Knowing and Living Your Life Purpose Makes You Live Longer [Study]
We help so many people find and start to live their life purpose, that I was so excited when I saw the results of several studies that researched the impact of knowing and living your life purpose.
The studies were reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the findings are really startling! I know what a difference it made in my life to go from being a divorce attorney who hated my work (and knew there must be something else I was “supposed” to be doing) to doing the work of my dreams with Sedona Soul Adventures. It made me so much happier and healthier, so now to see scientific proof of that is so amazing.
Knowing Your Purpose Helps Your Heart. One study involved 136,000 men and women and found that those with a low sense of purpose (which was measured by psychological surveys) were more likely to have a:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
For those with a high sense of purpose, there was a 23% reduction in mortality and a 19% decrease in heart problems. That’s the same type of percentage increase you get from exercising regularly!
“What was so remarkable was that regardless of the country where the study was conducted, regardless of how purpose in life was defined, the effect was consistent,” says Cohen, whose findings were published this month in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.
As Dr. Gupta reports, “a 2014 study published in The Lancet found that people over age 65 who had a higher personal sense of purpose and well-being were more likely to live longer. Among 9,000 people followed over an 8 ½-year period, 9% of those in the highest well-being category died as compared to 29% in the lowest category.” That’s a difference of 20%!
Knowing your purpose helps your brain. Another study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests a strong sense of purpose can protect the brain.
“Purpose somehow gives your brain resilience,” says Patricia A. Boyle, PhD, a neuropsychologist with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “It makes your brain stronger and more resistant to the effects of diseases like Alzheimer’s.”
Participants in the Rush Memory and Aging Project agree to yearly testing and organ donation so that brain tissue can be examined after death. According to four studies published by the research team, subjects who scored higher on the purpose scale were:
- 29% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
- 52% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
- 2 ½ times more likely to be free of dementia
- 44% less likely to have a stroke
- 52.3% less likely to have microscopic blood vessel infarcts that damage brain tissue
So do I have you convinced yet? Live longer, help your heart, help your brain, and be 52% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease by living your passion and purpose, and having more fun along the way!
As I said earlier, finally finding and living my life purpose changed everything for me.
And now so many of the people who come to us come because they know they are supposed to be doing something with their lives. They may not know exactly what that is, but they know they’re supposed to be doing “something.” And it’s so gratifying that part of my life purpose now is to help other people discover and start living their life purpose! It’s kind of amazing when you think about it.
If you know you aren’t living your life purpose and your soul mission, my question to you is, “What are you waiting for?”
Your life is right now. It doesn’t start next year or when you make some more money or when the kids are out of college. And, by the way, if that’s what you’re doing, you’re modeling for your kids that they should do things they don’t want to do, just for money — is that what you want to be teaching your kids?
Don’t do what I did. For 5 years, I would meditate and pray and tell God, “I’m so unhappy, please tell me what to do.” I would hear this voice that would say, “You need to leave your law practice” and I would stop the process right there. I would never even explore it. I had so many excuses — money, time, security, status — that I cut it off before any other information could come through. I put myself through 5 more years of unhappiness and depression. I did it to myself, no one else was doing that to me.
And I didn’t find my purpose until I was 50 years old, so don’t tell me it’s too late for you.
If you have that nagging feeling that you’re supposed to be doing something, it won’t go away. It will only get bigger. It will only make you feel more and more unhappy.
There are two things you can do right now. First, stop telling yourself that you don’t know what you’re supposed to do. That keeps you stuck in the energy of “I don’t know.” Start telling yourself, “I am on the path to discovering my life purpose. I’m looking for my life purpose and my life purpose is looking for me.” That nagging feeling is the Universe talking to you. That is drawing you onto the path. That is truth.
The second thing you can do right now is to do a retreat that’s designed to help you discover and implement your life purpose and soul mission. Call and speak one of our Angel Guides. They are people who (like me) aren’t living “traditional” lives anymore and they will be the first to tell you how amazing that is! I love it that over the years, my Angel Guides have included people who were a network news producer, a chiropractor, a high-powered marketing exec on Madison Avenue, a mom, and a legal secretary. They know first hand what it takes to live a life that is on purpose.
