to do is conquer that fear and keep moving to make positive changes in our lives. You have to get yourself into a frame of mind where you come face to face with the fact that your life is short and that you ought to be successful in this shortest time.

    Above all, mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. We don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of our daily life.

    Stay blessed.

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