I recently watched an interview with Deepak Chopra. The interviewer asked him for an exercise, and I don't even remember what the exercise was for specifically, but I wrote down the exercise. Since the exercise is the form of questions, this could be like Jeopardy. I'll figure out what the objective was, based on the questions.
He said ask these questions of yourself:
So because of what I know about Deepak Chopra (mind-body harmony, new age philosopher), I think this must be an exercise in grounding yourself so that you can be lifted up, empowered to live a rich, purposeful life. The questions are very compelling and easy enough.
Though I am many things, I affirm that I am a writer. I think that is my gift. My purpose is to use my gift to make the world a better place. The core example for me is my play Pulani and how that created experiences of collaboration, camaraderie, inspiration, and empowerment. I also know that when I wrote letters to the editor about education, people were always grateful for my ability to communicate the issues.
When I think about the things I "think" I want and don't have, I realize the the Universe's (God's) will is stronger than mine, that I need to see and appreciate what I have been given. I am not compelled to be goal-oriented. I am more inclined to let my passions and the circumstances of my life in the here and now, speak to me.
Tapping into that, drinking it like water, I live my days, and that takes me to the next, and the next. This is a lot, this is a blessing. This is what I am grateful for, that I have a life in which I can do this.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.