Your Life on Purpose

Your Life on Purpose Live Life on Purpose and Aim for Extraordinary Impact. This is the place dedicated to your life on purpose — bringing you tips from my interviews with entrepreneurs, writers, and think-thanks who share their story on purpose and tips to have greater impact in your life’s work.

It's time to connect the dots between school, your passion, and what the world needs.

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Thought some of you may appreciate this new meditation I created on Insight Timer. It's a guided meditation with a serie...
05/14/2019
Manifest Ultimate Love | Mark Guay, Insight Timer

Thought some of you may appreciate this new meditation I created on Insight Timer. It's a guided meditation with a series of visualization exercises that I based off of the work of Abraham Maslow.

If you choose to listen, I hope this serves you well.

Much love :)

https://insighttimer.com/markguay/guided-meditations/manifest-ultimate-love?utm_source=Email&utm_campaign=app-share&utm_medium=GuidedMeditation&_branch_match_id=575882877452278079

Activate your intimate power through a series of affirmations and visualizations designed to manifest ultimate love in your life. Based on the research by Abraham Maslow and the ancient art of the chakra system, you'll be guided through a daily practice that connects with source energy.

Yes....the rumors are true. SEASON 2 is now LIVE. Check it out, take a listen, and share your thoughts with me. https://...
08/26/2016
Your Life on Purpose by Mark W. Guay -- Entreprenuer, Educator, Writer on iTunes

Yes....the rumors are true. SEASON 2 is now LIVE. Check it out, take a listen, and share your thoughts with me.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/your-life-on-purpose/id1001400926?mt=2

Much love :)

Mark

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Happiness is not something “out there” as the media overtly suggests, but rather it’s inside.As my yoga teacher Liz Schu...
05/26/2016
The Most Spiritual Path in One Breath

Happiness is not something “out there” as the media overtly suggests, but rather it’s inside.

As my yoga teacher Liz Schulman reminded me the other day in yoga teacher training, sometimes the most spiritual path we can take is the journey within because it helps us see that we came into this life with everything we will ever need.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-w-guay/the-most-spiritual-path-i_b_10098964.html

"The most spiritual thing we can do right now is to focus on what we have." -- Liz Schulman I have to be honest. Many times I ...

There’s one thing in common with those I interviewed: meditation was their secret source of personal empowerment.Here’s ...
05/25/2016
Manifest Your Dream Career (Guided Audio Meditation)

There’s one thing in common with those I interviewed: meditation was their secret source of personal empowerment.

Here’s a meditation I created that combines the research of the American psychologist Abraham Maslow with the ancient practice of visualizing chakra centers to help manifest your dream career.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-w-guay/manifest-your-dream-caree_b_10083338.html

So far in my career, I've taught 1500 students. Just one year left to go in their high school career, I focused our final projects on helping them follow...

Here's a bit from my latest article. Hope you like it :)The howler monkeys screamed outside and the humid air hugged my ...
05/02/2016
I Stared Into This Woman’s Eyes & Saw Her Soul (Powerful)

Here's a bit from my latest article. Hope you like it :)

The howler monkeys screamed outside and the humid air hugged my skin like a warm blanket. I sat down and faced a woman who I barely knew and placed my hand on her chest to feel her heartbeat. She did the same and we stared deeply into each other’s eyes for five intense minutes.

Sweat began to pour down my face, stinging my eyes and, as my heartbeat grew in intensity, I thought about my wife back home. This is definitely not appropriate, I thought to myself, as intense guilt began to flood my mind.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/05/02/i-stared-into-this-womans-eyes-saw-her-soul-powerful/

The howler monkeys screamed outside and the humid air hugged my skin like a warm blanket. I sat down and faced a woman who I barely knew and placed my hand on her chest to feel her heartbeat. She did the same and we stared deeply into each other’s eyes for five intense minutes. Sweat […]

( Audio Available) I'd like to share with you a gratitude meditation I've developed.If you've never meditated before, re...
02/29/2016
Try This Gratitude Meditation: How to Move Beyond Same S*** Different Day

( Audio Available) I'd like to share with you a gratitude meditation I've developed.

If you've never meditated before, remember to be patient with yourself and open.

This meditation combines the research of Abraham Maslow with the ancient practice of visualizing chakra centers. We will begin by slowing down the breath and then saying a series of affirmations that align with our energy chakra centers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-w-guay/try-this-gratitude-medita_b_9348124.html

I'd like to share with you a gratitude meditation I've developed. I'm moved by the concept of finding happiness in any situation. It doesn't mean you ha...

Even as far back as the days of street hockey and weight-lifting in my friend Jeff's basement, I've always found it inte...
02/23/2016
Can We Retire The Statement “A Real Man” Once And For All?

Even as far back as the days of street hockey and weight-lifting in my friend Jeff's basement, I've always found it interesting how we define gender and how our definitions of gender are so easily influenced by the media we consume. In this piece, I finally put some thoughts into prose and share my evolution as a man on Collective Evolution. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/02/23/can-we-retire-the-statement-a-real-man-once-and-for-all/

Growing up as a man in the modern day, I grew up torn between following what society said I should do as a manly guy and what my intuitive spirit told me is right for me as a complete human being. As a teen, I spent hours in the gym throwing around weights trying to […]

When I bump into former students, I hope for them to tell me that they are living out their passion, but so often I hear...
02/06/2016
Branching Beyond Playing It Safe

When I bump into former students, I hope for them to tell me that they are living out their passion, but so often I hear the opposite. They are doing "x" to get a paycheck and thinking of going back to school for what they are passionate about. I know I may be stirring up an argument here and that's not my intent, but I strongly believe that we are living in one of the most beautiful times to be alive. It's a time where since you can learn anything with a click of a button, you can be anything you want to be.

(Latest Article)
Like Brian, many people leave high school to begin a career or get a degree in something that is safe.

I don't blame them at all. Growing up in a blue collar family, I know the feeling of depending on the next paycheck. It's a terrible feeling. So I get safe.

But playing it safe rarely works out.

So, what holds people back from following their bliss and living inspired? A bit of ancient wisdom may have the answer.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-w-guay/branching-beyond-playing-_b_9065222.html?fb_action_ids=10100637768034983&fb_action_types=og.likes

The last time I saw Brian, he had just gotten his prom photo taken and ran a 5-minute mile on the school track team. But now, as I looked in front of me stood a grown man with a beard donning a set...

Latest The Huffington Post Article: My feet felt like slabs of concrete and as my body shivered, the thought of a hot sh...
02/05/2016
Five Accountability Strings to Pull You Up When You Want to Quit

Latest The Huffington Post Article:

My feet felt like slabs of concrete and as my body shivered, the thought of a hot shower and a bed to collapse into taunted me like the sirens in Greek maritime lore. As I passed the mile 20 marker, a bed of green grass poked through the Philadelphia snow and I thought how convenient that it happened to be the perfect size for my 6'2" frame to lay down for a nap.

I could lay down right and drift off. I could end the pain, I thought.

I looked over to my left and nodded to Rich, the guy I've been training with for months to get us ready for the Philadelphia Marathon. I puffed up my chest and forced a smile and as he continued to run I did too, shadowing his movements pretending like I wasn't struggling. Inwardly, however, I wanted to quit.

It was November. It was freezing cold. I was tired.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-w-guay/five-accountability-strings-to-pull-you-up-when-you-want-to-quit_b_9154690.html

My feet felt like slabs of concrete and as my body shivered, the thought of a hot shower and a bed to collapse into taunted me like the sirens in Greek maritime lore. As I passed the mile 20 marker...

Here's a piece I wrote for the Elephant Journal:"When I connect the dots looking backward, I can now see that I’ve been ...
11/18/2015

Here's a piece I wrote for the Elephant Journal:

"When I connect the dots looking backward, I can now see that I’ve been training for this type of challenge my whole life. As Patanjali reminds us, “At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.”

Here are five tips to help you find zen and calm in your life on purpose."

READ MORE HERE: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/11/5-zen-tips-to-live-a-healthy-happy-life-on-purpose/

Ask yourself this simple question...Are you inspired?It's an amazingly simple question that can help us steer down our p...
11/12/2015

Ask yourself this simple question...

Are you inspired?

It's an amazingly simple question that can help us steer down our paths on purpose. http://huff.to/1WMrmte

All right change makers. I have little bit to share some news with you. When I first launched this podcast in May of 201...
11/11/2015

All right change makers. I have little bit to share some news with you. When I first launched this podcast in May of 2015, I had no idea it would garner such attention and pull together some of the most passionate and happy people I’ve have ever met.

In June when I started getting emails from people thanking me for starting this podcast, I knew I had to pick it up and turn it into a daily podcast.

And I did just that. I didn’t know if I could do it, but trusted in myself that I’d find a way to make it happen.

It’s been 50 episodes and nearly 50,000 have tuned in. Over 200 hundred people have reached out to me directly and shared their stories.

From a brilliant yoga teacher in Canada to an almond farmer in California, I’ve somehow tapped into a network of truly incredible people who don’t want to just settle. We want to suck out the marrow in life as Thoreau would put it and live so as we’re not just existing, but we’re living. We’re learning. We’re growing.

We’re walking down our heroic paths and following the beat of a heart trusting that the dots will connect in the future.

It’s a beautiful way to live.

Now I’ve reached a turning point in my heroic journey and need to venture down the path that’s calling me. It’s a path that blends my passion for teaching, for writing, while also doing the right thing and maintaining my responsibilities as a loving husband, passionate teacher, and global citizen.

I’ve often said that time is our most valuable commodity. And I need to be wiser with how I spend my time.

Which is why I need to press pause on the podcast for now and focus on my writing and teaching.

Pressing pause will allow me to focus on my writing, be a stellar teacher, and also be a loving and supportive husband.

It will also allow me to work when time is available on season 2 of Your Life on Purpose. I honestly don’t know what it will look like, but my intuition tells me I will create 10 ten minute episodes at a time and deliver them in seasons much like a television series.

I hope this works for you and when season 2 does start, you welcome me back into your lives.

Season 2 is coming soon. Don't forget to head over to bit.ly/YLOPguide to gain access to our purpose-driven community.

This past weekend at Omega Institute, I had the privilege to listen to the words and sing with some of the happiest peop...
11/10/2015

This past weekend at Omega Institute, I had the privilege to listen to the words and sing with some of the happiest people I have ever met in my life.

And I learned something that I’d like to share with you to start this episode. It’s simple and it’s only one question.

When you strip away everything — all the fat — all the things that don’t matter — what is the narrative that you’re telling yourself? What is the story you’re telling yourself?

Strip away all the fat and dig deep and try to find it. Pay attention to how you introduce yourself and what you say about yourself when meeting others.

Come and join the community by clicking the link bit.ly/YLOPguide. Your comments are also welcome below.

Last night, I took part in a kirtan ecstatic chant led by the Grammy-award nominee Krishna Das then camped under the sta...
11/09/2015

Last night, I took part in a kirtan ecstatic chant led by the Grammy-award nominee Krishna Das then camped under the stars. For those who don’t know what kirtan is, my beginner understanding is that it’s a call and response type of singing that aligns vocal sounds to our chakras.

I don’t really know the ins and outs, but what I do know is that it makes me feel really good and keeps me on the positive. And that my friends is a good thing, right?

I've shared three thoughts to consider to help keep it on the positive and elevate your consciousness. (Learn more + join the community by heading over here bit.ly/YLOPguide)

1. Meet negativity with love.
2. Frantic energy helps no one.
3. What's your positive fuel?

How about you? How do you keep it on the positive? Share it with us below. :)

Here's a piece I wrote for Elephant Journal:“When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought...
11/06/2015

Here's a piece I wrote for Elephant Journal:

“When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell’s words are brilliant, but you cannot find your purpose.

