New Yorker Lauren Hoffmeier is an author, yoga teacher, singer, and creator. Her first book, Mula and the Fly, is an inspiring children’s tale that reminds us all that we can achieve our dreams — if we only allow ourselves to be vulnerably shaken awake, and dive head first into that which is scary, unconventional, and seemingly impossible.
Many of us struggle to deal with anxiety. But is the secret to doing so found in building a relationship with uncertainty? As humans, we hate uncertainty. Our brains are programmed to hate uncertainty because it creates room for danger and invites our friend, anxiety, onto the scene — except we’d prefer he not show up.
There was a moment in time when our chimpanzee ancestors gave rise to the homosapien by discovering the elixir of youth. It’s something called neoteny, which is the quality of slowing down the growth process, which is the very thing that made us smarter: we explored more, we practiced more, we played more.
There is no normal except the one universal standard that we are all human. We share the same space and want the same thing. Our essential human nature is to connect to that childlike joy and rest in the authenticity of happiness.
The Obituary Test is a tool to help you identify and ground yourself in your purpose — and helps you answer the question, “What is the purpose of life?”
Understanding your purpose is the starting point. It tells you who you are and why you exist. But where are you going? The purpose of a strategy is to define what needs to be done to accomplish some goal or objective.