Daily Om: Finding Our Life’s Work

I know I’ve been posting a lot of Daily Om’s but I really want to save this one. This right here, this is how I feel about food and cooking. Whether or not I ever do it for money, it doesn’t matter. It is deeply, deeply fulfilling to me in a way that nothing else is. I spent 11 hours in the kitchen on Saturday and, though tired and sore at the end of the night, could not have been happier.

And I must of course emphasize that, without sobriety, it would not be possible to have this joy in my life the same way. Sobriety has allowed me to devote so much more mental and physical energy to it than I ever thought possible. To flourish. To discover and to continue discovering. I am so grateful.

Feeling Our Life
Finding Our Life’s Work
courtesy of Daily Om

Sometimes it takes us the better part of a lifetime to discover our life’s work, even though we may have been doing it our whole lives without necessarily realizing it. Our life’s work is not always what we do to make money, although we often think it should be, and sometimes this way of thinking prevents us from seeing clearly what it is. It may be the work of having children, caring for them, and running a household. The way we know our life’s work is by how we feel when we are doing it.

When we are doing our life’s work, we feel an uncanny sense of ease and alignment. This doesn’t mean that the work is always easy, and it doesn’t mean that it’ the only work we have to do; it just means that there is a conviction deep inside us that tells us we are in tune with our innermost self. When we are engaged in our life’s work, our bodies feel more alive, because our energy is devoted to a cause that, in turn, feeds us. We may be tired after engaging in our life’s work, but we are almost never depleted. We feel grounded in the world, knowing that we belong here and have something important to offer.

When we are deeply unhappy, depressed, or subject to one illness after another, this may be due to a sense of disconnection from our life’s work. At times like these, finding the work we are meant to do is an essential act of healing. Most of us remember a time when we felt fully engaged in some act of work, service or creativity, and it is here that we may rediscover the work we are meant to do now. On the other hand, it may be time to explore what inspires us through volunteering, taking a class, going back to school, or just doing whatever it is we long to try. We all have callings, and when we find them, we owe it to ourselves to nurture and protect them, because while they may or may not be our livelihood, they are the keys to our wellbeing.

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9 thoughts on “Daily Om: Finding Our Life’s Work

  1. I really liked this, Melissa. I'm happy for you too that you are able to recognize what your life's work is. I think my life's work is writing and creating. That is when I feel the most focused and engaged and involved.

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  2. Bev, Daisy, that makes sense for both of you, the writing, though writing in very different ways. I love that you have that!! And I love that I found “my thing” too. SO much.

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  3. Such a brave and wonderful blog you've got over here, Melissa! I'm so glad that I dropped by. I feel very much the same way about cooking & blogging — there's such a connect that happens when I create and share with others. It's like a part of me is incomplete without it.

    Here's to many more days of doing what we're meant to do!

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  4. I love that you get this, Lo. I've seen you food blogging for years and I see how much joy it brings you.

    And thank you SO much for coming over to this page and reading and commenting. It is deeply appreciated.

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  5. This is how I feel when I cook too, Meli. Day off today and so far I've made toffee nut fudge and chilli. Just so totally in the zone in the kitchen, *making* something. The need to build/cook/make things is totally overlooked in our modern society, I think. But it's so important. It makes us feel real.

    I've been thinking about you in my kitchen this morning. xx

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  6. Because of you, I now receive Daily OMs in my mailbox each day. Not every one applies, but when they do they are intense! Thank you so much for introducing me to them!

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