From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
What IS it about water, especially the ocean, creates such a sense of completeness in my soul? Yes, I could break down all the scientific ways that water nourishes all things (admittedly with the assistance of a staff of researchers), but this feeling goes far beyond mere facts.
Perhaps it is merely the association with positive memories that instills this sentiment and that is true enough. Maybe the movement of the waves recreates the sensations I experienced in my mother’s womb. Then there is also the weightlessness that momentarily relieves me of the effects of gravity on my human form.
Regardless, water simply does all the things that it was created to do; no more, no less. Literally pouring itself out to nourish all that it encounters is water’s purpose.
According to Abraham Maslow, achieving a life that has at its essence a sense of purpose is at the top of the self-actualization pyramid (arising from the lowest level which is a life that focuses on meeting one’s basic needs of food, drink and shelter.)
“Purpose is found by being willing to suspend your ego, knowing that you are eternally connected to God, and surrendering the little mind to the big mind…In this state of awareness you never have to ask what your purpose is or how to find it…Perhaps the surest way to find happiness and joy for yourself is to devote your energies toward making someone else happy…You come into this life with nothing and you leave with nothing. The only thing you can do with your life is give it away. This is the true essence of feeling purposeful.”
The more I try to find happiness and purpose, the more these things elude me; as I embrace bringing joy to others as my sole purpose for being here, joy becomes my constant companion.