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August 14, 2020

Simplifying Dharma: How to Discover Peace & Purpose.

The idea of Dharma is simple:

Dhar·ma

noun

    1. (in Indian religion) the eternal and inherent nature of reality, regarded in Hinduism as a cosmic law underlying right behavior and social order.
      • (in Buddhism) the nature of reality regarded as a universal truth taught by the Buddha; the teaching of Buddhism.
      • an aspect of truth or reality.

We all have a unique purpose in this life. Our job is to discover it, nurture it, and see it forth. I believe that humanity is evolving toward higher consciousness; it is easier and more important than ever to pursue our passion and serve our highest good through our work.

I remember taking tests in middle school designed to tell us what career we were best suited for. We were children. It was a standard multiple-choice test judging our strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you were not excelling in math and science, the test conclusion would suggest that you do not pursue a nursing career.

I do not remember the results of my test. What I do remember is who was sitting in front of me, what the room smelled like, and the knot in my stomach that had been my only constant companion.

We did not see a lot of diversity in life choices. Being a yoga teacher and working for myself were not options presented to me at Taft Middle School in Canton, Ohio. It appeared to me that I had only a few options in life. We were still children, being asked to consider our own adulthood. There were no discussions about discovering ourselves; there were no questions based on joy.

I was 30 when I finally discovered what I wanted to do with my life, and a sense of peace replaced the knot of anxiety in my gut.

Humanity is at a turning point right now. We can focus on the fear that seems to be all around us—trying to divide us—or we can focus on the love that lives eternally inside of us and connects us. We can choose to help raise the consciousness of humankind by merely being our most genuine selves.

Do not ask yourself what the data says; ask yourself what makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

What is the thing you do that makes time melt away? What gives you that feeling of being in exactly the right place? 

Find a way to expand on that.

I found my “thing” when I honored this simple truth. 

I am a teacher. That is my purpose—to teach. Everything else is effortless.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

It is time. 

Who were you born to be?

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