D is for Dharma
“It is better to live your own dharma imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
– Bhagavad Gita–
Dharma is the destiny deep inside all of us, our reason for living. In Buddhism, it means ‘cosmic law and order’.
Simply put it’s the version of yourself that you are trying to get to. For context, Karma is the steps we take daily towards fulfilling our Dharma.
If you can get real quiet and shut out the distractions in the various forms that are flying at us , seemingly all day – every day, then we can start to discover our own core values and in doing so we will find our life’s purpose or our Dharma.
The easiest way is to ask the universe a bunch of questions and then get real quiet and look for the answers.
We all have our purpose buried inside us and if we start asking the questions, like a flower it will bloom and start to open up showing the most beautiful version of itself.
An example from my own life is shutting down the external noises from media, society, social media and even the people closest to me whom I love dearly.
In doing so, the answers that come forth guide me toward my dharma and it becomes clear what the overall ‘big picture’ looks like.
Dharma is not about money or getting paid. In a roundabout way, it is about others. What kind of impact do we wish to have on others? What can I do that will allow me to serve others?
If you can answer those two questions then it’s possible you have found your dharma and to reach its full potential you will need to focus your attention on that area.