Dharma: The Heart of Existence
We commonly use the word dharma to “mean purpose in life.” Another meaning of the word is “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.
Being in dharma means aligning your intentions, thoughts, words, and actions with your essence. This requires the power of commitment. A commitment is a contract between your body, mind, and soul. When you empower your intentions with commitment, your actions, thoughts, and feelings express your highest Self. You manifest your dharma in the world, bringing fulfillment to you and those affected by your choices.
You may have discovered your dharma in your work, as a parent, or in helping others move from constriction to expansion. Yet dharma is always unfolding, and we can continue to move along the most evolutionary path by enlivening the Law of Dharma in our lives. Here are a few practices that can help you deepen your connection to your own essence and purpose:
- I cultivate inner stillness through my meditation or yoga practice, which then allows me to hear the quiet messages that emerge from the deepest level of my being.
- I connect to my life’s purpose by asking someone I know truly loves and cares about me, “What do you think is my best quality, trait or talent?”
- I ask myself, “How could I bring more creativity, passion, or joy into what I am doing?”
- I nurture a shift in my internal dialogue from “What’s in it for me?” to “How can I serve?” I notice how when I am doing what I love, I am able to bring joy and inspiration to those around me.
- I look for opportunities to do one thing for another person that brings a smile to their face.
- I consider what I would like most to hear from someone and I say these words to another person.
- I take the time to do something that I love and share my enthusiasm or creation with another person.
If we are willing to make a new commitment to translate our intentions into choices, peace, happiness, love, and abundance begin flowing into our lives. We align with our sacred purpose and fully live our dharma.
Posted: January 27th, 2012 under Love for David Simon, M.D..