Do Your Dharma and Live Longer!
What is Dharma?
Dharma is a Hindu word meaning “conformity to one’s duty and nature”. An example given is “the dharma of sugar is sweetness, of water is wetness” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dharma. Dharma is who you really are inside and what your deepest passion is that you want to express. It could be the desire to be a missionary, a doctor, a teacher, an artist, and so on. http://www.aboutdharma.org/what-is-dharma.php/
What is YOUR Passion?
I believe as human beings inherent in our nature is the desire to create and play. We want to experience the joy and fulfillment of doing something that expresses the innermost part of our being. Dharma is the unique gift(s) each of us has been given. It is there to serve all. It is part of the whole. That is why we each have different talents. We serve with our special gifts to enrich society, Just as the intense pleasure associated with sex insures the propagation of the species, so does the joy and fulfillment we receive when we do our dharma enriches others.
Are you doing your Dharma?
Studies have shown that in societies where there is a heavy emphasis on work and seriousness, there tends to be less prosperity, happiness, and a shorter life span.
To abandon the need to pursue our passion is, in my opinion, dangerous. It leads to “quiet desperation” If you are not doing something consistently that is an expression of your inner being and passion, there is a nagging feeling of emptiness. Life is joyless. That is nature’s way of saying, “Do your dharma. We need it.”
I believe too many people in our society are not enjoying their lives. They are not expressing themselves in something creative, that makes them happy. Too many people feel they don’t have the time to sing their song. What could be worse than dying with a song unsung?
This leads to many of the ills of our society. Attempts to fill the void with addictions, infidelity, material acquisitions, co-dependent relationships, other forms of denial just don’t replace the emptiness always lurking in the background of our consciousness.
Resurrect Your Dreams
Is working for a living getting in the way of your dharma? Are you an artist who’s given up on the dream of doing what you love? A musician who hears songs in your head, but no time to play them so others can hear them? Are you haunted by the thought that you will go to your grave before anyone will ever read your book?
The Time is Now.
Who knows how much time each one of us has left? NOW is the PRESENT MOMENT. It has now beginning and no end. It simply just is….the present.
As for me, whether I have 1 day or 20 years left to live, when I die, I want to feel I at least was working on my Dharma. The joy is in doing it, and each day of creativity is fulfillment enough.
Get Busy! Start today! Do it NOW!
How to find the time for your dharma in your busy schedule? Here’s the secret: Know that if others have done it, so can you! Think on that….a lot. “If others do it, so can I!”
There are 168 hours in the week. Although there are a few people who have the luxury of time: they don’t need a job, and have few responsibilities to take up their time. For most people, it’s not that easy. They must plan their time and work their plan. The point is, it IS possible.
For tips on how you can generate extra time in your week to do your dream, see my blog, “How to find time to “Do Your Thing” http://artbysage.com/eight-ways-to-fi…to-do-your-thing/
You can reach Sage at firstname.lastname@example.org