We all want to pursue our dreams, follow our path, and reach our fullest potentials. But before we storm down the pathway to paradise, first and foremost, we need to be the best person we can be by cultivating inner peace, healing pain and establishing mindfulness. It doesn't matter how much money you have or how perfect your surroundings are, if you aren't happy within, you're always going to be seeking more, or living with a "grass is greener" mentality.
I've been able to create an amazing life for myself here in The Bahamas. I live a dreamy, beachy life, surrounded by palm trees and vibrant colors, but it doesn't mean that deep-rooted pain and mental anguish just magically dissipates because I'm surrounded by beautiful scenery. A lot of people believe their problems can be solved if they pack up their lives and head to paradise (whatever paradise is for each person). I truly believe in following your heart, but I'm here to tell you, packing up and moving, or running away from your problems doesn't solve anything (trust me, I've done it lots and lots of times). You may be able to hide behind your umbrella-adorned tropical cocktails for a while, but unless you work through your imbalances, they are bound to continue to reoccur.
So where do I start? You may be asking. How do I create this ideal life? Well, each person's path is different. I chose yoga and meditation, but it your path to progression could be joining a support group, establishing friendships based around shared passions, or something as simple as taking a daily walk in nature, or focusing on living fully in the present moment.
I feel as though finding your path or purpose in life is in itself a healing process. Especially if that purpose involves helping others, or giving back to the community in some way. Maybe you have a talent or skill you could share with others that provides inspiration. Maybe you even have a painful story that others can relate to. You'd be surprised how healing it can be when you begin to utilize your own stories to help others with their pain. When you take upon the journey of finding your path, the pain oftentimes finds purpose.
Do your best to cultivate what it is that drives you, and what fuels you. I'm on my own journey of establishing balance between finding purpose, navigating a peaceful path and living life to its absolute fullest. I've gone down into the depths of my shadows, and come out the other side living the fullest expression of myself, in my own version of paradise.