How do you know that you are alive?
Perhaps, it’s because you are reading this, you are breathing or you can see what is written here!
Now, most people can tell you this, yet, very few can really make what they call life truly meaningful.
In a recent interview with Peace Revolution, Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist at Google, touched on the core of living, with his life as an example. Choosing to call himself a happy being, he says everyone who intends to get the most of life ought to integrate certain principles and boundaries into the way they live and experience life.
How do you say yes to things in your calendar? Is it because you have time, or the activity serves your purpose?
The world is quickly moving towards more and more distractions and Gopi shares essential tips on how to focus on what matters most in life.
1. Do you have a personal spiritual practice?
Spirituality means different things to different people. Whatever the definition you choose, Gopi says spending some amount of time to connect with your inner self and the core of who you are is essential to make sense of the impermanent nature of the world.
2. Do you have a core group of family…?
“When I say family, it’s not just blood family, but a core group of family, friends and people who support you…” explained Gopi. Adding that, spending time with this group of people occasionally is useful to our growth and development.
3. How do you take care of your health?
Health can be physical; as we all know it, yet our emotional balance, and financial wellness are essential aspects of our health too. Having a balanced diet, exercising and learning to keep watch of our emotions are core to our happiness. Similarly, financial wellness routines such as saving, wise investments and having clarity of our needs and wants are all an integral part of what we can all do to start attracting more happiness into our lives today.
4. What is your Professional passion?
It’s now becoming common that we all have a contribution to make the world a better place. The intersection where our passion meets the world becomes our mission. This mission could be our profession when we are paid to offer these services. An example is Gopi’s professional path finding the intersection between technology and business for greater good at Google.
5. Do you have a Personal passions?
On the other hand, some of the things we love do not necessarily attract any pay; we still do them. These become recreational passion that we do to grow and take breaks from the professional life. They also become points of connection to other people who share the same passion as us. It could be travelling around the world, dancing or sports.
It’s now your turn…
Do you have essential aspects of your life? The guiding principles that determine how you spend your time, energy and attention?
You don’t have to crack your brains now, take some time
and make or refine them following Gopi’s advice above and share with us your insights in the comment section below.
Watch the full interview replay here: