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September 11, 2017

What to do if you’re into spirituality and ambition

spiritual and ambitious

What does it take to become who you’re meant to be? To have both spirituality and ambition?

I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately, and actually my entire life.

The balance between spirituality and ambition.

…between tuning into your deepest desires to set audacious goals and enjoying the present moment.

…between loving who you are right now while holding space to fulfill your wildest potential.

We’re entering a new era where spiritual growth and personal development have (mostly) effortlessly mixed, and we’re now plucking our favorite insights from each world to create our best lives.

Spiritual development?

A world where people honor their whole selves — spirit and soul, mind and body, ego and higher self. Ignoring nothing and taking the best of everything to create what’s never been created before.

 

 

The problem with spirituality…

Is that it doesn’t create a lot of space for goal setting, healthy ego, desire or passion. All the things that yeah, may create suffering, but also make life fun.

I’m really ambitious and for a long time felt like I had to temper that to be truly spiritual. I know it’s all about acceptance, but it’s also about transcendence.

And you know what? I don’t want to transcend everything. We’re human for a reason. I embrace the mess.

 

But personal development isn’t perfect either…

This world is so goal obsessed and so up in the mind that it often neglects the heart and soul. Personal development has a harshness too it and can sometimes lack compassion.

It also tends to look forward excessively without creating space to enjoy the present moment or just feel (to heal) without automatically trying to shift out of what you’re feeling.

It’s kinda like the spiritual world is more feminine energy and the personal development world is more masculine.

For some time, I’ve been mulling this idea over, this intersection between spirituality and ambition.

 

Where is the balance between spirituality and ambition?

A world where you can ask the universe for help, accept and love who you are right now, honor your emotions (instead of try to control or get rid of them) heal your inner child and then go out and set massive goals, up level as fast as you want to, and embrace your crazy because let’s face it — the crazy isn’t going anywhere.

You might be thinking, Suzanne, this is semantics. Who cares where these ideas are coming from? They’re all out there in a big mashup. We can just take what we want and use it!

Yes, this is true, and this is what I’ve been doing, but before I was aware of this divide, it was causing a lot of inner turmoil. I couldn’t choose — spirituality or ambition?

Traditional spirituality changed my life and inspired me to become a yoga teacher, but personal development has also changed my life and helped me see that I can achieve anything I want to.

The problem is that I took everything in both worlds as true but there are a lot of contradictions. Maybe I’m a slow learner, but it took me a long time to become fully aware that this tension between opposites was causing my inner turmoil.

It matters because unless you’re aware of what you believe and why you believe it, you too easily take on philosophies that don’t resonate with you because someone well known said it.

You end up warring against yourself trying to make philosophies fit together that were never designed to. (Kinda like I wrote about here with yoga, the law of attraction and A Course In Miracles.)

Tony Robbins tells you to go smash big goals and that personal fulfillment comes from following your purpose and passion.

Then the Buddha says to give up on your goals because true happiness comes from dwelling the present moment. Maybe even live a goal-less life.

Boring!

What’s a person who desires spirituality and ambition to do?

I feel that we — in this now age — are carving a new path, a true middle way.

A way that honors goals and allows us to harness the mystical powers of the universe to achieve them while also creating space for us to feel and have off days because we’re human and we don’t have to be unstoppable every minute of every day.

A way that honors the bliss of activating your potential, blasting through limits and seeing what you’re made of while also honoring your limits, practicing compassion and not be so relentlessly pushing yourself toward greatness that you don’t allow yourself to slow down and sleep all day if you want to.

This is the space I see myself exploring as my path continues to evolve and change, and what I will be writing about:

How to become who you’re meant to be.

How to have spirituality and ambition.

How to honor your mind and your heart.

 

This has been a loooooong time coming. 

To share behind the scenes with you, I have felt these shifts for a while, and been very confused by them. I’ve worked hard to reconnect with myself and understand my shifting self and message.

I’m sure things will continue to shift — that’s the nature of being alive — but have been considering these ideas for a while and feel comfortable sharing them with you!

If you resonate, I’m so grateful that you’re evolving with me!

If you no longer feel called to my message, it’s been an honor serving you!

Either way, we get to find and create our path every day. There is no roadmap. We are creating it. I’m honored to lead the way and be your guide to becoming who you’re meant to be.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Be sure to comment below.

And in the meantime, please know — if you want to achieve big things while staying connected to an infinite universe, you’re in exactly the right place.

Welcome home.

Lots of love,

Suzanne

 

p.s. OMG I’m so excited! I’m doing something I’ve never done before!

Next Wednesday, on Sept. 20, I am hosting a FREE, LIVE guided meditation followed by a Q&A on how to use meditation and spirituality to connect to your true self, understand + take action on your desires and release emotions like sadness and anxiety.

Meditation is hands-down the most important tool I’ve used to find my life purpose, remember who I am and find that balance between inner peace and fiery passion.

Will you join me? You’re officially invited and I’d love to see you there!

The call will be at 5 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Eastern, and will be recorded for those who can’t make it!

Click here to register if you’d like to attend and I’ll send out call-in instructions as we get closer.

It’s totally free so you’d be totally crazy to miss out.

Again, click here to register and I’ll see you then!

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Jessica Johnson - September 12, 2017 Reply

Suzanne you have been such a guiding light for me and I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. This post is coming at such a helpful time for me as I balance a college schedule and my own spirituality. I’m so so so excited to follow this topic and join the live meditation. Thank you for all your work! Much love ⭐️

    Suzanne - September 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you so much for commenting! Being a college student while exploring your spirituality sounds like a lot to handle. 🙂 Glad to hear you’re embracing these challenges head on!

    Excited to hear you’re joining the call, too!

    See you soon!

    All the love,
    Suzanne

Nicky - September 12, 2017 Reply

I’m so glad you’re writing about this. I’ve been feeling the same way lately. I recently started full-time work and it’s pulled my life into a different focus, not bad but further away from higher purposes and more towards the concrete. I’ve been trying to find a way to harmonize the two because I feel like I leave half myself behind when I go to work everyday. I can’t wait to read what you come up with

    Suzanne - September 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi Nicky,

    Congratulations on the new job! It certainly is challenging to stay rooted in your truth and higher purpose while navigating the stresses of full-time work.

    I can definitely write an article on how to bring spirituality into the workplace, in a more of a covert way 😉 Great idea! Definitely excited to explore this area more.

    Thanks for commenting!

    All the love,
    Suzanne

Dhi - September 12, 2017 Reply

Hi Suzanne

I recently started following your blogs and this one resonated with me! I’m at a point where I’m ready to move forward in big ways and was conflicted between being too naive, scared of wanting things in case it came with pain and yet not really wanting to not live a full life.

Thank you sharing; it helps knowing others are on similar journeys:-)

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