We commonly use the word dharma to “mean purpose in life.” My dear friend & mentor Dr. David Simon taught me another meaning of the word — “essence.” Your essence is the heart of your existence. Your dharma is the essence of you who are. From your essence arise your intentions. Your intentions drive your thoughts. Your thoughts give rise to your words. Your words are translated into actions – your actions into habits of behavior.
Your habits of behavior manifest as your contribution to the world. This is your dharma.
When we are “in our dharma,” we are aligning our intentions, thoughts, words, and actions with our essence. This requires the power of commitment – making a contract between our body, mind, and soul. When you empower your intentions with commitment, your actions, words, thoughts, and feelings align with the universe providing unconditional support to all of your choices. This brings deeper fulfillment to you and those affected by your choices.
If you are looking to take your practice to the next level, or share the passion that burns inside you, consider finding a teacher to walk this sacred journey with you. To help you open your heart & get closer to your dharma with greater grace and greater ease.
Here is an easy four-step process to help you deepen your connection to your own essence and purpose:
Meditate every morning & ask the sacred questions:
- What am I grateful for?
- Who am I grateful for?
Ask a close friend or relative, “What do you think is my best quality?”
Ask yourself at the end of the day, “What did I love to do so much that time stood still?”
As your head hits the pillow at night, ask yourself, “ How can I help others, heal others, serve others using my best qualities?”
Living our dharma is all about translating our best intentions into meaningful choices. If the passion is burning inside you, take the next step to flow your essence into the world. Everyone around you will be richer for your contribution. In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!!
davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author of Amazon’s Best Seller destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind, Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Transformation and Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation, & winner of the Nautilus Book Award. Connect with him on . davidji.com Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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