It’s not out there.

Your purpose has been with you all along. It’s deep inside you. http://bit.ly/1ka6GKI

#writer #writing

Here’s the weekly wrap up. If you just tuned in for the first time, make sure to check on the past four episodes to see ...
11/06/2015

Here’s the weekly wrap up. If you just tuned in for the first time, make sure to check on the past four episodes to see the longer version of these concepts. (Click the link bit.ly/YLOPguide to gain access to these episodes and the Your Life On Purpose community.)

Or there are some people who don’t have 10 minutes in their day, so they only tune in on Fridays. That’s cool with me. So, for those crunched for time, here’s four purpose-filled boosts to live more intentionally and connect the dots.

1. Surfing and Mindfulness

There’s a lot we can all learn from surfers. The next time you’re near the ocean or have some time to Youtube, watch surfers. They’re often ridiculously happy.

2. Trust in Discovery

I know I need to get better at trusting in discovery. Trusting in God, the universe, or whatever form of higher power you believe in. Like Steve Jobs said, you can’t connect the dots looking forward and plan all you want, that doesn’t mean you can connect your future dots.

We all need to trust in walking forward.

3. Be Unconventional

Finding your purpose is not about looking outside you. It’s about looking deep within, far deeper than most people ever look. Looking deep inside of who you really are is one of the scariest things we can do.

4. Unplugging

5. Pursuing Your Quest

If you’re not on my weekly newsletter, join our tribe of purpose dwellers at yourlop.com. Have a great weekend!

The crimson Costa Rican sun dipped beneath cerulean blue Pacific as I peered out from the yoga studio atop Blue Spirit m...
11/05/2015

The crimson Costa Rican sun dipped beneath cerulean blue Pacific as I peered out from the yoga studio atop Blue Spirit mindfulness center in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Perched high on a cliff, I flexed by quadricep and stood firm in Warrior Two in this yoga studio that looks like a bird’s next nestled atop a jungle canopy.

Howler monkeys screamed through the air and birds of paradise soared at my eye level -- majestic and graceful in their freedom.

Time seemed to stand still and it felt like an endless summer.

I came to Blue Spirit, not to vacation, but rather to level up my life. The word “vacation” burns my vocal chords. It’s acid for my soul. I don’t believe in vacations. I don’t want to vacate my life. I want to enhance my life.

And unplugging for a week on this endless summer retreat did the trick. I unplugged (mostly...I’ll explain later), and if you have no reason to unplug, I'm gonna give you FIVE. ;)

1. Time slows down
2. You (re)Connect to Nature
3. You Learn to Think on Your Own
4. You (re)Learn to Have Deep Conversations
5. By Subtracting, You Add.

Wanna add to these? Any thoughts you'd like to share? Comment below.

Now before you unplug, head over to and click the link bit.ly/YLOPguide to gain access to everything I've been sharing + the community at Your Life On Purpose.

Joseph Campbell reminds us that if we follow our own bliss, doors will open that will lead us down our path on purpose. ...
11/04/2015

Joseph Campbell reminds us that if we follow our own bliss, doors will open that will lead us down our path on purpose. He said, “When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”

But you can’t find your purpose. It’s not out there.

To help you unlock the potential inside of you, I've got five unconventional ways on how to find your purpose. They stem from ancient wisdom and modern science and they all have one thing in common. It’s not so much what’s outside of you, but how to unlock what’s already inside of you.

Want to learn more? Click the link bit.ly/YLOPguide for more + gain access to this awesome community of purpose-driven change-makers.

The truth is, now that you can learn anything, you can be anything you want to. It’s a beautiful time to be alive and a perfect time for you to walk your own heroic path.

Of course, there are more ways one could deepen their purpose, and in case these unconventional ways don’t fancy your interest, try this one:

Complete this sentence as many times as you can.

"My purpose is ________."

So what is it that fills that blank? Share it with us in the comments below. :)

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