Exploring the Evolving Purpose of Your Life

Learn how to use mindful writing as a way to explore purpose and process experiences.

I’m the founder of the Right Within Experience where we herald and celebrate the power of reclamation, the spirit of Sankofa, an Adinkra symbol, and Akan word from Ghana that essentially means go back and get it. Our time together is to support you in reclaiming the disparate pieces of yourself, calling yourself back to yourself, so that you can have the life of clarity, calm, and well-being that you desire. Today we will explore the concept of Nia, it is a Swahili word that means purpose, to do so. We will do some journaling so please get a pen, journal, notebook, or paper.

Multiple Purposes of Life

Rarely does a person have one purpose for their entire lifetime. There may be recurring themes and interests, values and passions, but the reason why is something that evolves and is defined and refined with different stages of life. We may have a purpose of finding a life partner to love, raising a family, expressing and serving through entrepreneurship, or a career. In the cultural holiday Kwanzaa, Nia (purpose) means to commit ourselves to our families—the first place of social connection. 

Preparing to Journal

Journaling is a wonderful practice that can help…


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About the author

Jenée Johnson

Jenée Johnson is the Program Innovation Leader: Mindfulness, Trauma, and Racial Equity at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.