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This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

~ George Bernard Shaw

50 Concepts to Learn for a Deeper Life Experience

This list of concepts can guide you towards living a more meaningful and fulfilling life. By exploring these ideas, you’ll discover more about yourself, your place in the world, and how to find happiness and inner peace. Consider these concepts as seeds to prime you for further exploration, thinking, and learning.

Topics to consider:

  • The interconnectedness of all things
  • The nature of existence and impermanence
  • The importance of living in the present moment
  • The illusion of ego and the true self
  • The concept of non-attachment
  • The role of suffering in personal growth
  • The nature of duality and the balance of opposites
  • The value of play and spontaneity in life
  • The power of mindfulness and meditation
  • The role of intuition in decision-making
  • The importance of self-awareness and self-exploration
  • The nature of desire and craving
  • The value of compassion and empathy
  • The art of embracing uncertainty
  • The role of language and symbols in shaping reality
  • The limitations of conventional knowledge and logic
  • The importance of personal responsibility and accountability
  • The value of genuine connection and communication
  • The nature of perception and reality
  • The importance of finding one’s own path in life
  • The role of humor and laughter in spiritual growth
  • The power of silence and stillness
  • The value of transcending cultural and societal norms
  • The nature of death and the afterlife
  • The importance of gratitude and appreciation
  • The role of creativity and art in personal expression
  • The power of surrender and acceptance
  • The importance of balance in all aspects of life
  • The nature of the human mind and its limitations
  • The value of humility and open-mindedness
  • The power of deep listening and understanding
  • The importance of questioning and challenging beliefs
  • The role of love in personal and spiritual growth
  • The nature of time and its illusory nature
  • The value of seeking truth and wisdom
  • The importance of finding meaning and purpose in life
  • The role of paradox and contradiction in understanding reality
  • The power of vulnerability and emotional authenticity
  • The importance of cultivating inner peace and contentment
  • The value of living in harmony with nature
  • The nature of spiritual awakening and enlightenment
  • The power of detachment from material possessions
  • The importance of embracing change and transformation
  • The role of trust and faith in the unknown
  • The power of introspection and reflection
  • The value of nurturing and maintaining relationships
  • The importance of acknowledging and embracing one’s shadow side
  • The role of forgiveness and letting go of grudges
  • The power of non-judgment and unconditional love
  • The value of experiencing life fully and embracing all its aspects

Life’s Values

Life’s values are the guiding principles and core beliefs that shape our decisions, actions, and overall perspective on life. They reflect what we hold most dear and give meaning to our existence. Our values can encompass a wide range of areas, including personal growth, relationships, career, health, spirituality, and societal issues.

Take a moment to reflect on your life and consider the principles and beliefs that are most important to you. Please list your top 10 values in order of priority, with the most significant value at the top. This exercise will help you gain clarity on what truly matters in your life and guide you in making decisions that align with your core values.

What are your top 10 values, in order of priority?

Below are examples to help you get started. Feel free to add your own values or modify the ones listed here to better reflect your personal beliefs and priorities.

  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Equality
  • Family
  • Flexibility
  • Freedom
  • Friendship
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude
  • Health
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Joy
  • Kindness
  • Learning
  • Loyalty
  • Mindfulness
  • Open-mindedness
  • Patience
  • Peace
  • Perseverance
  • Personal growth
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Self-love
  • Service
  • Simplicity
  • Spirituality
  • Stability
  • Success
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Wisdom

Questions for Life

Dig deep, be honest with yourself and answer truthfully, especially if the answer hurts. The more real and open you are with your answers, the higher and more profound the impact will be.

These are not yes and no answers — you must explain each answer, and after answering each of these questions, you must also ask yourself if your answer is right, real, and true.

Talk about the questions and your answers with someone you love and trust. If you are afraid to do this or if your answers will change if someone reads them, then keep this to yourself until you find someone you can trust. When you do, ask them the same questions, and listen to their answers. Do not judge — their answers may not be your answers.

After some time has passed, come back, and revisit your answers and see if they have changed. They often do.