Even better, after they have spoken with you, they’ll have a very clear understanding of what you need to uncover and start living your purpose-driven life. They’ll design a retreat that is unique for your circumstances — some people have blocks from events that have happened in their lives that are holding them back, some people have a feeling that they don’t deserve to be happy, some people have influences leftover from past lives that are blocking them from coming into their best life now, some people have made soul contracts before they came onto the planet that block them from living in abundance and creativity, and some people just don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing.
Every person is different. That’s why we custom design our retreats around exactly what YOU need. And our Angel Guides are masters at figuring that out.
Stop telling yourself you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, or how you’re supposed to be doing it, and take the positive action to do something about it. Do a retreat with us either here in Sedona or At Home (those are equally as powerful). Start living the purpose-driven life you were born to live.
Would you like to speak to someone today about doing a Soul Adventure?
We’re even open on Sunday, because we’re here for you!
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Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us at (928) 204-5988.
Vicky says that after her Sedona Soul Adventure, “My life is now on a clear path that I am truly excited about.”
“With the help of all the amazing people at Sedona Soul Adventures, I feel that I now have clear direction in my life. The experience was full of ‘WOW’ moments and has left me feeling like I have truly come home. My life is now on a clear path that I am truly excited about. Thank you to all those gifted souls – It was inspiring to have met you. My sense of self has been restored.” Vicky D., Sacramento, CA
Join me with Jorge Luis Delgado “Special New Teachings About Machu Picchu”
Sunday, April 18th at 3 pm Eastern
I’m so excited for this event we’re doing later today.
See these huge monolithic rocks? These are all in Machu Picchu. These are the some of the specific places Jorge will speak about in his talk.
Jorge believes that Machu Picchu contains two temples – the Temple of Father Sun and the Temple of Mother Earth. One of these monolithic rocks supports the Temple of the Father Sun. Below that is the Temple of the Mother Earth. And this is where the Heart of Sacred Machu Picchu is located.
Jorge will be sharing with us the symbols that are projected from the Heart. He’ll be discussing the ley lines (power lines) that connect from here to throughout the world and what this means for the planetary transformations that are happening right now.
He’ll explain symbols of the dance of the Earth with the Sun, the movement of energies in the two hemispheres, and the meaning that has for our lives.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Jorge Luis, he is an internationally recognized teacher of Inca spirituality and a modern Inca “chacaruna,” a bridge person, who assists people in connecting to their spiritual self within their own traditions.
He has been featured as a recognized authority on Inca philosophy and traditions for many years and has been featured on nine episodes of the History Channel’s series, “Ancient Aliens,” as well as the BBC documentary, “Everyman.”
Jorge Luis has represented the Inca Nation in international gatherings of North, Central and South American elders and has worked very closely with Don Miguel Ruiz (the author of “The Four Agreements”).
And if you can’t join us live, don’t fret – we’ll be sending out the recording to all who have registered.
Your donation for the People of Peru
We are asking for a small donation of $13 per person for this special talk and this money will be used to build greenhouses for the planting and nurturing of fruit trees, which will then be given to different communities in Peru. If you’d like to make a larger donation, that could get you some very good karma and it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your generous heart! I look forward to being with you and Jorge today.
A few spots left for our Machu Picchu and Peru trip – June 17-30
We have a few more spots left for our amazing Machu Picchu and Peru trip, June 17-30. It’s such an incredible journey – 3 days at Machu Picchu (including doing ceremony on the Solstice, June 21), 5 days on Lake Titicaca, Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley, Cuzco and more.
Plus being with our shaman and guide, Jorge Luis Delgado, throughout the two weeks is so incredible, including doing ceremonies in these amazing places. And finally, traveling with other like-minded travelers – it’s certainly the trip of a lifetime.
Here’s all the information:
If you’d like to read glowing testimonials on the trip (“life changing,” “Jorge is amazing,” “5 stars,” “best trip I’ve ever been on!”) Click here.
If you have any questions about our trip, send me an email at Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com or call me – (877) 204-3664. I love talking about Peru!
If you already know you want to go, Click here to make your deposit.
If you “know” you’re supposed to be going to Machu Picchu, please follow your heart!
Wishing you a week filled with purpose!