Purpose

The Hand That Spins the Galaxies Wants You Here. Introducing The Creed

One autumn morning not long ago, I walked to an Oxford cafe, took a window table, and pulled out my journal. I wanted to craft a statement – a creed of sorts – that would pull together what I’d learned while writing my new book The Making of Us. Something that captured what matters most in life. Something to read regularly to guide me forward. After many scribbled phrases and crossings out, I arrived at this: The Creed. Today we release it publicly, crafted into a beautiful video by Tyler Jackson, and ready to download as a print for your wall or smartphone. The hand that spins the galaxies wants you here… More…

Life has Three Journeys. The Second is the Hardest, But it Can Transform You

In his insightful little book The Second Journey, Gerald O’Collins divides life into three phases. The first is from childhood to adulthood, the third from old age to death. In between is the ‘second journey’: a path of great restlessness, questioning and even disillusionment that can nonetheless transform us for good. Here’s an overview of the Second Journey and what can result when it’s travelled well. More…

Confused About the Direction of Your Life? This Might Help

Hand holding a compass

My life has been anything but a straight path. I’ve been nightclub DJ, a youth worker, a radio host, an author, a speaker; I’ve had spiritual crises, burnout, and broken dreams; and life’s curve balls have often landed me where I least expected. It used to trouble me. Until one day, out hiking, I noticed something… More…

My 7 Best Posts on Discovering Your Dreams, Calling & Purpose

Woman's hand holding a compass - pic by Heidi Sandstrom

Are you at a crossroads? At the end of one chapter and wondering about the next? As you look to the year ahead, why not grab a journal and a pen, and revisit some of these posts from the last few years of my blog. They are designed to help you find meaning, fresh dreams, purpose, and direction. More…

The One Question the Dalai Lama Couldn’t Answer. Can You?

The Dalai Lama giving a talk, pic by Bruce Bortin

I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer… More…

031 Discover Your Purpose by Uncovering Your SHAPE

According to Eric Rees, discovering your purpose is all about uncovering your SHAPE: your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality type and Experiences. Get your pen and notepad ready – Eric is about to coach you through the process. More…

030 Meaning, Calling, Happiness. The Os Guinness Interview

Does everyone have a ‘calling’ in life? How does calling relate to work? How do you discover your calling? Os Guinness is the author of over twenty books, including The Call. In this interview you’ll hear him discuss the idea and how it relates to your meaning and happiness. More…

029 A Conversation on the Meaning of Life

42. Ever since Deep Thought in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gave it as the ‘answer’ to the meaning of life we’ve never been able to keep a straight face about the question since. And yet it’s a question we all ask. In this podcast, UCB UK’s Paul Hammond asks me for some answers. More…

The Meaning of Life? 4 Options in 4 Video Clips

Each month around 550,000 of us search the phrase ‘meaning of life’ on Google. And we’re not all looking for the Monty Python film. Does my life have any meaning? we ask. Our culture offers four main answers to the question, as reflected in our books, stories and films. More…