Ask Yourself …

  1. How are you?
  2. What is the title of your life?
  3. Where is home?
  4. Who do you want next to you when you close your eyes for the very last time?
  5. Did you earn what you have?
  6. Where does your mind go when you are feeling alone?
  7. What do you hope happens to you when you die?
  8. What are you waiting for?
  9. Does the love you give cost anything?
  10. Does it really hurt so bad?
  11. Why are you here?
  12. What makes the forever child inside you happy and excited?
  13. What are you pretending not to know?
  14. How would you feel if you were to achieve all of your life’s goals?
  15. Are you an enabler in a good way or a bad way?
  16. When you can no longer carry the weight of your baggage and that of a loved one, whose baggage do you drop?
  17. What are your values, in order of priority?
  18. What are you afraid of?
  19. Does feeding your ego through social media enhance the quality of your life?
  20. What are you grateful for?
  21. What are you doing to make the world around you better?
  22. Do you ask yourself, “Why?” when you make decisions?
  23. Do you shape your destiny, or is it all down to fate?
  24. What gives you true and pure comfort?
  25. Are you really any different?
  26. Do you show people what makes you beautiful?
  27. How can you be better?
  28. Are you free?
  29. Do you have a soul?
  30. Are you a giver or a receiver?
  31. What is on your bucket list?
  32. What are the things you will and will not settle for?
  33. If something is holding you back, can you let go of it?
  34. Have you ever immediately connected deeply with a stranger? If so, do you know why?
  35. Are you truly living, or are you just waiting to die?
  36. What do you love?
  37. Are you making your own decisions?
  38. Do your parents care more about you, or your impression of them?
  39. When you close your eyes at night, who or what do you try to dream of the most?
  40. What is your biggest problem?
  41. What is it that you want the most, more than anything?
  42. What is your biggest regret?
  43. When you were a child, who did you imagine you would be when you grew up?
  44. Who do you look up to?
  45. Which is better…to be given away by a parent, or to live with a neglectful/abusive one?
  46. Where do you want to live?
  47. Is the job worth it?
  48. Where will you be in five years?
  49. What are you most passionate about?
  50. You know that there is a chance that you may be dead in the very near future. Given this knowledge, what will you do?
  51. What will you leave behind when you die?
  52. Why do you self-sabotage yourself?
  53. How many masks do you wear?
  54. How much guidance should you give your child?
  55. Is it scarier to you if there were life on other planets or if we are alone in the universe?
  56. Is it harder being fat or having to exercise regularly?
  57. Who or what makes you feel lonely?
  58. Has religion been good or bad for humanity?
  59. What are you hiding?
  60. Are you jealous of your friend’s accomplishments?
  61. Is happiness temporary?
  62. Was it for a good reason when you’ve broken someone’s heart?
  63. What does intimacy mean to you?
  64. Do you lean into uncertainty or back away from it?
  65. Are you important?
  66. What songs do you want to be played at your funeral?
  67. Do you ask enough questions?
  68. How can you be hopeful when the world around you seems hopeless?
  69. What do you do that sometimes makes you lose track of time?
  70. If you feel like an outsider in your world, is it possible that you just need to find your real family?
  71. Do you owe anyone anything?
  72. What would you do if you had the time, energy, and resources to do anything you wanted?
  73. If you’ve ever been cruel to an animal, do you know why?
  74. Do some people deserve to die?
  75. Is your perception of who you are different from how other people perceive you to be?
  76. Who (or what) can make you weak or strong?
  77. Who (or what) would you die for?
  78. Are you taking care of yourself well enough?
  79. Why is it hard to say that you’re wrong?
  80. How does it make you feel when no one listens and pays attention to you?
  81. Do you do the right thing?
  82. Have you ever had a sense of déjà vu?
  83. What event in your life has had the most significant impact on you?
  84. Do you truly listen when someone talks to you?
  85. Have you ever hugged someone for 30 seconds or longer on purpose?
  86. Is one person’s life more important than another’s?
  87. Is it okay to hide something you have done if it protects someone you love?
  88. Does what other people think of you impact how you see yourself, your life, and your decisions?
  89. What is beautiful?
  90. Who do you miss the most?
  91. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  92. Have you ever truly wanted to die?
  93. Do you have a soul mate?
  94. Who do you think might die next?
  95. Who do you spend time with?
  96. How are you making a difference in the world?
  97. What does your ideal day look like?
  98. What is the most important thing?
  99. Are you who you want to be?
  100. What is true?