Set Your Compass:

A Roadmap to a Meaningful Life

by Siegfried Gutbrod

A recent study by an Australian palliative care nurse has shown that the biggest regret of people on their deathbed is ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me’1. Yet in our busy lives we are being carried along by the hectic current of everyday demands and distractions of modern life. Quite easily the years and decades can go by without ever stepping back to seriously review where our life is going.

Am I living up to the meaning and purpose of why I came into this life? How satisfied or happy am I with the life I am leading? Who is in charge of my life and how can I become more master of my own life and the direction I want it to go in? How in touch am I with my inner voice and inner wisdom? What are my passions, my bliss?

I believe, we cannot find answers to these existential questions unless we take quality time out to step back from the hectic everyday life and enter a reflective space. I have been doing that yearly for the last 20 years at the beginning of each new calendar year when I retreat into nature in solitude for a few days. In conjunction with my daily meditative practice this yearly process provides the best assurance for me to avoid being caught out at the end of my life with above regret. Over the last 10 years I shared this process with many other people who benefitted greatly.

There is another opportunity coming up to participate in this process during the Set Your Compass retreat scheduled for the weekend 15 – 17 January 2016 at the beautiful Yarra Valley Living Centre. Click here for more details.

‘The combination of logical/intellectual rigour in the process with meditation practice, silence, group interaction and laughter was excellent and worked so well for me. I feel calm, peaceful and clear in my thoughts and feelings and in touch with my inner self’ – Serene, regular participant of Set Your Compass

‘I now have a clear guideline for the next stage of my life. I feel more confident about it. I am ready to work on implementing my goals’ – Eloise, past participant of Set Your Compass

References:
1 Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying’, 2012