How can I clearly see the lessons my soul needs to learn this lifetime? I am a householder who has a wonderful life in New Zealand. There have been difficult times too, but even though, as a child I suffered, I was able to self soothe with meditation which I have no idea how I discovered. I have carried this practise with me through my life. Happy as I am, I have this feeling that I am not seeing clearly , the things my soul needs to work on this reincarnation. How can I make sure I don’t waste this rebirth?


I dream of a world where the purpose of life is to help others. Reduce suffering and conflicts, nurture harmony and peace. In my dream, success is defined in terms of how much you helped others, especially by doing what you love. This way you are happy because you're doing what you love doing - and you are also helping others. In my dream, this is a life well-lived, not a wasted life.

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  • Can being happy be enough? – Sue Hamilton Oct 17 '19 at 6:23
  • and help others be happy. What else do you want? – Andrei Volkov Oct 17 '19 at 16:11

Work on testing the credibility of these assumptions: soul, I, me ,mine, "I am happy" etc. Practice Satipatthana meditation to get the answers you are looking for,

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  • Thank you for this, although one does wonder how one may have written this in a way that may have elicited a different response. Although always helpful to be reminded of the nothingness that is this human, the everythingness that is this human, I am still searching for something that this rebirth aches to remember. Although this does not feel like it, I shall read about satipatthana meditation. – Sue Hamilton Oct 17 '19 at 6:22
  • Welcome! But be careful of this idea 'everythingness'. Don't let it stray towards an idea of a universal soul. – Sankha Kulathantille Oct 17 '19 at 6:30
  • Thank you. That’s an interesting idea, but I’ve got enough responsibility with this one – Sue Hamilton Oct 17 '19 at 6:47
  • What i'm saying is it's an unskillful notion. Also the notion of "this one". – Sankha Kulathantille Oct 17 '19 at 6:57
  • How would it have been better to have expressed this acknowledgement of personal responsibility? – Sue Hamilton Oct 17 '19 at 7:03

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