Live a meaningful life! (and why “What would they say about me at my funeral?” is a bad question)

Wild Crazy Meaningful Life

Our mission is to help spiritual world-changers live wild crazy meaningful lives. But what does it mean to live a wild crazy meaningful life? And how do you do it?

We’ve already talked about wild and crazy, so now it’s time for meaningful.

Living a meaningful life

Living a meaningful life means following your heart’s calling. Living a meaningful life means choosing your own meaning, not living by anyone else’s. Living a meaningful life means saying goodbye to those pangs of self-doubt and ennui, those disturbing moments of “What the hell am I doing with my life?” Living a meaningful life means feeling fulfilled every day, knowing deep down in your bones that you are living in alignment with your heart.

What’s the bar for a meaningful life? How awesome do I have to be?

You’re living a meaningful life if you feel you’re living a meaningful life. Meaning is created, not earned.

Some people measure meaning by “What would people say about me at my funeral?” but that’s measuring your own meaning by others’ standards. What if you nursed injured squirrels back to health and never told anyone? What if your only claim to fame was a kind word and a smile to strangers you passed on the street? What if you did absolutely nothing measurable, but held unmeasurable love and compassion for all beings deep within your heart?

Wouldn’t you call that a meaningful life?

Can I live a meaningful life while sitting on my couch?

Yes. Meaning is not something that you earn with your actions. Meaning is something you find in your heart.

photo by Anthony Catalano

Now, once you find that meaning, you may feel moved to get up off the couch. But sustainable, meaningful action only works inside-out, not outside-in. If you start from outside (your actions) and hope to find meaning inside (in your heart), it won’t work. You must start from the inside and let your heart move you toward meaningful action.

How many stories have you heard about people seeking meaning through wealth or fame, then they get it and they feel empty inside?

Meaning comes from the inside, not the outside.

So how do I find this meaning inside my heart?

The meaning in your heart is like a reflection in a still pool. Stop poking and making ripples for a minute. Sit in stillness and notice how your heart feels. Does anything bubble up from the depths of your heart? A feeling, an inspiration, a longing?

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If the surface of your heartpond is too turbulent, you might not be able to make anything out. If your basic needs aren’t being met, you won’t be able to listen to your heart clearly.

Once your needs are met, it’s a matter of practice. Spiritual practice, practicing listening to your heart, and practicing following your heart. At first, it feels like following a black cat at night, but it does get easier and clearer.

And of course, the first step to finding the meaning within your heart is to care.

Do you want to live a meaningful life? What does that mean to you? What might that look like? What are you willing to risk for it?

And most important, what would it feel like?

Feel clear and confident about your direction in life!


Do you wish you could follow your heart, but it seems impossible? I can help you find the clarity and courage you need.

In other words, I can help you find your path.