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Gift from Your Child-Self

Gift from Your Child-Self

Wondering about your true passion and life-purpose? Each one of us has a true inner guide who knew our answers all along. After all, the blueprint for passion is set early for most of us. That blueprint shows up where we felt our greatest sense of belonging as children–in the natural world, with books, music, dressing up, building things, organizing tree house clubs, or finding new and dangerous adventures.

Find out what your own inner child has to tell you about your soulís true purpose, here:

Here are some examples:

The authorís sister was forever in the creek behind their house. Only in mud and plants, with frogs and snakes for company, was she completely at home. Today she has found her passion as a wetlands ecologist–not such a far cry from her play in their childhood creek.

Another friend enjoyed her greatest moments of belonging while listening to her grandmother tell stories. It was the deep listening that totally engaged her. Today she is a talented therapist healing people through her gift of listening deeply to their stories.

What were you passionate about early in your story? What was your original joy? At the deepest level, our passion is in close relationship with what is essential in life. Ironically, finding and living your passion have a close relationship with the questions you will ask at the end of your life: Did I love well? How have I touched the people at work, at home, and in my community? Have I given my best? Who, what, and how you love is inextricably bound to your passion.

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Adapted from Enlightened Power, edited by Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Hollihan (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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5:04AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thank you..

4:31AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Stupid. I wish I could finally kill my child-self and grow up.

12:44PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

As a child I was an early and avid reader. It became my dream to be "an author" by the time I was in grade 4. So many things got in the way but finally my fingers fly across the keyboard as I create. Such a wonderful gift.

9:49AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

The best gift you can give your inner child is to love them unconditionally and play with them often!

9:05AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

food for thought definitely

5:06PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

i very much loved flowers and tending the family garden, i loved being creative and making things for people to enjoy. today i am a florist and i also crochet, sew, and make of homemade lotions for people. its not much and honestly i dont make much money out of it... but i love to do all i do!

1:13AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:33AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thank you

1:45PM PST on Mar 12, 2011


3:49AM PST on Dec 27, 2010

Thanks for the article.

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Very original..thank you

Very creative. Thank you for the ideas.

Thank you, quite a few I didn't know.


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