What is “dharma”?

 

Following your dharma essentially means to discover and live the truth of your unique soul’s purpose. Each of us has a special combination of skills, talents, passions & interests that is unique to this world. Tuning within and embracing the core of this essence is one of the greatest thing you can do for yourself and the world.

The Baghavad Gita has a beautiful saying when it comes to following your dharma; “It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.”

Living your dharma embraces fully the idea of living from the heart, beyond what the ego/mind believes to be truth. I personally believe that living our dharma means to be in personal alignment – it’s a way of being which involves service to others. However, It has nothing to do with the amount of people that we serve but the authenticity and commitment in which we show up.

A big part of my spiritual life coaching certification involved learning about our unique soul purpose. Here are the 4 main problems which hold us back from discovering our dharma:

  • Peer pressure – This is by far the main reason: our desire to fit in is very strong and often leads us to follow a path that is more about pleasing others than following our hearts.
  • Too many options – We get overwhelmed with all the different options available to us and end up feeling scattered.
  • Pressure to be extra special – We’re programmed to think that we need to do something extraordinary, while in reality our dharma is very often simple.
  • Not knowing ourselves – We don’t take the time to connect within and really get to know ourselves at a deeper level.

The beauty about the concept of dharma is that it highlights the idea that our uniqueness is what makes us a gift to this world. YOU are a gift to this world.