What is your story? What is your purpose? Beyond an occupation, a family role or even a calling, our purpose is our uniqueness and that which fills us with integrity. How do we begin to engage with our life purpose? By getting curious, paying attention, and following the bread crumbs.
A vision came to me while driving along the Marginal Pinheiros, a ring road of São Paulo city in Brazil in 1992. I was standing at the edge of a lake surrounded by lush vegetation just contemplating and feeling the gentle breeze across my face. Although so simple, I was overcome with emotion and had to stop as tears and powerful emotions swept over me in waves. I now knew what I should do. I needed to support the connection of people to their own unique spiritual dimensions.
The vision moved me. At the beginning, my search was external; I thought I had to find a piece of land and build a center — even though I barely had enough money for my own survival. I began to study and talk to people about this vision. One day, browsing in a bookstore, I came across The Ageless Body by Chris Griscom, a book that explores the infinite possibilities available through deepened relationship with our bodies and their energies.
I flipped through its pages and was blown away. I thought, “This is it!” Enthusiastically, I sent a fax (yes, it was 1994) to Chris Griscom at The Light Institute—her center for “healing body, mind, and spirit” in Galisteo, New Mexico. I told her about my project. Two hours later, I received a reply saying that she would be in my home country of Brazil that very weekend. I have since learned that this is the power of believing in your vision — it opens you up to situations, opportunities, and inspiration in places you might not otherwise have looked.
That weekend, I traveled to São Pedro da Aldeia in the state of Rio de Janeiro and participated in an abundance workshop led by Chris. I later commented to her about my vision and she invited me to come to Galisteo at the end of the year and participate in her life purpose workshop, which I did. Chris told me to first develop my vision inside myself. “When it is matured inside, the outside will manifest,” she said. By 2004, I began to lead my own life purpose workshops and have been developing and offering them ever since.
In my workshops, we engage in personal inquiry and purpose-focused reflections, through a variety of exercises, mindfulness practices, and dialogues. I create space for fresh perspectives and insights to emerge as well as opportunities to challenge old beliefs. This gives way to new thinking, wider and deeper possibilities, and a far greater connection to ourselves, our relationships, and our impact on the world.
Marcelo Cardoso is a gifted coach and facilitator. Marcelo works closely with Eileen Fisher and EILEEN FISHER Inc. to create a purpose-driven approach to the work they do. Passionate about how individual transformation drives the transformation of systems (organizational and societal), he has worked for 20 years in a leadership capacity within large companies focused on creating transformation for individuals and companies.