Life should be lived to its fullest. Your Kundalini Yoga journey gives you the unique opportunity to elevate your existence to heights you may never have imagined. While you are working toward your spiritual awakening, there is a question you should ask yourself.
Are you living in dharma? This ancient concept can help you reframe your life and change the way that you experience your world. If you are unfamiliar with the theory, you have come to the right place. Let’s take a look at dharma and how learning about it can help you establish your own personal mission. Here’s everything that you need to know.
What is Dharma?
Dharma is the opposite of karma — it is your one true life’s purpose. Believe it or not, each of us has been put on this earth to fulfil a specific mission. You may not realize what that is right now. However, through signs and the unique power of spiritual practice, you soon will.
The Sanskrit word comes from the root verb “dhri,” which means “to maintain” or “to hold”. Despite this fact, people around the world and from various cultures have created their own interpretations of dharma over the years. What this word (and, of course, concept) means to you on a personal level is likely to be unique to your own life experiences.
Call it an inclination, a premonition, or simply a gut feeling. There is a “right” path for you that has already been set out long before you were born. Many people are completely unaware of this. Should you stray from your path, it will cause you endless discomfort.
Choosing to live in dharma means listening to the smallest whispers from the universe and responding swiftly. All too many people tend to ignore the signs and continue on a path that is wrong for them. By doing that, you don’t allow yourself the bliss of living your truth.
Luckily, there is always time to change the narrative and switch paths. No matter where you are right now, you have the opportunity to make a positive change for yourself. Take a step back and allow yourself to see the bigger picture. Follow the path that is for you.
Different Types of Dharma
You are an individual. That means that the way you experience dharma will be unique to you. The truth is that we all have a personal mission that has been predetermined.
But the way in which it manifests depends on a number of factors. There are four different types of dharma. You may have all four, three, two, or even just one. Here are the types:
1. Your gift
The first type of dharma is with you from the moment that you are born. Each of us has a gift that we can use throughout our lives to enrich the world.
For some people, the gift may be an artistic streak or the ability to dance. For others, it could be the ability to learn new things, a loving heart, or an optimistic attitude toward life.
Whatever your person gift is, it’s your job to care for it and nurture it. If you ignore this innate talent, it will start to wither and die. You deserve better than that. To avoid this issue, consider what your gift is and make the most of it.
Some people experience a spiritual breakdown at some point in their lives. There are many things that can trigger this change. Perhaps a romantic relationship ends. Maybe you find that you have chosen the wrong career path. Perhaps you lose someone.
Whatever the reason for the breakdown, it creates a state of complete and total chaos. It is in this moment that you can see clearly for once. You have the clarity to understand what your true purpose is. This newfound realization can change how you live your life.
3. The solution
If you struggle with something in particular in your life, the solution may be your dharma. Sometimes, when a problem arises time and time again, it is a sign that it is significant to you. Walking away from that will give you some peace, but it won’t last forever.
Instead, you need to pinpoint the solution. Through this process, you may find that other people in your life have the same issue as you do. You can work with them to solve it together. Finding this sense of community and trust is the first step on your pathway.
The final type of dharma is about support and love. When you have gone through the other types of dharma, you can begin to give back to those around you. This is a crucial transition and means that you are far along the path toward your true awakening.
When you can see that other people’s needs are greater than your own, it changes the way that you approach the world around you. You now have the power to solve other people’s problems, bring them joy, and give them the security they have searched for.
Finding Your Dharma and Life’s Purpose
There is not one formulaic way to find your life’s true purpose. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot move things along. Here are some of the ways you can live in dharma.
Acknowledge your talents
What talents and gifts have you been given? What makes you unique and special? Pay close attention to the treasures you already have. Nurture them and develop them.
Don’t ignore the signs
Signs will crop up in every area of your life. Don’t ignore them. The best thing you can do is make a note of them. When you next meditate with incense, you can focus on them.
Trust your instincts
If something feels wrong, chances are it is wrong. Trust that small voice in the back of your head that is telling you what to do. When you start paying attention to your “gut feelings,” you will find that it is easier than ever to stay on the right path.
Living in dharma is a blissful experience. While it’s not always easy, you can start to tune into your true path and follow it. Start looking out for those key signs now.