What Is Dharma?
Dharma, not to be confused with Karma, is a concept in Indian religions that has various meanings: “sacred duty,” “righteous living,” “supreme path” – the list goes on and on. Those meanings all hold true, but the meaning we would like to discuss today is “life purpose.” If I were to ask someone on the spiritual path for a more evolved, modern definition of this ancient, Sanskrit word, they might say it is your life’s path or your soul’s purpose. Essentially, it’s why you’re here on this Earth. Some may call it your higher calling. Have you ever gotten to a point in life and asked yourself “What is the meaning of my life?”, “Why am I here?” or “How can I contribute to the greater good of humanity?” If you have, welcome to the world of higher consciousness.
In my experience, when attaining higher levels of consciousness, you will intentionally seek out your Dharma through self-discovery. I believe all of us are born with unique, innate talents that we are meant to discover and share with the world for the highest good. A few years ago, I experienced a spiritual awakening and was on a mission to figure out my higher calling. Serendipitously, when I was experiencing this awakening and felt desperate to discover my Dharma, I stumbled upon Sahara Rose’s Highest-Self Podcast where she talks all things spirituality, Ayurveda and so much more. I couldn’t believe my ears when the episode was coming to a close and Sahara welcomed her listeners to apply for her Doshas & Dharma online course. That was my first introduction to Ayurveda.
Through the course, I dove deep into figuring out what I’m really good at, what brings me joy and how I can serve the world with my gifts. I learned about the Ayurvedic doshas — turns out I’m a Vata/Pitta blend – and how it all connects to my Dharma.
Let’s explore the doshas and how they can serve as a guide to help you discover your life’s purpose.
“Your purpose is not what you do to bring home a paycheck. Your purpose is what you were put on this Earth to do with such intensity and passion that it becomes a spiritual calling” – The Spiritual Compass
Understanding Your Ayurvedic Dosha
In Ayurveda, there are three doshas that describe your mind-body type: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
The doshas are energies derived from the Five Elements and every person has a blend of these mental, physical and emotional characteristics. However, you will have one dominant dosha in your overall makeup.
Source: The Chopra Center-https://chopra.com/articles/what-is-a-dosha
Vata: If Vata is your dominant dosha it means you would be best suited in a creative field. Vata’s are energetic, brimming with ideas and known as visionaries. They see the big picture, but often lack the ability to execute and bring their ideas to life. To mitigate this imbalance incorporate Pitta energy. Creative fields Vatas can consider include: dance, design, acting, teaching, writing, photography.
Pitta: Pittas are intense and fiery. To keep it simple, they get things done. They take action. Pittas know what they want and when that’s mixed with a whole lot of passion…look out! The typically don’t let anything stand in the way of and would be best suited in careers that allow them to take the lead, be a decision maker, execute on goals, apply their organization skills. For example, managers, politics, surgery, law or financial specialists.
Kapha: Kapha, you’re gentle, you’re reliable and you’re compassionate. Nurturing yourself and others is of utmost importance to you. Be mindful of when it’s time to let go of something that no longer serves you, whether that be a job or a relationship, as Kapha’s tend to hold on to things too long. So, if you’re a Kapha and you’re currently in a job that leaves you miserable, you might want to consider a career that allows you to work 1-1 with people. For example, a teacher, nurse, HR manager, coach, etc.
“The Law of Dharma: Seek your highest self. Discover your unique talents. Ask yourself how you’re best suited to serve humanity. Using your unique talents and serving others brings unlimited bliss and abundance.” – Deepak Chopra
Doing Your Dharma
Once you discover your Dharma, there’s no turning back. Doing your Dharma means living in a state of “flow”. If you’ve already discovered your Dharma then you know what I mean by this. Let me give you an example. You LOVE to dance. When you’re dancing you feel like time doesn’t exist and that everything is right with the world. You feel “in flow.”
“Flow, aka the “zone” of genius in which a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of activity.”
Basically, doing your Dharma feels effortless. The hardest part is really taking that first step and making changes to your life today to start moving in the direction you’re meant to be headed. I know people that just up and quit their stable 9-5s but there isn’t one way to skin a cat. Do what makes sense for you at this point in your life. A wise yoga teacher once told me, “Every step forward starts with a decision to try.”
So, what’s one small action you can take today that will get you walking the path of your Dharma?
Author: Michele Dickinson