Living Outside Ourselves


“Instead of asking, ‘what do I want from life?’ A more powerful question is, ‘what does life want from me?'” ~ Eckhart Tolle

I think we get more out of life if we don’t obsess so much on what we want out of our lives. Of course it’s important to set goals and think about what we want to do with our lives etc. But sometimes we can get so wrapped up in what we think life owes us that we become very disappointed when life doesn’t work out according to our plan.

When we ask ourselves, “What does life want from me?” We stop living in our heads and become part of the real world where life isn’t always about me, me, me. In living outside of ourselves we become something better than just who we are. We become part of the universe.

To live outside of who and what we are is to live and engage fully. A richer life becomes ours because we are living mindfully and caring about all things around us. This is what gives our life purpose. And this wonderful feeling of purpose is lost if we are always waiting for life to give us what we think we deserve.

27 thoughts on “Living Outside Ourselves

  1. kkessler833 says:

    Good point and beautiful photo!

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  2. Val Boyko says:

    This resonates with me too. Thanks you Michele for sharing Tolle’s wisdom and bringing us home 💛

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  3. smilecalm says:

    life here is wonderful, Michele!
    makes me want
    to live again 🙂

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  4. pjlazos says:

    A beautiful thought for a beautiful Saturday when I actually have a few minutes to think about it, Michele! Part of the problem for us all, I believe, is that we have so many obligations, we no longer have a minute to think about what life is even asking. Today, I will indulge. Thank you! ox

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  5. An awesome post Michele.
    Such wonderful thoughts and feelings.

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  6. Eliza says:

    I love this.
    Giving is so rewarding. Though to be honest, the most important person to give to is yourself, for only then can you give to others.

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  7. shamanism1 says:

    Beautiful Post 💚💕

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  8. Love the photo.
    We often have put ourselves aside..and focus on, etc.

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  9. inesephoto says:

    What a wonderful recipe for happiness 🙂

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  10. da-AL says:

    This is such a lovely post — great reminder to live life with as much happiness as we can 🙂


  11. Pazlo says:

    I had a mini revelation, a cosmic lesson taken to heart.
    I went to the cupboard and opened the door. The dog and cat watched me do so. In my vision, I retrieve something I desire from within.
    The innocent and speechless animals look up, disappointed, and say
    “Oh. He’s only getting something for himself.”
    I am humbled and ashamed of my selfishness.
    This now is how I view the world.
    To live so these words will never apply to me.
    To truly put others first.
    No matter if they are gods or the lowliest things.

    Seek peace,



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